IUS Integrates SDGs into Curriculum for a Socially Responsible and Healthy Future

Think Globally, Act Locally

The International University of Sarajevo (IUS) has successfully implemented SDGs by incorporating them into the curriculum, with about 40 courses aligning with specific SDG goals. This integration aims to move beyond abstract discussions about sustainability, bringing SDGs into classrooms to encourage students to think critically and embrace social responsibility.

As part of Sustainable Development Week, themed "Think Globally, Act Locally," IUS organized workshops that showcased practical applications of sustainability topics. During these workshops, students, mentored by professors, presented and discussed various current issues. The university's hall displayed slides featuring graphic representations and names of student projects from the elective course Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development, aiming to promote a sustainable and healthy future for all.

An example workshop titled "How Air Pollution Affects Brain Health" was presented by IUS student Sara Laura Korda. Her project explored the impact of air pollution on neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental diseases, emphasizing the need for governmental action to combat air pollution and raise awareness for public health. “I am a fourth-year psychology student deeply passionate about neuroscience. My love for the field led me to conduct a graduate project titled "How Air Pollution Affects Brain Health," addressing the alarming pollution levels in Sarajevo, one of the most polluted cities globally. The workshop revealed concerning traits in children exposed to air pollution resembling those in neurodegenerative diseases. We discussed personal initiatives and advocated for governmental action to combat air pollution, aiming to raise awareness and protect public health,” noted Sara.

Another workshop, "Sustainable Sarajevo 2.0 - Urban sustainability after Greenwashing," had architecture students researching cities worldwide that pioneered actions for urban sustainability. Groups presented research, outlining strategies and policies for the sustainable urban development of Sarajevo, covering topics from infrastructure to architectural considerations. The workshop was organized by Asst. Prof. Dr. Mejrema Zatrić-Šahović

In addition, workshops on generative AI, cyber security, and violence prevention involved students from Software Engineering and Computer Science, working under the mentorship of faculty members Asst. Prof. Dr. Özge Büyükdağlı and Asst. Prof. Dr. Amal Mersni.

The "Violence - a call for help" workshop, organized by psychology students under the mentorship of assistant Lejla Mustoo Başer, addressed psychological causes and consequences of violence, focusing on understanding and preventive measures. The aim of this workshop was to prioritize mental health by exploring experiences from the perspectives of victims, perpetrators, and bystanders, with a macro-level focus on institutional roles.