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“Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation” Programme

The SDGnexus Network is a global community of universities, research centers, and stakeholders committed to promoting the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. The SDGnexus Network is a part of the DAAD “Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation – exceed” program and, as such, it aims to strengthen higher education for enabling effective and innovative contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. 

The SDGnexus Network has three main objectives: 

  1. Establishing a common research framework through joint research projects between our network partners. 
  2. Qualifying next generation of scientists as agents of change. 
  3. Promoting exchange and collaboration between our network of higher education institutions and extramural actors.

The SDGnexus Network promotes the Nexus approach for the establishment of its research framework. The Nexus approach goes beyond the investigation of single SDG and allows flexibility in identifying vital context-specific interlinkages between SDGs considering the main development challenges of our partner countries and the diverse potential of partner institutions.  

The University of Central Asia is involved in this community, together with partners from Europa, Asia, and Latin America. The network is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The project is based at the Centre for International Development and Environmental Research (Zentrum für internationale Entwicklungs-und Umweltforschung-ZEU) at Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany.