SDG Hubs

SDG 1: NO POVERTY

Kristu Jayanti College (India) offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs and hosts several research centers, including one on social work which has conducted projects focused on contemporary social issues. The college wants its students “to realize their potential and make positive contributions leading to prosperity of the society and the nation at large”. Among the core values of the college is to instill in students a dedication to community and a commitment to uplifting marginalized groups. The institution seeks to empower students from different socio-economic backgrounds through education and a culture of community engagement and believes quality education is a powerful weapon to ensure a zero-poverty world. To further this work, the Jayantian Extension Services program was started to develop awareness about social realities, to connect students with underprivileged communities and to empower them to engage in social change.

SDG 2: ZERO HUNGER

The University of Pretoria (South Africa) is one of five research-intensive universities in South Africa. The University’s long-term strategy, UP 2025, is centered on research that addresses societal problems and, in particular, problems faced by Africa as a developing region. It hosts a number of SDG2-related Institutes, Centers and collaborate widely with South African, African and international institutions. The primary coordination structure for this focus is the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being (IFNuW), the Centre of Excellence in Food Security (co-hosted with the University of Western Cape), the South African SDG Hub, as well as lead roles in three Feed the Future Innovation Labs (Food Security Policy, Food Processing and Sorghum and Millet), among a number of other initiatives and programs. At IFNuW the university has pioneered the facilitation of transdisciplinary research in food security and nutrition. In just five years, it built an active platform of over 85 academics drawn from 35 departments across the university. The institution as a whole has also prioritized the integration of the SDGs in its curricula across all Faculties and it has partnered with the UNLEASH program.

SDG 3: GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

The philosophy of New Giza University (Egypt) is to create an extraordinary youthful environment filled with energy, talent, and cultural diversity that redefines the future Egypt. The institution, which aspires to be a beacon in healthcare education in the Middle East and North Africa region, offers undergraduate degrees in Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy, and believes in participatory approaches where students along with different stakeholders and community members could work together. Aside from organizing simulations of the World Health Organization, it actively promotes awareness campaigns on key international days related to health such as World Diabetes Day, World Down Syndrome Day and World Health Day. It has also participated in the MENA Health Policy Forum and it takes part in a wide range of health initiatives promoted both in Egypt and abroad, in partnership with several academic institutions and health-related entities.

SDG 4: QUALITY EDUCATION

The University of La Punta (Argentina) was created to provide intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to the population of the Argentinian province of San Luis. It believes in the need to ensure access to quality education by both traditional and nontraditional means, including virtual education and the use of information and communications technologies. Aside from a partnership with UNHCR to integrate and provide education to refugees, the university offers free housing to students, diverse educational choices for local communities and a wide range of options to make education more accessible.  For the University of La Punta education must be inclusive and interdisciplinary, while respecting local needs and customs. The institution considers education as the most critical issue within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as it directly impacts the advancement of the other Goals at all levels of society, but in particular the marginalized and most vulnerable sectors.

SDG 5: GENDER EQUALITY

The Ahfad University for Women (Sudan) aims to prepare women to assume responsible roles in their families, communities, and in the nation. In keeping with this objective, the ‘Ahfad experience’ embraces a combination of academic courses, on-the-job training, individual research, and community extension activities. This combination of activities is designed to prepare women from all parts of Sudan to become change agents in their families and communities and to assume leadership positions in society. The university hosts the Regional Institute of Gender, Diversity, Peace and Rights which is focused on awareness, research and training on a wide range of gender issues. It offers four Master’s programs on Gender and Development, Gender and Peace Studies, Gender and Governance, and Gender, Migration and Multicultural Studies. It also hosts the Gender and Reproductive Health and Rights Resource and Advocacy Center.

SDG 6: CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION

The University of Manitoba (Canada) is a top research-intensive institution and is the largest university both by total student enrollment and campus area in the province of Manitoba. Its mission is “to create, preserve, communicate and apply knowledge, contributing to the cultural, social and economic well-being of the people of Manitoba, Canada and the world” with sustainability being one of its key values. One of the most recent water related projects was the upgrading of water fountains in the University Centre building. To reduce waste and promote universal access to potable water, outdated, seldom used fountains were replaced with new bottle fillers with automatic sensors. And, through its Centre for Human Rights Research, the university is carrying out projects on clean water and water and sanitation security considering the needs of the indigenous peoples of Canada with the active participation of those communities and the publication of several articles on the subject. 

