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New UC3M Agenda for compliance with the SDGs


Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) has presented its Agenda for compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aimed at proposing new lines of actions in all of the University institutional activities (teaching, research, administration and government, and social leadership) to convert the SDGs into one of UC3M’s strategic pillars for development.  In addition, the Agenda seeks to raise awareness in the University Community on this matter and encourage active participation to achieve these goals. UC3M commits to compliance with the diverse measures included in this plan by the end of 2023.

Agenda ODS de la UC3M

Within the framework of its policy on University Social Responsibility (USR), UC3M has implemented a vast array of actions and initiatives in the area of environmental sustainability, equality, attention to diversity, international cooperation for development and local, national, and international volunteerism. UC3M has incorporated sustainable development in several points of its 2016-2022 Strategic Plan, with the following priorities.  Fomenting research initiatives for knowledge development and transfer to meet global challenges; strengthening educational programs for the development and cross-disciplinary nature of subjects related to SDGs to raise awareness among students on the problems of development and environmental sustainability; enhancing engagement with society and the production sector to foster achievement of SDGs, and fomenting international initiatives for cooperation and development.  Overall, its Strategic Plan strives for a responsible, committed, and healthy university, which foments the values of inclusivity, equality, accessibility, environment sustainability, assigning strategic value to strengthening those of USR.

As a step towards achieving these goals, the Office of the Vice-President for Institutional Relations and Sustainable Development and the Social Council, with the cooperation of different University services, carried out a systematic mapping in 2019 of the numerous actions and initiatives coherent with the SDG targets in the area of teaching, research, internal administration, social responsibility and university development and cooperation.  The results, which also include 94 qualitative indicators, were presented in the second report on compliance with the SDGs in the framework of UC3M University Social Responsibility, published in July 2019.  This document establishes the bases for implementation of Agenda 2030, as well as identifying new opportunities and setting priorities for actions in the short, middle and long term.

In addition, in 2019, UC3M approved a Code of Ethics to foment and commit all of its member to respect for the principles of dignity, liberty, integrity, excellence, transparency and social responsibility, contributing in a cross-disciplinary way to the integration of the values of Sustainable Development in all of its activities (ranging from teaching and research, to administration and commitment to societal needs).

Adopted by the United Nations in 2015, the 17 SDGs mark a roadmap for tackling the most urgent global challenges for 2030 and which allow institutions to strategize sustainability and the fight against inequality and poverty in a comprehensive way.   Agenda 2030 is based on five fundamental dimensions, also known as the “5Ps”: people, planet, partnership, peace and prosperity.

The design and development of this Agenda has taken into account UC3M participation in the Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN), a university network that foments the joint work of its 17 institutions with the aim of improved compliance with the SDGs. At the same time, the design of the Agenda’s action has been carried out with the values that encompass the University Global Coalition (UGC), made up of more than 100 universities and centers of higher learning worldwide and of which UC3M forms a part, whose objective is to work together with the United Nations to achieve the SDGs.

UC3M is a Spanish public university noteworthy for its teaching, research and innovation.  It holds 35th  position worldwide in the QS Ranking of the top 50 global universities under 50 years old. The University is one of the promoters of the alliance Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE), one of the networks chosen by the EU in its European Universities Initiative. UC3M places among the best universities in the world in THE Impact 2021 Ranking, which recognizes universities’ commitment to the SDGs.

More information:

UC3M Agenda for the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals