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Sustainability Education-A Challenge for South-East Asia and Europe

Renate Kärchner-Ober1 and Uwe Dippel2
  • 1 , Afganistan
  • 2 ,
Journal of Social Sciences
Volume 7 No. 1, 2011, 90-99


Submitted On: 20 May 2005 Published On: 18 December 2010

How to Cite: Kärchner-Ober, R. & Dippel, U. (2011). Sustainability Education-A Challenge for South-East Asia and Europe. Journal of Social Sciences, 7(1), 90-99.


Problem statement: South-East Asia and Europe face rapid changes in social, economical and political terms. Though starting points are different, both regions experience similar problems. We see a strong slowdown of economic growth; changing proportions of the population through migration, natural disasters, economic reasons and aging populations. Problems and conflicts occur in the first decade of the new millennium, as a lot of changes in the educational sector have been undertaken. This study deals with sustainability education in both regions. Approach: In particular, we compare issues of higher education in Malaysia and Germany. We explore current tendencies and changes from various perspectives and how they fit into a concept of sustainability education. (Or is it education to sustainability, respectively sustainable education?) Results: It is shown, that sustainability in the educational field is possible only, if related to a socio-cultural context that considers the disposition of the individual; instead of using assumptions gathered and subsequently transferred from a society distinct in its predominant descriptors, respectively from determinators of some abstract industrial process demands. Conclusion: Sustainable education is recognized as a not a priori transferable entity in the global context. It must rather be contextualized and suitably embedded into individual and divers societal environs.

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  • Sustainability education
  • curriculum development
  • higher education
  • global market
  • Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF)
  • sustainable learning
  • economic growth