SDG 7: AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Energy Policy and Development Centre (Greece) is devoted to the study of issues related to the geopolitics of energy in Southeast Europe, the Black Sea and Central Asia regions. With emphasis on the development of regional energy markets, the construction of transcontinental and regional energy interconnections and climate change policies, it promotes scientific and economic cooperation on these issues. KEPA organizes an international conference on energy policy issues, publishes the Euro-Asian Journal of Sustainable Energy Development Policy and undertakes projects on energy efficiency and green energy. The center is currently focused on policies on climate change, the implementation of the "smart grids" concept, the development of "virtual" power plants and the promotion of a regional energy market. The building where it is housed is one of the few public buildings designed in bioclimatic terms and has a green roof as part of its construction.  

SDG 8: DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

The Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering, and Management Sciences (Pakistan) is dedicated to providing quality education with a focus on research and equipping students to be productive members of society while contributing to the socio-economic uplift of Pakistan in general, and the region of Balochistan in particular. It believes that quality education can contribute to economic growth and it has incorporated entrepreneurship in its curricula for all major degree programs and encourages its students and alumni to launch their own start-ups. To extend support to its students, the university in collaboration with Ministry of Information Technology, established a National Incubation Center on campus. The university also launched the Enterprise Challenge Programme, which is an inter-school competition designed to inspire and instill entrepreneurial and business acumen among young people and also to encourage them to consider entrepreneurship as a career option.

SDG 9: INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Nagaoka University of Technology (Japan) aims to produce creative abilities based on the educational philosophy of “Science of Technology (GIGAKU)”. NUT has sent over 10,000 graduate-level leading engineers out into the world and contributed greatly to the development of the world industry and infrastructure. The institution believes that the SDGs should be the basic principle of engineering education and recognizes the role that engineering, science, technology and innovation can play in building resilient infrastructure and promoting international scientific collaboration for sustainable development. NUT founded the engineer education program “GIGAKU SDG Institute” and established the “UNESCO Chair on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development”. A key initiative is the Nagaoka Summer School for Young Engineers that offers international students the opportunity to participate in research in the areas of engineering, materials science and technology.

SDG 10: REDUCED INEQUALITIES

Western Sydney University (Australia) is one of Australia’s largest and most dynamic universities with a geographic footprint across one of the nation’s most important economic and culturally diverse regions. It aims to develop students that are global citizens, innovators and future thinkers. The university believes it is important to lead the way in supporting socially just and ecologically responsible societal transformation. Its research institutes contribute to word-leading research in different sustainability fields. The university has embarked an on institutional wide curriculum transformation initiative which seeks to equip its students for success in a disrupted future of work and society. One of the highlights of its program towards inclusion is the Indigenous Education Policy, that provides guidance for the development and management of Indigenous education providing Aboriginal people with access to higher education. It is also intended to foster international Indigenous awareness and collaborative projects.

SDG 11: SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES

Carlos III University of Madrid (Spain) is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Spain whose mission is to contribute to the improvement of society through high-quality education and cutting-edge research in line with stringent international guidelines. Its activities are guided by a set of values, including sustainability and respect for the environment. The university offers a Master’s degree in Sustainable Urbanism and Urban Policies and through the “Pascual Madoz” Institute of Land, Urbanism and Environment hosts a number of research groups focused on sustainability issues. It has also implemented several innovative solutions on campus such as electric vehicle charging stations, awareness campaigns to encourage the use of public transportation and an annual ‘Green Week’ to engage with students on issues of sustainability and promote individual and community action about the SDGs.

