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Efforts of Nagaoka University of Technology Toward Achieving the SDGs

What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the 2030 Agenda) is a set of international development goals from 2016 to 2030, which was adopted by the UN Sustainable Development Summit held in September 2015 building on the success of Millennium Development Goals in 2001.

The 2030 Agenda listed “Sustainable Development Goals” consisting of 17 goals and 169 targets in order to eradicate poverty and realize a sustainable world. SDGs are universal goals applicable, not only to developing countries but also developed countries, and pledge “No One is Left Behind” through the implementation process (Quoted from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan).

Nagaoka University of Technology has been working on SDGs actively.


GIGAKU SDG Institute


Summary: NUT has produced more than ten thousands creative engineers with practical capabilities since its inception in 1976. NUT graduates are always top-rated in job placement market. The high reputation and employability of graduates comes from NUT's guiding principles of education called GIGAKU. On the basis of this achievement, and recognizing the importance of sustainable development requirements for engineers, NUT decided to renew its education program under GIGAKU SDG Institute, by fully integrating SDGs into current program structure under the leadership of President Nobuhiko Azuma. NUT will disseminate the concept and good practices of GIGAKU SDG Institute to various part of the world through its international partnership.

Context and justification: For long years, engineers have been taught to achieve such goals as efficiency, cost, quality, performance, etc. of their designed products and services. While these goals still remain important for the welfare and happiness of the people, now they have to be trained to pay priority attention to the critical goals of the global society, represented by SDGs. Engineers are the profession which directly affects the process of interaction between mankind and nature through products and services they conceive, design, and manufacture. They are responsible for the future of the global society and more importantly they have a power to change the mode of interaction. Because of this reason, engineering education institutes of the world should quickly incorporate SDGs into their education program.

NUT was created by Japanese Government to be a model engineering education institute in 1976 and its education program was constructed along with completely new paradigm. The founders has coined a term GIGAKU to describe this paradigm. Since then NUT has produced more than ten thousand creative engineers and has won the highest reputation and the best employment records among Japanese engineering institutes. It is evidenced by many authoritative reports and surveys.

Based on this achievement, and recognizing the critically important roles and responsibility of engineers, NUT decided to incorporate SDGs into its education program.This is why NUT proposes UNESCO to establish GIGAKU SDG Institute. NUT will disseminates the concept and good practices to its international partners.

Also, the percentage of NUT faculties conducting research on each goal of SDGs is shown in the figure below.

Percentage of faculties conducting research on each goal of SDGs

As you can see from this graph, many of NUT faculties conduct research on SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure). NUT was appointed to a United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) Hub for SDG 9 not only because of GIGAKU SDG Institute but also these supporting data. Accepting the honor and responsibility elected as the UNAI Hub for SDG 9, NUT will lead an effort to make a more sustainable world, including a formulation of the foundation for industry, innovation and infrastructure.

[UNAI Hub for SDG 9 certification (left), SDG Goal 9 logo (center) and UNAI Hub for SDG logo (right)]

GIGAKU SDG Institute
JAPAN SDGs Action Platform
Sustainable Development Goals (United Nations)
SDG Compass

Efforts of Nagaoka University of Technology Toward Achieving the SDGs

・Academic Impact
◆NUT is being featured as SDG Hub for Goal 9 on UN official website (2019.01.07 NUT Topics)

◆NUT was appointed to a United Nations Academic Impact Hub for SDG 9 (2018.10.31 NUT Topics)

◆Academic Impact (United Nations Academic Impact)

Academic Impact
◆UNESCO Chair Kick-off Meeting was held (on 5th October (Fri) 2018)

◆NUT’s "GIGAKU SDG Institute" was certified as UNESCO Chairs Programme (2018.06.29 NUT Topics)

◆3rd STI-Gigaku 2018 on 5th (Fri) - 6 th (Sat) October 2018

◆2nd STI-Gigaku 2017 on 6th (Fri) - 7 th (Sat) October 2017

 ◆Awarded "Science Agora Award" at Science Agora 2017, hosted by Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST)

Science Agora