Partnerships for the Goals

Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development


Partnerships through the Research Plan

Partnerships through the Research Plan

UCalgary’s Research Plan guides the institution’s approach to research, integrating values like student experience, impact, innovation, increasing capacity and ensuring strengths be matched with appropriate opportunities. Within this plan, fostering collaborations and partnerships that extend well beyond Alberta is key. It lays out suggestions and approaches for participating in these collaborations in order to engage with national and international communities. Learn more.



ArcticNet is a Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada that brings together scientists, engineers, and managers in the natural, human health and social sciences with their partners from Inuit organizations, northern communities, federal and provincial agencies, and the private sector to study the impacts of climate change in the Canadian North. Over 175 ArcticNet researchers from 33 Canadian universities, 8 federal and 11 provincial agencies and departments collaborate with research teams in Denmark, Finland, France, Greenland, Japan, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the USA. Learn more.

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Teaching, Learning and Student Experience



FutureU is a new co-curricular experiential learning program to help UCalgary students find their place in a rapidly changing world. FutureU is part of the Innovation@UCalgary ecosystem and helps students build a sustainable and healthy life for themselves, working on challenges they care about. Students are provided with opportunities to explore emerging trends and ideas, meet engaging leaders from on and off campus, develop future skills for the knowledge economy and think about their place in the world beyond the classroom. Learn more.


Sustainable Development Goals Alliance

The Sustainable Development Goals Alliance (SDGA) is a UCalgary student group that works closely with students, clubs and faculty to provide programs and events that raise awareness about the 17 SDGs. Recently, this group launched the Sustainability Leadership Innovation Program where students are matched with mentors and seed funding to transform ideas into action to improve campus sustainability. Learn more.



Campus and Community Impact



UCalgary students had the opportunity to gather and learn about sustainability through professional development. Between the Careers in Sustainability event and the Sustainable Development Goals Summit, students examined how the SDGs intersect and interact. Similarly, staff members can learn about sustainability on campus in a 30-minute course through Enterprise Learning titled “An Introduction to Sustainability”.

Alberta Narratives


UCalgary is a member of the community-based Alberta Narrative Project. This project is looking at a new approach to public engagement research that builds skills and better communication. It aims to uncover language and narratives that reflect the values and identities of Albertans, and to find ways of talking about our energy-climate future that build bridges to better community conversation.

Global Projects


The Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) includes UCalgary’s Cummings School of Medicine as a member. This group brings together over 100 Canadian organizations working to ensure that women and children worldwide survive and thrive.



In alignment with the International Strategy, UCalgary is actively partnered with peer universities, research institutions and government agencies across the globe in order to facilitate a wide variety of intellectual interactions and exchanges. With over 450 agreements in 50+ countries, international relations facilitates agreements of cooperation.



The Arctic Institute of North America, Canada’s first and longest-lived Arctic research institute, is a non-profit, tax-exempt research and educational organization of international partnerships. Part of UCalgary since 1976, the mission of the institute is to advance the study of the North American and circumpolar Arctic through the natural and social sciences, the arts and humanities and to acquire, preserve and disseminate information on physical, environmental and social conditions.

Carnegie Engagement


UCalgary is one of the institutions chosen to participate in the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Canadian Pilot project. For more than a decade, the Carnegie Foundation's Classification for Community Engagement has been renowned as the leading framework for assessment and recognition of community engagement efforts in higher education. The classification recognizes institutions with deep and pervasive partnerships with communities on local, national and international scales.