The SDG Academy is pleased to announce its new University Partnership Program. The Program provides universities and academic institutions with privileged access to the SDG Academy course materials to tailor and use in their own education program.

Applications are currently closed and will re-open later in 2018. Information about the program is included below. If you lead or are part of an education program on sustainable development or a related field and are interested in joining the University Partnership Program, please carefully read the FAQs below for application requirements and submission information and check back for more information about the upcoming program application process.

Any additional questions about the program should be addressed to the SDG Academy team at

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the objective of the University Partnership Program?
The University Partnership Program is designed to encourage the uptake of SDG Academy courses in existing and new programs on sustainable development in universities around the world. The experience of online learning has consistently shown that comprehension is strengthened by the combination of online and in-person learning. A stronger understanding of effective blended learning will also inform the structure and delivery of future SDG Academy courses.

What are the benefits of the University Partnership Program?
Institutions that are part of the University Partnership Program will get privileged access to SDG Academy materials in a format suiting the needs of the institution, as well as pedagogical support from the SDG Academy team in the implementation of the material in a blended learning program.

Is there a fee to join the program?
Program participants will have access to the course material for free, though a small advisory fee will be charged to cover the support of the SDG Academy.

What requirements does my institution need to meet to be considered for the program?
Interested institutions must be a member of the SDSN. To apply for SDSN membership, please click here. Institutions with pending applications for SDSN membership are still encouraged to apply.

Interested institutions will also be required to demonstrate the following:

  • A faculty member who can lead the partnership and who can incorporate the material into a new or existing university course.
  • A demonstrated gap in content that SDG Academy material can address.
  • Institutional approval and interest in using online material in university courses.
  • Willingness to engage with the SDG Academy team over the course of one academic year to document the experience and lessons learned in the utilization of the material.

These stipulations should be addressed in the institution’s expression of interest.

How many applicants will be accepted into the program?
The SDG Academy accepted 12 institutions into the 2017-2018 program. We strive for geographic, thematic, and institutional diversity, so institutions from traditionally underrepresented regions and programs are particularly encouraged to apply.

What needs to be submitted to be considered for the program?
Interested parties should submit an expression of interest to The expression should be no longer than two pages and should detail the intended use of the course materials, including information about the course(s) in which the material will be used, the course dates, the student population, and the faculty member(s) involved. If the expression of interest is coming from someone other than the proposed faculty member, a letter from the proposed faculty member indicating their willingness to participate should also be included.

How do I coordinate the SDG Academy courses with my academic year?
We will issue a call for new partners later in 2018. We recognize that universities operate on different academic calendars. Therefore, we intend to offer the SDG Academy course material to program participants based on their particular academic calendar.

What SDG Academy courses are available to use?
All SDG Academy courses are available for universities to use, even if they are not currently running. The full list of courses can be found on our platform at Click on the course card to learn more about the course topic, faculty members and syllabus.

What materials are included in each course?
Each course includes 8-12 modules worth of material, with each module representing approximately 1 week of material. Materials include: video chapters, reading materials, assessment questions and activities. All content is targeted at an upper undergraduate or lower graduate level. Join one of our self-paced or live courses to learn more about the type of material offered.

In what ways can the material be used?
The material has an unlimited number of applications, and the SDG Academy team can work with University Partners to explore the options that will best suit the requirements of the partner. The following are some of the ways that the course material can be used:

  • As a virtual textbook, supplementing existing course material.
  • In a traditional flipped classroom format, with lectures viewed before in-person discussion and activities.
  • As the global perspective on an issue discussed at the local or regional level in class.
  • As a series of case studies.

Additionally, the materials can be reorganized, re-sequenced, and pieced together from multiple courses to meet the specific needs of our Partners.

When will I know if my university has been accepted into the program?
Applicants to open calls for applications will be notified on a rolling basis, and institutions should be notified within four weeks of the receipt of their expression of interest. Given the first-come-first-served nature of the program application process, interested institutions are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.