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Think Global, Act Local: Relevance and Prospects of SDGs for Swiss Universities and their Global South Partners

The SUDAC Programme is currently consolidating its network and promoting cooperation efforts of Swiss universities on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Switzerland and with higher education partners in the Global South.

The programme set to increase its public awareness and to start a policy dialogue on the relevance of SDGs in Swiss higher education in 2019. To that end, swissuniversities’ SUDAC Programme was joined by the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE) in showcasing both Swiss higher education institutions active in North-South partnerships and their international partners on the 18th of October 2019.


Venue: University of Bern, UniS



Welcome Addresses

Welcome Address

Franco Gervasoni, Head of SUDAC


swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network (SUDAC)

The SUDAC Programme

Laurent Goetschel, Deputy Head of SUDAC


The COFER Presentations

Consortium for Education and Research in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Claudio Valsangiacomo, Mirko Winkler, Agraw Ambelu

Science Action in Schools for Sustainable Development (SAS4SD),

Darcy Molnar, Evans Dawoe, Richard Kuffour

Creating a Framework for Developing Effective Nutrition and One Health Interventions (One Health),

Daniel Mäusezahl, Ibrahim Abdikadir

Education for Development (EFORD),

Ursina Bentele, Samson Wassara


COFER Coffee Break

Promoting gender equality and diversity through shared knowledge production (PRO GED),

Sarah Farag

Innovative Financing in Education and Development: Case Studies and Multi-Media Material for E­Learning (IFE),

Cathryn Magno


Veruska Muccione

Massive Open Online Laboratories (MOOLs),

Fariba Moghaddam

Research partnerships for transformative knowledge and policy (Academy 2030),

Kaspar Hurni, Boniface Kiteme

Welcoming Neighbourhoods. Sustainable Migration in North and West African Cities (WelCit),

Marisa Fois 



Prospects and Pitfalls: Perspective of a South Partner

Boniface Kiteme, Director CETRAD, Kenya

Impact of a COFER on Educational Systems

Felicitas Acosta, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Argentina

Example of a CLOC: Network, Activities, Outlook

Swetha Rao Dhananka, HES-SO (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland)


Best practices outside SUDAC: Integrating SDGs Relevance in Higher Education and Research

Keynote: The future is now

Peter Messerli, Director Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern & Co-Chair of UN Global Sustainable Development Report

A national funder: UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund

Tahrat Shahid, Challenge Leader on Food Systems, UK Research and Innovation

A private funder: Botnar Foundation Basel

Aline Cossy-Gantner, Chief Learning Officer



Video Statements

Michael O. Hengartner, President swissuniversities 

How does Switzerland contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development (SDGs) goals?

How will Swiss research institutions improve their engagement for Sustainable Development?

Franco Gervasoni, Head of SUDAC

How can research collaborations contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

Boniface Kiteme, President CETRAD

What is the most relevant issue of the SUDAC programme?

Swetha Rao Dhananka, Head of CLOC Knowledge2Action

How can the implementation of science benefit from the SUDAC programme?

Peter Messerli, Director Centre for Development and Environment,

University of Bern

What is the key to path the way into a more sustainable future?

Tatjana von Steiger, Deputy Head of Domain Global Cooperation,

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

What are your expectations from research and science for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

Christa Markwalder, Member of Parliament, Committee on Foreign Affairs

What is the role of policymakers in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

Marcel Tanner, President Swiss Academy of Sciences

How can science improve its contribution to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

Jean-Luc Barras, Head of International Cooperation,

Swiss National Science Foundation

How will science funding contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

Mauro Moruzzi, Head of International Relations Division,

State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation

How will Switzerland be successful in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?