This project is to enhance the capacities of higher education institutions to collaborate with local communities for the implementation of the SDGs at the local level. We will explore existing practices of higher education institutions’ collaboration with local communities in education and research for sustainability and investigate the models and methodologies of collaboration. Two major outputs are the collection of resources materials for higher education institutions to work in partnership with local communities towards SDGs and a policy brief involving recommendations on higher education institutions’ role by SDGs localisation.
The ownership of the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by local authorities and communities, civil society and the scientific and academic community is paramount to the realisation of the goals. Many countries promote partnership and local implementation at the national level as a policy and action plan. Furthermore, local authorities and communities at the local level need more concrete practices to implement the SDGs. According to the Phase I project’s results, higher education institutions can play a key role in this endeavour by supporting local authorities and communities through educational and research activities. Based on the achievements and the lessons learned from Japan, India, Philippines and Thailand, the Phase II of the project will explore models of SDGs localisation based on collaboration between higher education institutions and communities. In order to harvest knowledge and experiences broadly, further participating institutions will be involved, apart from ProSPER.Net members, especially higher education institutions leading RCEs in the Asia-Pacific region. The knowledge yielded from Phase II will be consolidated as a resource material for use in higher education, and disseminated widely for a broader audience.
TERI School of Advanced Studies
Universitas Gadjah Mada
Universiti Sains Malaysia
University of the Philippines