As a result of its own actions, humanity is facing enormous challenges. Declining biodiversity, increasing inequality and climate change are global changes that require action both locally and worldwide. Universities play a key role in combatting and solving climate change and other crises, building the required expertise, and fostering a safe and stable society.

Universities face many expectations related to sustainability given their role as pioneers and producers of effective solutions in cooperation with society and their partners. Are these expectations consistent with the basic roles of universities? To discuss these issues, Universities Finland UNIFI organises the Nordic–Baltic University Rectors’ Virtual Conference on May 12th, 2021.


11.00–14.30 EET


Opening & Welcome – rector Moira von Wright

Presentation of participants on a map – Unifi secretariat

Info about the practicalities – Project manager Janne Wikström, Hanaholmen Finnish–Swedish Cultural Centre


Workshop: The role of Nordic/Baltic institutions of higher education in sustainable development

Introduction to workshop – Vice-director Catharina Groop & Specialist Riina Koivuranta (5-10 min)

Break out to small groups.

Video greetings from Nordic and Baltic universities: “Promoting sustainability in academia” (3-4 videos/small group; 15 min)

Small group discussions 45 min




Workshop continues

Small group discussions continue 45 min


Wrap-up – Vice-director Catharina Groop


Next steps – rector Moira von Wright


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