"Examining Sustainability Is Essential for All"

November 9, 2021

Did you know UniPID offers a Sustainability in Development Module? Students are invited to register and complete at least 5 UniPID virtual courses (worth 5 ECTS credits each) for a minimum total of 25 ECTS credits. We've invited Kaisla Härkönen, a recent module graduate to share her story and this is what she told us!

My name is Kaisla and I am a double degree student from Aalto University and the University of Queensland (Australia) and I specialize in Global Management. I also study Pedagogy and Teaching for Sustainability at the University of Eastern Finland and I have graduated with a master’s degree in English Studies from the University of Helsinki. I have always been interested in economic, educational and social affairs, so I wanted to explore the Sustainability in Development Module.

I found out about the UniPID module through my university’s website. I became interested in this cooperative module in which I can take courses from different universities in Finland, since I was eager to learn about sustainability from different points of view, such as education, economy and health. The idea that I could take interdisciplinary courses intrigued me. Moreover, it was easy to incorporate the courses into my schedule, since they were held remotely, and I was able to work quite independently.

The module is relevant to my studies and professional goals, as I am interested in exploring sustainability and human rights in a global context both in my studies and work. I am currently working as a junior adviser at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations where I have already been able to reflect the courses’ deliverables in practice.

The courses focusing on corporate social responsibility and global development broadened my views on crucial issues. In fact, I have used the skills and knowledge that I learned during these courses with my other courses and master’s thesis work, too. It has been fascinating to realize how intertwined everything related to sustainability really is.

I believe that this module is perfect for every major and subject. It explores themes from different perspectives and allows you to understand sustainability in-depth. The Sustainability in Development Module gives you food for thought in your studies, work and personal life, too.

Follow Kaisla on Twitter @KaislaHarkonen

Read more about the Sustainability in Development Module here!

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