Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has joined a network of universities across the world that are committed to sustainable, global development.

It is a new member of the Global Challenges University Alliance (GCUA 2030), alongside partners in countries ranging from Chile, China, New Zealand, Rwanda and Sweden to the US. GCUA 2030’s overall goal is to encourage active and strategic collaboration across different geographic levels and disciplines to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN’s Agenda 2030. Adopted by all UN member states in 2015, Agenda 2030 is a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

SDG 4 – to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning for all – has a clear role for universities and higher education institutes. But the overall objective of GCUA 2030 to equip the next generation of researchers, teachers and academic leaders with knowledge, tools and networks that will strengthen their capacity to work across disciplines and to conduct translational research, means that educational bodies can contribute to all 17 SDGs.

Professor Jamie Newbold, academic director at SRUC, comments: “In GCUA 2030 we will join colleagues from a dozen international universities as partners in research and education, with a focus on addressing the UN’s SDGs. This includes joint activities and the sharing of course materials and training – with a particular focus on PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.”