21st SDG–UP Workshop Convenes Working Groups ahead of Public Symposium

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  • 2022•12•12     Online

    On 21 November 2022, UNU-IAS organised the 21st workshop of the SDG–Universities Platform (SDG-UP). The online event engaged 47 participants from 21 universities across Japan. The platform’s four working groups convened breakout sessions to prepare for the SDG–UP public symposium to be held in March 2023.

    Working Group on SDGs Curriculum
    The group discussed implementation of the online teaching materials “Introduction to the UN SDGs”. At the upcoming symposium, the group will present how to use and maintain this online resource created through university collaboration.

    Working Group on University Evaluation and Accountability
    Okayama University and Tsukuba University shared good practices, and Sophia University reported on its analysis of the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings. The group will discuss the rankings and the importance of student-centered initiatives at the public symposium in March 2023.

    Working Group on University Collaboration
    The group discussed recent status reports provided by each university to identify common points that could be key to university collaboration. At the March symposium, the group will present the results of the survey with the aim of creating a website for summarising the latest status of each university.

    Working Group on Management
    Focusing on engagement as a keyword to develop a sense of unity and strengthen relationships, members shared their efforts to realise a new, more open university management system. The group will discuss how and to whom engagement should be promoted, and how it can be incorporated into university management.

    In closing, Shunichi Murata (SDG–UP Advisor; Professor, School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University) commented on the discussions at each session and concluded the workshop by expressing his hope that the participating universities would work together as change agents to promote various reforms at universities in Japan.

    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