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SDU focuses on four new initiatives

The Executive Board has selected four projects that will receive financial support from the Executive Board’s Strategic Pool over the next three years

By Bente Dalgaard, , 1/1/0001

Next year, SDU will launch four new research efforts that will produce results through new collaborations.

The Executive Board has selected four projects that will receive financial support from the Executive Board’s Strategic Pool over the next three years.

The projects are:

  • Centre for Primary Education Research
  • SDU Just Society Program
  • Trinity
  • SDG Tools

They all support one or more of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Primary Education Research

The Centre for Primary Education Research will help to develop the quality of teacher training and teaching in primary schools - i.e. primary schools, independent schools and continuation schools.

This shall take place in close cooperation with teacher training in university colleges.

SDU already has a position of strength in the field of educational research, particularly in the upper secondary school area. The goal is for the new centre to become an equally significant player in the field of primary education.

The project supports the UN's SDG 4 on quality education.

Dean Simon Møberg Torp from the Faculty of Humanities is responsible for the project.

SDU Just Society Program

Researchers from the Department of Political Science and Public Management and the Department of Law are collaborating on the dissemination of knowledge about points of law and administrative and welfare issues around the world.

It is based on an ambition to contribute to the development of strong and sustainable social institutions.

The idea is to set up a combined research and teaching programme, in which a ‘mobile team’ of researchers will go out into the world to teach and collaborate with authorities, educational institutions, private companies and civil society on sustainable societal solutions.

The project supports the UN's SDG 5 on gender equality, SDG 8 on decent work and economic growth, SDG 10 on reduced inequalities, and not least SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions.

Dean Jens Ringsmose from the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences is responsible for the project.

Trinity

Trinity will be an interdisciplinary powerhouse that develops, matures and disseminates knowledge and technology within exercise and movement.

The project brings three SDU perspectives for exercise and movement together: the physiological, humanistic and technological, and will therefore include participants from several different subject areas.

The rationale behind this is that mutual inspiration, joint projects and planning across the board produce better results, which will also have greater impact for the benefit of public health.

The project supports the UN's SDG 3 on good health and well-being, as well as SDG 10 on reduced inequalities.

Dean Ole Skøtt from the Faculty of Health Sciences is responsible for the project.

SDG Tools

The project will develop new digital tools for Danish companies and organisations that wish to work more systematically with circular economy.

The complexity of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals is difficult for individual companies to relate to and there are currently no scientific, published strategies or business tools that can be used by companies to implement the Sustainable Development Goals in their business strategy.

The project aims to patent a digital toolbox. The plan thereafter is to seek external funds for the resources to develop pilot projects.

The project supports all of the UN's SDGs, as it provides methods for working with all of the SDGs.

Dean Henrik Bindslev from the Faculty of Engineering is responsible for the project.

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