Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
The Living Learning Lab Model of Siam University
The “Triangle of Living Learning Lab (SU-LLL)” and the “UPC4Local SDGs Action Model” with partners among University-Public/Private Sector-Community were developed as our learning model for sustianability. The model was developed from real-life experiences in our “social lab” communities based on the principle of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP) and “Living Lab (LL)”. The action model, comprises of “4-Cos” – Co-create, Co-design, Co-produce, and Co-reflect, will lead to campus sustainability and community sustainability. This model starts with repositioning the university for SDGs. Education program will be used as an essential part in delivering the goals. In Siam University, general education program and Youth for Community Development Project were our testbeds. The university has to consider effective learning ecosystem which consists of 4 components – the people, pedagogy and delivery methods, learning infrastructure, and learning community. The UPC4Local SDGs Action Model is applied in the last component to assure the desirable outcomes for SDGs.
Proceedings: Chanita Rukspollmuang, Pornchai Mongkhonvanit, Chanida Phitthayanon, Nattiga Silalai, Haritchaya Nubsang. University as a Living Learning Lab for Sustainable Futures. The 7th International (Virtual) Workshop on UI GreenMetric World University Rankings (IWGM 2021). Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia; Chanita Rukspollmuang and Jaratdao Reynolds. Enhancing SDG11 through UPC4Local-SDGs Partners. Proceedings of the ICSD 2021: 9th International Conference on Sustainable Development and Youtube: Chanita Rukspollmuang, “University as a Living Learning Lab”. Avialable from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHg76WKg4Yc
Real-life Experience in our Social Living Labs
The Living Learning Lab Model of Siam University has been implemented in our general education courses and social engagement activities. These are the examples of our activities in 2020-2021.
Education for Sustainable Development
Siam University has started to do a survey on the integration of sustainability and SDGs in courses offered by our faculties in 2020 after we have launched our policy to do so since July 6, 2018 and has revised general education curriculum accordingly. The results found that number of courses relating to sustainability offered in 43 programs of 13 faculties increased from 313 in 2018 to 2,152 in 2020. Among these graduate and undergraduate courses in 2020, 94.01% or 2,023 out of 2,152 courses had content/activities related to the 17SDGs.This year (2021), we have done another survey and added data from the newly established Faculty of Political Science which make the total of 45 programs of study. It was found that 2,103 courses out of 2,228 courses or 94.39% have given importance to sustainability by integrating 17SDGs in their teaching and learning activities.
Partnerships for the Goals
Siam University is very active in the global arena. We have a long record of recognition and collaboration with global bodies which work on sustainable development especially the International Association of University (IAU) where our President, Dr. Pornchai Mongkhnovanit, was elected Vice President and Chairperson of the IAU Global Cluster on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD). In addition, we have been active in the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI), UNESCO and APCEIU. We have also been accepted as an associate member of the conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO). During 2020-2021, we have joined the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) “Green Nudges” programme for universities. As for academic conferences and workshops, Siam University has participated very actively in International Workshop on UI GreenMetric (IWGM), International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN), International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) and have been selected as one of the IAU 2021 International Green Gown Award Judges.
Significant move of Siam University in 2021 is the fact that we have been accepted as member of the United Nations Sustainable Solutions Network (UNSDSN) in April 2021. It should be noted that even we are the 12th member from the country but we are the first as university member. Since our membership, we have participated in both UNSDSN and SDG Move of the Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University which is the national SDSN host. We also have a collaboration with Cintana Education, a partner of Arizona State University on quality education and sustainable work as shown in SDG4 section. We have also contributed to the Times Higher Education (THE), not only for submitting our data in the THE Impact Rankings but also have participated in the annual THE Emerging Economics Summit as our Vice President, Vice President Professor Dr. Chanita Rukspollmuang hasa been invited as the only speaker from Thailand on 19 October, 2021. Besides, it shoud be noted that Siam University has become the sole contributing partner from Southeast Asia for the THE Campus+ of the Times Higher Education.
At regional level, Siam University is the active member of the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAHIL), Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM), Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP), Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), and Asia Cooperation Dialogue University Network or ACD-UN. We also have collaboration with UNESCO Bangkok, SEAMEO ESD, SEAMEO SEPS and SEAMEO STEM.
Siam University has worked closely with national and local networks and organizations. Most reconizing are the the U-tokapat Foundation under the Royal Patronage of H.M. the King, the National Saving Fund (NSF), and Government Savings Bank on the “Youth for Community Development Project” and the Phasi Chareon District. We are an active member of SUN Thailand (Sustainable University Network of Thailand). We are among a few universities that have mutual work of sustainability with Yannawa Temple and Sraket Rajavaravihara Temple as mentioned in SDG 16. This year, Siam University has been involved in the Samut Sakorn Provincial Planning Committee. We have signed MoU with Phetchaburi Rajabhat University, Maejo University in Chiangmai, and King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Bangkok. Noticeingly, members of our University arae now working with networks of universities, KNIT (Knowledge Institute of Thailand), Urban Action team, SEAMEO SEPS and other NFOs on the Thonburi Canal Local Think Tank project.
These networks and collaborations will enable us to work more on national, regional and global levels towarads the wellbeing of the people, society, and the planet.
Signing MoU with Maejo University for Cannabis research and innovation on April 6, 2021
Signing MoU with KMUTT on Sustainability and AcademicWork on June 6, 2021