Sustainable Development School in Gent

Terwijl Background Educations bezig is met de voorbereiding van de internationale programma’s, kondigen we dit jaar onze eerste summer school aan in… Gent! Lekker dichtbij en razend interessant.

Want nu de Milleniumdoelstellingen van de VN achter de rug zijn, werden de ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ aangekondigd. Met doelen als levenslang leren, duurzame productie en consumptie en duurzame economische groei.

Benieuwd naar kennis én toepassingen? Dan is deze summer school geknipt voor jou. Je leert bij over al deze thema’s en maakt kennis met de werkvloer tijdens bedrijfsbezoeken.

Hou maandag tot woensdag 22-24 augustus alvast vrij en schrijf je in door te mailen naar

De inschrijvingsprijs is € 145 voor de drie dagen, inclusief lunch.

In samenwerking met Catapa, HoGent, Act4Change en Generatie Transitie.



Mon. 22 Aug 2016

SDG 12 Responsible Consumption & Production: the Circular Economy

The first day will focus on a global vision for local future-proof action. We will look into the role of producers and waste recycling. Metals are key components in modern technology, and as our desire for electronics and electrical equipment soars, our throwaway culture is seeing more and more of these valuable, finite resources being lost to landfill. A young new movement is dedicated to recovering these precious metals in a process known as urban mining. To create a product with a low environmental impact, producers need to take into account all phases of its lifecycle. Therefore, we’ll learn why ecodesign is the perfect method. Finally, we’ll visit to Stora Enso a best practice case at the Port of Ghent.

Speakers: Peter Wollaert (UNITAR|CIFAL Flanders), Dr. Maarten Dubois (Senior Manager Cleantech& Sustainability Services), Prof Marc Craps (KULeuven)


Tue. 23 aug 2016

SDG 8 Economic Growth and Employment in the Circular Economy

How can we achieve sustainability with ordinary and everyday transactions; buying bread, generating power, sharing a car? The concept of ‘New Business models’, takes a central focus in sustainable value creation. It is based on three principles: ‘multiple’, ‘collective’ and ‘shared’. The morning session will elaborate on these concepts.

Speakers: Jan Leyssens (Plan C), Wouter Demuynck (Schipperskaai Development)

SDG 4 Quality Education

In the afternoon we will study how lifelong learning is not only a challenging task, but also a necessity for a thriving business. An important task for managers is to ensure training for staff and interns. At the same time, employees have various needs and different interests they want to explore. This session will look into lifelong learning policy for companies, international best practices and the learning needs of adults.

Prof Luc Sels (KULeuven), Gert Vanthournout (UAntwerpen/Artesis Plantijn)

We will conclude the day with an enterprise market where start-ups will present their sustainable business model.


Wed. 24 aug 2016

SDG 17 Partnerships: to Strengthen Implementation and Revitalize Global Partnership

The last day will focus on global partnerships to advance increasing connectivity, collaboration, and innovation towards achieving and measuring the SDGs. In the morning, research questions and cases will be presented by enterprises and NGOs to the participating students of Hogeschool Gent and Karel De Grote Hogeschool. There is also a possibility to present new ideas, developed during the summer school.

In the afternoon, there is a specific session for students and enterprises to be matched, based on research questions from enterprises and NGOs for internships, Bachelor proofs and/or business projects. Other groups can participate in a group visit in Ghent.