ENLIGHT Rectors sign Sustainability Engagement

(07-12-2021) The rectors signed the Sustainability Engagement during the ENLIGHT General Meeting. It engages the signatories to contribute to sustainable development and to lead by example in the areas of management, education and research.

Sustainability Engagement

The main elements of the ENLIGHT Sustainability Engagement are:

  • In line with its mission statement, all ENLIGHT institutions want to underline the importance of education to empower learners to tackle major societal transitions and to promote equitable quality of life and sustainability. As future change-agents, students need more opportunities to gain specific knowledge, skills and innovation potential to combat climate change. ENLIGHT wants to extend the integration of sustainability education to all study levels and throughout all disciplines and install a ‘culture of sustainability’ throughout our universities.
  • While enhancing the opportunities for students to engage in international learning and for staff to cooperate with international peers, ENLIGHT is working on structural ways to harmonize internationalisation with sustainability and to reduce carbon emissions.
  • As critical peers the ENLIGHT universities are committed to using the diversity of the alliance as a strength to identify frontrunner approaches and benchmarks through peer review for continuously improving our institutional policies. Our aim is to set new standards for each other as partners in improving our strategies to fight against climate change. Herein, the social dimension is essential to create equitable well-being.
By signing this engagement, Ghent University further commits itself to taking up a pioneering role in advancing societal issues in the field  of international higher education. Take, for example, the recent call to action in the context of the COP26 conference by the CESEAR network, presided over by Rector Rik Van de Walle.

Download the full ENLIGHT Sustainability Engagement.


ENLIGHT is an alliance of nine European universities with the ambition to transform higher education and empower learners as globally engaged citizens. The ENLIGHT partners are the universities of the Basque Country (ES-PV), Bordeaux (FR), Bratislava (SK), Galway (IE), Göttingen (DE), Groningen (NL), Tartu (EE), Uppsala (SE) and Ghent (BE). ENLIGHT is funded by the European Universities initiative. Further information is available on the ENLIGHT website.