UN SDGs

Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education, Dr. Norah McRae (she/her) and Director of International Strategic Initiatives, Shabnam Ivković were awarded best paper at WACE’s 4th International Research Symposium on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education in September, 2022.

Describing a work-term activity in which students and employers engage in an SDG-awareness building activity, McRae and Ivković explored the efficacy of this activity in igniting action towards advancing the SDG targets in international work terms.

Norah McRae and Shabnam Ivkovic launched a pilot program to help co-op students on international work terms engage their employers in meaningful discussions about the SDGs in the context of the organization. They share the results of the pilot and how the conversations helped bring more awareness of the SDGs and their application to co-op students.

There is growing focus on graduating global citizens who can advocate for and operationalize sustainable futures. In this paper, researchers conducted a pilot study to classify a sample of international internships in terms of their impact on one or more of the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Shabnam Ivković and Norah McRae’s paper addresses the need for higher education institutions to adapt a model that grows their contributions in the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). They examine the value of using a low-cost, low-resource conversation-based model.

Study findings show 13 per cent of students from the Faculty of Environment's co-op terms work is directly related to the UN SDGs. The study's findings suggest more could be done to increase awareness for the SDGs and better assessment is required.