The CapSEM Project will contribute to achieve global frameworks for sustainable development, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UNFCCC Climate Agreement, and help to combat climate change and global poverty from a transregional perspective. Viable solutions for such global problems will only be created through multi-actor collaborative partnerships and increased educational capacity and sustainability knowledge around the globe.
1) To expand sustainability and environmental management capacity at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Uganda, India and Nepal, in order to build knowledge and practical experience for sustainable poverty reduction, development and innovation.
2) To respond to recognized national and local needs, and assist partner (HEIs) in the development of curriculum and training materials that:
a) turn students into a new responsible workforce for sustainable growth,
b) engage and train local industry partners on improved sustainability methods and practices, and
c) strengthen the relationships between HEIs, in both program and partner countries, and the wider social and economic environment.
Primary objectives will be achieved through the following secondary objectives:
1) To assist partner HEIs in the development of sustainability and environmental management curricula that meets local, regional and international needs, such as in the sectors of agriculture, energy and infrastructure;
2) To build the capacity of professors and faculty at partner HEIs to be transferred to both students and to local industry partners;
3) To develop new environmental management and sustainability curricula that provides students with the knowledge necessary to become a responsible and informed future workforce;
4) To develop and host industry training seminars that provide companies with practical methods for improved sustainability, and that bridge the gap between academia and the industrial sector;
5) To facilitate cooperation between program countries (Norway, the Netherlands and Portugal) and partner countries (India, Nepal and Uganda), and between the partner country regions of Asia and Africa through both physical and electronic methods;
6) To develop innovative teaching strategies and presentation of materials including one information and communication
technology (ICT) based course, available for project partners, but also openly online.