APRU SDG Education for Global Citizenship - APRU SDG4GC

Shaping the Future of Health & Wellbeing

1 November 2022 – 20 March 2023 - Online Program

The APRU SDG4GC is an intercultural, transdisciplinary and interactive program that fosters global citizenship among students from 60 universities in 19 economies across the Pacific Rim. Co-designed by six core-partner universities in collaboration with the United Nations (UN), the program builds knowledge of global issues and global literacy among students. This is achieved through learning about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), exploring in-depth some of the world’s biggest challenges, and proposing solutions using a framework for collaborative development of social innovation prototypes. The program places critical importance in introducing locally embedded unique case studies among the network members to help students develop a broad array of perspectives and deepen understandings of the SDGs.

In the year 2022-23, the theme of the program will be Shaping the Future of Health & Wellbeing. The program, which will be offered online this year, will explore the many dimensions of wellbeing including social, cultural, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, mental, physical, and economic. It covers a broad range of topics, including mental health, health equity, health care systems and ethics, healthy aging, and global health. By drawing on multiple disciplines and practices, the program builds a strong sense of global citizenship toward resilient global communities.


Key Program Features

Orientation program, interactive lectures, and training provided by APRU member universities, UN agencies, and experts from the field.

UN SDG Primer Course which is self-paced will establish a common base of understanding and approach for the UN system in supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Teamwork with students from 60 universities in 19 economies.

Mentorship program facilitated by academics and design thinking experts will guide teams of students to develop social innovation prototypes to address pressing challenges of our societies globally.

Pitching competition will showcase students’ work and will be judged by a panel of UN experts.

Winning Prize is a week-long visit to Bangkok, Thailand with training at Chulalongkorn University’s Innovation Hub, field trips to spin off companies and startups in rural community to learn innovative practices, and an opportunity to join a key United Nations event in Bangkok.

Certificate of completion jointly issued by partners.

Program Timeline

DatesActivityModeDurationContact Hours
Nov 1-2, 2022OrientationSynchronous (UTC+7)2 hrs x 2 days4 hrs
Nov 2022 – Mar 2023Social Innovation WorkshopsSynchronous1 hr x 5 sessions5 hrs
UN SDG Primer CourseAsynchronous3.5 hrs3.5 hrs
Lectures/Meetings with MentorsSynchronous1-2 hrs x 5 sessions5-10 hrs
Engagement ActivitiesSynchronous1.5 hrs1.5 hrs
Mar 20, 2023Pitching CompetitionSynchronous (UTC+7)3 hrs3 hrs
Total Contact Hours22-25 hrs

* subject to changes.

Eligibility & Application


  • Enrolled at an APRU member university during the program period
  • Undergraduate students in any discipline
  • Completed at least one year of undergraduate studies
  • Good command of English language


This program is open to APRU member universities. To apply, please click the button below to access the application form. The deadline for applications is September 28, 2022.

APRU SDG4GC - Application Form

Students from the following universities should apply through the respective links below before the specified deadlines (local date and time).

Chulalongkorn University – apply before September 18, 2022 [click here for more details]
The Chinese University of Hong Kong – apply before October 5, 2022
Kyushu University – apply before October 1, 2022
Shanghai Jiao Tong University (deadline TBC)
Simon Fraser University – apply before September 30, 2022
Universiti Malaya (deadline TBC)

Have a question?

Feel free to email us at [email protected] if you have any questions about the SDG4GC program.

About APRU

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is a network of 60 leading universities in the Americas, Asia, and Australasia. It brings together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on practical solutions to the challenges of the 21st century. APRU recognizes the importance in nurturing the younger generation to play an impactful role in addressing global challenges and programs such as the APRU Virtual Student Exchange Program are offered to bring together students from across diverse backgrounds, cultures and continents.

The APRU SDG4GC aims to multiply the Association’s efforts in fostering global citizenship among its students. The program is led by Chulalongkorn University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. In partnership with the UN, it is co-designed with Kyushu University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Simon Fraser University, and Universiti Malaya.

Core Partners


In partnership with the United Nations

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