Office of Global Learning celebrates International Education Week with two United Nations events

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On Wednesday, Nov. 16, the Office of Global Learning in cooperation with Joel Harmon (professor of management and executive director of the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise), Gerard Farias (associate professor of management) and Isabel Jandeisek (a visiting Ph.D. scholar from Zeppelin University in Germany) hosted a workshop on the Sustainable Development Goals on the Florham Campus. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially known as Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a set of 17 aspirational "Global Goals" with 169 targets between them. Spearheaded by the United Nations, through a deliberative process involving its 193 Member States, as well as global civil society, the goals were implemented in 2015.

Starting in the spring 2017 semester, the SDGs will be a part of the CORE Global Issues course. Also, Silberman College of Business is now offering a Business Administration BS with a Sustainability Management concentration.

During the workshop the students were split into small working groups and had to match the targets to each goal to become familiar with them. Afterwards, Professor Farias presented on sustainability and how the students can actively work towards becoming more aware of these issues and what can be done on a personal level. The students finished by creating posters on what their personal goal is to implement one or some of the goals in their daily lives.

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On Thursday, Nov. 17, 40 students from both campuses and two professors (Samuel Raphalides and Robert Baumol) joined the Office of Global Learning on a trip to the United Nations for a briefing with Martijn Dalhuijsen from the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on the refugee and migrant crisis and how the United Nations is involved with humanitarian help. After the briefing the students received a private group tour to learn about the United Nations, its history and current operations.