Higher education has a key role to play in achieving the 2030 Development Agenda and the SDGsLeaders of universities and other higher education institutions, the academic and administrative staff, the students and other HE stakeholders are driving the processes to lead up to a more sustainable present and future.

The Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) portal is an information and inspirational tool developed by the International Association of Universities (IAU); it provides access to actions and initiatives developed around the world. Make sure you are part of it!


IAU 15th General Conference on: Higher Education: A Catalyst for Innovative and Sustainable Societies

Come and celebrate 100 years of higher education system in Thailand and take part in a global debate on how to build more sustainable and innovative... Read more

HESD Selective Annotated Bibliography 2010-2016 now Available

Second edition of our selective Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development Bibliography.

The 2016 GEM Report is now available

The 2016 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, Education for people and planet: Creating sustainable futures for all, UNESCO, is now available.

MOOC “Wicked Problems, Dynamic Solutions: the Ecosystem Approach and Systems Thinking”

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in partnership with Concordia University in Montreal, is offering a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from 12... Read more

IAU congratulates IARU on the occasion of its 10th anniversary

IARU has been collaborating on issues of sustainability since 2006

Results of IAU Global Survey on HESD

The preliminary results of the IAU Global Survey on HESD are now available.

IAU Survey on HESD

"IAU is advocating recognition and strengthening of the role higher education plays in the overall process of achieving sustainable development. IAU... Read more

ISCN elects University of Gothenburg's sustainability officer into advisory committe

The University of Gothenburg’s sustainability officer Eddi Omrcen has been elected into the advisory committee of the International Sustainable Campus... Read more

ESD Okayama Award 2016

Open for entry!

Universities and their actions