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GSEM signs Memorandum of Understanding on SDG Education and Open Innovation


On Thursday 27 May 2021, the Geneva School of Economics and Management, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University signed a Memorandum of Understanding to set global standards for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Education and Open Innovation.

In the virtual ceremony, the Agreement was signed by Nikhil Seth, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNITAR; Dr. Marcelo Olarreaga, Dean of the Geneva School of Economics and Management, and Dr. Bai Chong-En, Dean of the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University.

The Agreement aims to formalize and broaden the continuing work on SDG education and open innovation and around developing standardization and governance models for the 17 Global Goals by 2030.

Through the implementation of this Agreement, SDG education and open innovation practices co-organized by the signatory parties will be globally established and standardized through performance measurements. This will allow the parties to study how open innovation in universities fosters the SDGs, assess the performance of affiliated open innovation programs, and issue joint certifications of participation and accomplishment to beneficiaries.

Another objective of the Agreement is to mobilize all their networks to work together to strengthen support for their work and create opportunities for new synergies and partnerships between academia and the UN through the joint hosting of training, and hands-on open innovation activities such as hackathons.



May 27, 2021
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