Innovativeness of the project

The project was based on an intensive cooperation between real working life and higher education. The overall aim of the project has been to develop a strong partnership to advance students’ key-competences to deal with wicked problems of environmental change and use of natural resources. Through working life partners, the project has searched for and defined environmental issues linked to land use and landscape question which young environmental specialist will meet after graduation. At the same, the project has lowered a threshold for employment opportunities of higher educated specialist and the partners have had an opportunity to make sure that they will get job applicants with more relevant know-how and both contextual and transversal competencies. From the viewpoint of the universities, the higher education has come down from the ivory tower of the theoretical issues and has applied the constructivist learning theory and methods like problem-based learning and collaborative problem-solving in the management of environmental issues.

In cooperation between universities, working life organizations, business and local people the project has served innovative and holistic viewpoints, which are strengthening students’ professional competences on the field of environmental and land use and landscape planning and management.

As a foundation of planning the project’s study modules, we used the model (fig.1) which Sergi Nuss Girona (UdG) have presented in his doctoral thesis. From this picture, you are able to identify the sectors which are involved to territories low-carbon development.  In addition, from the picture, you are able to find key measures of these sectors to promote low-carbon development.

Fig. 1 Nuss-Girona, 2014.
PhD. Thesis: Green citites and green urban economy; contributions from case studies for a necessary low-carbon future . Nuss Girona, Sergi (Data de defensa: 05-12-2014)