Vice-Chancellor Prof Neil Quigley Promotes Sustainability at Global Education Summit
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Professor Neil Quigley, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waikato, recently returned from Bangkok, Thailand, where he spoke at the Times Higher Education Global Sustainable Development Congress. The four-day event, co-hosted by Thailand’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, gathered 3,000 global leaders and innovators from 100 countries to discuss solutions for creating a more sustainable world.

The congress served as a call to action for global universities and businesses to align their education, research, innovation, and outreach programs toward achieving tangible outcomes. The University of Waikato is dedicated to aligning its research with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), fostering collaboration to address humanity’s most pressing challenges and promote a fairer, safer, and more peaceful world.

During the congress, Professor Quigley led a panel discussion in a session focused on health, wellbeing, and demography. The panel explored how innovations in engineering are transforming health monitoring, healthcare delivery, support, and training. Drawing on research and technologies from the University of Newcastle, Hong Kong Baptist University, and Verge HealthTech Fund, the panel highlighted strategies to ensure advancements in healthcare technology are accessible to remote and low-income communities.

Professor Quigley also participated in a panel discussion on education, gender equality, and reducing inequalities. Moderated by the University of Newcastle and featuring the Asian Institute of Technology, CIFAL Philippines, and Nanyang Technological University, the panel discussed how universities and CIFAL centres (International Training Centres for Local Authorities and Local Actors) can achieve sustainable development goals in gender equity and education and address inequality.

“By sharing our successes and challenges, we can better strategize and implement effective measures to promote inclusivity and equality in education and beyond,” Professor Quigley stated.

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