UN SDG goals implementation supported by IUS

 

The International University of Sarajevo (IUS) has once again confirmed the standard of quality of its work, as well as its recognition and commitment to quality. This time, it is about supporting implementation of the UN Agenda 2030 through 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which IUS not only recognized as universal UN goals, through education, research and knowledge transfer, but also incorporated them into its internal procedures and activities.

Since the adoption of the UN SDGs in 2015, the IUS, in accordance with its strategic plans, has sistematically supported them in all segments of its activities. The Times Higher Education (THE), a prestigious worldwide university ranking organization from London, has ranked IUS 101-200 in its Impact Rankings in 2019, based on the criteria for the success of the achievement of UN goals. The submission of the ranking application to THE was preceded by extensive and comprehensive internal self-evaluation and control of the implementation of the SDGs at IUS by the IUS Quality Assurance Office.

What are the UN SDGs? To counteract the major "global risks" humanity faces, 193 United Nations Member States agreed on a very ambitious 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Some of these goals are poverty reduction, combating inequality and injustice and addressing climate change by 2030. To increase possibility of success and implementation of these 17 SDGs, the recommendation for all higher education institutions around the world is to teach and empower today's students - tomorrow's decision makers - to think critically and ethically, to learn to deal with ethical dilemmas and to apply systemic solutions to serious and complex social problems. In addition to student education, the goals are also related to teacher education, the implementation of study programs, and sucesfull teaching and running the institution as well.

"The success of the implementation of the UN SDGs at IUS further motivates us to continue to work hard to educate young people and to achieve our mission and vision - to make IUS an example in the region in the field of education, science and research," said IUS Rector Prof. Dr. Ahmet Yıldırım. He also stated that IUS representatives were invited to attend the third Innovation & Impact Summit, which will be held from April 22-24, 2020, at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, in Stockholm, Sweden. One of the topics of the Summit is "how research universities can create a positive environment for innovation".

We have highlighted the statements of several IUS professors, who have distinguished themselves through their scientific work and contributed to making IUS a leading BiH university in implementing UN SDGs.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aliye F. Mataraci, Acting Dean of the IUS Faculty of Law:

"Within the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the implementation of joint initiatives with a particular focus on World Social Capital Monitoring, IUS has signed a 5-year cooperation agreement with the Basel Institute of Commons and Economics. The World Social Capital Monitor is an instrument for measuring social goods and social capital created by the United Nations Sustainable Development Group in partnership with civil society actors. Based on this agreement, IUS will contribute to conducting a half-yearly monitoring of BiH's social capital together with the Basel Institute of Commons and Economics. All data entries will be collected in an online database through the World Social Monitoring Portal: http://trustyourplace.com/.“ For more information about the results of the Social Capital Monitor in the BiH, please see here (pages 9 and 10).

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muhamed Hadžiabdić, Lecturer at the IUS Mechanical Engeenering Program, was the coordinator of the D4D UNDP Project, at IUS: "The D4D UNDP Project, financed by Swiss Government, aimed to increase socio-economic opportunities and perspectives for people in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to improve their livelihoods through increased diaspora engagement. We organized a series of workshops that enabled the transfer of technical knowledge and skills. Engineers from four BHs. companies attended workshops where they worked together with a diaspora expert, Dr. Mirza Popovac, from Austrian Institute of Technology. This was an excellent occasion of transfer of knowledge and ideas, social and cultural networking.“

Assist. Prof. Dr. Orkun Aydın, IUS Psychology Program Coordinator, who successfully leads IUS Counseling Center:

Counseling Center supports the students’ mental wellbeing by providing short term mental health interventions including individual counseling, psychological assessment and consultation. The state of art technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR) kits, computerized assessments and biosensor equipment for skin response are utilized for sustaining psychological well-being of the students. Besides service requirements, the workshops, voluntary events and research activities to increase awareness towards mental health are also provided for students.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Ramo Palalić, Lecturer at the IUS Management Program, Coordinator of Leadership and Entrepreneurship Center (LEC) at IUS:

As entrepreneurship is considered as the "engine" of every economy, we try to use its power through different activities that will help the sustainable development of the country. Firstly, we are engaged (via IUS Leadership and Entrepreneurship Center (LEC) in Global Competitiveness Project and collaborated with different universities throughout the globe. The project results to be yet published. Secondly, the IUS LEC is organising activities that will provoke youth to think entrepreneurial, by providing them seminars and workshops. Likewise, LEC was one of contributors to the SBF Startup-challenge. Thirdly, our recent publications in entrepreneurship will be a good asset for the institution and the community. Moreover, the research publications in this area will enrich practitioners and academicians to discover new horizons in entrepreneurship, locally and globally. Coming activities in entrepreneurship will be expanding more as we as we strive to achieve the Agenda 2030 through the SDG implementation.

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