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The Roles of Universities and Research in Achieving SDGs


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted at the 2015 United Nations Summit. Interest in the SDGs is increasing both in Japan and overseas as issues and objectives for all countries in the world, including developed countries. By focusing on universities as centers for creating knowledge and examining research activities by researchers of Chuo University, these special features below explores the role which must be fulfilled by universities in order to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

1, The role of universities towards SDGs

Toshikazu Kato


Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University

Research Interests: Kansei Engineering, Human Interface, and Kansei Robotics

2, The significance of urban development in achieving SDGs

Hiroki Nakamura


Associate Professor, Faculty of Commerce, Chuo University

Area of Specialization: Social Systems Engineering

3, SDGs Goal 5: Addressing Challenges to Gender Equality-the Role of Universities

Emiko Nozawa


Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Chuo University

Areas of Specialization: Sociology of Education, Gender, Area Studies, Linguistics, Foreign Language Education

4, Beyond the Concepts of Fellow Citizens and Foreigners - To Achieve SDGs Goal 10 "Reduce Inequality Within and Among Countries"

Rika Lee


Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Studies, Chuo University

Areas of Specialization: Immigration Studies, Historical Sociology, and Transpacific Studies