Curriculum Change Squad Call

Join us for the April meeting of the Curriculum Change Squad which will take place on Friday 30th of April at 5 pm CET.

The online meeting will be two hours long and split into two parts, with the first part open for everyone interested to join and the second reserved for curriculum change coaching. For the first part of the meeting we will be focusing on the concept of Degrowth, with Clara Dallaire-Fortier as the featured speaker. This will also include an open discussion around the concept itself.

The second second part of the meeting is reserved for the members of the Curriculum Change Squad and include Curriculum Change coaching sessions.

If you wish to participate, just write us!

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oikos International

posted April 27, 2021

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Race to Zero Campaign

We call on all higher education institutions and networks around the world to join us in the Race to Zero.

The Race to Zero is a global campaign to mobilize leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors and universities for a healthy, resilient and fair, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. 

UNEP, Second Nature and EAUC are working together to represent the higher education sector in this race and already have more than 600 signatories on board with the aim of reaching 1,000 by COP26 in November 2021. 

The objective of the Race to Zero campaign is to build momentum around the shift to a decarbonized economy ahead of COP26, where governments must strengthen their contributions to the Paris Agreement. This will send governments a resounding signal that the sectors are united in meeting the Paris goals and creating a more inclusive and resilient economy. 

The higher education sector’s commitment to net zero is represented through the Global Climate Letter. As a signatory of the Global Climate Letter, you will be showing your institution’s leadership on a global level at COP26 in November 2021 as part of the Race to Zero.

How to join the Race to Zero?

In order to join the Race to Zero, institutions should commit to:

  1. Pledge: having a 2050 or sooner net zero target;
  2. Plan: explain what steps will be taken toward achieving net zero;
  3. Proceed: taking action towards net zero; 
  4. Publish: commit to report progress annually.

Join the Race to Zero by completing the Global Climate Letter sign-up form!

If you require any support in developing your net-zero target, or if you are unable to meet any of the above requirements, please contact Fiona ( at EAUC – The Secretariat for the Global Climate Letter. 

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oikos International

posted April 26, 2021

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Newsletter April 2021

Welcome to the April edition of our newsletter!

We have a very dynamic month behind us, with a good part of it being the planning of FutureLab, which is finally here. In April we also announced the result of the Legislative Meeting voting which took place in late March, including publishing the Annual Report for 2020. Some familiar projects are coming back in the period ahead like the Alumni Weekend and the oikos Case Program, with the latter going through a transformation that we’d like you to be a  part of!

There is also a new opportunity opening up within oikos, for coaches interested in taking part in our falgship LEAP program. Our local chapters are as busy as ever in planning their events for you to join and have written some interesting articles we’re buzzing for you to read.

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oikos International

posted April 23, 2021

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oikos Case Program survey

Be part of oikos International’s transformation by completing our Case Program Mini Survey – it takes less than 5 minutes! The Case Program is going through an exciting transformation with plans for a brand new case platform with not only new content but also new possibilities for engagement. Your feedback will help us improve the quality of the cases as well as develop the program further to create more opportunities for you. Thank you for being part of the change!

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oikos International

posted April 22, 2021

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oikos Alumni Weekend 2021

Dear oikees, Alumni & friends of oikos,

we are very happy to invite you to our amazing Alumni ONLINE Weekend – the time to (re)connect, discuss, learn and share our joint passion for sustainability.

For all oikos Alumni: this is your chance to come home to the oikos spirit, reconnect to old friends, make new ones and find your opportunities to shape oikos also after your study time.

For all active oikees: this is your event to connect to the alumni community, learn about the possibilities after your studies and find new friends in the big oikos community.

To everyone: We count on you to spread the word. Please invite the other alumni and interested oikees that you know 🙂

We’re looking forward to see you soon!
Let’s make use of our energy to meet again, have fun, deepen relationships and keep learning through our amazing community.

Best wishes,
Axel, Benoit, Caroline, Ikshek and Pauline

You want more?: You wish to share your knowledge? Organise a short discussion/workshop? That’s your opportunity to inspire the oikos community! Contact us to become a session owner 🙂

Stay up to date with Alumni Weekend on the LinkedIn Event page

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oikos International

posted April 21, 2021

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oikos Climate Change Webinars: Growing for Green? – Georgia’s new Climate Change Strategy

We’re delighted to invite you to a webinar series by oikos Tbilisi!

The objective of the Webinars is to gather students interested in sustainable development, particularly climate change to underline the importance of the topic for economics, to discuss Georgia’s Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan and to work on a sustainable Business Case. The webinar sessions are going to be held via ZOOM on 5, 6 and 8th of May, 2021, 18:00-20:00 Tbilisi time on all three days. The event will be hosted by oikos Tbilisi and Michael Lüken (ISET – International School of Economics at Tbilisi
State University). The webinar is a contribution to the project “Developing capacities for climate policy in Southeast & Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia”, financed by German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and implemented by GIZ.

