19th SDG-UP Workshop Convenes Midterm Reporting Session


  • 2022•09•30     Online

    On 16 September 2022 UNU-IAS organised the 19th workshop and the midterm reporting session of the SDG–Universities Platform (SDG–UP). The online event engaged 80 participants including university administrators; officials from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (MEXT); and private companies. The platform’s four working groups discussed their recent activities and further promotion of sustainability initiatives.

    Working Group on SDGs Curriculum
    The group reported on the development of the online teaching materials “Introduction to the UN SDGs”, and announced that two universities had been using the materials since April 2022.

    Working Group on University Evaluation and Accountability
    After presenting a detailed analysis of the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings, the group discussed the results of a survey of member universities.

    Working Group on University Collaboration
    The group has begun gathering information to expand inter-university collaboration by compiling SDG-related efforts of Japanese universities and disseminating them internationally on its website.

    Working Group on Management
    Highlighting the importance of engagement, the group discussed organisational self-awareness to strengthen involvement and foster a sense of unity and empathy in university administration.

    In closing, Shunichi Murata (SDG–UP Advisor; Professor, School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University) thanked the participants and emphasised the need for further discussion to guide the outcomes of each working group.

    A detailed report on the event is available in Japanese.

    Participating Universities

    This workshop engaged 27 participating universities, which are listed below in alphabetical order.

    Ehime University
    Hiroshima University
    Hokkaido University
    International Christian University
    International University of Japan
    Kanagawa University
    Kanazawa University
    Keio Gijuku University
    Kwanseigakuin University
    Kyushu Sangyo University
    Nara University of Education
    Notre Dame Seishin University
    Ochanomizu University
    Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
    Osaka Medical and Pharmaceutical University
    Osaka Metropolitan University
    Osaka University
    Ryukoku University
    Showa University of Music
    Soka University
    Sophia University
    Tokai University
    Tokyo Institute of Technology
    Tokyo University of Science
    Toyo University
    The University of Kitakyushu
    University of Tsukuba