NUI Galway recognises the importance of increasing sustainability knowledge among all campus users, including students, staff and community partners. We are working towards an internationally-acclaimed sustainability curriculum that is relevant to the needs of society and responsive to change.

The NUI Galway Strategy 2020-2025: Shared Vision, Shaped by Values; commits to using the UN SDGs as a framework for developing the next generation of students, researchers and innovators for tackling society’s evolving sustainable development challenges. The strategy contains a firm commitment to embed sustainability across our learning, research and the student experience so that our entire campus community can gain the necessary knowledge and skills to become sustainability role models and leaders.

daffodils in front of the engineering building

Photo by Prof Chaosheng Zhang

NUI Galway "Green Modules"

NUI Galway currently offers 303 modules covering environmental and/or sustainability issues, spanning all colleges and crossing disciplines as diverse as geography and engineering. We will continue to provide teaching and learning programmes that respond to societal needs and that educate students who will be valued for their world readiness. By offering courses covering sustainability issues, we can equip our students to lead society to a sustainable future. Read more here in the Sustainability Course Inventory 2021

‌‌‌‌NUI Galway Introduction to Sustainability Module

In Academic Year 2020/2021 NUI Galway introduced a new module entitled 'Introduction to Sustainability‌' to provide students with a broad overview of key topics relating to environmental, social and economic sustainability. The module is a collaboration across disciplines, schools and colleges and explores the interconnectedness of the SDGs in addressing global challenges. The Introduction to Sustainability module was launched in 2020 to a cohort of students and will eventually become an Institutions wide module.

Teaching delivery methods

The University is committed to developing programme delivery methods that incorporate project-based and field-based learning, service learning and problem solving. We aim to complement teaching and learning activities through external engagement with employers, alumni, mentors, practitioners and community partners.

Through our sustainability work, we will forage partnerships with the Community Knowledge InitiativeCampus Engage and others to harness the power of community-university partnerships to promote the principles and practices of sustainability in education.