Catalysing Sustainability Transformation at Universities




12-26 Nov 2024



Did you know that universities can be game-changers in building a more sustainable future? But often, their sustainable actions are confined to specific education or research activities and not reflected in broader institutional practices.

To leverage this unique role that universities play, ‘Catalysing Sustainability Transformation at Universities’ will provide participants with evidence-based tools and strategies to embed sustainability across the organisation, and to develop a roadmap towards activating a sustainable future.

Guided by global experts you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of what advancing sustainability at universities entails at various institutional levels (i.e. strategic, education & research, innovation, facilities) and in their surroundings, and acquire the skills to guide the process of positioning university professionals as agents of change and acquire corresponding tools.

The interactive workshops, masterclasses, discussions, and events make this learning experience dynamic and engaging.


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This course is provided by TUMint and UIIN.

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Catalysing Sustainability Transformation at Universities


€720 members & LMIC-based participants / €960 non-members

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Who should attend

University leaders at different levels (such as vice presidents, deans, and heads of departments)
wanting to develop a whole-institution approach to advance and lead sustainability action

Academics including researchers and lecturers
looking to integrate sustainability within their courses, research activities and external engagements

Public sector representatives and sustainability professionals
aiming to support universities towards more sustainable impact in the local and regional communities

Are you based in a low- or middle-income country?
Recognising the financial constraints that may hinder participation, TUMint and UIIN offer subsidised tickets with a 25% discount to course participants based in low- and middle-income countries. To check your eligibility for subsidised tickets click here, for further inquiries or assistance, email us at [email protected].

Learning outcomes

Through dynamic discussions, facilitated group activities, and the sharing of tools, frameworks, and case studies, you will develop skills to create a more sustainable university.

This course will help you to

  1. Understand why a whole-institution approach is essential to leverage universities’ full potential in driving sustainability transformation
  2. Deepen your understanding of the elements contributing to success in sustainability at universities
  3. Create a long-term vision for sustainability at your university and learn how to embed sustainability across the organisation
  4. Identify key drivers and needed skills and know-how to leverage existing potential for sustainability action
  5. Understand transformation journeys from global best practices
  6. Expand your personal and professional network

Course elements

Find out which individual components form the course.

Week 1 | 12 Nov

Introduction to the course

Onboarding   |   11:30 - 12:10 UTC

Catalysing sustainability transformation at universities and within their ecosystem: A whole-institution approach | Workshop

Explore why universities should lead in sustainability, assess benefits, formulate comprehensive strategies for integration, analyse and recommend specific actions across various levels, and explore cooperation and stakeholder engagement for effective sustainability initiatives in the university ecosystem.   |   12:20 - 14:20 UTC
Week 2 | 19 Nov

University pathways to sustainability: "There are many roads leading to Rome” | Workshop

Develop strategies for a comprehensive and future-oriented integration of sustainability into institutional mission and actions and analyse university ecosystems to identify entry points for sustainability progress.   |   11:30 - 13:30 UTC

Shaping Tomorrow: Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education | Fireside chat

Explore the journey towards the university’s sustainability transformation by integrating the SDG framework and reflect on the main challenges and opportunities in institutionalising the process.   |   13:45 - 14:45 UTC
Week 3 | 26 Nov

Creating an action plan towards a sustainable future university

Gain insights into managing uncertainty and complexity through strategic foresight, defining the role of a university as a changemaker, envisioning a sustainable future for the institution, identifying necessary resources and capabilities, and strategising on engaging partners from the private and public sectors to achieve these visions.   |   11:30 - 13:00 UTC

Course knowledge capture

Wrap-up   |   13:10 - 13:40 UTC


Meet your subject matter experts and facilitators for this personal development course.

Dr. Aline Laucke

Senior Project Manager, TUM International GmbH

Dr. Georgeta Auktor
Dr. Georgeta Auktor

Senior Project Manager, TUM International GmbH

Friederike Hettinger
Friederike Hettinger

Managing Director, TUM International GmbH

Dr. Balzhan Orazbayeva
Dr. Balzhan Orazbayeva

Manager Strategic Initiatives, UIIN

Dr. Andrey Dyachenko
Dr. Andrey Dyachenko

Learning Experience Designer & Facilitator, UIIN


Get to know our partner TUM International GmbH organising and running the course.

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TUM International GmbH (TUMint) was established in 2007 as a 100% subsidiary of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), which ranks among Europe’s most outstanding universities in innovation, entrepreneurship and research and is a pioneer in advancing sustainability transformation on all these levels.

TUMint has a unique role and profile in the EU, with a proved track record of enabling educational institutions, businesses, and governments around the world accelerate entrepreneurship, develop talent, and boost competitiveness. A core mission of TUMint is to accompany and guide its global partners on their sustainability transformation journey. The team at TUMint achieves this by designing and implementing cutting-edge solutions in sustainability, including innovation systems, knowledge clusters, and technology transfer programs.

Contact us at [email protected] to learn more about our partnership programs!


Our unique approach to your personal learning experience.

Tailored learning pathways
Customise your professional development journey by selecting those courses that suit your aspirations.

Flexible to your schedule
Ensure maximum flexibility to accommodate your time commitments through a blend of live and self-paced.

Proven learning methods
Rely on validated tools and frameworks, drawing from our extensive training expertise to provide a reliable and effective learning experience.

Captivating course design
Immerse yourself in courses crafted to be engaging, thought-provoking, challenging and enjoyable.

Wisdom from sector leaders
Gain valuable insights and practical tips from seasoned practitioners.

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Questions? Book a one-on-one with us.

Dr. Balzhan Orazbayeva, Manager Strategic Initiatives

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