The role of universities and educators in developing and implementing sustainable developmental goals

Jayakumar Chinnasamy*, Jeannie Daniels

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Universities and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are seen as having a social mission to deliver common good to society, both locally and globally. These institutions develop different policies due to global changes in Higher Education (HE), such as internationalisation and Sustainable Development (SD). They have an important role in setting sustainable developmental goals (SDGs) and also delivering them through teaching, research and other services. Effective delivery of SD practices relies upon educators who are directly involved in making the links between students and community. However, educators are not everywhere involved in developing policies, which impacts on their ability to deliver. This research, set in Scottish HEIs, investigates educators’ perceptions of internationalisation in HE, how the concept is constructed and delivered in their universities, and what – if any – involvement these educators have in developing policy. This paper argues that educators, especially HE educators, have potential that is neglected in developing SDGs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-60
Number of pages14
JournalStudies in Adult Education and Learning
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2019



  • Educators
  • Internationalisation
  • Sustainable developmental goals
  • Policy-development
  • Universities

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