An increasing number of universities around the globe are offering degrees in sustainability study and it is really an encouraging trend to say the least. For instance, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and Earth Institute has been offering an MPA (Master in Public Administration) program on Environmental Science and Policy for more than a decade now. In 2011, the Columbia School of Continuing Education and the Earth Institute collaborated to launch an MS program on Sustainability Management. Similarly, there are many other universities who are offering similar programs.
Technological based economic development in the late 20th and early 21st century has totally changed the perspective of high education among the students. Similarly, the dire challenges the global sustainability faces nowadays have also influenced the higher education. People are taking keen interest in concepts like environmental biology, ecology and earth sciences. Similarly, the importance of physics and finance of energy production and consumption is constantly on the rise. The field of organizational management is also experimenting about how to determine organizational effectiveness while considering the growing importance of earth’s resources.
Nowadays, chief executive officers have more knowledge than ever before simply because organizational management has evolved a great deal in recent decades. In the beginning of the 21st century, the global economy became increasingly interconnected. Moreover, it is absolutely essential for executives and managers to include computer based information such as data related to sales and performance in their decisions.
The physical dimension of sustainability is yet another factor managers have to have full knowledge about. It has become mandatory for organizations to measure their carbon imprint on the environment in terms of consumption of natural resources and how their products and the associated waste is affecting the biosphere. This is no longer a minor issue as it has become critical for the survival of some organizations. Management is no longer about HR, finance, strategy, labor and marketing etc. With a population of 7 billion people and rising global economy, it has become necessary to maintain an economy that does not deprive our planet of the ability to sustain life.
It is also a fact that majority of students enrolling in different kinds of sustainability programs already have profound and intuitive understanding of how the world is changing. They realize that they have to face these challenges sooner rather than later. All these factors combine to fuel the popularity of environmental and sustainability education in the world.