ProSPER.Net Forum on Higher Education and the Sustainable Development Goals


  • DATE / TIME:
    2016•07•10    13:30 - 17:30

    On 10 July, the ProSPER.Net Forum: Higher Education and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be held at UNU headquarters in Tokyo.

    UNU-IAS is actively contributing to policy relevant research related to the 2030 Development Agenda, with a focus on the effective and innovative implementation of the Agenda to achieve the SDGs. The ProSPER.Net Forum will showcase some of the institute’s – specifically ProSPER.Net’s – contributions to the SDGs. It will highlight how higher education initiatives can be used as a mechanism for sustainable development, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. Researchers will present on how their cross-institutional research projects address a number of SDGs, such as health and nutrition, climate change, urbanization, and energy.


    This event is open to the public, but advanced registration is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.


    13:45–14:00 Opening remarks
    Yuji Suzuki (Board Chair for ProSPER.Net)
    Kazuhiko Takemoto (UNU-IAS Director, ProSPER.Net Director)

    14:00–14:30 Keynote: SDGs and Higher Education
    Norichika Kanie (Senior Research Fellow, UNU-IAS / Professor, Keio University)

    14:30–15:00 Curriculum for Sustainable Development in Higher Education
    Chair: Philip Vaughter (Research Fellow, UNU-IAS)’

    • Tony Dalton (RMIT)
    • Eni Harmayani (Universitas Gadjah Mada)

    15:00–15:10 Break

    15:10–15:40 Research for Sustainable Development in Higher Education
    Chair: Philip Vaughter (UNU-IAS)

    • Sivanappan Kumar (AIT)
    • Gopal Sarangi (TERI University)

    15:40–16:10 Student Engagement with the SDGs – ProSPER.Net Young Researchers’ School
    Chair: Christopher Doll (Research Fellow, UNU-IAS)

    • Ranaporn Tantiwechwuttikul (Phd Student, University of Tokyo)
    • Haitham Alkhalaf (Phd Student, Keio University)

    16:10–16:15 Break

    16:15–17:15 The Role of Higher Education in Implementing the SDGs
    Chair: Mario Tabucanon (UNU-IAS)

    • Robert Didham (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies)
    • Wang Xin (Professor, Tongji University)
    • William Chen Wei Ning (Professor, Nanyang Technological University)
    • Michael Tan (Chancellor, University of the Philippines Diliman)
    • Mahesh Pradhan (United Nations Environment Programme, International Environmental Technology Centre)

    17:15–17:30 Wrap-up and closing – Ways Forward
    Yuji Suzuki (Board Chair for ProSPER.Net)


    Sustainable Development Solutions Network Japan (SDSN Japan)

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    ProSPER.Net, an alliance of leading universities in Asia-Pacific, is committed to integrating sustainable development into postgraduate courses and curricula. Founded in 2008, within the framework of a broader international agenda on education in sustainable development, ProSPER.Net is developing a new generation of leaders who can best tackle global sustainability challenges in the face of rapid environmental degradation.


    Elizabeth Rose Hall
    United Nations University Headquarters Building
    5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo