Transforming Higher Education for Global Sustainability

Today (9 February 2022) UNESCO Expert Group EGU2030 is releasing a report entitled "Knowledge-driven Actions: Transforming Higher Education for Global Sustainability"

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The full report can be downloaded here.

Reference: UNESCO [61900], 100 pages, ISBN: 978-92-3-100505-3.

This report thoroughly discusses the role of higher education institutions in contributing to the 2030 Agenda, through a focus on three interrelated themes:

1. the need to move towards inter- and transdisciplinary modes of producing and circulating knowledge.
2. the imperative of becoming open institutions, fostering epistemic dialogue and integrating diverse ways of knowing.
3. the demand for a stronger presence in society through proactive engagement and partnering with other societal actors.

The report directs attention to the systemic barriers that have inhibited transformations in these three areas so far and provides advice and examples on how to achieve this.

The report calls on higher education leaders and actors to push for transformations within their institutions, using the report’s recommendations to critically reflect and act on their role for achieving the 2030 Agenda.

Seeram Ramakrishna, FREng, Everest Chair

Professor & Chair of Circular Economy Taskforce, National University of Singapore

UNESCO EGU2030 Global Expert Group member (

Book: Knowledge-driven Actions: Transforming Higher Education for Global Sustainability, Adrian Parr, Agnes Binagwaho, Andy Stirling, Anna Davies, Cheikh Mbow, Dag Olav Hessen, Helena Bonciani Nader, Jamil Salmi, Melody Brown Burkins, Seeram Ramakrishna, Sol Serrano, Sylvia Schmelkes, Tong Shijun and Tristan McCowan (2022).  UNESCO [61900], 100 pages, ISBN: 978-92-3-100505-3 (