This year oikos International is teaming up with Copernicus Alliance to bring you oikos Academy in an expanded format! A full month of transforming education from October to November will put the student into the center, fostering a learner-driven drive in this transformation.

The Academy is also collaborating with LEAP Researchers – a program within our Leadership Initiative – LEAP which focuses on supporting personal and professional development of early career researchers – masters and PhD students. From June to December LEAP Researchers participants will support oikos Chapters through hosting workshops, coaching and mentoring.

Six oikos Chapters – Barcelona, Graz, Jamshedpur, Kano, New Delhi and St. Andrews – will host in-person sessions and workshops at their local universities representing the onsite aspect of oikos Academy.

Finally the collaboration between oikos and Copernicus Alliance will result in a student takeover of their annual Higher Education Summit 2023 which is set to take place online from 23 to 25 November. Envisaging a Copernican Revolution within higher education and for a sustainable future, the Summit and oikos Academy both raise the question: ”How can we foster collective transformative learning spaces and integrate them into higher education?”.

what is oikos Academy?

oikos Academy is a month long process of collective action. It includes:

  • Change labs for innovative and scalable solutions to address the sustainability challenges in higher education
  • A sharing platform for skills and capacities around leadership, change management, sustainability practices, new economic thinking and business solutions.
  • A driver for institutional change through clear commitments and actions as outcomes of the event.

What is behind oikos Academy?


Students co-creating the future of their Higher Education Institutions through collaborative action and creative dialogue locally and internationally.


The oikos Academy opens creative spaces for students, professors, university management and other stakeholders to get inspired & initiate change at their institutions.


Together, students facilitate interactive dialogue within and across multiple institutions and plant the seeds for collective strategising towards concrete action on campus fostering regenerative learning.


Higher education plays a critical role in preparing the next generation of leaders shaping our society and economy. Students need to be prepared for the challenges of the 21st century, and to achieve that goal, they need to be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary to drive positive change and advance sustainability. As we all know, nothing worth creating is built in a vacuum, so collaboration and co-creation among faculty, research and students is required to navigate through the complexity of the existing frameworks, find actionable solutions, and take the entire learning process to the next level.

What is new for oikos Academy 2023?

oikos Academy x LEAP Researchersoikos Academy x LEAP ResearchersLearner driven mentorship
Onsite hosting chaptersOnsite hosting chaptersMeet the chapters behind the onsite program
oikos Academy x HES 2023oikos Academy x HES 2023A student takeover of Higher Education Summit 2023

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Transforming Education