Engaging staff and students with SDGs to bring about a cultural shift in DBS

by Deakin University

(Academia)

A Global Compact member

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Deakin Business School (DBS) is making significant contributions to advance the SDG agenda through a multipronged approach where students and staff are embracing SDGs through various initiatives in teaching, research and partnerships

Project implemented: 2017

Project goal

To build capability of DBS staff and students to contribute meaningfully towards SDGs

delivering on

why is this project important?

Purposefully engaging university staff and students with SDGs in critical conversations to ensure the current generation of Australians are equipped with the agency and skills needed for advancing attainment of SDGs.

Key steps to make it happen

1Strategic project

A four-year strategic project to assure development and assessment of Global Citizenship across all programs in DBS.

2Deakin Hallmarks

Recognising outstanding student achievement through Deakin Hallmarks

3Integrating SDGs

A significant mapping and enhancement project to integrate SDGs & ERS

4Cross-sector discussions

Supporting cross-sector discussions by hosting events such as 5th PRME Regional Meeting

5Faculty based workshops

Faculty based workshops facilitated by external experts with active participation from academic and professional staff

6Disseminating information

Disseminating information about SDGs through the Faculty PRME website, posters, electronic display screens

impact to date

140 Units
One hundred and forty Core unit chairs have reflected upon the potential for integrating discussions about SDGs in their individual units. More than two thirds of the 159 respondents provided examples of how they engage students with one or more SDGs in their units and identified tangible strategies for strengthening the integration of ERS and SDGs.
40 entries to SDG Competition
Forty entries to the Faculty of Business and Law’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) competition, 2018

By the end of 2015, all DBS programs went through a cycle of program based approach to enhancement to systematically develop and assess employability skills across all programs. In practical terms, this involved all programs assure attainment of the eight Deakin’s Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs), professional accreditation requirements and standards, and relevant Australian Qualifications Framework specifications.

Integrating ERS into curriculum is increasingly becoming an opt out option rather than an opt in option for each unit.

ERS and SDGs have become a topic of regular conversations in our corridors, research and curriculum meetings. Simple operational changes such as the transition by staff to ‘keep cups’ is an indicator of this cultural shift.

The Deakin Business School (DBS) has embarked on a multipronged project to integrated the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) within curriculum, research, engagement and operations. These include: a) Increased focus and awareness of SDGs among all staff and students through their integration in curriculum; b) collaborative research with industry partners, government (DFAT, Red cross, Volunteering Victoria) and the wider community to address sustainability challenges; c) External validation through an AACSB award for innovative practice associated with the DGLO8 hallmark; d) publicly sharing sustainability initiatives digitally and at forums, including leadership of sustainability-related events

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