Goals of the Webinars
• Raising awareness about climate change locally and regionally
• Improving analytical and logical thinking and research skills
• Working on real business case and find the solution which can be implemented in real life perspective
• Improving team working and sharing experiences
• Acquire theoretical and practical knowledge about the role of corporations, small businesses and startups, governments and non-governmental organizations from a climate change perspective.

To reach above mentioned goals the webinar sessions offer a broad variety of activities. During the interview session and interactive lectures participants will have an opportunity to involve, ask questions and think about the implementation of the best practices in businesses or everyday life. On the other hand they will focus on the particular business case and work on it in small break-out groups with other participants.

Day 1 – Wednesday May 5th
The day will focus on the general idea of climate change in its relation to economics and whether it really affects us. We will have an interview session with climate change expert, professor Michael Lueken will share how climate change influences economics.

Day 2 – Thursday May 6th
This day will focus on the Georgian climate targets and whether the Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (CSAP) is necessary for us. With invited experts from different sectors we will discuss the challenges and opportunities of CSAP.

Day 3 – Saturday May 8th
On the third day our participants will have the opportunity to use the knowledge of climate change, solve the business case and help it to implement sustainable actions in their strategy. The best contributions will be awarded with a prize.

Click here to register for the event.

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oikos International

posted April 16, 2021

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Join us: we’re looking for volunteer coaches!

Would you like to coach young leaders?

The oikos Leadership Program – LEAP inspires young people to become more responsible and sustainable in their decision-making and equips them with insights, knowledge, and tools to do so. The program challenges participants to reflect on their values, purpose, and actions. It helps them to have an empowered voice and encourages them to be proactive about change.

oikos was founded back in 1987 by students who, seeing the absence of sustainability in their formal educational programs, aimed to empower young leaders to drive sustainable change. Even today, after more than three decades, the majority of universities still fail to integrate sustainability holistically and struggle to develop sustainability leaders, resulting in a “leadership crisis.” The LEAP program bridges this gap. It builds and empowers a network of responsible and sustainable decision-makers that holds the keys to solving the challenges of the 21st century.

The LEAP program is now in its sixth run. Since its launch in 2015, the program has welcomed over 300 participants and has had a lasting influence on their lives. Many LEAP participants return to the program as coaches to continue their leadership journey and help new generations of LEAPers – as we like to call our participants – in the process. Today, close to 20 former LEAP participants are engaged in the program.

Since last year, the LEAP Program, engage with volunteer professional coaches. This year, we are also looking for more coaches who want to support these young leaders’ development.

Responsibilities of a LEAP coach

The commitment is at least one hour (60 minutes) a month to one participant of the oikos LEAP Program between May to November 2021. You are welcome to coach more than one participant.

The participants of the program are young people motivated to develop themselves from all over the world. The new cohort has 40 participants with 20 different nationalities.

If you wish to have more information, on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 6:30 pm CEST, we will be answering your questions and explaining the program at

You may also reach out to Adriana at


If you want to commit to coach at least one student per month probono from May-November 2021, please fill out this questionnaire:

Coach Questionnaire
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oikos International

posted April 14, 2021

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oikos Legislative Meeting Spring 2021 Results

We are delighted to share the decisions adopted by the oikos Legislative Assembly which took place on March 28. Due to the COVID19 situation, the meeting was held online with represented full oikos chapters taking part in the voting process.

The Annual Report of 2020 has been approved. It is a very thoughtful created report with all the events, steps and programs we have conducted over the past year. You can take a look at it here

Moving the responsibility of the Auditor Election to the oikos board has been approved. We will announce the appointment of an auditor later this year.

New exciting times are coming up and the constitutional adaptations have evened the way for those upcoming changes:
The amendments of all the paragraphs and the addition of a paragraph have been approved by you. Only the removal of former paragraph Nr.3 with oikos’ vision and mission has not been approved – therefore it will stay in the constitution of oikos International. The new constitution of oikos International can be found here.

The current oikos International President Sophie Charrois was confirmed by the Legislative Assembly in the traditional mid-term vote of confidence.

We would like to thank to all oikos chapters who attended the meeting, taking part in the voting process and shaping oikos International.

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oikos International

posted April 11, 2021

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oikos Annual Report 2020

We are delighted to present to you the Annual Report for 2020 with all the activities of the oikos Community in the year behind us.

Read it here

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oikos International

posted April 11, 2021

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