SDGs4U

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Many studies predict that more than a third of today’s jobs will be gone within 20 years, while the
number of unresolved challenges such as the fight against global warming, the preservation of
natural resources, democratic/economic/social crises is increasing. Thus new models for economic
growth are expected by 2025. In this context of global challenges, higher education and young
people will have to adapt to these new professional realities. These challenges have their best
representation in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to which 193 states have joined,
including the European Union and its member states.

« Sustainable Development Goals for Universities (SDGs4U) » is going to implement a capacity
building strategy to help universities to translate the SDGs challenges into local strategies, and to
promote new skills for students who are willing to tackle these challenges. 

We define 3 main steps:
1. Train young people and university staff to identify and develop transversal, civic, entrepreneurial
skills required to address the SDGs (with IO1 and IO4)
2. Improve the implementation of the SDGs within the universities as a tool for better adaptation and
attractiveness (with IO2)
3. Extend and reinforce the leadership of universities through the implementation of SDGs Labs (with
IO3)
To achieve those general results, SDGs4U will provide open educational resources such as:
– SDGs open courses for futures entrepreneurs including a recognition system
– SDGs implementation guidelines for university staff
– SDGs Living Labs implementation kit
– SDGs tool box
Four universities and three NGOs in four countries (France, Belgium, Spain, United Kingdom) will
share their experience and know-how to provide these complete and practical open courses and
tools at a European level. This common project will reinforce the external leadership and
internationalization of universities by showing the commitments of European universities for global
challenges, and will promote interuniversity cooperation on SDGs. Cross-border cooperation is the
very strength of this project by pooling the knowledge that exists in various EU countries to
strengthen the universities and enhance employability for students.
We will first concentrate on the creation of the contents and tools, and will organize in summer 2020
multiplier events to promote our work. Then, we will test the resources created and work with our
local target groups to ensure an efficient use of SDGs4U.
About 200 professionals and students will be trained in the 4 different countries. Stakeholders from
public institutions, private organizations and civil society will be involved.