The UN summit held in New York, in September 2015, defined the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), within an ambitious agenda for the eradication of poverty and economic, social and environmental development on a global scale by 2030 .
UTAD has the ambition to contribute, through the commitments established in the Strategic Plan 17-21, to achieve some of the objectives of this Agenda. As general commitments, transversal to the SDGs, the following stand out:
– The reinforcement of the internationalization component of knowledge produced by UTAD, which is reflected in several SDGs, associated with the mechanisms for the dissemination and promotion of good practices in open science and knowledge sharing;
– The inclusion of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs in the curricular structure of the various courses taught by UTAD; and
– The reinforcement of UTAD’s role as a vehicle and promoter of the 2030 Agenda in the context of its relations with the community, companies and other public or private entities.
On June 24, 2020, a webinar was held in order to take stock of this commitment. The event started with a presentation of the SDGs in the context of higher education by Prof. Artur Sá, where the ways in which universities contributed to the achievement of these goals were highlighted, and Dr. Cristiana Rego then presented some of the activities that UTAD has developed in the materialization of its commitment. The results of the survey to UTAD professors about the inclusion of the SDGs in the curricular structure of the courses taught by UTAD, by Dr. Andrea Rego, were disclosed and the topics of the IES, the pandemic and the SDGs, were addressed by the Vice-Rector for the Planning and Internationalization of UTAD, Prof. Artur Cristóvão, having ended the session with the participation of the public, who asked some questions and suggestions.