SDG 4.7: Promoting education for Sustainable Development
As one of the first signatories to the University Commitment to the SDGs, Monash has committed to provide educational opportunities for our students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development. In its updated Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Statement Monash has reiterated this commitment to the promotion of ESG and SDG awareness and engagement across all degrees. Monash is also a signatory to the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME), the Commitment to Green Chemistry, and the Global Engineering Dean’s Council Sustainability Commitment all of which commit to education for sustainable development.
In 2021, Monash offers several major curricular programs, including the award-winning interdisciplinary Master of Environment and Sustainability, the ground-breaking Bachelor of Science Advanced — Global Challenges (Honours), the Master of International Development Practice, the Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management, the Master of Green and Sustainable Technologies and the Graduate Certificate of Innovation for Sustainability . In addition we offered over 75 study units directly relating to sustainability and sustainable development across a wide range of study areas.
Despite pandemic restrictions, we also offered a wide range co-curricular and leadership programs relating to sustainability and sustainable development, leadership and entrepreneurship, including The Generator, Leave No One Behind, Green Steps, the Social entrepreneurship challenge in the Indo-Pacific, and Ancora Imparo Leadership Program.
Student-led initiatives include the Monash Association of Sustainability, the Monash Energy Club, the Monash International Affairs Society, Precious Plastics Monash, the Monash University Volunteer Program, and SDSN Youth AusNZPac.
We have also been working to advance education for the SDGs beyond Monash, through Monash-led initiatives such as the Education, Environment and Sustainability research group, the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub, and our partnerships in initiatives such as the Youth Environmental Alliance in Higher Education (YEAH SDGs), Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Education, and the SDSN’s Accelerating Education for SDGs in Universities initiatives.