University of Pécs is the first university in Hungary, it was founded in 1367 and celebrated the 650th anniversary of its foundation in 2017. The university with its more than 20.000 students, 10 faculties and with 1 400 lecturers and researchers is among the most important academic, scientific, and cultural centers of Hungary and the Transdanubian region of the country. University of Pécs represents classical values and reflects present and future the challenges of the 21st Century as well. Covering a wide range of educational areas, it reaches out far beyond the city of Pécs and operates an independent faculty in Szekszárd and runs significant training programs in the towns of Kaposvár, Szombathely, Zalaegerszeg, and even abroad in Zombor, Serbia.
Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Education and Regional Development of the University of Pécs, Hungary is among the youngest faculties of the oldest university in Hungary. The main mission of the faculty is to train future intellectuals with creative and critical thinking, who can respond to the challenges of our era and are willing to lead positive changes in the world. The faculty provides its educational programs, courses, scientific events of high standard, innovative, creative practices beyond well-established theoretical knowledge in two cities, Szekszárd and Pécs.
The faculty has become a cultural, scientific, and training center, where experts, professionals and professors foster rich tutoring and collaboration with students besides their international research, scientific and teaching practices. The faculty is offering BA, MA programs, short cycle programs, summer and winter courses and a Doctoral study program as well. The faculty has excellent collaborations and initiatives with other faculties and organizational units of the University of Pécs, and several other universities, research institutions in Hungary and abroad. Therefore, the future and present students have excellent opportunities to gain fruitful professional and personal experiences on the fields of cultural sciences, education, and regional development. Students of the Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Education and Regional Development are empowered by marketable and effective skills competences and knowledge which contribute to their personal and professional growth in order to make our world a better place.
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Professor Gábor Szécsi
According to the Brundtland definition, sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Within sustainable development, we can identify the three pillars of society, environment, and economy, what can be interpretated in the dimension of culture. Education for sustainable development means that education must establish connections between these dimensions to understand and make the functional rules of connections clear for everyone. Education for sustainable development should not be equated with environmental education that focuses on humankind’s relationship with the natural environment without the broader context of social, economic, and cultural factors like equity, poverty, democracy, and quality of life.
The Greenway Winter School is focusing on the present questions of sustainability and the basic messages of the green philosophy, our interdisciplinary and applied approach helps to draw up the present trends and future perspectives of sustainability worldwide in the 21st century. Presentations and case studies from all around the world help to understand the local, regional, and international challenges of sustainability and participants could share experiences and examine the past, present, and future challenges of sustainability and green philosophy in practice.
Almost 50-year experience of education for sustainability shows that there have been several global, regional and local attempts, activities, programs but on the other hand it is impossible to change the way of thinking of humanity from one day to another. If we are looking back to the history of the humankind, these processes usually worked when negative feedbacks were strong enough which were forced the people to change their way of thinking and way of life. Most of the cases these learning and adapting processes were not very nice and peaceful, although overall, it was a successful story, but not for everyone and not for every time. Right now, the basic aim could be to solve and control the challenges of humankind without crisis, which is a common ‘game’ so everybody is involved at every stage and level all over the world. Beside the relatively well-known problems like global warming or environmental and social problems we face all over the world, the present worldwide virus crisis is one of the biggest negative feedbacks, but it seems that it was not big enough to change lifestyles and way of thinking: instead of this the most typical activity is how to bring back the pre-crisis economic and social situation without relevant new alternatives.
In permanently changing environmental and socioeconomic circumstances is very hard to forecast how we should manage and mediate university activities and what is exactly going to be useful in the future. The changes of the world are relatively fast, in most of the cases we are not able to see all the changes, we are not able to feel the real situations, and hardly can say what and how we have to react to reach better solutions. Permanent green approach in higher education could be one answer for these challenges.
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