The glocal curriculum: A model for transnational collaboration in higher education for sustainable development

Guido Caniglia, Beatrice John, Leonie Bellina, Daniel J. Lang, Arnim Wiek, Sean Cohmer, Manfred Laubichler

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Transnational collaborations between universities provide an underutilized opportunity to teach sustainability competencies emphasizing the global and local nature of (un)sustainability. This article asks: what kind of curricula and teaching-learning environments can we use in transnational collaborations so as to prepare future generations to address (un)sustainability across different scales and contexts? The article presents a glocal model for transnational collaboration for sustainability which combines the use of digital technologies for global collaboration with experiences and engagement for local learning and impact. The glocal model was designed and implemented in The Global Classroom, a collaborative project between Arizona State University and Leuphana University of Lüneburg. The model fills two important gaps in higher education for sustainable development. In the theory, it provides new concepts to think about the curriculum and teaching-learning environment of transnational collaborations for sustainability. In the practice, it presents an exemplary implementation that can inform the curriculum as well as the teaching-learning environment of such collaborations. The article concludes that transnational collaborations for sustainability ought to more systematically integrate curriculum reform with approaches to internationalization and digitalization of higher education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-376
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
StatePublished - Jan 10 2018


  • Curriculum reform
  • Digitalization
  • Globalization
  • Internationalization
  • Problem and project based learning
  • Transformative learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Strategy and Management


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