About Us


INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO METROPOLITANO (METROPOLITAN TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE) – ITM is a State Higher Education Institution attached to the Municipality of Medellin, with over 70 years of history and, in 2014 was acknowledged with the HQ Institutional Recognition granted by the Colombian Ministry of Education. Since its beginnings, ITM has been characterized for contributing solutions to different issues faced by the city and the region, becoming a missionary purpose expressed in the academic and research offer as well as in its social projection, with the commitment towards contributing in a meaningful manner to social transformation, to the development of the productive sector and to the improvement of life conditions of all socio-economic strata.

In the exercise of making our university a Higher Education Institution pertinent to environmental challenges, connected to the objectives of sustainable development and the 2030 agenda, we recognize that it is necessary to promote relevant actions from the academy for sustainability, searching for governance, construction of public policies, empowerment of citizens, consolidation of scenarios and networking, in order to exchange concepts and good practices regarding environmental care.

For this reason, at ITM we have decided to create the International Sustainable Development School, collaborating with University of Antioquia and other national and international organizations. This initiative will be held every two years with topics around sustainable development. In particular, this 2017 version’s topic is Air Quality.

ITM Capabilities

The main objective of ITM School of Exact & Applied Sciences is to educate professionals featuring capacity to lead academic and investigation processes, by means of consolidating strategic partnerships with the production sector, the scientific community and society in general as well as strengthening academic and scientific networks leading to excellence under the framework of ethics, social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

Within its departments, the School has the one allocated to Environmental and Construction Sciences, which allows disciplinary links of great value to understand constructive interventions and different relations with the environment, under sustainability criteria. The Research Group on Basic, Applied and Environmental Chemistry - ALQUIMIA is attached to it; it studies environmental problems at regional and national scope, through interdisciplinary research projects. It features the following research lines:

  • Development of new materials.

  • Sustainable Development and Environmental Chemistry.

  • Environmental Management & Occupational Health.

  • Construction Material & Technologies (MYTEC, in Spanish)

Specifically, the Research Line on Sustainable Development and Environmental Chemistry aims at developing research studies featuring scientific and technological nature contributing to solve environmental issues and community needs through generating and applying new interdisciplinary knowledge, oriented to design and evaluate environmental, social and economic processes contributing to avoid, reduce and mitigate environmental impacts, aiming at the region's sustainable development.

This Department of Environmental Sciences and Construction also hosts the Masters in Sustainable Development, a program that started its fourth cohort for 2017 and which has the following research and deepening lines:

  • Sustainable Planning & Land-use of the Territory.

  • Greener Technology Innovation and Implementation.

  • Biomaterials, Eco-design and Sustainable Construction.

  • Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration through Economical Assessment of its Environmental Services.

  • Prevention and Correction of Environmental Factors Affecting Human Health.

  • Social Appropriation of Knowledge Aimed at Sustainable Development.

The Master’s Degree is supported by the Sustainability Laboratory, conceived as a reference center aiming at studying and formulating research projects in Sustainable Development, closely related to environmental, social and economic dimensions. Its purpose is analyzing development proposals and their impacts on environmental biotic and abiotic factors, including their interrelationships. This way, environmental elements are included from a human perspective, and from the manner how man meets his needs through the use of the resources. To this end, extraction, production, exchange, distribution and consumption of goods and.

The laboratory also supports the search for innovative processes in order to avoid overcoming the carrying capacity of ecosystems. Finally, it aims at becoming a reference center that systematically and rigorously collects, prepares and evaluates basic information on the region sustainability, making it an important information source decision-makers and society in general.

University of Antioquia

University of Antioquia is a State Higher Education Institution, it aims at researching, developing and disseminating knowledge in fields including humanities, science, arts, philosophy, and technology through researching, teaching and extension activities carried out in the undergraduate / postgraduate programs featuring classroom, blended, open and distance teaching methodologies, put at the service of man's integral conception.

Purpose of the School

To promote the study and exchange of good practices in sustainability, in order to generate intervention and transformation processes contributing to the Sustainable Development amongst living creatures, environment, economy, societies, culture and institutions.

Why an International School?

Because sustainable development issues are not exclusive to a territory, as well as the obligation to improve and implement policies, cultures and practices for the planet’s harmonic transformation. Likewise, because there are significant experiences in other latitudes with great possibilities to transfer them into local realities, and finally, because this space supposes generating new alternatives that may be shared with others.

The School, on the other hand, supposes a scenario meant to exchange experiences, knowledge and cultures, where not only knowledge interacts, but also individualities. We understand the School as a sum of opportunities, spaces, environments and diverse experiences, where you can co-construct, reinterpret and implement working models and articulations to find solutions to sustainable development current issues.

Methodology of the School

The International Sustainable Development School may be itinerant, according to the topic to be studied. In this respect, any city, region or country, may adopt it according to its needs and, in coordination with its creators.

For its development, the School will have the following methodology:

  • Cathedra development with local and international experts, oriented to closed groups.

  • Field visits to strategic places of the city, to demonstrate works conducted and related to the topic of each version.

  • Acknowledgement of experiences around topics to be studied and formulation of research proposals and development of solutions.

  • Networking and creation of knowledge communities between participants and linked organizations.

  • Development of Master Class, understanding it as an education space open to the general public.

  • Generation of public policies around the topic.

Experience recognition exercises, networking and generation of public policies will be tasks to be performed by the School, to be developed during the two years following completion of each version. Starting in 2019, outputs will be presented around these activities as part of the opening session of each version.

Profile of the School Student

  • Decision makers from Colombia and the world.

  • Business leaders.

  • Managers and activists.

  • Master and PhD students in related subjects.