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"Sustainability provides an opportunity for the university to reflect on what it teaches."

This was highlighted by Jerusalem Hernández, partner at KPMG, at a workshop organized by the Institute Core Curriculum "It is up to us to prepare the future. Thinking about sustainability".

"It is up to us to prepare for the future. Thinking about sustainability" is the degree scroll of the workshop organized by the Institute Core Curriculum with the participation of professors from different centers and Schools. Among them, the intervention of Jerusalem Hernández, partner of Sustainability and Good Governance at KPMG, who assured that "sustainability gives the university the opportunity to reflect on what it teaches. You cannot design fashion, communicate or be a financier without having a look at how sustainability affects your discipline".

The consultant, who recently arrived from the Climate Summit held in Dubai, reviewed the current challenges facing humanity and their relationship with sustainability. She also stated that "human beings have the capacity to create the impossible, to think about what they cannot visualize. Therefore, we must think in a different way. As Saint Augustine said, 'let us live well, and the times will be good. The times are us; as we are us, so are the times'," he added.

The event brought together experts from different Schools as Professor Isabel Rodríguez Tejedo, from Economics, and the professors of the School of Philosophy and Letters, Juan José Pons and José Ignacio Murillo who made a brief tour of the origins of the concept of sustainability underlining the contribution of the German philosopher Hans Jonas. "In his book 'The Principle of Responsibility', he raised something very interesting: human beings cannot think only of the immediate repercussions of their actions, but must act in such a way that the effects of their actions are compatible with a fully human life on earth in the future."

Finally, he referred to the Sustainable development Goals proposing their study and analysis to consider what their strengths are and what problematic issues they may raise. "The very concept of sustainable development is a way of describing what development should be like but there are different ways of doing this. The Holy See speaks for example of "development integral human ".

Why talk about sustainability

Finally, a roundtable took place with the Vice President of research and Sustainability. Paloma Grau spoke of the four aspects that guide the way to approach this topic at the university: "reflection, regardless of our area of knowledge we have to give that touch of depth that is needed; multidisciplinarity; commitment, the results of the research have to be translated into our way of life; and finally, openness and dialogue with society".

Later, it was the turn of the director of the School of Architecture, Carlos Naya, and the dean of the School of Communication, Charo Sádaba. "Sustainability challenges us, above all, because it is a human issue, it concerns people and, therefore, we cannot say that this does not go with us," he explained. "Accepting challenge means recognizing dissensions, disagreements, identifying them and attacking them with solutions. We have to see how sustainability resonates with us as a university and as a Christian university."

The Institute Core Curriculum of the University of Navarra has as mission statement to promote the humanistic training among students and professors through the teaching and also through the organization of meetings and conference.