SDG Student Hubs

SDG Student Hubs are local groups, within the universities’ campuses, which aim to engage all the students with the 2030 Agenda, to educate and connect them and to encourage them to take action and become part of the global movement for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Below you can find more information about the hubs that fall under SDSN Youth Black Sea.

Georgia


Year of establishment: 2021
Coordinator: Luka Jaoshvili, 2nd year Student at Ecology Program
Social Media: https://linktr.ee/SDGHubTSU
Official Email: luka.jaoshvili@sdsnyouth.org

Activities: With the help of the university, they raise awareness about the SDGs on the campus. Currently, the hub’s prime goal is to create a platform for students to share their knowledge and skills, to tackle menacing problems such as climate change and ecosystem collapse. These steps are necessary to protect the unique biodiversity of Georgia. To achieve this, they are hosting a studying program called “The future environmental leaders program” in which the former minister of environment, Mr. Nino Chkhobadze, and other specialists will teach participants about different aspects of nature conservation and protection.

Key partners: Greens movement of Georgia (Friends of the earth), https://www.greens.ge/en

Greece


Year of establishment: 2021
Coordinator: Asterios Filis, Student at Harokopio University Department of Economics and Sustainable Development
Social Media: www.instagram.com/sdghub_hua/
Official Email: sdsn@hua.gr

Activities:

  • Webinar: Road to Sustainability. The SDG Hub of Harokopio University envisions systematic changes for the protection of our planet, highlighting the urgent need to reconcile the three dimensions of Sustainable Development: economic, social and environmental. The mobilization of the student community is a matter of utmost importance for them since the new generation is the cornerstone for building a sustainable and dynamically evolving society! That is why, they organized, under the auspices of UN SDSN Youth-Greece, a two-day event called “Road to Sustainability” (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCacWy-2SsPt9pCkdlEyc91A), in order to inform the public about the objectives of Sustainable Development.. Professors, students, employees in the private and public sectors each spoke about the ways and means that can be employed to achieve Sustainability. The prevailing message was that each of us, regardless of our professional orientation, is able to contribute to the formation of sustainable standards and their establishment.
  • The hub on Social Media. Through our activity on Instagram, they are trying to raise public awareness by taking advantage of the United Nations’ World Days and dedicating a text with an advisory or informative character to each day. It should also be noted that, so far, they have created 3 newsletters, which are shared in the Harokopio University community, with over 900 readers each time.
  • What’s next? In addition to the above, which will continue to evolve dynamically, the HUA SDG hub aims to create more information and awareness events because they believe that through them they will be able to create a fertile ground for the establishment of Sustainable Development standards.


Year of establishment: 2020
Coordinator: Antonio Prifti – Undergraduate Student on Environmental Engineering
Social Media: www.linkedin.com/company/sdg-student-hub-duth/, www.instagram.com/sdgstudenthub_duth/, web.facebook.com/sdgstudenthub.duth
Official Email: antonio.prifti@sdsnyouth.org

Activities:

  • Thrace Negotiation Challenge (TNT): A Negotiation Tournament in which teams of 3 people each had to negotiate on case studies that were given to them. The case studies were based on the different SDGs. At the end of each negotiation, the two parties had to come into an agreement (or not). The teams were evaluated based on the outcome of the negotiation, the relation of the trust and their ability to create a healthy environment for further collaborations.
  • Webinar-Archelon, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece: A webinar in collaboration with Archelon, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece which spread awareness about the species of sea turtles and how people can protect them. It was, also, discussed how climate change affects the soundings where these animals live. The discussion extended to the water pollution and the plastics that are being thrown in the oceans and lands, the danger for the turtle species and what people can do to protect and save them. Therefore, participants were encouraged to get involved in volunteering and more specifically to join Archelon and contribute to their mission.
  • Webinar-Global Recycle Day: On March 18th the World Recycling Day was celebrated in a different and creative way. In collaboration with xanthi_techlab the hub organized an online webinar: Go Green in which a start-up presented the app they developed which eases the recycling process #scanakyklosi
  • Internal Trainings: Regular internal soft and hard skills training are organized for the hub members.

Key partners: Democritus University of Thrace, https://duth.gr, Xanthi Tech Lab, https://web.facebook.com/xanthitechlab


Year of establishment: 2021
Coordinator: Aikaterina Parcharidou, 5th year student at the Agriculture – Plant production Integrated Master program
Official Email: aikaterina.parcharidou@sdsnyouth.org

Activities: Regular meetings, discussions and brainstorming about the implementation of SDGs and local actions

Russia


Year of establishment: 2021
Coordinator: Ekaterina Korobova, 4th year Student at History Department, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Social Media: vk.com/sdghubmsu
Official Email: sdghubmsu.21@gmail.com

Activities: The hub launched an online book crossing activity in October 2021. The aim of the activity is to let students share their learning experience about sustainable development and SDGs online and without using paper books. Book crossing is launched on Google platform as a sharepoint, so every student interested in the activity can join. Another activity is SDG Quiz, a quiz game about Sustainable Development Goals and sustainability that took place in November 2021. The aim was to introduce the hub to the students and let them learn more about SDGs.

