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The APRU SDG Education for Global Citizenship (SDG4GC) is an intercultural, transdisciplinary, and interactive program that fosters global citizenship among students from up to 60 universities in 20 economies across the Pacific Rim.  Co-designed by six core-partner universities in collaboration with the United Nations (UN), the program builds knowledge of global issues and global literacy among students.  This is achieved  through learning about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), exploring in-depth some of the world’s biggest challenges, and proposing solutions using a framework for collaborative development of social innovation prototypes. The program places critical importance in introducing locally embedded unique case studies among the network members to help students develop a broad array of perspectives and deepen understanding of the SDGs.

In the 2024 program, SDG4GC will conduct a hybrid program under the umbrella theme of “Shaping the Future of Health & Wellbeing.”  The program will explore the many dimensions of wellbeing including social, cultural, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, mental, physical, and economic.  By drawing on multiple disciplines and practices, the program aims to build a strong sense of global citizenship toward resilient global communities.

The 2024 program is chaired by Chulalongkorn University with Universiti Malaya as Vice-Chair. In partnership with the UN, it is co-designed with the Chinese University of Hong KongKyushu UniversityShanghai Jiao Tong University, and Simon Fraser University.


  • Orientation program, interactive lectures, and training provided by APRU member universities, UN agencies, and experts from the field.
  • UN SDG Primer Course, which is self-paced, will establish a common base of understanding and approach for the UN system in supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • Teamwork with students from up to 60 universities in 20 economies.
  • Mentorship program facilitated by academics and design thinking experts will guide teams of students to develop social innovation prototypes to address pressing challenges of our societies globally.
  • One-week onsite program either in Malaysia or Thailand, which will be co-hosted by Universiti Malaya and Chulalongkorn University. The onsite experiential learning will entail field visit to learn locally embedded unique case studies and practices via community engagement. Students will be trained with ethical understanding and practices of community-engaged research. The program will also provide cultural learning opportunities and workshop to share the insights and findings from the field visit, and teamwork to consolidate the data.
  • Pitching competition will showcase students’ work and will be judged by a panel of UN experts and practitioners.
  • Winning team will be awarded with a special achievement certificate issued by UNESCAP Subregional office for South-East Asia.
  • Certificate of completion jointly issued by partners.
  • Credits can be provided to Chulalongkorn University students via GenEd.


Learn more about the program and how to participate by visiting apru-sdg4gc.chula.ac.th

January 22 to 15 March, 2024: Applications open

June 1, 2024: Orientation (synchronous), 8 a.m. BKK time UTC+7 

June 2 to July 19, 2024: Online program

  • UN SDG Primer course (self-paced)
  • Join lectures
  • Workshops (synchronous & asynchronous)
  • Work with mentors and teams to develop social innovation prototype/project via teamwork

July 20 to 28, 2024:
Onsite program in Thailand or Malaysia

  • Community visit
  • Workshops
  • Project work and Teamwork

July 29 to August 29, 2024:
Online program continues

August 30, 2024:
Pitching competition (synchronous), 8 a.m. BKK time UTC+7


Dates and times are subject to change


  • Enrolled at an APRU member university during the program period.
  • Undergraduate and graduate (MA) students in any discipline.
  • Completed at least one year of undergraduate studies.
  • Good command of English language.



Covered by organizer:

  • Program fees
  • Daily breakfast and lunch
  • Daily transportation to campus and to organized field visits
  • Airport transfer (please ensure to arrive during the following pick up time slots: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.)


Covered by participants:

  • Flight tickets to Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur* 
  • Travel insurance
  • Passport and visa fees (if required). For Malaysia check here / For Thailand check here
  • Dinner @US$10-20 x 7 times
  • Accommodation (If twin sharing selected, your roommate will be determined by the organizers)


Accommodation in Bangkok: Mandarin Hotel
– Room sharing: @US$30 cost per night
– Single room: @US$65 cost per night

Accommodation in Kuala Lumpur: Komune Living
– Room sharing: @US$32 cost per night
– Single room: @US$52 cost per night

For any scholarship enquiries, please contact your institution.

*The organizing committee will determine your placement of onsite program, however, you can indicate your preference in the application form (either Malaysia or Thailand).

The program is currently open for applications.

To learn more about it and how to participate, please visit: apru-sdg4gc.chula.ac.th



For general inquiries, please email [email protected]