Virtual Mobility Programme:
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) : An Introduction With Action

How to Enroll ?

Kindly fill-up the registration form and email to dssc@utar.edu.my .

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The decade ahead will be fundamental in designing and implementing a different vision of our planet, putting into practice the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.


The on-going pandemic has furthered exacerbated the precarious equilibrium we are all living in, stressing some major defaulting fixtures like raising inequalities and the permanent threat climate change pose to our lives and our eco-systems.


Therefore what the planet is going through right now further underlines the urgency for actions to promote and deliver the SDGs. Higher learning institutions must play a pivotal role to bring about the needed changes to embed new behaviours and actions that are aligned to the pursuit of the SDGs.

Building on a commitment to promote and deliver the SDGs, UTAR is coming up with a new and fresh virtual mobility program to forge a new understanding of the goals within the ASEAN region and the broader Asia Pacific, enhancing collaborations among higher education institutions that have such a vital role in implementing the goals.  


The “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): An Introduction with Action” is intended to be a major follow up to the International Young Leader Conference 2019: Youth Empowerment and Inclusion in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals on SDGs that UTAR organized in 25 and 26 October 2019.


The conference was a milestone for UTAR and the herewith proposed course is intended to further its commitment to advance in the promotion of the SDGs not only within Malaysia but within the broader Asia Pacific.  (For more information on the conference: https://dsa.sl.utar.edu.my/IYLC.php)

The Department of Soft Skills Competency (DSSC) and Division of Community and International Networking (DCInterNet) will be working together with ENGAGE, Nepal in organizing a virtual programme on “’The SDGs: An Introduction with Action” for capacity building on SDGs and international networking among students from UTAR and partner universities. 

Target Audience

The course is suited to both undergraduate and
graduate students coming from all the
academic backgrounds. 

Course Content

The programme offers an introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through 

which the participants will gain both fundamental and practical insights on the goals, with a focus
on the international and regional “system” supporting and promoting them. Very importantly, they
will forge practical skills on actions they will take to promote and implement the goals.

In a snapshot, participants will:

  • Understand the AGENDA 2030 and its links with ASEAN 2030 Vision
  • Explore best practices on SDGs from the South East Asia (SEA) region
  • Understand the role of Education for Sustainable Development
  • Become cognizant of climate change
  • Learn project management & planning skills

By the end of the course, each participant will have identified at least one action either to promote
or deliver one of the SDGs.


Date: 26 October to 20 November 2020


Classes will be on every Monday, Wednesday
and Friday for 4 weeks





Week 1

26 Oct 2020 (Mon)


5pm– 6pm

·   Opening Ceremony and Ice Breaking Session

·   Introduction and Grouping

6pm – 8pm

Session No. 1: The Foundations

28 Oct 2020 (Wed)

5.30pm – 7.30pm

Session No. 2: Connecting and Discovering

30 Oct 2020 (Fri)

5.30pm - 6.30pm

Sharing session

6.30pm -7.30pm

Discussion session 1

Week 2

2 Nov 2020 (Mon)

5.30pm – 7.30pm

Session No. 3: Zoom In, SDGs in ASEAN

4 Nov 2020 (Wed)

5.30pm – 7.30pm

Session No. 4: Education for Sustainable Development

6 Nov 2020 (Fri)

5.30pm – 7.30pm

Discussion session 2

Week 3

9 Nov 2020 (Mon)

5.30pm – 7.30pm

Session No. 5: Climate Change

11 Nov 2020 (Wed)

5.30pm – 6.30pm

Sharing session: Dr Lai Soon Onn, Director of Division of International Community and Networking

6.30pm - 7.30pm

Discussion session 3

13 Nov 2020 (Fri)

5.30pm – 7.30pm

Session No. 6: Doing and Promoting the SDGs (Part 1)

Week 4

16 Nov 2020 (Mon)

5.30pm – 7.30pm

Session No. 6: Doing and Promoting the SDGs (Part 2)

18 Nov 2020 (Wed)

5.30pm – 7.30pm

Discussion Session 4

20 Nov 2020 (Fri)

5.30pm – 6.30pm

Closing Ceremony

Facilitator Profile

Simone Galimberti

Mr Simone is the Co-Founder of ENGAGE, a not for profit based in Nepal focused on the promotion of youth empowerment, especially for youth living with disabilities. Before ENGAGE, Simone worked at senior level with an international NGO in Nepal when he was also the Coordinator of the National Health and Nutrition Network, the Coordinator of the Association of International NGOs’ (AIN) working groups on health, education and capacity building & partnership. Before coming to Nepal, Simone lived and volunteered in Angola for over three years. He also co-led and designed two editions of a course on Volunteerism and Social Work that was delivered in Kathmandu. He has conducted numerous trainings on social leadership and youth’s personal development through ENGAGE he has been collaborating with UTAR since 2018.

A great believer of the power of volunteerism, Simone is a contributor writer for several news outlets in Nepal and for the New Straits Times in Malaysia.

Dr Lai Soon Onn

Dr. Lai Soon Onn obtained his Bachelor and Master Degrees from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, and PhD Degree from Clarkson University, USA in Environmental Engineering. 

Dr. Lai is currently Associate Professor at Department of Chemical Engineering, Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR). He was also Deputy Dean in charge of Student Development and Industrial Training in the faculty from Jan 2012 till Jan 2018. 

 He is currently Director of Division of Community and International Networking (DCInterNet) in charge of student/staff mobility programme, external collaboration and community engagement. He is also the Chairperson of Green Campus Committee at UTAR Sungai Long Campus, and advisor of Sustainable Development Club. He is always ready and willing to share both of his academic and administrative experience with others, particularly on environmental and green related issues. He was advisor of Engineering Fiesta 2016, Engineering and Science Fiesta 2017. Both events, covering competition, workshop, exhibition, career fair, site visit, aim to cultivate and enhance the interest in engineering and science among undergraduate and secondary school students. He has been also involved in talks on engineering and science at secondary schools and during various educational fairs. 

His current researches mainly cover air and water monitoring and control, as well as cleaner production and sustainable development. He has published more than 40 locally and internationally peered reviewed journal papers. He has been appointed as Technical Advisor of MayAir Manufacturing Sdn Bhd. since 2014. Meanwhile, he has also been continually providing training and consultancy service on occupational safety and health and community service on 3R and environmental issues. 

He is always passionate and desired to improve the environment and safety & health in Malaysia, making Malaysia a green, healthy, and safe society. Areas of specialization: air and water monitoring and control, membrane technology, green engineering and cleaner production, occupational safety and health. .