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Towards a ?Sustainable University?: scenarios for sustainable university development

Universities are key actors in sustainable development by generating new knowledge as well as contributing to the development of appropriate competencies and raising sustainability awareness. Within a project called ?Sustainable University? at the Leuphana University of L?neburg (Germany), a scenario analysis was carried out in order to think structurally about both the challenges that universities could face in the long run and to establish what chances and problems might arise in future from implementing an orientation towards sustainable development. This analysis results in the characterisation of a ?Higher Education Landscape 2035? consisting of eight clusters of possible future developments. This paper describes the process of inter- and trans-disciplinary scenario development, gives an overview of the scenarios identified, and finally discusses the adaptability of the L?neburg idea of a sustainable university to the future system of higher education.

Keywords: sustainable universities, sustainable development, Higher Education Landscape 2035, scenario analysis, sustainability science, trans-disciplinarity, transformative case study, higher education, future projections

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