Open workshop - The SDGs: Making an imperfect framework work for higher education

2 June, 2022  |  Events - Past  ,  Universities & SDGs   


Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Time: 15:00-16:30 NZST/FJT | 13:00-14.30 AEST | 11:00-12:30 AWST | other time zones

Registration: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkdOmtpzsjEt2ceZAt749VBYHK52DnSzZp


The SDGs framework – including its 17 goals, 169 targets and 231 indicators – is a globally agreed and widely adopted blueprint to help guide all sectors of society towards tackling the world’s most pressing challenges by 2030.

The Higher Education sector has strongly recognised its unique and critical role in helping achieve the SDGs, and many HEIs have been embracing the SDGs as a framework to mobilise their education, research and engagement towards addressing these social challenges.

However, there are aspects in the design of the SDG framework that can make it tricky to apply in the HE context, and thus limit its usefulness.

The aim of this session is to help HEIs engage better with the SDGs framework as a tool for action by identifying the specific challenges they encounter in trying to use the framework, and crowdsourcing and brainstorming ways of addressing these challenges.  The session will also aim to capture the unique opportunities the SDGs framework can provide to HEIs.

In the session we will present an initial mapping of the issues, solutions and opportunities, and invite participants to build on it.

Anyone interested in the SDGs and higher education is welcome to join. This is a workshop session and will not be recorded.


The Accelerating SDG Practice Initiative is a joint SDSN AusNZPac & ACTS Initiative, aiming to support our member organisations to strengthen their internal engagement with the SDGs. Through member discussion forums, webinars, and workshops, we aim to share practices and learnings across our institutions, and discuss and brainstorm how to address challenges and expand action. We also look for opportunities to share learnings with the broader community.