USJ and UN institute sign agreement for cooperation in sustainable development goals

The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) and the United Nations University Institute in Macau (UNUMACAU) have signed an agreement to collaborate on innovative research projects, capacity building initiatives and internship programs aimed at accelerating the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and intended to be achieved by 2030, the SDGs are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”.

“We believe that academia plays an integral role in shaping a sustainable, peaceful and green future. Through our Environmental Action and Social Outreach programs and research projects, our staff and students have been collectively contributing to the SDGs,” the Rector of the University of Saint Joseph, Rev. Deacon Stephen Morgan indicated in the announcement.

The collaboration will also look to promote policy and practice-relevant research in the fields of technology, innovation, and sustainable development.

Meanwhile, the Director of the United Nations University Institute in Macau, Jingbo Huang, expressed intentions to combine the institution’s “creative energies to design multidisciplinary projects” to support Macau’s Development Plan and create “impactful” academic results at the international level.