In June 2020, Universitas 21 (U21) named UC Davis among the winners of its inaugural Global Education Enhancement Fund. Through this grant, UC Davis partnered with Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China to create a framework for teaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Global Classroom modules. Thanks to this pioneering pilot project, over the past year more than 170 UC Davis students were able to work on real-world projects with students and faculty at UC Davis and at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, directly as a part of their coursework. Students learned to navigate time zones, virtual platform differences, and language barriers while gaining awareness and contributing to several SDGs, such as SDG 3 for Good Health and Well-Being, SDG 10 for Reduced Inequalities, and SDG 11 for Sustainable Cities and Communities.
A case study from UC Davis on Creating Campus Momentum for the SDGs through its inaugural Voluntary University Review process is featured on the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) website on Accelerating Education for the SDGs in Universities.
In honor of Dr. Rodriguez outstanding contributions in building the relationship between the two universities, promoting educational exchange, and performing educational and research activity, OU conferred an honorary degree to Dr. Rodriguez on June 16, 2021.
According to one estimate, the global refugee population has more than doubled over the past decade to 26 million. Professor Keith Watenpaugh, director of the Human Rights Studies program at UC Davis, leads an innovative project to help refugee students start or continue their university education — even as they are displaced and on the move. In this episode of The Backdrop, Watenpaugh discusses the Article 26 Backpack project, UC Davis’ Human Rights Studies program and his rethinking of the history of humanitarianism.
On June 1, 2021, the University of California, Davis and the University of Agriculture Faisalabad in Pakistan signed an agreement of cooperation to partner on research and capacity building collaborations in horticulture and animal science. The agreement builds upon past agreements between the two universities signed in 2008 and 2013 as well as ongoing collaborations between UC Davis and Pakistan.
Below are some UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) opportunities (events, competitions, courses, and funding) for Spring 2021. Please share widely and always feel free to reach out with questions and ideas about UC Davis SDG engagement.
An international team that includes Newcastle University's Professor John Mathers with UC Davis Professors Francene Steinberg and Mark Cooper, is celebrating their successful application to the competitive Grants for Advancing Sustainable Development Goals.
On April 28 at 10-11 a.m. (PDT), join us for a panel discussion co-hosted by Earth University with faculty experts from UC Davis, Earth University (Costa Rica), Newcastle University (England), and Stellenbosch University (South Africa), who are working on agriculture, food, nutrition, and related global issues will participate in the Global Conversation Series. This virtual panel discussion will address SDG 2: Zero Hunger.
As UC Davis continues to expand its global reach and we all increase our global connections, we want to ensure your work is plugged into campus initiatives and programs. We also want to ensure members of our university community are recognized for the global impact of their work. One campus initiative underway involves building partnerships around the world that advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To that end, we are pleased to share that UC Davis is pursuing a Voluntary University Review to assess how our university is contributing to the UN SDGs, bring together campus strengths, and inform strategies moving forward. We hope you will join us in this process.