ProSPER.Net E-Bulletin Issue 52 (May 2017)


Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat

Open Call to Host ProSPER.Net Events in 2018

The ProSPER.Net Secretariat is pleased to announce the 2018 Call for Proposals to host below ProSPER.Net activities:

• Leadership Programme (LP)

• Young Researchers’ School (YRS)  - 2017/2018

• Board Meeting / General Assembly (BM/GA)

• Sustainability Forum

ProSPER.Net members interested in hosting above events can send an expression of interest together with a draft proposal, and a budget plan to the ProSPER.Net Secretariat at by 26 June, 2017. For more information, visit ProSPER.Net.

Upcoming Events

ProSPER.Net Joint Meetings: 17th Board Meeting and 11th General Assembly

5-6 July, 2017, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Focal points of each member institute should have received their invitation via e-mail from the Secretariat.

Kindly notify us of your attendance by submiting the registration form to the Secretariat by 26th May. More information on these events  can be found here.

Rikkyo University - 10th Anniversary of ESD Research Centre

17 June 2017, Tokyo, Japan

ProSPER.Net member Rikkyo University is organizing this event, which is held in Japanese only. Read more  
A brief introduction of their ESD Research Centre is available in English here.

Youth Leadership Program: Community Resilience for Promoting SDGs in a Changing Climate

12-21 September 2017, Yogyakarta, Indonesia at Universitas Gajah Mada

Postgraduate students and young professionals with the motivation to be an agent of change and participate in creating innovative solutions that will sustainably improve quality of life. Read more

Open Calls

ASEAN Data Science Explorers

ASEAN youths in Southeast Asia are invited to help harnessing the power of data to highlight key issues in the region. Join the competition today if you are an ASEAN national above 16 years old and studying at a tertiary institution in Southeast Asia! Deadline is 16 June 2017.

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New Course on ESD in Higher Education, SWEDESD

SWEDESD, together with Åbo Akademi University and the Baltic University Programme (BUP), have developed a new course for university teachers in ESD that will run from September 2017 to February 2018. Deadline is 20 June 2017. Read more

Lights, Camera, Action - Win Your Way to COP 23 in Bonn

Make an engaging maximum 3-minute video about your activities and submit in online. Win a round trip to COP23 in Bonn, Germany this November 2017 and a position as a youth reporter at COP23, where you will assist the UNFCCC Newsroom team. Submit between 10 May 2017 - 18 August 2017. Read more

Wenhui Award for Educational Innovation 2017: Innovations in the Professional Development of Teachers

The Award will go to two individuals or institutions from the Asia and Pacific region. The winners will each receive a Certificate of Excellence and prize money of US$ 20,000. Read more

#WhosAccountable? Survey for the Upcoming GEM Report 2017 on Accountability in Education

The Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report), which monitors progress towards the education targets in the SDGs framework, launched a survey to feed information into the next annual GEM report, which focuses on Accountability in Education. Read more

MOFCOM-sponsored International MSc in Environment Management and Sustainable Development

The International MSc in Environment Management and Sustainable Development coordinated by the UN Environment-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development, targets governmental officials, research fellows, and senior management on their master and doctor education in China. Deadline is 30th June, 2017. Read more

Latest News

UNU-IAS Continues to Forge Partnership with ASEAN on ESD

In order to strengthen its engagement with the ASEAN Member States in the area of Environmental Education (EE) and ESD, UNU-IAS participated in the 9th Meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on Environmental Education (AWGEE) held in Bangkok, on 23-24 May 2017. As a contribution to the implementation of the The ASEAN Environmental Education Action Plan (AEEAP), UNU-IAS leads the annual offering of the ASEAN+3 Leadership Programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), in collaboration with other UN agencies (UNEP and UNIDO) as well as the ASEAN Secretariat, the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the host country’s Ministry or Department of Environment.  Indonesia offered to host this year’s programme - the 10th ASEAN+3 LP – in October 2017.  The programme will focus on SCP (SDG 12) and the interconnections with other development goals and targets. Read more

Sixteen Cities Receive UNESCO Learning City Award 2017

Sixteen cities in total have been selected to receive a UNESCO Learning City Award 2017 in recognition of their outstanding progress in promoting education and lifelong learning within their communities. Read more

Turning Passion into a Career

Brittany Hardiman (RCE Greater Western Sydney) explains how she translated her passion for sustainability into a career. Brittany works as a Sustainability Officer at Western Sydney University. Here she discusses the varied opportunities she had professionally since graduating from the School of Science and Health. Watch the video here.

Dzulkifli Abdul Razak Receives Universitas 21 2017 Gilbert Medal

The International Association of Universities immediate past President Prof Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak and long-standing Ubuntu Committee member has been awarded the Universitas 21 2017 Gilbert Medal. Read more

Finalist Teams Announced in Wege Prize 2017

Five teams made it to the finals with interesting and innovative projects on how to change economies and make them more sustainable. Read more

Philippines and India Win Youth Photo Competition on SDG 4.7

The three winners of the youth photo competition on the themes of Target 4.7 in the SDG 4 on education, organized by the Global Education Monitoring Report Team, were announced. Read more


Impact Evaluation Practice, 2nd Edition, Gertler, P., et al., World Bank Group

The book provides practical guidelines for designing and implementing impact evaluations, along with a nontechnical overview of impact evaluation methods. It covers the newest techniques for evaluating programs and includes state-of-the-art implementation advice. It has plenty of examples, especially in schools. The accompanying website has some further education materials.

Education and Sustainability: Paradigms, Policies and Practices in Asia, ed. M.Y. Merrill, et al.

This book is an introduction to the state of sustainability education in Asia. It covers national policies, institutional policies and practices within universities, sustainability considerations for teacher training at schools of education, and pedagogical practices for sustainability in higher education. Read more

This is a publication of UNU-IAS ProSPER.Net Secretariat. The bulletin is a great way to share your activities, events and news as a ProSPER.Net member with the rest of the network. Feel free to send us any information you may deem relevant for the rest of the community to We look forward to your inputs! Visit ProSPER.Net regularly for up-to-date news and event information

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