On 11 November 2020, UNU-IAS organised the second workshop for the UNU SDG–University Platform (SDG-UP). There were 45 participants from universities across Japan. Duncan Ross (Chief Data Officer, Times Higher Education) gave the keynote presentation providing information about Times High Education impact rankings and how SDGs related activities can be evaluated using these rankings. He discussed the advantages of using these rankings as a platform for sharing best practices and, while there are many noteworthy activities on a global scale, some are not well known. He further emphasised that in order for activities to be more widely known, active communication is very important. In addition to this, he stressed that participating universities have an opportunity to move forward together to achieve the SDGs and take steps toward realising a better society.
Shunichi Murata (Professor, School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University) highlighted the importance of collaborative research with universities in developing countries and that strong partnerships should be built in order to boost engagement amongst stakeholders. Shinobu Yume Yamaguchi (Director, UNU-IAS; Chair, SDG University Collaboration Platform) stressed that the impact ranking is not a one-sided evaluation of universities by an evaluation organisation, but rather a way to be transparent in terms of evaluation.
For a more detailed report on this event, please click here (Japanese only).
29 participating universities (in alphabetical order)
Aoyama Gakuin University
Chiba University of Commerce
International Christian University
International University of Japan
Keio Gijuku University
Kitakyushu City University
Kyushu Sangyo University
Notre Dame Seishin University
Nara University of Education
Ochanomizu Women’s University
Osaka Medical and Pharmaceutical University
Tokyo City University
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Tokyo University of Science
University of Tokyo