SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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SDG Summit Series in Ōtautahi Christchurch

The third SDG Summit Series in Aotearoa was announced in 2020. UC and Lincoln University (LU) are jointly hosting the series, of three online hui and a summit workshop. Each hui builds on the previous one, says Dr Matt Morris, UC Sustainability Advisor and SDG Summit Series Chairperson. Hui 1 See the Change starts November 2020, followed by Hui 2 Be the Change in March 2021, and Hui 3 Working Together for Change in June. The two-day national summit Collaboration For Systemic Change is on 2 and 3 September. The summit is co-hosted by UC and LU, with mana whenua Ngāi Tuahuriri, and is in partnership with the Christchurch City Council and Ara Institute of Canterbury, supported by Tourism New Zealand, Te Pokai Tara | Universities New Zealand, ChristchurchNZ, and New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. Mayor of Christchurch Lianne Dalziel will officially open the participant-led summit, which will feature concurrent sessions of workshopping, activations and kōrero, and field trips to see the SDGs in action in Lincoln, Lyttelton, and around the central city. Business leaders, experts, students, community leaders and government organisations, will connect and collaborate on taking real action to achieve the SDGs. 


UC and the Ara Institute of Canterbury Partner to Teach Nursing

A joint initiative between UC and Ara offers those interested in becoming a nurse to study in Ōtautahi for the Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice (Nursing) and Bachelor of Nursing. The joint initiative means students who already hold a degree relevant to health sciences can gain two further qualifications in just two years. On completing the programmes graduates can become eligible to gain employment as a beginning nurse in Aotearoa. Students can complete a UC Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice (Nursing) and a Bachelor of Nursing (BN). The option of completing the Master of Health Sciences with a research component is also available.


SVA Service Award

Our near decade-long partnership with the largest student club in Aotearoa, the Student Volunteer Army, expanded to help spread its culture of meaningful volunteering to secondary schools with the SVA Award. The SVA Award is designed to assist high school students to understand how their service/volunteering contributes to wider society and can advance their future career. UC’s ViceChancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey says it’s important to the UC community to make a positive impact on the well-being and social sustainability of Christchurch, Canterbury, and nationally. “Community engagement is something that UC graduates are known for. It’s one of UC’s future-focused objectives to deliver an education that prepares our students to be enquiring and enables them to create and contribute to a better society,” says Professor Cheryl de la Rey.


Connected MBA Programme

UC is the first university globally to sign as a Research and Knowledge Partner with the Smart Cities Council. Our new Connected MBA programme will give students access to the Council’s leading Smart Cities Academy and Smart Cities Practitioner Certificate programme. UC’s former MBA Director Associate Professor Dr Chris Vas views the partnership as a major win for students. “For a long time in MBA programmes we have focused on organisations in a macro global context, taking the city and the communities in which these organisations function for granted. The UC approach to supporting leaders to understand how their organisations can create a positive impact on cities and society is needed,” says Associate Professor Vas.


Community Engagement

UC’s Community Engagement Hub is situated in the heart of our campus, and is a destination for the academic study of volunteerism and disaster related community service. With innovative spaces for research and education, and social spaces that encourage collaboration, the Hub has contributed to over 30,000 hours locally. The Hub engages with international guests and groups, including Dr Jane Goodall, and recently hosted a virtual exchange between UC and the University of Puerto Rico staff about post-disaster delivery of health care following Hurricane Maria.


UC Partners with ENZ

ENZ and New Zealand’s eight universities, including UC, announced in late 2020 a partnership with UK-based qualifications provider the University Consortium (NCUK) that will allow students from more than 30 countries to begin a New Zealand university qualification without leaving home. The pathways initiative enables international students to begin study in their home countries towards Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at any of New Zealand’s eight universities, including UC. Students commence the pathway in 2021.


Sustainability Events and Engagement

2020 was challenging for UC student engagement in sustainability, yet it opened up opportunities to connect with our students in creative and unique ways. During lockdown, our Sustainability Office ran a series of Sustainability @ Home campaigns over social media, with challenges and weekly feedback on how students were taking action on sustainability while at home. The challenges ranged from sustainable recipes and cooking, to gardening, slow fashion and low waste living tips. Students said they really enjoyed participating in the challenges, and loved learning new skills from other participants. After lockdown, there were restrictions on the types of activities that could be undertaken. However, we successfully delivered our popular Plastic Free July, Clothes Swap and Bike Breakfast events. 2,175 students and staff engaged with our sustainability events on campus, and we reached 331,644 people across social media channels.


Partnerships for sustainability


UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

The UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network is a unique network of problem solvers from academia, civil society, NGOs and the private sector. The network aim to support:

  • Global Discussions on Sustainable Development
  • Local, National, and Regional Problem Solving for Sustainable Development
  • Educational Initiatives for Sustainable Development
  • Applied Research and Communication for Sustainable Development

UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network website


Principles for Responsible Management Education partnership

UC’s Business School is a signatory to the United Nations' Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative. The PRME bills itself as A global movement transforming business and management education through research and leadership.

Principles for Responsible Management Education website


Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability

ACTS aims to inspire, promote and support change towards best practice sustainability across all types of campuses.

Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability website