Sustainability-Focused Research

Commitment to SDGs

SDGs at Sunway University

The sustainability initiatives of Sunway University predate the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015.

Good Health and Well Being

This 3rd Sustainable Development Goal (SDG3) aims at globally improving everyone’s health and well-being in the world, no matter their level of income, age, race, gender etc. According to the UN, despite significant strides made in increasing global life expectancy, inequalities in healthcare access still exist.

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Clean Water and Sanitation

This SDG focuses on ensuring a clean and stable water supply and effective water sanitation for all people by the year 2030. The goal is a reaction to the fact that many people throughout the world lack these basic services. 

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Affordable and Clean Energy

The world is making progress towards Goal 7, with encouraging signs that energy is becoming more sustainable and widely available. Access to electricity in poorer countries has begun to accelerate, energy efficiency continues to improve, and renewable energy is making impressive gains in the electricity sector.

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Decent Work and Economic Growth

The SDGs promote sustained economic growth, higher levels of productivity and technological innovation. Encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation are key to this, as are effective measures to eradicate forced labour, slavery and human trafficking. With these targets in mind, the goal is to achieve full and productive employment, and decent work, for all women and men by 2030. 

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Sustainable Cities and Communities

Making cities sustainable means creating career and business opportunities, safe and affordable housing, and building resilient societies and economies. It involves investment in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in participatory and inclusive ways.

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Partnership for the Goals

The SDGs can only be realized with strong global partnerships and cooperation.The world is more interconnected than ever. Improving access to technology and knowledge is an important way to share ideas and foster innovation. Coordinating policies to help developing countries manage their debt, as well as promoting investment for the least developed, is vital for sustainable growth and development. 

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Sustainability-Focused Research

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Sunway University is committed to solving global challenges, particularly in the areas of sustainable development and planetary health through building multidisciplinary research teams that focus on the following key research areas: 

Additionally, The University supports sustainability efforts institutionally by supporting the establishment of collaborative research centres such as the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development (JSC), established in collaboration between the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). JSC exists in the capacity to tackle the sustainability agenda through teaching, research, policy and problem-solving practices. 

The Future Cities Research Institute (FCRI) was established as a platform to bring leading academics from Sunway and Lancaster Universities together to tackle the challenges of rapidly growing urbanisation around the world. The research themes: Digital Cities, Liveable Cities, Resilient Cities and Sustainable Cities  will look at our environmental needs, promote health and wellbeing, protect us from natural and human-made disasters and make use of the latest digital technologies to serve humanity.