Education for Sustainability

Courses on Sustainability for the student community

UniGe makes available to the student community the mini-course (3h) "The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals" developed by the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS), available in Italian and English.

UniGe also offers all students enrolled in the University's undergraduate, master's and PhD programs the opportunity to access the UniGe Sustainability Course, offered within the Citizenship Training Modules, and designed as a Zero Lesson. In the course, sustainability is addressed by considering a multiplicity of aspects, in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The different topics are addressed by 13 UniGe lecturers from various disciplines, who provide interesting insights in a series of short slots, recorded thanks to the support of UniGe's e-learning, multimedia and web tools service. 
The course is online in the second semester of each academic year. 
The course syllabus can be viewed here
The course presentation can be viewed here.
Link to a.y. 2022/2023 academic year's edition: 
Interscholastic courses -Sustainability course 

Several Bachelor's and Master 's degree programs offered by the University of Genoa are strongly focused on or include topics related to sustainability from different perspectives (from environmental protection to energy management, from aspects of inclusion and social justice and those of environmental economics and sustainable finance). 
A list of all degree programs can be found here.
The complete educational offerings with individual courses provided can be found here.
(You can filter titles by keywords and view for each teaching the Agenda 2030 Goals considered, if included by the lecturer - work in progress).

Also as Higher Education (Doctorates, Master's Degrees, Postgraduate Schools and Training Courses) UniGe offers a variety of possibilities to delve into the themes of Sustainability. 
Since 2021 UniGe has offered the opportunity to participate in the national trans-disciplinary doctoral course in Sustainable Development and Climate Change, coordinated by Scuola Superiore IUSS Pavia, in partnership with more than 30 Italian universities. Sustainability issues are also addressed in many other doctoral tracks at UniGe.
In 2024, the Level II master's degree "Energy and Sustainability" was inaugurated, a professionalizing and cross-curricular path to explore technological and legislative issues in the field of sustainability and energy transition.  The Postgraduate Course in "Designing the Smart City," at the Department of Economics - DIEC, in collaboration with the Genoa Smart City Association, has been active for several years, while in 2024 the Postgraduate Course in "Smart and Sustainable Mobility, " by the Italian Center of Excellence on Logistics Transport and Infrastructure, was activated.
These are just a few examples; please refer to the Higher Education pages for the full list (here).

Moreover the University of Genoa's Institute of Advanced Studies - ISSUGE offers challenging programs, including the Science and Technologies for Sustainability - STS curriculum, to the University of Genoa students. Foreign students can refer to the International Students Office.


Open Courses on Sustainability

UniGe participates in the creation of several free online courses with a sustainability theme. The courses are publicized from time to time on UniGe communication channels. A non-exhaustive list is provided below.

MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) from the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence on Sustainable Finance

MOOC of the UNESCO Chair in Research and Education on "Innovative, Sustainable and Clean Energy"
Innovative, Sustainable and Clean Energy 

Sustainability continuing education for UniGe staff

The inclusion of Sustainability issues in the internal training of teaching and non-teaching staff is one of the goals pursued by Sustainable UniGe. In recent years, the offering has expanded, and environmental and social aspects of sustainability are now included both in the basic courses for new hires and in the continuing education offerings made available to UniGe staff.
A special Environmental Sustainability Area section has been created in the online platform dedicated to internal staff training(link), which includes among others:
- the short course (3h) "The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals" developed by the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS) and available in Italian and English 
- the "Sustainability Course" (14h) in which the topic is addressed by various faculty members of the University from different points of view
- the mini-course "Energy Transition, Rational Use of Energy and Best Practices" by the University Energy Conservation Working Group and the UniGe Energy Manager.

Last update 11 April 2024