The Association of Commonwealth Universities | ACU Magazine
Higher education is integral to building healthier, happier, and wealthier societies. Universities equip people with the skills they need to take up or to create jobs, and drive innovation, progress, and prosperity through cutting-edge research. The crucial role of higher education in economic and social development was acknowledged by its inclusion in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the internationally-agreed set of targets that form the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Universities train teachers and create pedagogical content for primary and secondary schools, and support lifelong learning – they are a critical part of the education ecosystem underpinning Goal 4 on quality education.
Universities are also living laboratories,developing solutions for local, national, and global challenges. Higher education underpins all development targets, from poverty reduction to employability, health to environmental sustainability. Meeting these targets depends upon skilled graduates and research evidence.