Dec 6, 2021

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What are the implications of TJD endorsed by WAAS and partner organizations in September 2021 on the need to mobilize knowledge in a more integrated way and extend learning beyond the boundaries of fragmented disciplinary knowledge and allow for greater flexibility of studying; move away from conventional, fixed trajectories towards models based on individual preferences and purposes; and include opportunities for critical learning in study programs to enhance students’ abilities to tackle complex, non-disciplinary problems. What should students, faculty, administration, and funders know about the strategies described in TJD? How will colleges and universities address these strategies: through new curriculum, new departments and centers, or existing structures? What types of relationships are needed? How should we evaluate both progress and success?


  • Benno WERLEN, Chair of The Jena Declaration (TJD); FWAAS


  • Mamphela RAMPHELE, Co-President, Club of Rome; FWAAS
  • Anne SNICK, Transdisciplinary Education in STEAM, KU University * Leuven; Member, Club of Rome; FWAAS; Member, TJD
  • Joanne KAUFFMAN, Independent Expert, Sustainability Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (Retired); Member, TJD
  • Fadwa EL GUINDI, University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A. (Retired); Trustee, WAAS; Member, TJD
  • Sander VAN DER LEEUW, Director of the ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems, Arizona State University; Member, TJD
  • Carlos ALVAREZ-PEREIRA, Executive Committee Member, Club of Rome (CoR); FWAAS; Member, TJD
  • Luiz OOSTERBEEK, UNESCO Chair Humanities and Cultural Landscape Management; Member, TJD
  • Howard BLUMENTHAL, Founder, Kids on Earth; Producer, Reinventing School, University of Pennsylvania; Member, TJD
  • Paul SHRIVASTAVA, Director, Sustainability Institute; Chief Sustainability Officer, Pennsylvania State University; Member, CoR & TJD