NINGBO, CHINA: Five lecturers from Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) participated in the Erasmus SDGs Journalism Reporting Conference project consortium.
These lecturers also embarked on a five-day academic excursion to Ningbo, China, alongside representatives from several other universities from Europe and Asia.
Among the other organisations involved were Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (USC), Spain; Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu (LBUS), Romania; and Novel Group Sarl (NGS), Luxembourg.
The National University of Battambang (NUBB), Cambodia; the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), Cambodia; the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), China; Shenzhen Polytechnic (SZPT), China; Universiti Malaya (UM) and Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia, were among the universities from Asia that took part in the conference.
According to Prof. Dr Huda Ibrahim, the leader of the UUM Eramus SDGs Journalism Project, the conference themed “Sustainable Development Goals Journalism,” was organised by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Nottingham Ningbo China.
The event also featured esteemed speakers – Prof. Xiaoge Xu from the University of Nottingham Ningbo China; Prof. Liang Chen from Tsinghua University and Prof. Peter Berglez from Orebro University, Sweden.
She further added that among the topics addressed during the conference were Rescue SDGs Storytelling: The Mobile Way, Environmental Communication in the AI Era, and What is Sustainable Journalism? Theoretical Challenges and Practical Opportunities.
According to her, the conference offered fellow participants a platform for discourse and exploration on the advancement of SDG journalism while also showcasing the most recent research advancements from each participating university associated with the grant.
During the conference, all participating universities, which encompassed universities from six countries throughout the world, presented their respective research advancements.
She also said that the presentation enabled the head of the grant project, based in Spain, to gather data and incorporate research findings on various aspects of the SDG Journalism project. These aspects include subject supply, quality, accreditation, implementation, delivery, and sustainability.
According to Prof. Dr Huda, the Erasmus SDGs Journalism Project was funded by the European Commission and involved the collaboration of six universities. Their collective efforts were focused on conducting research on the various aspects of journalism pertaining to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).