SDG 12: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

The University of Buenos Aires, Faculty of Economic Sciences (Argentina) has a strong commitment in relation to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A number of research projects are currently being undertaken on several SDG-related topics, in particular Goal 12. One of the many innovative initiatives aside from those related to recycling and a proper use on campus of vital resources such as water and energy, relates to the ‘Festejos Responsables’ (Responsible Celebrations) campaign to create a cultural change by ending the practice of wasting food while celebrating commencements or graduations. About three and a half tons of food have been collected and donated to civil society organizations dedicated to address the needs of vulnerable groups and underprivileged communities, as well as soup kitchens and schools. The Faculty has also created campaigns to create awareness towards faculty, staff and students and also the local community.

SDG 13: CLIMATE ACTION

The University of Zurich (Switzerland) is Switzerland's largest university and it sets priorities in research and teaching by considering academic requirements and the needs of society. In addition, UZH takes different steps toward achieving a sustainable campus. The Departments of Geography, Political Science and Communication and Media Research work on topics such as climate change adaptation and mitigation, impact reduction and early warning, the negotiation processes under the UNFCCC and the interlinkages between climate and energy policy. The Center for Financial Networks and Sustainability is engaged in proofing the concept of climate stress tests of the financial system. Four senior researchers have been involved as Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) lead authors and the university has produced several peer reviewed publications which have fed into IPCC reports. Furthermore, a group of researchers created an informal network for “Interdisciplinary Climate Research”.

SDG 14: LIFE BELOW WATER

The University of Bergen (Norway) is one of Norway's leading comprehensive research universities. UiB organized the inaugural, high-level SDG Conference Bergen in February 2018 on behalf of the university sector in Norway and in cooperation with the Government of Norway. UiB has developed “SDG Bergen” which is a strategic initiative to engage with the SDGs and includes science diplomacy and scientific advice. The university has also created the SDG Bergen Task Force to address and develop the science-policy interface. The institution launched a new sustainable ocean research center to strengthen research on a sustainable ocean. Marine research and education is one of three focus areas at the institution and there is also a marine advisory board encompassing all faculties. This underlines the scope of the university’s marine academic community and by establishing this center, the institution asserts its commitment to integrating the SDGs in the university's strategies.

SDG 15: LIFE ON LAND

The University of Zanjan (Iran) Faculty of Agriculture has departments of Agricultural Extension, Communication and Rural Development (Agricultural Extension and Education), Horticulture, Plant Protection, Soil Science, Apiculture, Water Engineering, and Food Science and Technology, offering theoretical and practical learning and education in a wide range of undergraduate, Master and PhD courses. The university has conducted almost a third of its research on topics such as integrated watershed and management of biodiversity, natural resources and soil. The institution also plans to restore biodiversity and support local wildlife following the ‘green management strategy’ which, in addition to administrative process and physical effects, entails cultural engagements and educational activities to increase social awareness and common sensitivity. With a range of partners, the university has hosted several national, regional and international events on issues directly connected to biodiversity.

SDG 16: PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS

De Montfort University (United Kingdom) aims to build a scholarly community committed to the public good and underpinned by an ability to challenge convention and create impact. As the lead institution of higher education in the UN’s #JoinTogether campaign, DMU is leading universities and organizations around the world to ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The university has committed to creating a support program designed for refugees and asylum seekers. The program offers a wide range of activities, from mentoring young refugees into further education through skill development sessions. The institution has actively promoted the respect, safety and dignity of refugees and migrants while emphasizing the benefits of migration and diversity. It is also promoting the ‘Share My Story’ project, which will create an oral history archive of the different experiences of refugees. DMU also offers courses and programs related to global human rights issues.

SDG 17: PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS

The American University in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) is a private, non-sectarian institution of higher learning that serves UAE nationals and international students. The institution is committed to shaping global citizens that strive to contribute to both their careers and society. What stands at the heart of the institution is a desire to succeed on all fronts which is manifested in its Purpose-Related Goals, which highlight an aim to foster intercultural understanding and to economically advance all stakeholders. The American University in Dubai strives to have global, moral, and forward-thinking individuals with an insatiable thirst for knowledge. One of the ways it advances these goals is through institutional relations with universities, non-governmental organizations and the United Nations System, but also its links with secondary education institutions and the public sector through a variety of collaborations. This demonstrates that partnerships are a key to success when it comes to the advancement of the SDGs.