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ii. Objectives

The e-MTA Campus model and sustainable economy

As mentioned in section 1, the UIB already returns €3.70 back to society for each Euro the public authorities have given it in funding. The UdG and the organisations associated with the Campus have a major impact on the local area. The UdG alone already employs 1.27% of the total working population in Gerona. Its role as a player within the city and the territory requires that it must have a responsible impact, especially bearing in mind its fundamental role in training professionals and the people who will shape the future. The Environmental Institute and the Environmental Science qualifications have played a fundamental role in understanding the large number of environmental initiatives developed by the UdG through the Green Office. Making the campus environmentally-friendly and contributing to sustainability are part of the Strategic Plan 2008-13 and the annual sector plans through which it is implemented.

The e-MTA Campus model set out in the introduction is based on a feedback circle, which will be put into effect with the impetus provided by the International Campus of Excellence and the strategic players of each of the two autonomous communities, as shown in the figure below. In addition to the advisory board, composed of highly-prestigious international external experts, the UIB’s and the UdG’s Social Boards, the economic and social players in both autonomous communities, and the business clusters must play a predominant role. They are all already involved in the e-MTA Campus strategic association.

Tools, processes and skills for a sustainable e-MTA Campus

Current global trends show there is a crisis in the world in which we are witnessing a significant decrease in the quality of our environmental and social systems. In response to climate change, diminishing natural resources and social injustice, the fundamental need to transform the world into a more sustainable place is being increasingly acknowledged. The university, in its position as an educating body of society’s future leaders, plays an essential role in engineering this required social transformation and must strive to act as a model of a sustainable system. This role in the e-MTA Campus is structured through the transversal focal point of e-Sustainability and the work of the campus when handling global waste in tourism and water.

This approach requires the collaboration of all sectors of the university, going beyond the operations to institutionalisation of sustainability, including it in curriculum design and changing the university community’s culture among all its groups).

In order for the universities to progress towards sustainability, understood as the transversal focal point for each of its policies, the Green Office will be set up in the UdG to coordinate the CRUE sustainability group and the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office of the UIB.

Its main duties will be as follows:

  • Providing advice for taking decisions on environmental management issues,
  • Coordinating the environmental management among the various departments (management, rector’s office, PDI, PAS and students) and relations with other institutions and the companies rendering it services,
  • Performing the technical work required to ensure correct environmental management and protection,
  • Regularly offering environmental training programmes to the various groups and staff of outsourced services.

Results and benefits of the project

The results and benefits expected from the project in the field of the sustainable economy include the following:

Providing new participation and governance tools and processes for lasting involvement by the university community in its path towards excellence and sustainability

  • Introducing a more participatory governance model with the shared aim of leading the e-MTA Campus towards sustainability and excellence.
  • Positioning the e-MTA Campus as a reference in sustainability training, and demonstrating its leadership when educating the leaders of the future, serving as an example to inspire other Spanish and foreign university institutions
  • Integrating sustainability into the university, taking a long-term approach and improving university planning, introducing more efficient operations to reduce expenses and negative environmental impact.
  • Attracting students, teaching and research staff and professionals to promote a responsible project and responsible institutions that take action to deal with global challenges. A commitment and a shared action plan to create a sustainable university will help attract and retain students, teaching and research staff and administration and services staff.

new tools and processes of participation

Proyecto financiado por el Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte en el marco del Programa Campus de Excelencia Internacional

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