Global Citizenship and Sustainable Futures: Learning for Change

International Network of Universities is launching a new online program in 2024 which addresses a range of areas relating to Global Citizenship and the United Nations SDGs, open to all INU member students.

The Program:  Global Citizenship and Sustainable Futures: Learning for Change

This online program explores what it means to be a global citizen through learning and reflecting on a range of key global issues.  The learning objectives for students undertaking the program are:

  • To gain knowledge and an understanding of current affairs, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, global issues, and trends, whilst appreciating the complexity and ever-changing nature of these topics.
  • To be able to analyse and interpret information about own and other cultures and demonstrate a clear understanding of the complexity of elements important to members of one culture concerning its history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, or beliefs and practices.
  • To foster civic-mindedness and a sense of societal responsibility, promoting actions and activities that are motivated by or that show concern for the public good and the humanity as a whole and behaviour that is in the best interests of the environment and society.
  • Develop an understanding of and commitment to democratic principles and those of human dignity and respect, while recognising the diversity of experiences and global inequalities with regards to access to these rights and begin to suggest actions to improve this.

Program Structure

As part of the program, students will complete 3 core sessions and choose 3 option sessions.

Core Sessions

  1. A critical introduction to United Nation’s SDGs
  2. How do we engage across cultures?
  3. Reflective session

Choice of electives (students will select 3 out of 6 possible options)

  1. Borders, modern slavery and human mobility
  2. Peace education and reconciliation
  3. Climate change and social inequalities
  4. Food security
  5. Gender inequality and violence against women
  6. Circular economy: production, consumption and reduction of single use plastic

The session descriptors can be viewed here

Participants will select their electives at the point of registration.  The maximum number of students for each elective is 30 students and the minimum number is 10 students for an elective to be able to run effectively.

Students are expected to complete the program within 12 months, although some flexibility may be possible in exceptional circumstances.

A global collaborative program, in design and delivery

Learning will be in collaboration with students from other INU institutions giving you the opportunity to interact with peers from across the world. The course will be fully delivered online through a mixture of pre-recorded content, live virtual sessions, and student group work/presentation.

The sessions and content will also be designed and delivered by lecturers from different INU universities across the world, providing you with the opportunity to explore different perspectives and enhance your learning experience.

March 2024 intake dates

March 2024 intake – Session Dates

Core sessions

Students must be able to attend the core sessions on these dates.  The times are as specified below.

Core Sessions 2024 Dates
A critical introduction to UN’s SDGs Wed 13th  March 2024
How do we engage across cultures? Wed 20th March 2024
Reflective Session OR Wed 9th October 2024
Reflective Session Wed 26th  March 2025

Elective Sessions

Students are requsted to choose three electives (both the delivery session and group work session must be attended).   Electives are delivered twice a year to enable a choice of dates, however the group work session immediately following the delivery session must be attended together.

Elective Sessions   Delivery  session Group work session

Borders, modern slavery and human mobility


D1 Wed 8th May 2024 Wed 19th  June 2024
D2  Thurs 9th  January 2025  Mon 3rd  February 2025

Peace education for reconciliation


D1 Thurs 23rd  May 2024 Thurs 27th June 2024
D2  Wed 29th  January 2025  20th February 2025

Climate change and social inequalities


D1 Thurs 18th  April 2024 Thurs 16th May 2024
D2 Thurs 21st  November 2024 Mon 9th December 2024

Food security


D1 Thurs 20th June 2024 Thurs 18th July 2024
D2 Mon 2nd  December 2024 Wed 15th  January 2025

Gender inequality and violence against women


D1 Thurs 25th April 2024 Wed 22nd May 2024
D2 Wed 13th  November 2024 Wed 11th  December 2024

Circular economy: production, consumption and reduction of single use plastic


D1 Wed 12th June 2024 Wed 10th July 2024
D2 Thurs 6th  February 2025 Thurs 6th  March 2025

Please note that whilst we’ll do our best to keep changes to a minimum, dates are subject to change. 


Start dates

There are two intakes for the program each year, one in March and one in October each year.  The launch of the program is expected in March 2024.  

INU member universities are spread across a broad range of time zones.  To accommodate as many time zones as possible, the sessions will run as follows:

Please note: For those in the USA, the clock will change earlier in March and so during these few weeks from mid-end March, until the clocks change in UK/Europe also, the sessions will be from 09:00-11:00.

Time Zones (GMT)

(November – March)

Time Zones (BST)

(April – October)

USA 08:00-10:00 08:00-11:00
Argentina 10:00-12:00 09:00-11:00
Sweden 14:00-16:00 14:00-16:00
UK 13:00-15:00 13:00-15:00
Germany 14:00-16:00 14:00-16:00
Spain 14:00-16:00 14:00-16:00
South Africa 15:00-17:00 14:00-16:00
Japan 22:00-24:00 21:00-23:00
Indonesia 20:00-22:00 19:00-21:00
Colombia 08:00-10:00 07:00-09:00
Ukraine 15:00-17:00 15:00-17:00


How to apply

Students who are enrolled at INU member universities are invited to apply to participate and will be selected by their home university.  Students from all disciplines and levels of study are welcome to apply.   Please contact your international office for details.

Completion of the program

INU will issue a certificate to students who have successfully completed the program.   In order to successfully complete the program, students are expected to attend and actively participate in the required sessions in order to receive the certificate of completion from INU.  Individual INU member universities may choose to recognise the program also and provide recognition for participation.  Please ask your International Office for details.

Students must have fully engaged and actively participated in the program in order to receive the certificate from INU. Attendance will be monitored.


For further information, please contact INU coordinator who will be happy to help.