The SDG Academy, the flagship education initiative of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), is thrilled to announce its partnership with XuetangX, China’s premier MOOC platform, founded by Tsinghua University. The partnership opens many opportunities for the field of sustainable development, by enabling the SDG Academy to share globally-sourced knowledge and disseminate cutting-edge content across China. Beginning in early 2019, the SDG Academy will offer its rich library of courses on XuetangX, providing millions of learners with access to world-class resources on sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The 17 SDGs, a set of targets adopted by member states of the United Nations in 2015, provide a holistic agenda for global development. The SDG Academy supports the next generation of sustainable development practitioners in achieving the SDGs by engaging global audiences and sharing high-quality educational material as a public good. XuetangX aligns with this effort and expands the SDG Academy’s reach to a vast audience in a region that is at the forefront of sustainable development practice.
“China is a critically important audience for us,” says Chandrika Bahadur, President of the SDSN Association and Director of the SDG Academy. “The world can’t achieve the Sustainable Development Goals without China and we’re elated to join XuetangX and Tsinghua University in their commitment to the SDGs.”
SDG Academy courses, which are free and openly accessible, have reached nearly 180,000 learners from more than 190 countries. The Academy continues to build its library of content, with courses linked to all 17 SDGs.
Tsinghua University, a premier institution of higher learning in China, has committed to supporting the UN’s development agenda in a multitude of ways. The establishment of the Institute for Sustainable Development Goals of Tsinghua University (TUSDG) in early 2018 displays their effort to advance this important work. The XuetangX platform deepens the commitment of the university by spreading vitally important knowledge on the SDGs to its massive network of over 9 million learners.
SDG Academy courses will launch on XuetangX in early 2019.