Skip to content
Loading Events

Higher Education for and beyond the Sustainable Development Goals

30/10/2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Prof Tristan McCowan (UCL)


Dr Emilie Souyri (Université Côte d’Azur); Alex Wright (Association of Commonwealth Universities); Dr Laila Kadiwal (UCL) and Dr Stuart Tannock (UCL)


Prof Elaine Unterhalter (UCL)

Seminar Overview

In this CEID seminar, Professor Tristan McCowan will launch his new book ‘Higher education for and beyond the Sustainable Development Goals’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). After an outline of the book, there will be responses from academics and practitioners working in the field of international education, followed by an open discussion on these key contemporary issues. Following the debate there will be a reception with drinks and nibbles.

The book analyses the role of the university in working towards the Sustainable Development Goals. In contrast to the previous Millennium Development Goals, higher education is seen to have a crucial role in this new agenda. Yet how can the university fulfil these weighty expectations, and are the dominant trends in higher education supporting or undermining this vision? This book draws on the idea of the ‘developmental university’, a model characterised by its porous boundaries with society and commitment to teaching, research and community engagement in the public interest. The author examines case studies from Latin America, Africa and other regions to analyse how this model can be revived, countering recent trends of marketisation, status competition and unbundling. The book also considers alternatives to the developmental model drawing on indigenous knowledge systems, looking beyond the SDG framework to the creation of a new form of society.


This event is free to attend and open to all. Please register in advance here.


If you have any accessibility requirements or enquiries please contact the events team at Please contact us at your earliest convenience, so that we can ensure, where required, any appropriate measures are taken.

Social Media

Join the discussion with #CEIDSeminars

See details of the book


UCL Institute of Education, Elvin Hall
20 Bedford Way
London, WC1H 0AL United Kingdom

+ Google Map

Scroll To Top