Date and times Monday 13 May 2019, 09.00 - 12.00
Location bcc Berlin Congress Center
Early Bird price (until 22 March 2019) £100
Standard price (23 March - 3 May 2019) £130
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Email or book at registration desk on Monday 13 May from 08.00

Universities contribute to local, national and international development through their teaching, research and engagement. While the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (2000-15) did not explicitly reference higher education (HE) – either as a development goal or as a potential agent to address development challenges - their replacement, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015 include HE. Not only is there a target for increasing equitable access to HE, the SDGs for the first time set out a comprehensive reform and development agenda for all countries. This has created a common language and set of targets by which to describe national and international development. At the same time, Universities across the world are increasingly concerned with demonstrating and communicating their impact and social contribution.

Since the inception of the SDGs in 2015 a number of calls for universities to align themselves more strongly to the SDG agenda have arisen, as well as new mechanisms for capturing universities’ contribution to the 17 SDGs.

This masterclass is designed for:

  • Academics and professional staff responsible for, or interested in, communicating impact and / or promoting sustainability;
  • Academics, professional staff, government and civil society interested in higher education’s role in promoting national and international sustainable development.

Participant learning outcomes:

  • A better understanding of the UN SDG agenda, calls for action to the university sector and the potential benefits of engaging with the SDGs;
  • Knowledge of the existing tools and processes to capture universities’ contribution to the SDGs, how these differ and how their institutions can engage to more effectively communicate impact;
  • Examples of how these tools and processes can be used to inform institutional focus on the SDGs in different settings and promote the Higher Education sector’s leadership on SDG implementation;
  • Information on future opportunities to engage with and shape the conversation around higher education and the SDGs, champion the role of universities and profile the work of their institution;
  • Introduction to contacts to take forward further discussions.

Hosted by The Association of Commonwealth Universities

Established in 1913, the Association of Commonwealth Universities is the world’s first international university network, and remains the only accredited organisation representing higher education across the Commonwealth.

Founded to lead ‘common action in matters of common interest’, the ACU champions higher education as a force for good in the Commonwealth. Among its key principles is the value of higher education to society – or its role ‘as a common good’ – and the conviction that this value is enhanced by international collaboration.

The ACU has a long track record in campaigning for recognition of higher education’s contribution to development. This includes the "The world beyond 2015 – Is higher education ready?" campaign to raise awareness, elicit expert views, gather evidence, and advocate for the role of higher education in delivering social and developmental impact through higher education’s inclusion in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.