2nd Regional workshop: Mainstreaming education for the SDGs in Higher Education

9 November, 2021  |  Australia  ,  New Zealand  ,  Pacific  ,  Universities & SDGs  ,  Upcoming Events   


Save the date & call for presenter EOIs

SDSN AusNZPac, ACTS and PRME AusNZ are excited to announce the 2nd Regional Workshop on Mainstreaming Education for the SDGs in Higher Education.

One of the biggest contributions HEIs can have towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to provide all their students with the knowledge, skills and mindsets to address complex sustainable development challenges.

This workshop aims to share good practices from institutions in our region and discuss the challenges and opportunities for scaling up education for the SDGs across HEIs in our region.

  • Dates: 22, 23 & 24 February 2022
  • Time each day: 3:00–5:00 pm NZDT | 1:00–3:00 pm AEDT | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm AWST | other time zones
  • Location: Virtual
  • Full details: Below

We are inviting expressions of interest from SDSN AusNZPac, ACTS and PRME AusNZ member institutions to present during the workshop on interesting initiatives they are doing related to any of the three workshop focus areas:

  • (1) Institutional support for mainstreaming education for the SDGs
  • (2) Implementing interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder programs
  • (3) Integrating climate change into learning & teaching

Please email EOIs to Tahl Kestin (tahl.kestin@monash.edu) with details of the work and which focus area(s) it relates to by 17 December 2021.


Motivation for the workshop

For Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), providing all their students, regardless of their professional path, with the knowledge, skills and mindsets to address complex sustainable development challenges, is one of the most important ways they can contribute to achieving the SDGs. This is also aligned with SDG target 4.7, which calls for ensuring that “all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development.”

While education for the SDGs are relevant and can be incorporated into practically any learning & teaching activity within HEIs, mainstreaming to all students is more challenging, for a range of individual, institutional, and external challenges.

Despite the challenges, a growing number of HEIs around our region are actively exploring and implementing ways to expand their education for the SDGs offerings, and are developing innovative initiatives and approaches to overcome challenges, from the classroom to the whole institution.

Workshop aims and focus areas

Building on the conversation from the first SDSN/ACTS/PRME Regional HEI workshop on education for the SDGs, in February 2021, this workshop aims to share good practices from institutions in our region and discuss the challenges and opportunities for scaling up of education for the SDGs across HEIs in our region.

The workshop will focus on three topic areas:

  1. Institutional support for mainstreaming education for the SDGs
  2. Implementing interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder programs
  3. Integrating climate change into learning & teaching

The workshop is for anyone with an interest in accelerating education for the SDGs through HEIs curricula, including Education for Sustainable Development experts, educators wanting to integrate education for SDGs into disciplinary curricula, university administrators and leadership involved in rolling out education for SDGs, and students interested in what HEIs are doing in this space.

The focus is on the Australia, New Zealand & Pacific region, but the workshop will be open to everyone.

The organisers

The workshop is being jointly hosted by the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS), the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) AusNZ Chapter, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) AusNZPac Regional Network, with the assistance of an Expert Advisory Group from our member institutions.

Co-organisers:

  • Rhiannon Boyd – General Manager, ACTS
  • Belinda Gibbons – PRME AusNZ Chapter Coordinator, University of Wollongong
  • Tahl Kestin – Network Manager, SDSN AusNZPac, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University

Expert Advisory Group:

  • Annette Bos – Associate Professor & Deputy Director (Education), Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University
  • Usha Iyer-Raniga – Professor, Sustainable built environment, RMIT University
  • Sam Gardyne – Masters in Sustainable Development Goals Programme Coordinator, Institute of Development Studies, School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University
  • Kristen MacKenzie-Shalders – Assistant Professor, Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice Program Food Service Domain Lead, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University
  • Thelma Raman – Sustainability Education Advisor, Macquarie University
  • Jeannie Rea – Associate Professor, Arts & Education and Senior Project Manager, Planetary Health, Victoria University

The workshop is part of the ACTS/SDSN AusNZPac Accelerating SDG Practice Initiative, which aims to support our member organisations to strengthen their internal engagement with the SDGs, and the global SDSN Dialogue Series on the guide on Accelerating Education for the SDGs in Universities. This workshop also supports the UN PRME global movement for education to develop the responsible decision-makers of tomorrow to