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

Scholarship for MSc in Sustainable Urban Development, University of Oxford

The Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford invites applications for a fully-funded scholarship to undertake the part-time MSc in... Read more

IAU and COPERNICUS Alliance join forces to work on HESD

IAU and COPERNICUS Alliance signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD).

Discover the three laureates of the 2016 UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD

The Prize was launched in 2014 to honour innovative ESD initiatives.

Universities: Showcase your climate achievements globally!

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Energy Management Leadership Awards is a global awards program that recognizes leading organizations for their energy... Read more

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

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

Universities and their actions