The World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) and Sudan Knowledge (SK) are very pleased to welcome to its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Sudan Universities Initiative (SUDSDGs). SUDSDGs aims to bring together all Sudanese universities, colleges and research institutions in a national forum to collaborate and reconnect with the discourse of SD. SUDSDGs will therefore help Sudanese universities, colleges and research institutions to play a critical role as recommended by the World Bank’s World Development Report 2016 enabling Sudan reaps the benefits form the global growth in the knowledge economy particularly for the country’s Digital Natives (Youth).
SUDSDGs aims to critically examine a number of issues relating to the role and relevance of universities, colleges and research institutions to the contemporary discourse of Sudan’s sustainable inclusive knowledge-based development such as the role of universities in supporting and enhancing the process of economic and social development in Sudan; identify all major obstacles that Sudanese universities face in their countries including any governments components and most importantly how can these obstacles best be overcome; and what is the new role(s) of universities in the post Covid-19 era in Sudan.
Whilst there has been a tremendous growth in size, the expansion of higher education (HE) in all parts of the world, serious evaluation must be undertaken of the quality of teaching, research and development (R&D) and how universities are meeting the emergent development needs of Sudan. What is evident in most DCs is a stupendous replication of traditional disciplinary-based techniques of knowledge production. These have, nevertheless, increased the richness of knowledge about the universe we live in but without apparently translating or transforming the catchment societal environments in terms of measurable productive capacities.
There are also grave concerns that HE in most countries is becoming increasingly obsolete which, in part, is why development programmes are stultified even from the outset. There are also serious issues regarding the under-performance in research – state of academic research is less-than-satisfactory in almost all universities in DCs. Therefore, universities, particularly in Sudan, must confront the ‘new realities’ evident in the environments in which they operate. Many scholars and policy makers have called for a transformative innovation agenda which embraces radical change for new synthesis and approaches for transforming universities’ role in achieving the SDGs in Sudan.
SUDSDGs also aims to improve the research within the Sudanese universities, colleges and research institution to help achieve Agenda 2030 and SDGs by addressing the significant demand for evidence-based research across the world. SUDSDGs is therefore aims to provide practical recommendations and actions to help transform the way Sudanese universities, colleges and research institutions conduct and use research to achieve the SDGs, and the way these universities, colleges and research institutions access and benefit from the global data freely available for use by leading international organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, etc.
SUDSDGs will work closely with all Sudanese universities, colleges and research institutions to address the following key issues in their contribution to Sudan’s efforts to achieve the Agenda 2030 and its SDGs.