Stenden werkt al langer samen met Auburn University, die het initiatief heeft genomen tot de actie ‘Presidents United to Solve Hunger’, ook wel ‘PUSH’ genoemd.
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“What makes this event especially significant is the recognition that universities have a tremendous role to play in addressing global grand challenges,” zei Auburn University President Jay Gogue bij de ondertekening. “Our institutions have a deep faculty talent pool, an energetic, innovative population of students, an unprecedented commitment from top leadership, and a staying power from generation to generation that lends itself to tackling long-term issues like hunger.”
Collegevoorzitter Leendert Klaassen van Stenden voegde hier aan toe: “We think this initiative truly aligns with Stenden’s vision ‘serving to make a better world’, since our international branch campuses, like Stenden South Africa, have a powerful role in the sustainable development of our local communities. Besides, our alumni work in a worldwide industry, which means that they could pass on their knowledge in their international careers. This initiative creates a platform to make a collective contribution with a much larger impact.“
Wat doet PUSH?
Meer over PUSH en het initiatief leest u hier: ‘Affiliates of Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH), a worldwide coalition of more than 300 colleges and universities, have met annually since 2006 to share ideas and best practices related to local and global hunger. To take the movement to the next level, leaders from more than 30 universities in the U.S., Canada and Central America gathered in February 2014 to discuss taking collective action against food insecurity and malnutrition.’
‘The pre-summit was organized by Auburn’s Hunger Solutions Institute (HSI) and co-sponsored by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. PUSH and the Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security are both direct results of the February meeting.’
‘Participation in PUSH enables members to share their collective knowledge in areas where hunger is historically addressed at academic institutions: teaching, research, outreach and student engagement. One of the first action items in the Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security is an inventory and mapping exercise so all schools can register their food and nutrition security work in these four major areas.’
‘Most universities are already contributing to food security across their programmatic agendas. However, PUSH will accelerate individual university achievements in two distinct ways. First, additional strength will come through the power of collective action and commitment to share best practices. Second, it will give universities a strong and unified voice at the multi-sector table as the world defines sustainable food security initiatives going forward.’