Among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015, SDG4 is dedicated to education. Higher education is mentioned in target 4.3 of SDG4 which aims to by 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university.
Since the ultimate function of the university is to provide youth with quality education, it has the responsibility to advocate the importance of SDGs in research, institutional culture, cooperation with other universities or organizations and preparing public-mindful leaders.
Subsequently, the university must provide research knowledge, innovations and solutions towards achieving the SDGs. It must also advocate for faculty members to help students to set up projects, activities, campaigns… helping to promote the importance of being an active member of society. It must also cooperate with other institutions for higher education, and private and public organizations to identify educational problems and potential solutions in order to create a more sustainable, inclusive and innovative world. Also, the university is a powerful institution that provide teaching. Learning inside the classroom isn’t enough to ensure graduates who can translate what they have learnt in books to real-word applications.
The SDG4, has a roadmap framing the Education 2030 Framework for Action (FFA), in favor of higher education and recognizing that a well-established and well-regulated tertiary education system can improve access, equity, quality and relevance. It can also reduce the difference between what is taught and what needs to be learned to ensure sustainable development and take advantage of technology, open educational resources and distance education.