College of Agriculture, Engineering
and Science (CAES)

From left: Professor Bala Pillay, Dr Deshini Naidoo, Professor Ruth Hoskins, Professor Msizi Mkhize, Dr Sharmla Rama, Dr Bobby Varghese, Professor Sinegugu Duma and Professor Vassilios Makrakis (Frederick University).

Infusing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the Undergraduate Curriculum

UKZN academics recently participated in the Professionalisation of Undergraduate Academic Teaching in Multiple Disciplines to Address SDGs (PUAT) Project Workshop held at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

The PUAT project is funded by the European Commission Erasmus+ Capacity Building for Higher Education Programme. The workshop was organised by the University of Crete in co-operation with the Regional Centres of Expertise (RCE) Crete partners of the PUAT project. UKZN is one of the South African collaborators on the project together with Rhodes University and the University of Venda.

The UKZN delegation reported on the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) of the United Nations covered in undergraduate modules in the UKZN curriculum across all four Colleges. The participating universities presented and discussed the progress and achievements of infusing the SDGs into the undergraduate curriculum.

Various measures of excellence in teaching and learning at different structures in UKZN and the two other South African universities, including staff and student development, were also discussed. The workshop was successful in bringing academic staff from the three South African universities to evaluate the implementation of the SDGs in our undergraduate curriculum.

Words: Melissa Mungroo

Photograph: Supplied