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Sustainability days

Sustainability Day for first year Master’s students

In today's globalized and rapidly changing world, understanding and knowledge of the challenges of companies and organizations in social, ecological and economic dimensions is required. At the School of Business, Economics and Law, there are several strong research environments with a focus on sustainable development from a variety of perspectives, which is also reflected in all our education. We believe that it is of importance that our students develops understanding, knowledge and tools to be able to handle the societal challenges of the future.

As part of this work, the school arranges special sustainability days for the students. The days are a complement to the sustainability education given within the programs' various courses and provide an opportunity for students from our various programmes to discuss challenges and solutions to important societal challenges together with companies and representatives of civil society and public organizations.

Master’s students

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Global transitions

All the Master's programmes kick-off with the half-day "Global Transitions". The day is based on the increased understanding among both the business community and states that the transformation towards resource- and climate-efficient economies is too slow. The day raises questions about what would be required for a much faster change and what role companies, policy and civil society can play in such.

Bachelor’s students

The Sustainability Days are based on an idea of progression, where students start with Challenges.


A day for all first-year program students focusing on sustainability challenges from multiple perspectives. Topics inlclude for example; migration challenges, climate change, global energy supply challenges and human rights work. 


In year two, the school arranges Sustainability Day: Responsibility, focusing on responsibility and accountability and problematizing the roles of various actors in a globalized world. This day has so far addressed ethical, social, economic, and environmental aspects related to the consumption and production of clothes.


The third day is called Solutions. The Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030 (endorsed by all UN members in September 2015) constituted the framework of this day. The students worked with urban sustainability challenges related to the Agenda 2030 and tried to identify prerequisites for solutions. 

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