How do Higher Education Policies and Higher Education Institution Practices across Asia and Europe contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals?
This question, among others, was addressed during the launch of the 9th ASEF Regional Conference on Higher Education (ARC9) study on ‘Higher Education Mapping: Working Towards the SDGs’. The event provided the time and the platform for academics, students, policy makers and higher education experts to learn about the findings of this mapping exercise, and engage in a discussion with each other. To watch the event recording, click here.
The ARC9 Study on Asia-Europe Higher Education Mapping: Working Towards the SDGs, consists of two parts:
Part 1: Mapping Policymakers Perspectives
This study maps higher education policies advancing sustainable development across Asia and Europe. Covering 31 national contexts in Asia and Europe, the study combines data from a survey, focus group discussions, and a review of secondary sources to glean patterns in how governments are encouraging HEIs to contribute to the SDGs, provide concrete examples of enabling measures, and identify opportunities that may be leveraged to strengthen the HE policy-practice interface towards the SDGs.
The study addresses the following research questions:
- To what extent are ASEM national higher education policies oriented towards the SDGs?
- How do ASEM higher education policies translate global goals into local goals?
- Which mission of the universities is the most often targeted
- What kind of policy tools are most often used to promote sustainable development in higher education?
Part 2: Mapping Higher Education Institutional Perspectives
This study showcases developments regarding sustainable development in the higher education sector from the perspective of higher education institutions. The study was conducted in partnership with the International Association of Universities (IAU). Data from the third iteration of IAU Global Survey on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) specific for the purview of ASEF was analysed to investigate the scope, depth and breadth of engagement of higher education institutions with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This study maps 240 institutional responses from 42 countries in Asia and Europe.
This study addressed the following research questions:
- Since the launch of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs in 2015, how do higher education institutions (HEIs) across ASEM member states engage with the global agenda?
- What are the differences in sustainable development (SD) practices conducted by higher education institutions in Asia and Europe?
- Are there challenges to SD implementation that are unique to HEIs from ASEM member states?
- What are the interventions required by HEIs from ASEM member states in accelerating their pursuit of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs?
To learn more about the findings of the studies, download the ARC9 Report on ‘Asia-Europe Higher Education Mapping: Working Towards the SDGs’ here:
Watch the recording of the launch of the ARC9 Study on ‘Asia-Europe Higher Education Mapping: Working Towards the SDGs’ here:
ARC9 Study Launch Programme
|16:00 –16:05||Welcome Remarks|
|16:05 –16:10||Opening Remarks
|16:10 – 16:50||Launch of the ARC9 Report titled “Asia-Europe Higher Education Mapping: Working Towards the SDGs”
|16:50 – 17:50||Roundtable Discussion and Q&A from Participants
Moderator: Dr Miguel Antonio LIM, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, Lead ARC9 Researcher
|17:50 – 18:00||Summary and Closing Remarks
Learn more about the 9th ASEF Regional Conference on Higher Education (ARC) here.