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The Local Impact of Higher Education: Building Sustainable Cities and Communities

In a world rapidly moving toward urbanization, with almost 7 out of 10 people globally projected to live in cities by 2050, a joint report by UNESCO IESALC and Times Higher Education spotlights the instrumental role universities play in nurturing sustainable urban development. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) emerge as vital contributors to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG 11) in many different ways, for example through innovative research and relevant teaching on local and urban issues, the sharing of services and infrastructure between campuses and its surrounding communities, the preservation of cultural heritage, and policies addressing the impact of their student and staff populations on housing or transportation, among other areas. 

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Latest update: 05.03.2024