Sustainability Teaching, Learning and Research

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The UC Sustainability Framework says this about sustainability teaching and learning:

The teaching and learning programmes at the University will seek to inspire students, and create graduates prepared to make a difference - tangata tū, tangata ora.

Thereby the University will:

  • Develop graduates to be bi-culturally competent, globally aware and to be engaged with their community (as per the UC Graduate Profile), in order to create, define and succeed in future careers and industries of sustainable societies;
  • Offer education and opportunities that enable students from all disciplines to contribute to reducing ecological impacts and improving sustainability outcomes;
  • Provide opportunities for interdisciplinary education in the areas of environment and sustainability.


The UC Sustainability Framework says this about sustainability research:

The University plays a role in New Zealand’s education, research, policy formation and information exchange, all of which are crucial to creating a sustainable world.

Thereby it will:

  • Encourage research that contributes significantly to knowledge and action across the interdisciplinary dimensions of sustainability;
  • Support researchers within the University’s resources across different fields, to work collectively to develop interdisciplinary approaches to curricula, research initiatives, and outreach activities that support improved sustainability outcomes;
  • Promote Ngāi Tahu and wider Māori engagement and Te Ao Māori knowledge systems in the University’s sustainability research portfolio.

Please refer to the drop down menu to the left for further information about Sustainability Teaching, Learning and Research at UC.