The SuLiTest Project 2016

The international Sustainability Literacy Test, established after the UN Rio+20 conference in 2012, is in use in over 20 countries. It comprises of 30 international questions that are common for all who take the test, and 20 local/regional questions. The existence of the local questions depends on the activity of the local experts – the questions are developed by voluntary sustainability experts forming a regional expert committee (RNEC). The questions created are validated by a senior advisory board of the SuLiTest before they can be used in the test.

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The Nordic SuLiTest-project

The final conference of the project was held in the University of the Faroe Islands 26.-28. October 2016.

The one-year project aimed at applying the test to the Nordic context by establishing a Nordic and national Regional Expert Committees to create the local questions. The questions were also be piloted in the partnering universities. Based on the pilots, the project analyzed Nordic students´ literacy on sustainability and suggested improvements to Nordic higher education according to the findings.

In Finland the development of the test began already in 2014, when Martti Ahtisaari Institute (University of Oulu) created the questions for Finland. The Nordic Sulitest-project collaborated with the Martti Ahtisaari Institute and was able to use also their pilot results in the analysis.

In the next phase, the questions will re-evaluated and developed further, after which the test can be distributed to a wider number of Nordic HEIs.

Project partners and contact information

  • Project coordination: Aalto University, Finland: Meeri Karvinen,
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden: Hélène Hermansson,
  • University of Gothenburg, Sweden: Ullika Lundgren,
  • University of Oslo, Norway: Jorulf B. Silde,
  • Norwegian University for Science and Technology NTNU: John E Hermansen,
  • University of the Faroe Islands: Lau Blaxekjær,
  • Roskilde University, Denmark: Thomas S. Grindsted,