Key partners: The hub works closely with SDSN Youth Russia, https://vk.com/sdsnyouthrussia, and MSU Student Organizations (Student Council and Student Union), http://www.studunion.ru, http://studsovet.msu.ru

Turkey


Year of establishment: 2018
Coordinator: Feyzanur Arslan – 4th year Business Administration Student
Social Media: www.instagram.com/sdgstudenthub_agu/
Official Email: feyzanur.arslan@sdsnyouth.org

Activities: Currently, the hub has 23 members. Since September 2020, 12 workshops have been organized, which focused on 8 different SDGs. All activities were online and had an educational focus. Moreover, the hub joined the “choose to challenge” and Earth Hour movement, and created an action workshop to preserve water and report on the way of doing it, as well. The hub has helped to restart the gardening at AGU Bostan which is a project that aims to create a community garden for the university and close neighborhoods in which aromatic plants, vegetables, and fruit are produced by using non-modified-heirloom seeds without any chemical substance, through collective work. Additionally, the hub has partnered with two NGOs from Poland and Spain for a long-term Erasmus+ Project in which they are sharing good practices related to sustainable life and the SDGs. The project aims to enhance changes and encourage positive behaviors among participants and provide an environment in which young people’s ideas can be discussed to enable them to develop new behaviors in the favor of the SDGs. During the 21-moths project, every SDG is touched up through the local activities and four blended mobilities.

Key partners: KobieTY, www.kobiety.lodz.pl, Asociación “Eo, Eo”, www.eoeo.es


Year of establishment: 2020
Coordinator: Damla Ikbal Ceyhan, Master Student on Public Health
Social Media: www.instagram.com/sdgstudenthub_iu/
Official Email: damla.ceyhan@sdsnyouth.org

Activities:

  • Welcome to the anthropocene: Documentary and discussion about the era of our planet
  • Sustainable Development Goals and Youth: Collaboration with Public Health Association Student Group to introduce SDGs and SDSN Youth
  • Global Goals for Young People with Youth 1: Sustainable Development Goals and Youth, Global Goals for Young People with Youth 2: Goal 5 Gender Equality, Global Goals for Young People with Youth – 3: Goal 3 Health and Well-being: Event series to introduce young people who work on sustainable development
  • National Health Politics Conference 2021 Turkey – Collaboration with EMSA (European Medical Students’ Association) Turkey

Key partners: Association of Public Health Specialists – Student Group, https://hasuder.org.tr/en/, EMSA – European Medical Students’ Association Turkey, https://emsaturkey.org


Year of establishment: 2021
Coordinator: Zeynep Türker, 4th year Student at the Industrial Engineering
Social Media: twitter.com/sdghubYTU, www.instagram.com/sdgstudenthub_ytu/
Official Email: zeynep.turker@sdsnyouth.org

Activities: SDG Advocacy project: There are 70 different clubs operating in the university. The clubs will be asked to advocate for the SDGs by deciding on a focus SDG in line with the vision, mission, past activities and future plans of the club. The hub will support the clubs to prepare informative content related to the SDGs. The project will enable students interested in these issues, to become members of the Hub. The aim of the project is to increase the awareness and visibility of SDGs in the university.

Key partners: YTU CFGS, https://www.cfgs.org.tr/wp/


Year of establishment: 2021
Coordinator: Buğrahan Arslan – 4th year student at the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department
Official Email: bugrahan.arslan@sdsnyouth.org

Activities: “Sustainability 101”: Yıldıray Lise, a former employee of UNDP and the current Deputy Director General of the Nature Conservation Centre – Turkey, gave presentation on the basics of sustainability. He mentioned significant milestones for the term “sustainability” and daily examples where we encounter sustainability to raise awareness. The goal of the event was to introduce the sustainability concept to the newcomers.

Key partners: METU Green Campus Community, https://greencampus.metu.edu.tr/


Year of establishment: 2021
Coordinator: Eda Yabancı, 2nd-year Student at the International Relations Department
Social Media: www.instagram.com/bilkentsdghub/
Official Email: sdgbilkent@gmail.com


Year of establishment: 2016
Coordinator: Ece Zeynep Gerçek, 4th year student at the Political Science and International Relations Department; Ufuk Karaca, 3th year student at the Electrical Electronic Engineering Department
Social Media: www.instagram.com/sdghubtobbetu/, twitter.com/sdghubtobbetu, www.linkedin.com/company/sdghubtobbetu?originalSubdomain=tr, www.youtube.com/channel/UC70f17sjArDIifeCmCMzhKg
Official Email: tobbetusdsn@gmail.com

Activities:

  • WomenUp Summit: In this summit, they aimed to address the key issues women face in their professional and personal lives; such as, media representation of sexual-based violence, women in academia and psychological violence in relationships. There were 6 sessions in total including the professionals in related fields and a moderator. 
  • Sustain4Future Summit: The aim of the summit was to explain why sustainability is important for the new businesses and to show that in a changing world, it is possible to be sustainable and respectful and also profitable.

Key partners: Asteriks 2050, twitter.com/asterisk2050/, HOP! Scooter, https://hoplagit.com


If you would like to join the hub in your university, all you need to do is fill out this registration form, and we’ll be in touch if your application has been approved.

If you have not seen above your university, you can apply to be the SDG Coordinator and establish the hub. The recruitement cycle is annual. Find out more about the SDG Students Program and contact us via email: black.sea@sdsnyouth.org.

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