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Master’s Programmes and Sustainability

KTH library with cushions of the 17 SDGs printed on them
(Photo: David Callahan)

If you ever want to witness true, undeterred commitment towards sustainability and the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs), Sweden offers you the sweet front row seats to observe the hustle. I have seen it engrained in everyone’s mind and actions. It’s common to see second-hand market stores where electrical products, clothes, furniture are recycled and reused. Stockholm’s public transportation is aiming to run its services entirely on renewable energy by 2025. Sweden has 99% efficiency in waste management, with barely any waste reaching the landfills.

KTH is striving towards its commitment to the UN SDGs. There are numerous master’s programmes dedicated to studying sustainability in different, diverse fields, starting from production to media management. In fact, from the autumn of 2019, every master’s programme is addressed to satisfy a maximum of three SDGs relevant to them. For example, the Integrated product design (IPD) programme, which I am part of, has adopted:

  1. Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation
  2. Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable
  3. Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

In this direction, we have had course elements, lectures and workshops pushing towards a circular economy. We have been exposed to creating business models that enabled shared functionality instead of mindlessly pushing products to the market. The product design was aimed towards longer life, reusability or recyclability. As a result, there have been several student projects aimed at SDGs. For example, our team worked on generating sustainable electricity at busy junctions of the city by the walking motion of people. Hands-on experience on these topics creates a deeper awareness among the students regarding SDG goals. It is also one of the mandatory requirement to qualify for a degree.

Considering the relevance of SDGs both in the industrial and research context, it is a great move to introduce them as a learning goal for master’s students. It gives us the tools and knowledge to lead society in a more sustainable direction. You can read about the SDGs that are linked to your programme on the home page of the respective master’s programme. You can find the list of master’s programmes offered at KTH here.

Today, 24 February, The Library offers Climate Collage Workshop X KTH Biblioteket. You can register here.

Hej, I am from India currently pursuing Integrated Product Design at KTH. Moving to Stockholm has given me an opportunity to explore the new city like a local yet maintain the awe of a traveler. The vibrant KTH campus and its activities are itself a treat to a creative and aspiring mind. Join me on this journey of stories as we meet amazing people, exploring the innovation and sustainability pursuits happening throughout the KTH campus and the historical treasures of the city and the ways of employing jugaad to survive on a budget in one of the most expensive cities.