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The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a call to action to tackle the main challenges facing humanity and our planet today. The SDGs propose a blueprint identifying opportunities to make our world more inclusive, peaceful, and sustainable by 2030.
Universities are important drivers for the realization of these goals, due to our role in shaping and empowering the next generation, creating a bridge between research and industry, serving as a platform for debate, contributing to policy development, and disseminating competences and skills to the wider community.
The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) assumes the commitment to contribute to sustainability as part of our core mission and strategy of promoting a caring and ethically responsible, economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable society.
USJ contributes to the SDGs in three ways: (1) by conducting and disseminating impactful SDG related research; (2) by embedding the SDGs in our campus life through teaching and learning, our operations, and our internal policies; and (3) by community engagement and outreach activities.

Gender Equality in USJ

Universities are important agents in promoting gender equality, by providing equal access to education, nurturing respect for all members of the academic and wider community, and providing contexts where diversity and participation are fostered, and women and men are empowered to contribute equally to society.

The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) embraces equality, diversity, and inclusiveness in our teaching and learning, campus life, research, and community outreach. We foster an open, welcoming environment where students, faculty, staff, and members of the public, of all backgrounds can collaboratively learn, work, and contribute.

2021/2022 Sustainability Report

No Poverty

At USJ we are aware that education is a powerful tool to address poverty. Equal access to education can help students from low-income backgrounds find success, build more resilient communities, and create positive change.

No Hunger

Lack of access to food is a leading cause of death worldwide. Although Macao is a relatively wealthy city, USJ is aware of the diverse needs of students from various socio-economic backgrounds and with different eating habits.

Good Health and Well-being

USJ provides mental health support to the community at a reduced rate, through our counselling services, and physical health is promoted through our sports facilities which are shared with a local secondary school.

Quality Education

The University Library is open to the community, welcoming readers even if they are not students or members of the staff. For the community’s continued learning, USJ provides public events, vocational training programmes, and education outreach activities.

Gender Equality

To support the integration of learning throughout life, USJ offers a variety of services and activities targeting the wider community. Our policy is that all services and activities be accessible to all, regardless of age, ethnicity, religion, disability, or gender.

Clean Water and Sanitation

Water is an essential and finite resource that should be protected. At USJ, we are committed to our Green Campus Environmental Action Plan, which includes rainwater harvesting and recycling systems.

Affordable and Clean Energy

At USJ, we are committed to the use of alternative and cleaner energy sources, such as solar panels, and solar-powered water heating, and to the reduction of our energy needs through the use of low energy consumption and LED bulbs.

Decent Work and Economic Growth

USJ strives to promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all. Ensuring our students are positioned for a smooth transition from university to the workplace is a priority at USJ.

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Infrastructure provides the basic physical facilities essential to business and society; industrialization drives economic growth and job creation, thereby reducing income inequality; and innovation expands the technological capabilities of industrial sectors and leads to the development of new skills.

Reduced Inequalities

USJ promotes equal access to education and works for people with disabilities in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Our campus facilities are disability accessible, and we have processes to accommodate the individual needs of students with disabilities.

Sustainable Cities and Communities

USJ strives to provide our students with a sound academic foundation and to contribute to their integrated development as responsible global citizens. We believe today, more than ever, this must include a focus on sustainability.

Responsible Consumption and Production

USJ is committed to increasingly adopting and promoting responsible production and consumption patterns. Some of these increases are described in our Environmental Action Plan.

Climate Action

In order to support the study and conservation of local mangrove ecosystems, USJ’s Institute of Science and Environment has organised a series of activities to promote ecosystem rehabilitation and maintenance, along with the enhancement and protection of biodiversity in the local coastal wetland ecosystems.

Life Below Water

In USJ we are committed to our Green Campus Environmental Action Plan, which includes systems of rainwater harvesting and recycling to reduce the damage done to local waters by untreated runoff and pollution.

Life on Land

Food waste is a global issue. Reducing food waste could mean that less land is converted to agricultural use, which would have a significantly positive impact on the protection of land ecosystems.

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

USJ ensures the representation of students, faculty, and staff in school governing bodies through our student association and regularly held elections to University governing bodies.

Partnerships for the goals

USJ strives to provide our students with a sound academic foundation and contribute to their integrated personal and social development. We believe today, more than ever, this must include a focus on social, economic, and environmental sustainability.