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Social responsibility and sustainability in the mission statement of the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer

The mission statement of the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer states that we are committed to sustainable social development in the various areas of our university work. Our students should be enabled to assume social responsibility and to orient their actions towards the principles of sustainable development. With our research activities, we want to contribute to solving the major questions of the future in the fields of technology, economy and society in all their diversity. As an institution, we help to anchor the idea of sustainability in the region. Since 2016, we have incorporated the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations into our Mission Statement and are committed to implementing these. The topic is also firmly anchored in the preamble to the basic regulations of Emden/Leer University of Applied Sciences

The 17 sustainable development goals

The 17 goals for sustainable development (Sustainable Development GoalsSDGs) are  resolutions of the United Nations for the global community. They aim to achieve globally sustainable development on an economic, social and ecological level. The goals came into force on 1 January 2016 with a duration of 15 years (until 2030).
The official title is “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The SDGs consider all countries to be developing countries for the purposes of sustainable development. The 17 goals were adopted by the UN General Assembly at the 2015 World Summit on Sustainable Development. In this respect, they apply to all countries of the United Nations, each of which is called upon to make their concrete contributions to the successful implementation of the 17 goals.
The goals call upon all sectors of society to participate. Universities and academia in general have a key role to play in accompanying the social searching, learning and design process towards sustainable development.