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18th SDG-UP Workshop Convenes Breakout Sessions, Highlights Sustainability Efforts of Hokkaido University

UNU-IAS hosted the 18th SDG–Universities Platform (SDG–UP) workshop, including the second working group session.

On 29 July 2022, UNU-IAS organised the 18th workshop and the second working group session of the SDG–Universities Platform (SDG–UP). The online event engaged 52 participants from 23 universities across Japan, in discussions by four working groups that followed up on the previous session.

Working Group on Management

A researcher from Nomura Securities was invited to speak on the use of SDG financing by universities and the diversification of fundraising tools. He stressed the importance of leveraging the organisational credibility of universities to build relationships with diverse stakeholders, and promote strong internal and external engagement.

Working Group on University Evaluation and Accountability

Hokkaido University, ranked 10th in the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2022, reported on the efforts to implement the university's mission through emphasis on practical learning. The Sustainability Promotion Division of Sophia University shared a comparative analysis of the 2022 rankings.

Working Group on SDGs Curriculum

The group presented a progress report on the SDG-UP Academic Consortium established to effectively utilise the online teaching materials "Introduction to the UN SDGs". New course contents and a certificate of completion were also discussed.

Working Group on University Collaboration

The group discussed consolidating and disseminating information on SDG-related efforts by universities through a website. Participants shared views on how to use visualisation to effectively present sustainability issues that each university was addressing.

In closing, Shunichi Murata (SDG–UP Advisor; Professor, School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University) commented on the efforts of each of the four working groups, noting that information sharing and discussions were progressing at a rapid pace. He expressed his hope for opportunities for faculty and students to meet in person to strengthen the network and further develop the platform.

A detailed report on the event is available in Japanese.

 

Participating Universities

This workshop engaged 23 participating universities, which are listed below in alphabetical order.

Hiroshima University

Hokkaido University

International Christian University

International University of Japan

Kanazawa University

Keio Gijuku University

Kwanseigakuin University

Nara University of Education

Notre Dame Seishin University

Ochanomizu University

Okayama University

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

Osaka Medical and Pharmaceutical University

Osaka Metropolitan University

Osaka University

Ryukoku University

Soka University

Sophia University

Tokai University

Tokyo City University

Tokyo Institute of Technology

Toyo University

The University of Kitakyushu

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