The collaboration between the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation and SDSN will focus on the following six objectives:
First, Sunway University in Malaysia will host the Jeffrey D. Sachs Center on Sustainable Development, set up with the support of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, as the regional center of excellence that advances SDG achievement in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. The Jeffrey Sachs Center will be a hub for research and policy practice, creating world-class programs to train a new generation of students, practitioners and policy leaders and develop linkages with major Malaysian universities and universities around the world in joint problem-solving around the SDGs.
Second, SDSN and the Sachs Center will launch a Masters in Sustainable Development Practice program at Sunway University, designed as a flagship program for sustainable development studies in Malaysia and the region.
Third, this gift supports a revision of the Global Masters in Development Practice curriculum to reflect the new challenges and opportunities of the SDG era (2016-2030), keep the curriculum current, and influence participating universities (including Sunway) around the world.
Fourth, this gift supports SDSN in developing a full Program on Sustainable Development through its flagship online education initiative: SDSNedu. Under this partnership, up to ten additional Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, will be developed by global leaders in sustainable development and made available to the public and universities (including Sunway) to integrate into their sustainable development programs.
Fifth, this gift supports and strengthens the core sustainable development activities of the SDSN Secretariat, including the development of new SDSN tools.
Sixth, SDSN and Sunway University will partner to create up to ten textbooks focused on the SDGs, creating a global library of academic and reference books and case studies aligned with a comprehensive SDG curriculum.