This network of universities will work together to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Tecnológico de Monterrey, together with 14 other prestigious institutions of higher education, has formed a global network of universities that collaborates with the UN and other international organizations to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through education, research, and social entrepreneurship.
The select group, which includes the Polytechnic University of Madrid, the University of Waterloo, African Development University, Yonsei University, the University of the Andes, and the State University of New York, met last May in the city of Bellagio, Italy, and agreed on a program agenda with a view to 2020.
As a result of this meeting, the adoption and formal launch of the Global Pact of Universities (University Global Compact, UGC) occurred in the Rockefeller Foundation in New York this past September 22. The agreement consists of six commitments:
To increase the understanding of students about the most important challenges confronting the world and inspire them to find new solutions.
To develop in students the global competencies and leadership skills required for collaboration across national and cultural boundaries, disciplines and sectors.
To drive research and seek new approaches to achieve the SDGs.
To share knowledge and innovations and collaborate with public and private actors to lead, guide and support local, national, and global proposals that contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.
To act responsibly and serve as an example for putting strategies into action on issues related to sustainable development.
To communicate their progress in favor of the SDGs and be held accountable publicly.
After agreeing to these commitments, the President of Tecnológico de Monterrey, Salvador Alva, noted that the pact represents a great time for the university to reaffirm its commitment to society, as also reflected in its vision for 2030, which places the individual in the center of responsibility to create a sustainable world.
"At Tec, we are working very hard to make sure our three institutional axes - leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship - contribute to human flourishing," he stated.
Committed to sustainability
This is not the first time that Tecnológico de Monterrey has committed to global development and has established a close relationship with the UN. In addition to being a founding member and the only Mexican university in the UGC, TEC is a national coordinator along with UNAM in the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Mexico, a network of higher educational institutions and research centers that maintain close contact with the Presidency of the Republic.
The SDSN devises public policy and project financing proposals that contribute solutions to achieve the UN objectives at the local, state, and national levels.
In addition, Tecnológico de Monterrey recently held the exercise called “17 Rooms” to review the global objectives to eradicate poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity. In attendance were 45 teachers from different regions of the world.
Among the principal teaching and research activities related to the SDGs that are implemented in the institution are the annual offering of more than 1,600 courses in high school, undergraduate and postgraduate studies and 73 percent of scientific publications carried out in the last five years.