03.10.2019 - UNESCO Office in Harare

University Leaders to Deliberate On Their Work on SDGS

20 University Vice Chancellors from Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe are set to meet in Harare from 21-22 October to deliberate on the role of higher and tertiary education institutions in achieving the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Deans of Faculties of Sciences and Engineering from Zimbabwe and development partners are also expected to attend the meeting which will take place under theme, “Transforming Higher and Tertiary Education in the Agenda 2030 era”.

Higher and tertiary education play a critical role in the attainment of SDG 4 on quality education as well as all the other 16 goals. The roundtable will serve as a platform to:

  1. discuss the broader contexts that universities are embedded and to arrive at a shared understanding of the role of higher and tertiary education institutions in the era of the SDGs and opportunities it presents;
  2. share existing data and research on good practises and innovations by institutions towards sustainable development;
  3. identify the priority issues that need to be addressed for effective delivery of SDGs; and
  4. identify priority actions that could be undertaken within and across countries to deliver on the SDGs.

The UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa is organising the meeting in partnership with the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE). The meeting is expected to generate a shared understanding of how various higher and tertiary institutions in Africa are working to push forward Agenda 2030 as well as a renewed commitment by university leaders to implement it.


For more information please contact Moses Mukabeta: mt.mukabeta@unesco.org.


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