This week we continue our two week special focus on the work that signatories around the world are doing in terms of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as highlighted in their Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports submitted throughout 2018. This is part of the information exploring how the schools are exploring the SDGs on campus. To read the full report click here.
Thousands of individual initiatives were highlighted across all regions. Here are 17 linked to the SDG they focus on. For more information on the individual initiatives click on the links to read the school’s SIP report.
SDG 1: No Poverty – UniCesumar in Brazil Typing The Future project trains individuals from poor communities in information technology in order to help them find jobs. Individuals are trained over 30 different weekly sessions by student volunteers. The project also offers individuals aged 12 to 60 a range of other workshops including digital inclusion training.
SDG 2: Zero Hunger – The Vivekanand Education Society at Mumbai University in India collaborated with the Indian Council for Social Science Research on a Seminar on ‘Child in India – Issues and Challenges’. Academics and students presented various research papers pertaining to the theme, highlighting the plight of children in India and solutions to bring about change. Particular emphasis was put on the SDG, in particular SDG 2.
SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing – Manchester Metropolitan University Business School in the UK organised a gamified exercise and health literacy app to optimise healthy ageing and prevent accidents caused by falling among the over 65s. The app, called Keep-On-Keep-Up, was co developed by researchers at the University, digital designers from Reason Digital Ltd, users from Jigsaw Housing Group Ltd, and finally clinicians from Manchester Foundation Trust. The development of the app has been funded with grants worth over £200k. The transdisciplinary team are currently setting up a Community Interest Company to support the translation of the app into the health and social care marketplace.
SDG 4: Quality Education – The HSG Children’s University Programme at University of St. Gallen in Switzerland aims to teach primary school children about issues relevant to children in society and the SDGs. The focus is on issues drawn from HSG‘s core subjects – business, economics, and law. Children who attend all four events receive a certificate of the lecture series. In the fall of 2018, the topics included the impact of our feelings, robotics, and the human brain.
SDG 5: Gender Equality – Universidad Panamericana in Mexico has developed a programme aimed at training single mothers to become micro-entrepreneurs. This includes not only workshops and access to services but coaching the women to develop projects that would help them to improve their lives.
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation – Frankfurt School of Finance & Management in Germany collects over 2,460 m3 of rainwater on campus in cisterns which is then used across campus including in the School’s toilets.
SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy – The University of Calgary’s Solar Car Team established in the fall of 2004, is an experienced solar car racing team dedicated to educating the community about renewable energy. As an interdisciplinary initiative, the team is composed primarily of undergraduate students from various faculties working in collaboration with faculty members to support development of sustainable energy solutions. The University of Calgary has designed and produced four generations of solar cars and competed in seven races.
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth – Students in the full time MBA programme at University of San Diego School of Business Administration participate in microfinance projects at the very beginning of their academic journey. Teams of students work with Banker Outreach program for Action, a local non-profit microfinance organization. Part of the work involves visiting local banks to discuss micro-lending options for bank customers.
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure – Ninety percent of CO2 emissions at KEDGE Business School in France come from transportation. Because of this, and considering that the campus is located next to a National Park, reducing the carbon footprint has become top priority. The school promotes a wide range of clean transportation options including car-pooling, electric bikes, car-sharing vehicle available on campus, and deployment of electric/hybrid service vehicles for intercampus travels between Marseille and Toulon.