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26 Sep 2022  | SIDE EVENT AT COP26

Teaching sustainability and localising the Sustainable Development Goals in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

published date
26 Sep 2022
HUC Secretariat


Deadline: 19 September 2022


About the training

The Himalayan University Consortium (HUC), in partnership with Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, is organising a training that will introduce the key concepts of sustainability, sustainability science, sustainable development, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the context of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. Participants will be able to explore the interdisciplinary methods of inquiry and the transformative and experiential learning approaches to teaching these concepts at the university level.

The training will be delivered online, through a combination of synchronous lectures and asynchronous individual or pair/group learning activities. The training will commence in late September 2022 and conclude by late December 2022.

The programme is equivalent to three credits or 48 lecture hours, structured into two intertwining tracks – subject matters of sustainability and adult learning methodology.


Learning outcomes
  • Understand the key concepts of sustainability and sustainable development and basic principles of sustainability science in the HKH context
  • Learn about SDGs and understand why they must be translated or ‘localised’ in the mountain context
  • Understand the basic principles of adult learning
  • Acquire preliminary skills to facilitate transformative and experiential learning in universities



The following criteria must be met by applicants:

  • Applicants must have at least three years of continuous teaching experience at a university or college in the HKH region
  • Applicants must be teaching at least one subject concerning an aspect of sustainability
  • Applicants must have a concrete plan to apply the knowledge and skills from this training in their upcoming teaching at the home institution

25 participants will be selected from the eight HKH countries and adjunct or compatible regions through a competitive process.

Lecturers from HUC member universities, women, and members of under-represented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Eligible past HUC fellows can redeem their merit points, earlier accumulated in the HUC Online Portal, on the evaluation scale.

Interested in applying? Please fill this form by 19 September 2022.



USD 200

20 top-selected candidates based in the HKH countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Myanmar, and Pakistan – will be offered a fee waiver.



A team of core faculty members consisting of experienced educators and scholars in relevant fields will lead the planning for and execution of the training programme. Renowned speakers of a wide range of expertise in the region and beyond will be invited to selected sessions.



An e-certificate will be conferred to participants who successfully complete the training and its requirements.

Fellows will be able to claim merit points in the HUC Online Portal and have subsequent access to the learning materials of and join the HUC fellow network with its academic exchange benefits.

For more information, please contact huc@icimod.org