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International Conference


October 5-7

why sustentability?

The goal of the PBL2023 International Conference is to evolve and broaden current active methodologies within the framework of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). PBL focused on environmental education promotes critical and creative thinking skills inspiring students to become more engaged with their communities.

This congress will aim to empower learners and teachers of all ages with the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes to address the interconnected global challenges we are facing on the sustainable front, starting with our very own. UNESCO has called for Education for Sustainable Development to be a core component of all education systems at all levels by 2025.

We hope to contribute by dedicating “Semana UCU 2023” (UCU Week) towards environmental education. This is a week-long event, held since 2021, in which the whole university ceases curricular activities in order to participate in different active learning courses throughout the week, with the objective of helping students shape their graduate profiles for their professional lives. The theme for 2023 will be sustainability, touching on climate change, environmental degradation, biodiversity loss, poverty, and inequality as central content.


The Catholic University of Uruguay (UCU), located in Montevideo and other cities in the country, is the oldest private university in Uruguay with the widest coverage of the national territory.

UCU was initially founded in 1882 by the first Archbishop of Montevideo, Monsignor Mariano Soler. It then reopened and was entrusted to the Society of Jesus in 1985, representing the main work of the Catholic Church in Uruguayan higher education. Its commitment to academic excellence, ideological pluralism, ecumenism and interreligious dialogue has made it a leading institution in Uruguay’s cultural life.

From its creation, the Catholic University of Uruguay set itself the challenge of becoming a different and better option in higher education. This has led the institution to focus on areas that had not been considered before, and to play an innovative role in the development of new educational methodologies as well as in the evangelization of culture. Today, with 9,000 enrolled students and several dozens of academic programs, it goes through a consolidation phase, in which the university faces the challenge of responding to the new requirements of Uruguayan society.

We serve the community by spreading knowledge, promoting human formation, and disseminating culture.


Organizing Committee

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