Sustainable development in education
We produce the driving forces for a sustainable future
The aim of education in line with sustainable development is to support students, within different levels and sectors of society, in making well-founded and responsible decisions that consider the well-being of people, cultural heritage, cultural diversity, ecological sustainability, and techno-economic constraints. More than 2,500 responsible, world-building professionals graduate from the University of Oulu every year.
Sustainable development is integrated into all degree programmes at the University of Oulu. Some degree programmes have an especially strong focus on sustainable development.
Bachelor's in Intercultural Teacher Education
A well-established five-year teacher training degree programme with a unique focus on education, globalisation, diversity, ethics, sustainability and social justice.
Master’s in Education and Globalization
Study challenges and trends that are happening currently in society at large related to sustainability, social justice, interculturalism and diversity.
Master’s in International Business Management
Respond to global challenges by becoming a change agent capable of responsible management and entrepreneurship.
Master's in Sustainable and Autonomous Systems
Study a master's degree in Sustainable and Autonomous Systems at the University of Oulu and become an expert in robotised systems created in a sustainable way.
Master's in Chemistry of Sustainable Processes and Materials
Study a master's degree in Chemistry of Sustainable Processes and Materials to get strong chemistry know-how integrated uniquely into engineering studies at the University of Oulu.
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in Sustainable Mineral and Metal Processing Engineering
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in Sustainable Mineral and Metal Processing Engineering is coordinated by the University of Oulu.
I4WORLD is a doctoral programme co-funded by the European Union (2022-2027).
For more information on the different degree programmes and the role of sustainability in them, please refer to our bachelor’s and master’s programmes summary page.
Minoring in sustainable development
Minor studies in sustainable development are available to all degree and exchange students at the University of Oulu. You will learn about the various dimensions of sustainability from the perspectives of different disciplines. The minor studies include courses from all faculties. Students can also include courses organised by other higher education institutions in their minor studies.
Sustainability and responsibility courses organised by the University of Oulu are available to students from other universities through the Network of Sustainability Studies. Similarly, through the network, students at the University of Oulu can choose sustainability and responsibility-related courses from other universities. In addition to the Network of Sustainability Studies, the Biodiversity Education Network, Climate University network, and UniPID, all of which include the University of Oulu, offer studies in this field.
Sustainability studies open to all
Our University of continuous learning (JOY) offers courses in sustainable development that are open to all. The courses on offer are constantly being developed and supplemented. Please note that the range of courses offered varies during the academic year.