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Sustainability in Higher Education - UNU-IAS presentation

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Sustainability in Higher Education - UNU-IAS presentation
Presented by Dr. Philip Vaughter (Research Fellow, UNU-IAS)
ProSPER.Net Webinar on Sustainability in Higher Education
16 October, 2020

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Sustainability in Higher Education - UNU-IAS presentation

  1. 1. Sustainabilityin higher education – Accelerating transitiontowardsachieving theSDGsduringandafterthe COVIDpandemic Dr. PhilipVaughter United Nations University – Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability 1 SUPPORTED BY Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan
  2. 2. Challenges and opportunities universities are facing during COVID-19 2
  3. 3. Challenges and opportunities universities are facing during COVID-19 3
  4. 4. Challenges and opportunities universities are facing during COVID-19 4
  5. 5. Contributions of HEIs and academic networks in responding to educational inequalities faced during pandemic Shared by ProSPER.Net member universities during COVID-19 pandemic:  Re-opening criteria that can be matched to other universities – nationally and internationally  Strategies to enhance international learning and cooperation in absence of international travel  Online forums for networking, catching up, and support  Resources to support international students – both on campus and off 5
  6. 6. How can universities coordinate to ‘build back better’ and accelerate sustainable development? Shared by ProSPER.Net member universities during COVID-19 pandemic:  Continue communication and exchange of knowledge despite physical barriers  Uniform capacity-building tools to help universities adapt to online environments  Need to address flexibility in funding cycles – current system not tenable in current conditions  Need to address mental well being in students, staff, and faculty  Need uniform call for redesign and reorientation of higher education – status quo of modern higher education helped enable non-sustainable world – need return to investment and counter anti-intellectualism 6

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