Universities and colleges are now expected to demonstrate their value to wider society. They are often uniquely placed to engage with their communities and the wider public in ways which support the development of sustainable local communities.
Institutions can function as important conduits for partnership working by stimulating and supporting meaningful relationships for mutual benefit within the wider community, using internal expertise to contribute to local strategic partnerships and energising them to contribute to an area’s regeneration or development. Outreach programmes and/or activities to widen participation and promote inclusion in the local area can also contribute significantly to the development of otherwise neglected sections of society.
Institutions are also often significant contributors to the local economy, whether directly through the procurement of local products and services or indirectly by strengthening the resilience of the local workforce by supporting skills development.
EAUC-Scotland's Community Engagement Topic Support Network (TSN) is open to all, providing an opportunity for those working in or with the further and higher education sector to share ideas and questions and to get together to hear from particular speakers or discuss topics of interest. Find out more about the TSNs here.
How certain SDGs combine in relation to issues of concern and opportunity
We recognise that as an SDG Accord signatory, institutions have great stories to tell on how SDGs are being integrated within their community. As part of the institutional SDG...
It is a certainty that climate change will affect different people and places unevenly, and so is likely to lead to inequalities within and across nations, and between current...
Universities Facing Climate Change and Sustainability
2021 Benefitting Society - Universidad del Norte - Colombia
2021 Benefitting Society - UCSI University - Malaysia
2021 Benefitting Society - The University of Newcastle - Australia
2021 Benefitting Society - The Chinese University of Hong Kong - Hong Kong
2021 Benefitting Society - Széchenyi István University of Gyor - Hungary
2021 Benefitting Society - Sheridan College - Canada
2021 Benefitting Society - International Islamic University Malaysia - Malaysia
2021 Benefitting Society - Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle - France
2021 Benefitting Society - Furman University - USA
2021 Benefitting Society - Facens University Center - Brazil
2021 Benefitting Society - Centro Universitário Internacional UNINTER - Brazil
2021 Benefitting Society - Autonomous University of Querétaro - Mexico
The Pedagogy of Transition: Educating for the Future We Want
University of Cambridge's 2019–20 Environmental Sustainability Report
UNESCO launches Roadmap for next ten years of Education for Sustainable Development in every region
Sustainability Leadership Scorecard (SLS) Annual Report 2020