USTP showcases SDG initiatives at the THE Global Sustainable Development Congress

By Kindle Mae B. Arcaya, USTP Office of the University System President

The University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) System President, Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura II, participated as one of the representatives from the Philippine Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the Times Higher Education (THE) Global Sustainable Development Congress on June 10-13, 2024, in Bangkok, Thailand. The congress aimed to align educational, research, innovation, and outreach efforts to deliver meaningful results.

The delegation was provided a dedicated space within the Philippine pavilion to showcase their respective Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) programs and initiatives. As the representative of USTP, Dr. Cultura delivered a presentation on USTP’s initiatives to address global challenges and drive knowledge advancement for a sustainable future. The presentation underscored the University’s commitment to spearheading efforts in fostering environmental, social, and economic sustainability through tangible actions encompassing policies, programs, projects, research, and collaborative endeavors, all of which have a significant global impact.

Dr. Cultura exemplified USTP’s dedication to advancing the SDGs through the establishment of research centers and institutes, namely the Northern Mindanao Food Innovation Center (NMFIC), the Northern Mindanao Metals and Engineering Innovation Center (NorMMEIC), and the Affiliated Renewable Energy Center (AREC). Additionally, USTP actively contributed to research-based policy formulation to enhance the quality of life and strengthen the agricultural sector, implemented programs and services to support community livelihoods, and initiated a Reforestation Program for climate action.

In a strong commitment to gender equality and human development, the University has established facilities such as the Child Minding and Gender and Development (GAD) Resource Center, alongside the Lactation Room and Child Minding Space. The University also organized activities to promote women’s empowerment, including the Women ICT Frontier Initiative (WIFI) Training Program, and introduced the USTP Wellness and Values Enhancement Program. These initiatives reflect the University’s dedication to social progress and the well-being of the community.

Moreover, the University fostered a strong spirit of collaboration with various institutions to conduct Ideation Workshops aimed at promoting innovation and empowering small and medium enterprises (SMEs). It reinforced Academe-Industry Linkages through research and extension and collaborated with local and international stakeholders to support internationalization, innovation, and sustainable development. This collaborative approach not only enhances the effectiveness of the initiatives but also fosters a sense of shared responsibility in sustainable development.

These initiatives illustrate how USTP has deeply integrated sustainability principles within the tri-fold functions of the University.