SRUC has been named as a new member of the Global Challenges University Alliance (GCUA 2030), joining partners in countries as diverse as Chile, China, New Zealand, Rwanda, Sweden and the USA.
The overall goal of GCUA 2030 is to encourage active and strategic collaboration across different geographic levels and disciplines, in order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN’s Agenda 2030.
Adopted by all member states in 2015, Agenda 2030 is a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.
Universities and higher education institutes have a key role to play in relation to SDG number four: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning for all. However, by contributing knowledge and innovation, they can contribute to all 17 SDGs.
A key objective of GCUA 2030 is to equip the next generation of researchers, teachers and academic leaders with knowledge, tools and networks that will strengthen their capacity to work across disciplines and to conduct translational research.
Professor Jamie Newbold, Academic Director at SRUC, said: “We are delighted to have been invited to become a member of GCUA 2030, where we will join colleagues from a dozen international universities as partners in research and education, with a focus on addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
“This includes joint activities and the sharing of course materials and training – with a particular focus on PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.”
Ylva Hillbur, Pro Vice-Chancellor for International relations at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) – which leads the network, said: “We are very happy to welcome SRUC to GCUA 2030 and look forward to welcoming PhD students and postdocs as participants in training activities, and to developing new activities in collaboration with SRUC.”