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Teaching our students about sustainable development

Sustainable development Article published on 02 March 2023 , Updated on 06 March 2023

Sustainable development is an integral part of the courses taught at Université Paris-Saclay, regardless of the programmes students are enroled in. Today, the university is reinforcing its commitment to sustainable development by launching TASK™, a certification which assesses our level of knowledge in sustainable development.

The TASK™ certification: assessing knowledge in sustainable development

To help its students gain new skills, Université Paris-Saclay has undertaken a partnership with Sulitest Impact, a social and solidarity economy company, which produces the TASK™ certification.

Inspired by the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and studies on planetary boundaries and Doughnut economics (a new economic model designed to meet basic human needs and protect the environment), the certification questions the many existing links between sustainability and the impact of man-made systems.

In addition to Université Paris-Saclay, some twenty pioneering higher education institutions have committed themselves to ensuring that at least 75% of their graduates are certified with TASK™, in France and around the world.


What are the current programmes in sustainable development at Université Paris-Saclay?

Université Paris-Saclay offers a wide range of programmes linked to the green transition and sustainable development, in all major disciplinary fields. Five vocational scientific undergraduate degrees and over 30 Master’s study paths incorporate sustainable development in their teaching content. Sustainable development challenges are also at the heart of 23 engineering degrees and specialisations, and 10 specialised Masters courses taught within the university’s Grandes Écoles.

In 2020, Université Paris-Saclay was the first university in France to introduce a common teaching unit for undergraduate students on the ecological transition, based on the work of over 40 researchers and lecturers working in the university’s faculties and institutions.

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