The importance of the course SDGs in higher education

Yara Houtenbrink
I wondered what I could contribute to this course as a non-teaching staff member.
Yara Houtenbrink
Current role
Education coordinator for professional development

Education coordinator Yara Houtenbrink participated in SDGs in Higher Education, a course that teaches FSW staff how to integrate sustainability into their work. Beforehand, she wondered what she could contribute to this as non-teaching staff.

'One big mystery. I think that is the best way to describe the feeling I had before participating in the SDGs in Higher Education course. While I really did feel the need and importance of the course, I simultaneously wondered what I could contribute as a non-teaching staff member. Fortunately, during the course, my uncertainty gradually gave way to enthusiasm. I, too, can do my bit to implement the SDGs. Indeed, it is imperative that I (and you too!) do so. Integrating sustainability at our faculty goes far beyond simply changing a curriculum or changing the content of a course. This is precisely why this concerns every colleague in the faculty. The most important thing is to join forces, speak a common language and form a shared ambition to work hard on this - then half the work is already done.'

Join the course?

The Faculty of Social Sciences has formulated ambitious sustainability goals in line with the Radboud University's strategy. Our faculty will therefore focus on embedding sustainability in education and research, and the faculty as a whole in the coming years. We aim to support all faculty staff to integrate sustainable development into their work with the SDGs in Higher Education course. In a period of 2 months you learn in 4 face-to-face meetings of 1.5 hours all about sustainability, the SDGs and implementing sustainability in your work. No prior knowledge is needed, everyone is welcome to join! The total study load is about 8 hours. Want to join? Go to