Program to Include Series of Workshops on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership with Focus on Sustainability
Khalifa University has announced the launch of the Khalifa University-Sustainable Development Goals (KU-SDG) Ambassador Program, a co-curricular program to teach students about innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership with a focus on sustainability through a series of workshops.
Initiated by the Student Success Office, the Khalifa University-SDG Ambassador Program will build upon Khalifa University’s membership into the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and introduce the United Nations’ SDGs to the students. It will aim to equip them with the knowledge to contribute towards giving back to the community and ways to develop practical innovative solutions. The workshop series running from this Fall to Spring will be divided into six units – an introductory session, four themed units based on the 17 UN-SDGs, and a closing session.
The UN-SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity. In the UAE, several initiatives have been taken up by the government and private stakeholders and Khalifa University is an active member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University, said: “The KU-SDG Ambassador Program reiterates our commitment to sustainability, renewable energy and green policies, especially though Masdar Institute’s various research centers and facilities such as the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), Masdar Institute Solar Platform (MISP), and the Masdar Institute Environmental Monitoring Platform (MIEMP) at Abu Dhabi Mangroves. The program also compliments our various initiatives that support UAE’s Sustainability measures and will help further raise students’ awareness about global challenges that require an increased role for youth in multilateral organizations such as the United Nations.”
He added: “This program is in line with the directives from the UAE leadership on developing and nurturing future professionals who will be experts in good governance, integrity and policy-making. We believe the students who join this initiative will be true ambassadors of the UAE’s progressive role in the global arena and bring honor to the country.”
Dr. Amani Omer, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Glenn Muschert, Professor, both from Humanities and Social Sciences, will lead the program and the workshops throughout the year. The students who are part of the program will be closely involved with the United Nations’ SDG initiatives in the UAE, the region and across the world.
Introductory sessions will be open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must be sophomores at Khalifa University, and should possess a genuine interest for sustainability, environment, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. They also need to dedicate adequate time to complete the year-long program.
There will be a workshop every few weeks to address one of the categories and present a scenario on issues pertinent to the problems. Each one relates to the SDGs of the session and provides a task for participants to research, evaluate, and monitor the development and progress of the SDGs in the UAE and from a global perspective wherever appropriate. At the same time, students will also be encouraged to innovate, and lead a community project wherever possible.
For more information, please vist the KU-SDG Ambassador Program website here: www.ku.ac.ae/ku-sdg-ambassador-program.
English Editor Specialist
7 September 2021