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Sustainable and Solidary Education

Reflections and Practices

Edited By Monica Tilea, Oana-Adriana Duţă and Alina Stela Reşceanu

This volume of thematic studies offers multifaceted interpretations of education for sustainable and solidary development (ESSD). It is a joint work of academics, teachers and researchers covering the domain of education from the perspective of economy, social sciences, language studies, communication and pedagogy. The authors propose a range of reflections and empirical studies which refer to: various means and methods for an effective teaching/learning process; transversal skills related to ESSD; and the importance of financial resources and quality assurance in education. The unitary and original endeavour of this volume establishes a common meeting point for devising up-to-date methods and practices across disciplines, with a view to supporting sustainable and solidary education.

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Sustainable Development: An Insight into Funding and Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Romania and Iceland (Anca Tănasie)


Anca Tănasie

Sustainable Development: An Insight into Funding and Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Romania and Iceland

Abstract: Sustainable development has become a major research topic as of the 1980s, when European and world leaders officially recognised the importance of other economic and social factors beyond mere economic growth. Transition ensued from the concept of economic growth to sustainable development, i.e. from figures describing economic growth to a range of indicators moving beyond financial accumulations and describing social welfare as a whole. Education and social solidarity are two critical aspects for sustainable development. This paper aims at analysing the contribution of the higher education system to sustainable and solidary development from a double perspective: funding and relations with national quality assurance mechanisms. The research methodology is based on the compared analysis of two highly diverse systems: Romanian and Icelandic. We shall mainly focus on funding strategies, sources and shares compared to other major fields, assessment and quality assurance mechanisms, assessment criteria and their relation to funding. Funding and quality assurance in higher education are thought to have a direct impact on sustainability, since they provide the society with a workforce likely to generate growth and development.

Keywords: sustainable development, funding, quality assurance.

1. Introduction

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