Master’s program in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 1 December 2004



(2004), "Master’s program in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 5 No. 4.



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Master’s program in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability

Blekinge Institute of Technology, BTH, Karlskrona, Sweden

This one-year program starts in September 2004, and will contribute significantly to building the growing network of international sustainability practitioners. It is being designed for students, early and mid-career professionals, resource management professionals and executives wishing to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of playing a leadership role in this emerging field. It will also be of interest to political leaders. Students will develop enhanced leadership capabilities, learn how to inform and empower innovation through a clear and structured approach to sustainability, improve presentation, facilitation and coaching skills, and increase their awareness of personal and organizational learning. Upon successful completion of the degree, a “Master’s of Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability” will be granted.

Leading the programme development is Dr Karl-Henrik Robèrt, internationally recognized for his contribution to the understanding of sustainability, founder of The Natural Step and Blue Planet Prize Laureate. According to Robèrt:

  • This new Master’s programme fulfils a critical societal need – to assist the development of a network of committed and capable young leaders with the structured comprehension necessary to lead society to a more attractive and sustainable future.

A wide network of sustainability leaders will bring training from outside the university that is integral to the overall programme including: Margot Wallström, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Göran Carstedt, Society for Organizational Learning, former President of IKEA North America, Dr Manfred Max-Neef, Rector, Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia and a member of the Club of Rome, Leif Johansson, CEO, AB Volvo, Jonas Oldmark, Secretary General, The Natural Step (Det Naturliga Steget), Sweden, Dr Christian Azar, Professor, Chalmers University of Technology and member of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Anders Wijkman, Former head of Swedish Red Cross, Member of EU Parliament and a member of the Club of Rome

For more information on the Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability Master’s Programme, contact David Waldron, Project Leader, e-mail:, Tel: +46 (0)455 385522, or visit the programme Web site at:

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