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Higher Education Sustainability Initiative special event
Wednesday, 8 July 2020
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Virtually (held New York time)

Special event

Higher Education plays a vital role in educating the current and next generation of leaders, driving the research agenda for both the public and private sectors and plays a critical role in shaping the direction of national economies.

In this era of uncertainty, the question for this year’s Higher Education Sustainability Initiative Annual Conference at the High-level Political Forum is how can we redesign higher education in support of sustainable development, a green recovery, and regenerative pathways for education. This agenda will support the theme of this year’s High-level Political Forum which is ​“Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realising the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”​.

The discussion will seek to provide insight on how Covid-19 will affect the sector and what new ideas are being considered that can enable higher education to enable radical change and regeneration. In addition to this discussion, there will be a special HESI Members roundtable that will be held on 9 July to reflect on this discussion and encourage actionable next steps.


See programme in the document on the right side.

Event Objectives:

  1. Reflect on where we are: ​Through the discussion, to understand​ the impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education so we know "where we are";
  2. Explore where we want to get to:​ Explore new ideas as to how we can ​regenerate, renew and revitalise ​ Higher Education and explore different pathway that would offer ideas on how to Redesign Higher & Further Education for the Future;
  3. Be inspired, while considering access and equity, to build collective intent: ​Be inspired by new, propositional fresh thinking as to what we can achieve collectively while also ensuring that we consider inclusion and equity at all levels, everywhere.

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