The challenge for complex, polycentric and multi-stakeholder organizations, such as universities, is to seize the opportunities of the Agenda 2030 to promote new institutional governance mechanisms, coherently orienting internal decision-making processes, allocating resources, redesigning organization, the system of incentives for teaching and research.
The Politecnico di Torino strategically chose a third level formation which aims at deepening the knowledge on the «Sustainable Development Goals» as a subject offered in the Doctoral courses as well as their transferability; furthermore, the multidisciplinary approach of these Goals favored a cooperation between the Joint Research Centre (JRC – European Commission, Italian branch, Ispra) and the Politecnico, which has been active for several years.
The Doctoral School has already included a variety of modules in the catalogue of the Hard skills courses in which some of the SDGs aspects are discussed: indeed, despite being offered in specific PhD programmes that are active, all PhD students have the opportunity to attend these courses. In addition, a specific educational path, open to all PhD students, has been created.
It is divided into 4 courses: