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RCE Greater Dhaka-2010-2010

RCE Greater Dhaka-2010

1. Continent: 
2. Country: 
3. Location
4. Address: 
RCE Graz-Styria, 36, Heinrichstraße, Graz, Styria, Austria, 8010,
5. Website
6. Contact Details
Name of Contact Person(s): 
Friedrich Zimmermann
+43 316 380-8843
+43 316 380-9886
7. Dissemination references : 
Activities of the RCE.
8. Date of Acknowledgment : 
Friday, August 31, 2007
9. Initial motivation for the establishment of your RCE : 
RCE Graz-Styria was founded in the context of the UN decade
at the Department of Geography and Regional Science at University of Graz at its beginning and was institutionalised at Faculty of Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education in 2009. It serves as a contact point betSince August 31st of 2007, RCE Graz-Styria is officially acknowledged by the United Nations University and contributes to a worldwide experience and knowledge transfer of regional aspects. RCE Graz-Styria offers activities in the fields of education and Lifelong Learning as well as creation of regional value for a sustainable development.ween university and society
10. Vision of your RCE : 
The vision of RCE Graz-Styria is to create innovation for sustainable development in society by education, process development and knowledge exchange between global and local as well as science and practice.
11. Shift of focus : 
RCE Graz-Styria is focusing its mission and objectives on two focus groups:

- Transfer
- Intergenerational Learning
- Research
- Education
- Sustainable University

These focus groups are of rather equal importance whereas certain projects can belong to only one or another. In this respect a shift of focus is possible, however the aims as such stay the same.

2011: After 3 years of running the RCE Graz-Styria, we have gone through a strategy reflection an redifined your strategy according to the projects and experiences gone through during the last years.
Since 2011 our main competence fields are:
a. Education for Sustainable Development - focusing on Higher Education for SD activities adn
b. Sustainability Transitions and Strategies - working together with regional stakeholders from public and provate institutions in the development and assessment of regional sustainability strategies.
12. Which organization hosts the secretariat of your RCE?
Name of Organization: 
University of Graz
Type of Organization (select from the drop down menu): 
Higher Education Institution
13. Short description of your RCE : 
RCE Graz-Styria is a lively pool of engaged institutions and people pushing forward the idea of sustainable development.
14. Added value of your RCE
Transformational Leadership
Sub Type: 
Shared Vision
Brief Explanation: 
In our projects we are working on raising awareness for SD and to build a shared vision among stakeholders and incoming partners.
Sub Type: 
Creating new ideas for SD
Strong trust between partners
Brief Explanation: 
By our activities we aim to find new sollutions for sustainability challenges. High trust is necessary between partners for building capacity for SD.
Decision Influencing Network
Sub Type: 
Common strategies
Brief Description: 
It is very project depending how the leadership structures look like. In some projects the RCE secretariat has strong leadership, in others it is just supporting or co-developing.
ESD & Learning
Sub Type: 
ESD projects
Reflective thinking
Brief Description: 
Reflective thinking is a core principle of our projects. We believe only by reflections we leard for future activities and development.
Transdisciplinary Research
Sub Type: 
Addressing society research needs
Mutual learning between science and Society
Brief Description: 
All our projects actually are strongly transdisciplinary, meaning to involve social partners as also students to learn from each other.
15. Main issues of your RCE
Sustainability / Sustainable Development issues
All our projects are connected to capacity building programmes involving students for reflection and learning.
Capacity development / ESD issues
RCE Graz-Styria strongly cooperates with other RCEs such as:
RCE Rhine-Meuse,
RCE Crete
RCE Cairo
RCE Creias-Oeste
RCE Saskatchewan
RCE Skane
RCE Vienna
RCE Marcedonia
In our region we have strong cooperations in the fields of rural development and recently also e-mobility projects looking for potentials of e-mobility for rural areas.
16. Flagship projects of your RCE
Project name: 
Sustainability Trail in Trofaiach
Short description Describe in 2-3 sentences: 
The Sustainability Trail consists of several boards that deal with different issues of SD (poverty, water...). These boards where developed and created together with a youth centre in Trofaiach (north-west from Graz, Styria) and installed on a trail in this village to be visible for everybody.
Keywords Max. of 5 key words, please separate with a semicolon ";" : 
Trail; Education; Collaboration
Contact for further information (name and e-mail) : 
Clemens Mader
Project name: 
Workshop: 'Methods for sustainable development processes in regions and economics'
On Going
Short description: 
In this workshop students as well as employed persons with different backgrounds have the possibility to work together. Thus the participants can exchange knowledge as well as experiences in the field of sustainability between different generations. and branches of studies.
Keywords Max. of 5 key words: 
intergenerational; workshop; discussion; course
Contact for further: 
Clemens Mader
17. Main results and achievements
a) Advance towards objectives: : 
Referring to RCE Graz-Styria's focus groups (see above: 11.) every realized project and activity is a step towards its objectives.
c) Contributions to reforms and innovations: 
As mentioned before RCE Graz-Styria has been institutionalized at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, Sports Sciences, Geography and Environmental Systems Sciences at University of Graz in 2009. This is a reform at university organization level that can be considered as an improvement for both university and RCE.

- The RCE contributed to the development of the Austrian National Strategy for ESD.
- The RCE was menber of the Austrian Delegaton for the DESD Bonn conference.
- The RCE is member of the Austrian UNESCO Commission Panel for ESD
- The RCE is member of the Advisory Board of the UN Global Compact Austria
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b) Measures:: 
There are often more ideas for projects than funds. In this respect one key task is always to find sponsors and acquire money to be able to realize one's projetcs

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