International Partnerships and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Embedding Sustainability into Global Engagement

Date: Oct 4, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT
Format: Virtual
Hosted By: CBIE
Cost: Free


The CBIE International Relations Professional Learning Community (IR-PLC) and the Community of Practice for Partnerships (CoPP) will host a conversation on the intersection between international partnerships and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in higher education. This discussion will critically address the tension at institutions between the advancement of the SDGs as a conceptual goal and the need for international partnerships to produce tangible outcomes in alignment with this objective. How can we ensure that sustainability is embedded into global engagement?

The opening panel features representatives with extensive experience engaging with these questions from various perspectives within the higher education sector. Their discussion will highlight the current landscape and context of international education and the SDGs, particularly through the lens of international partnerships.

The case studies session brings together four North American institutions that will share their initiatives and efforts that showcase how international relations offices and collaborating units across campus are moving the SDGs agenda forward. Discussion topics include:

  • How to engage leadership and central administration in the process
  • Key considerations when developing global partnerships through the SDGs framework
  • Best practices in working with other campus units, such as the Sustainability Office

Each session will be followed by a Q&A session and dedicated time for open discussion where participants can connect, share, and engage with colleagues to exchange ideas and resources on practical ways to build sustainability into international partnerships.


12:00 PM Welcome
12:05 PM Opening Panel Session & Q&A
1:05 PM Group Discussion
1:30 PM Case Studies Session & Q&A
2:30 PM Group Discussion
2:55 PM Closing Remarks