BUA 2019 CONFERENCE: Implementation of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in the Balkan Region: The Role of the Universities

“Implementation of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals in the Balkan Region: The Role of the Universities” was the title of this year’s annual conference jointly hosted by the Balkan Universities Association (BUA) and  the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) in April 16-18,2019, in Thessaloniki.

The main topics of the conference were:

  • Quality Assurance in Higher Education – International Accreditation
  • Sustainable Development
    Earth Observation Data – Societal Benefit Areas
  • European Projects / European Academic and Research Networks
  • The Impact of Universities on Local/Regional Economies
  • Modern Approaches on Agriculture and Forestry
  • Methods to promote University – Industry Cooperation
Prof. Nicolaos P. THEODOSSIOU, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Chair of the SDSN Black Sea ,  Prof. Rolf TARRACH, President of the European University Association  The European University Association: Α successful European knowledge hub , H.E. Amb. Michael B. CHRISTIDES, Secretary General of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization Regional Organizations as promoters of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The case of the BSEC Organization , Prof. Pericles A. MITKAS, Rector, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , Prof. Mircea DUMITRU, Rector, University of Bucharest , Prof. Erhan TABAKOĞLU, Rector, Trakya University , Prof. Vullnet AMETI, Rector, University of Tetova
Prof. Nicolaos P. THEODOSSIOU, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Chair of the SDSN Black Sea , Prof. Rolf TARRACH, President of the European University Association The European University Association: Α successful European knowledge hub , H.E. Amb. Michael B. CHRISTIDES, Secretary General of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization Regional Organizations as promoters of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The case of the BSEC Organization , Prof. Pericles A. MITKAS, Rector, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , Prof. Mircea DUMITRU, Rector, University of Bucharest , Prof. Erhan TABAKOĞLU, Rector, Trakya University , Prof. Vullnet AMETI, Rector, University of Tetova
ο  Πρόεδρος του Δικτύου SDSN-Black Sea, Καθηγητής Νικόλαος Θεοδοσίου
Prof. Nicolaos Theodossiou, Chair of the SDSN Black Sea

Professor Nicolaos Theodossiou, Chair of the SDSN Black Sea, represented the Network and talked about the “Challenges and the Opportunities of the Sustainable Development Solutions Networks”, highlighting the need for regional cooperation on the implementations of the Sustainable Development Goals.

ο  Πρόεδρος του Δικτύου SDSN-Black Sea, Καθηγητής Νικόλαος Θεοδοσίου
Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director SDSN, alongside with Prof. Nicolaos P. Theodossiou, Chair of the SDSN Black Sea

This need was also stressed out by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the SDSN, who joint the conference via Skype. Sachs presented ways of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in the Balkan Region and  emphasized the important role the Universities play in the implementation of the SDGs in general.