BC- ACU International higher education partnerships and the Sustainable Development Goals

International higher education partnerships contribute significantly to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs), according to a new study published by the British Council and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) on 12 January 2022.

The research, conducted by Technopolis on behalf of the British Council and ACU, research finds clear links between partnership activities and positive outcomes in all 17 SDGs, with Quality Education, Partnerships for the Goals, and Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, emerging strongly.

International higher education partnerships contribute to the SDGs by helping students, academics, industry and wider society to share knowledge and ideas, to drive research and innovation, and to build skills through teaching and learning and in practice. However, the SDGs are interlinked and unlikely to be achieved in isolation, highlighting the need for interdisciplinary approaches.

The full report is available for download here.

Full press release here.

IAU was pleased to be consulted in the preparation of the report and provided research input, especially from the IAU HESD Cluster as a case study for a partnership on a non-funded basis.

Latest update: 09.10.2023