The goal of the project is the preparation of common curricula by the consortium of 5 partners (Higher Education Institutions in the EU) for the master and PhD degree studying programme entitled: Governance for Sustainability. After the financial crisis it is needed (much more than before) a strategy to comprehensively address long-term issues and lead the economy of every country to stable, balanced and sustainable growth. New sources of growth will have to be supported by investments in infrastructure, innovation and education to facilitate productivity growth, while ensuring sustainable use of resources in a greener economy, within a context of open markets. There is a strong requirement addressed to higher education institutions in the area of teaching young generation and adults the rules of good governance for achieving sustainable development goals. Achieving economic and social stability as a global public good requires better governance especially in developing and transition economies.
It is also the strong requirement addressed to higher education in the area of teaching young generation and adults the rules of good governance for achieving sustainable development goals. Achieving economic and social stability as a global public good requires better governance especially in developing and transition economies. Combination of “sustainability” and “governance” is what make this programme unique and, we believe, needed in global educational market.
Common principles and standards on propriety, integrity and transparency governing the conduct of international business and finance help promote a healthy and sustainable economic system. The social dimension of growth is also crucial in this effort, through the promotion of employment opportunities, the creation and updating of skills and the protection of the weakest through appropriate social safety nets and income support. It is necessary also to strengthen action against corruption, which poses serious problems to the stability and security of societies.
The programme will focus on 6 main pillars:
- Political Stability and Regulatory Quality
- Governance Effectiveness
- Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection
- Social Policy and Better Social Security
- Fundamental and contextual determinants of Sustainability
- Anti-corruption and Legal Aspects of Sustainable Development
- Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Public Health
The impact of the economic crisis on labour markets can undermine social stability. Therefore, good governance must be linked to employment and social policies that reduce unemployment, enable a quick re-entry into the labour market and prevent social exclusion. It is necessary to reduce the impact of the crisis on employment and maximize the potential for growth in jobs in accordance to the promotion of active labour market policies to reduce unemployment, enhance skills development and match jobs with labour market needs; maintain income support for the unemployed; sustain existing employment, including through partial unemployment schemes combined with training provisions.
The emergency response to the economic crisis should not overlook the opportunity to facilitate a global green recovery putting our economies on a path towards more sustainable and resilient growth. Our fiscal stimulus packages are increasingly investing in measures encouraging the creation of green jobs and low-carbon, energy efficient and sustainable growth. These include energy efficiency measures, investment in public transportation infrastructure, incentives for recycling and for fuel-efficient vehicles, research in alternative sources of energy, support for renewable energy technologies, as well as in enhanced CO2 reduction.
Stable and secure energy availability is indispensable for social and economic development; it is essential to ensure global energy security and energy access in developing countries.
The important factor of the future development is also to keep markets open and free and to reject protectionism of any kind. In difficult times it is necessary to avoid past mistakes of protectionist policies, especially given the strong decline in world trade following the economic crisis. The aim is to enhance the international trade of goods and services and to abolish some barriers for technologies and investment goods stimulating the increase of cleaner production. It is needed to maximize efforts and steps to promote and facilitate trade and investment and to refrain from raising new barriers to investment or to trade in goods and services, imposing new exports restrictions. Innovation and knowledge are key factors for supporting the recovery and putting the economy on a more sustainable growth path. It is needed to accelerate innovation in relation to long-term challenges and to encourage the development of new industries, companies and services that will be decisive to create new sources of growth.