Rethinking Higher Education: Inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals
During this one-day conference, students, teachers, researchers and other higher education professionals are invited to explore how we can take responsibility for, and be inspired by, these goals in our educational programs, research, and collaboration with society.
Well into the 21st century, we realize that human activity is pushing the world towards its very limits. This compels us to better understand how health and social sustainability are coupled to the climate and economy, and demands that we think and act knowledgeably, ethically and critically across disciplines and sectors.
Therefore we must take a fresh look at higher education. UN’s Agenda 2030, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, is an excellent point of departure. These goals underscore our collective responsibility and inspire us to envision a new role for universities in achieving better health and wellbeing for all.
- How can universities better inspire and equip tomorrow’s leaders and professionals to take on these global challenges?
- How can educational programs be adapted and strong alliances forged across traditional boundaries?
At the conference, we will discuss the changes required to foster a sustainable and equitable world, explore the social and political factors that create and affect health and wellbeing, and develop collaborative action plans based on critical, ethical and systems thinking.
The conference is organized by Karolinska Institutet in collaboration with the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.