Educating Future Change Agents (EFCA) is an exciting new research project into the question of how students can be best educated to become impactful change agents who drive forward the necessary sustainability transition. Research will be conducted jointly at two of the leading universities in sustainability education, Leuphana University of Lüneburg in Germany and Arizona State University in the United States. The project addresses how competence acquisition can best be fostered through novel teaching and learning approaches in individual sustainability courses as well as through an entire sustainability curriculum. Research will focus on the acquisition of sustainability competencies in sustainability programs, teacher education programs, and extra-curricular programs on social entrepreneurship at both universities using a multi-methodological approach, combining in-depth qualitative case studies with a quantitative sample study to generate both detailed as well as generalizable insights.

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The project is funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung, via the “Science for sustainable development” call, and is hosted by Leuphana University Lüneburg. Educating Future Change Agents is located at the joint Center for Global Sustainability and Cultural Transformation (CGSC) of Leuphana University Lüneburg and Arizona State University.