6 September 2016 | PRME Secretariat — The 4th PRME Regional Meeting for Australia and New Zealand concluded earlier this month with a call for deeper integration of the Sustainable Development Goals into the business and management curriculum of signatory schools.
The meeting, jointly hosted by Advanced PRME Signatory schools University of Wollongong and Federation Business School, was attended by over a dozen individuals from business and management-related higher education institutions from across Australia and New Zealand.
Discussions focused on embedding the SDGs into curricula, teaching and research. Conversations explored current progress on this front, as well as identifying ways to scale up the successes. Examples include mandating compulsory subjects on responsibility and sustainability for all students; looking into pathways for indigenous and disadvantaged students into universities; creating Interdisciplinary focus of content and integrating content into compulsory subjects; and measuring ecological footprints of the institutions and its faculty.
However, barriers were noted, such as a vocational emphasis versus higher order critical thinking skills, and ranking of journals in this research space not driving research/publications.
Additionally, the meeting observed communications as a PRME Chapter, and developed language and strategy to increase outreach to non-signatory schools.
For more information about the PRME Chapter Australia/New Zealand, please contact Belinda Gibbons at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a non-signatory to PRME and would like to learn more about the initiative, we encourage you to read our most recent brochure, as well as our handy guide to how the SDGs can be integrated into business curriculum.