Sustainability in academic education
LUT educates researchers, tomorrow's problem-solvers and decision-makers who think sustainably. By using their knowledge, skills and competences, they will contribute to sustainable solutions and practices wherever they work.
All new students receive an introduction to LUT's environmentally responsible thinking and research. According to the Master's graduate surveys 2020 both in technology and business administration the sustainability expertise developed in studies at LUT is above national average (sources: Finnish Business School Graduates, TEK Graduate Survey). Also Bachelor's graduate survey 2020 reveal that the sustainability competences have strengthened consistently both in engineering and business administration BSc degree studies.
We strive to include sustainable development themes in the learning outcomes of all our bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programmes. In 2020, the share of degree programmes with sustainability-related intended learning outcomes was 80%, implicating 8% increase from the previous year.
Examples of technology degree programmes with a focus on the sustainability
- Energy technology: Master's Programme in Bioenergy Systems, Master's Programme in Energy Conversion
- Chemical engineering: Chemical engineering Master's Programme in Biorefineries, Master's Programme in Water Technology
- Mechanical engineering: Master's Programme in Sustainable Production in Mechanical Engineering
- Environmental technology: Bachelor's Programme in Environmental Technology (taught in Finnish), Master's Programme in Sustainable Science and Solutions, Master's Programme in Circular Economy
Sustainability in LUT School of Business and Management
Sustainable business is a part of all degree programmes at LUT School of Business and Management. Teaching at LUT School of Business and Management focuses on factors leading to sustainable value creation, in other words, how companies can succeed in international competition and simultaneously operate in an ethical and ecologically responsible manner. For example The Master's Programme in Supply Management offers competencies for managing global supply networks to increase sustainability.
By supporting the sustainable renewal of business, The LUT School of Business and Management eradicates inequality in working life. LUT School of Business and Management has committed to the UN's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) programme, the aim of which is to link sustainable and internationally recognised values to teaching and research in business and management.
Graduate surveys indicate that LUT graduates have significantly increased their sustainable development competences as a result of studies completed at LUT. For example, in a national university comparison of students who had completed a Master of Science in Technology degree, LUT graduates showed the most improvement in their sustainable development competences (results). In addition, in a survey conducted by the Finnish Business School Graduates, LUT's business graduates gave a more positive estimate of their ethical and sustainable development competences than graduates from other business schools.
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Examples of LUT's open studies promoting sustainability
- LUT Open University: Sustainable water use, Energy scenarios
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Circular Economy Now focuses on a sustainable food system, forest-based cycles, technical cycles, and transportation and the sharing economy.
Climate Action – Solutions for Carbon Neutral Transport,
Video: systemic change and resolving the climate crisis
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