Case Studies

UCSI University (Kuala Lumpur Campus), Malaysia

SDGs – Is Malaysia Prepared?

UCSI University has undertaken a huge initiative to implement SDGs across their campus and local community. Through its three year road map, the university encourages and strategically integrates learning, training and practising of SDGs by empowering them as advocates and change makers. The university provides a platform to share knowledge, resources, and opportunities and also provides a global platform that facilitates networking, learning and sharing of experiences.

Some key examples are:

  • In December 2017, UCSI University Sarawak Campus received conditional approval for a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) from United Nations University for Kuching region.
  • In March 2018, UCSI University hosted the SDG Conference for the first time with the theme ‘SDGs – Is Malaysia Prepared?’
  • From April to June 2018, SDGs Secretariat Office, Steering Committee and later Working Committee were formed.
  • In July 2018, UCSI University will be holding SDG Week for campus community.
  • Launching of an online platform called “My SDG Step” for university staff and students to share stories on how they relate the goals with their daily activities

Find out more about it here: http://sdg.ucsiuniversity.edu.my/

University of Aalto, Finland

Embedding the SDGs in research

In 2017, Aalto University launched the Aalto Sustainability Hub to bring together researchers of various fields and promote sustainability throughout the university’s operations. The SDGs are a core element of this work, and the university has started to track the embedding of sustainable development in research and publications. In 2017, sustainable development was the topic of 12% of all publications at Aalto.

Find out more here: www.aalto.fi/sustainability

University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Student-led global goals festival pop-up

Events Management and Performing Arts students at the University of Gloucestershire delivered a pop-up event exploring the Sustainable Development Goals as part of Cheltenham Jazz Festival. The event recorded over 800 interactions with visitors, including many families, and over 250 children completing the experience. Students working in teams developed unique interactive pop-ups, choosing 7 of the 17 Global Goals to provide an integrated journey through sustainability ideas and practice. The journey involved fun activities such as arts and crafts, mini golf, planting, an immersive ocean plastics experience, and a treasure trail. Children were given ‘passports’ and encouraged to collect stamps by visiting each of the pop-up activities to gain rewards. This engagement activity simultaneously improved awareness of the SDGs in the university students as well as the wider community.

Find out more here: www.sustainability.glos.ac.uk

University of Kent, United Kingdom

‘FutureProof’ - A consistent, valuable and flexible culture change project

FutureProof is an initiative that looks at how staff and students can help deliver a University of the future. By challenging each department to review their impacts against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, FutureProof aims to inspire individuals, departments and the whole University community to take action in ensuring that their estate, curriculum and students are ready for the future. FutureProof provides a mechanism for embedding sustainability into Departmental/University objectives; supports existing goals; and provides solutions to current higher education challenges.

Find out more about it here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/estates/sustainability/futureproof/index.html