ProSPER.Net E-Bulletin Issue 55 (August 2017)


Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat

2017 ProSPER.Net Leadership Concludes: Incorporating the 5Ps in Sustainability

The 5th ProSPER.Net Leadership Programme 'Building Transformational Leadership Towards the Sustainable Development Goals' was held on 29 June - 5 July 2017, at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. 21 participants from nine countries gathered for the six-day programme, and learned how to incorporate the five Ps of sustainability -People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership into leadership challenges. They went through a unique experience during the Programme focussing on collaborative efforts, leveraging networks and involving multiple stakeholders. Read more

Developing Leaders for Sustainable Development: Networking in Higher Education

This Policy Brief, the first in the ProSPER.Net Policy Brief Series, sets recommendations for policy makers why university networks such as ProSPER.Net should be nurtured. UNU-IAS researchers Mario Tabucanon and Aurea Tanaka summarise the benefits of these networks, and how universities can benefit of being a part of them. “Creating sustainable societies requires leadership, familiar with sustainable development topics. Current education systems lack the structure to bring up leaders with the necessary competencies to tackle sustainability challenges. Higher education needs reforming to integrate the vision of sustainability in curricula. Networking is a strategic tool to generate that transformation.” Read more

Gwang-Jo Kim, Director, UNESCO Bangkok (1955-2017)

With sadness, we received the message that Dr Gwang-Jo Kim recently passed away. Dr Kim worked in various capacities for the Government of the Republic of Korea. As Deputy Minister of Education and Human Resources, he initiated the “Global Human Resources Forum”. He also worked in the Office of the President of the Republic of Korea, assisting former President Young Sam Kim in the fields of education and social policy. Since 2009, Dr Kim represented the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Asia- Pacific, as its Director, and was the UNESCO Representative to Thailand, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Singapore.

Upcoming Events

IOA-EA3G Conference – Ozone and Advanced Oxidation for the Water - Food - Health Nexus

5-7 December 2017, Shanghai, China

This event provides an international forum for scientists, engineers and others interested in the applied aspects of oxidation technologies involving ozone and related oxidants. Host is ProSPER.Net member Tongji University. Abstracts deadline is 15 September. Read more

UNESCO MGIEP Ed-Tech Conference (TECH 2017)

16-18 December 2017 in Visakhapatnam, India

The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) is calling for proposals for its international ed-tech conference ‘Transforming Education Conference for Humanity (TECH)’. Read more

Greening Agri-food Systems, Ensuring Rural Sustainability and Promoting Healthy Socioeconomic Transformation in Southeast Asia through Social and Sustainability Sciences and Education for Sustainable Agriculture (ESA)

23-25 January 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

This regional conference will contribute to the ASEAN Work Plan on Education (AWPE), 2016-2020 and the SDGs. It is organized by ProSPER.Net member Chulalongkorn University and UNESCO. Abstract deadline is 8 September 2017.  Read more

9th International Conference on Environmental and Rural Development (9th ICERD)

24 - 25 February 2018, Yezin, Myanmar

The International Society of Environmental and Rural Development (ISERD) is organizing the 9th ICERD. Deadline for abstract submission is 31 October 2017. More information will soon be posted on the ISERD website.

Open Calls

Encyclopaedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

The Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP) is leading the production of the ‘Encyclopaedia of Sustainability in Higher Education’. This peer-reviewed publication is part of the World Sustainability Series. Further details on the project, and on how to contribute to it can be found here.

Latest News

Are universities ‘failing’?

Do we need to redefine the role of universities in society and what they stand for? Dzulkifli Abdul Razak writes about the definition of ‘universities’ and their role in today’s world.

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The SDG Accord: The University and College Sector’s Collective Response to the SDGs

Inspire, celebrate and advance the critical role that education has in delivering the SDGs by signing the SDG Accord. Make a commitment as a university, institution, organisation, or as an individual. The progress will be presented at the UN High Level Political Forum. Read more

Finalists of the AASHE Sustainability Awards

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recently announced the finalists for the 2017 AASHE Sustainability Awards. 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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