n South African Journal of Higher Education - Sustainability and higher education : some thoughts : editorial

Volume 22, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



Environmental problems have reached unprecedented levels, raising the perennial existential question of how we should live once more, as well as educational ones such as what and how we should learn. There have also been calls in recent decades for development and living to occur more sustainably and the years from 2005 to 2014 have been declared the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. It is against this background that I discuss the notion of sustainability in relation to higher education, emphasising the limits of disciplinary knowledge in capturing the complexity associated with the construct sustainability.

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