Metropolitan College is now a Member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
We are proud to announce that Metropolitan College successfully regognized as a Member of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a network that counts more than 1.100 universities worldwide.
The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was set up in 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (17 SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, not-for-profit institutions and educational institutions. Through a growing number of National and Regional Networks, SDSN supports the localization and implementation of SDGs, develops long-term transformative pathways for sustainable development, promotes education around Agenda 2030, and launches solution initiatives.
SDSN Member institutions are well-established institutions, having been in operation for over 5 years, with deep expertise in one or more areas related to sustainable development. They cannot just engage in advocacy or communications activities. In fact they have to commit a substantial amount of their own work towards finding and/or implementing solutions for the SDGs, involving in research and education to participate in the global network.
Metropolitan College aims to support SDSN initiatives and activities concerning the design and implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (17 SDGs). However, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in many scientific fields, through its programmes of studies, Metropolitan College has already run research projects and initiatives that support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Some of them are mentioned below:
- Designing the new Eleusina (SDG 11) by MArch Architecture & Urban Design: in collaboration with the local authorities and the organizing committee of Cultural Capital of Europe 2022, the design studio of the 4th year architecture students will create VR videos of the urban analysis of Eleusina, develop an Urban Strategy and a Masterplan proposing key areas for the regeneration of the town, using digital tools including drawing, digital models, environmental simulations and augmented reality to visualize the projects.
- Urban Noesis (SDG 11): Strategies for resilient communities in the dense European city (Dr Elena Douvlou/MArch Architecture & Urban Design): Research project developed by MC, participating at the 17th Venice Biennale of Architecture, “How we will live together”, Italian Pavillion: RESILIENT CITIES
- Recycling and the art of uo-cycling (SDG 12) by Foundation in Art & Design: an annual brief that explores the possibilities and creative aspects of recycling and the art of upcycling- Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, by transforming by-products, waste materials, or unwanted products into new products with functional use and /or environmental value.
- The International Rehabilitation Conference, organized by Metropolitan College in 2020, was the first rehabilitation conference in Greece (SDG 3).
- ΕΝΟΤΗΕ Annual Meeting, Athens 2019 (SDG 4): Metropolitan College hosted the annual meeting of the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education. Its main themes were “Sustainable OT Education” and “Sustainable matters in the Curriculum”.
Voluntary Community Work (SDG 3):
- Free speech and language therapy services to people with need by Speech and Language Therapy Department (in collaboration with municipalities, local authorities and NGOs, students and lecturers of Metropolitan College’s Speech and Language Therapy, accept people with speech disorders in the College’s in-house clinic and they offer them full speech and language therapy services until their total rehabilitation. The College’s in-house clinic treats for free more than 40 patients every year, people who could not otherwise afford the cost of these treatments.
- Podiatry department: similarly to speech and language therapy department, the Podiatry in-house clinic of Metropolitan College also offers free treatments to people with need, during the last 4 years.
- Dietetics department: the Dietetics Department has been involved in voluntary work for the past 8 years providing both on individual or group level dietetic services, via counselling both on a local government level and in collaboration with non-profitable organizations. On the local government level, the department is in collaboration with the Municipality of Vrilissia.Projects of Education Department supporting SDG 4:
- Metropolitan College was invited to participate and present on the 15th Foreign Languages Forum organized by ELT (English Language Teaching) on August 2019, in Thessaloniki. The presentation was titled: “Acceptance and coexistence with diversity: the role of educators”
- “Dialogue in the dark: Experience oriented learning of the difficulties faced by the blind people”. Firehouse of the Blind People in cooperation with MC, Dr. Eikospentaki
- Social Inclusion for Mental Disability and Leisure Skills (Leisure Skills) (Reduced Inequalities – SDG 10): this Erasmus+ program is aimed at adults with disabilities and specifically with mental disabilities as well as their trainers. Its aim is to develop and improve the management skills of leisure time of people with mental and developmental difficulties. Project partners: PEGKAP (Greece), Metropolitan College (Greece), Center of Social Innovation – CIT (Cyprus), Santa Casa da Misericordia do Porto (Portugal), Foundation Intras (Spain), DK-BEL (France).
You can find a full list of Metropolitan College’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives here.
The 17 SDGs are:
(1) No Poverty,
(2) Zero Hunger,
(3) Good Health and Well-being,
(4) Quality Education,
(5) Gender Equality,
(6) Clean Water and Sanitation,
(7) Affordable and Clean Energy,
(8) Decent Work and Economic Growth,
(9) Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure,
(10) Reducing Inequality,
(11) Sustainable Cities and Communities,
(12) Responsible Consumption and Production,
(13) Climate Action,
(14) Life Below Water,
(15) Life On Land,
(16) Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions,
(17) Partnerships for the Goals.