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Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Agenda: Awareness, Knowledge and Attitudes in Nine Italian Universities, 2019

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Department of Medicine, University of Udine, 33100 Udine, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy
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Friuli Centrale Healthcare and University Integrated Trust, 33100 Udine, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy
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Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences and Advanced Technologies “G.F. Ingrassia”, University of Catania, 95123 Catania, Sicilia, Italy
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Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health, University of Milan, 20122 Milan, Lombardia, Italy
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Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases, Sapienza University of Rome, 00185 Rome, Lazio, Italy
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Department of Medical and Surgical Specialties, Radiological Sciences and Public Health, University of Brescia, 25123 Brescia, Lombardia, Italy
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Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, 20132 Milan, Lombardia, Italy
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Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Foggia, 71122 Foggia, Puglia, Italy
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Department of Diagnostic and Public Health, University of Verona, 37134 Verona, Veneto, Italy
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Department of Public Health Sciences and Pediatrics, University of Turin, 10124 Turin, Piemonte, Italy
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University Research and Documentation Center for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, University of Brescia and Brescia Spedali Civili General Hospital, 25123 Brescia, Lombardia, Italy
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Advisory and Career Service, University of Milan, 20122 Milan, Lombardia, Italy
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Collaborating Group: Federica Balzarini, Martina Barchitta, Alberto Carli, Francesco Castelli, Cristina Coppola, Giuseppina Iannelli, Marica Milazzo, Barbara Rosina, Carla Salerno, Roberta Siliquini and Sauro Sisi.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(23), 8968; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238968
Received: 28 October 2020 / Revised: 26 November 2020 / Accepted: 27 November 2020 / Published: 2 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Challenges and Crucial Topics for 2030 Public Health)
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 2030 Agenda represent global development programs. Education can widen the acknowledgement of their relevance and their applications. This survey aims to assess awareness, knowledge and attitudes towards SDGs and sustainability among first-year students in nine Italian Universities. A Likert scale-based online questionnaire of 70 items was compiled by students from March to July 2019. It examined knowledge and expectations referred to sustainable development concepts, indicators and documents/models accounting for sociodemographic variables. Statistical analyses performed were Chi-square test, Fisher’s Exact test, Kendall’s W correlation coefficient, univariate and multivariate analysis. The questionnaire was completed by 1676 students. A low percentage referred a good knowledge of SDGs and 2030 Agenda, most of them had never attended related educational activities previously. Better knowledge of SDGs and 2030 Agenda was observed in case of previous specific educational activities (p < 0.001). The expectation towards university guaranteeing an education on SDGs was high, both for personal wisdom and for usefulness in future professional context. A significant difference (p < 0.001) in such expectations was found, as healthcare students were less interested than colleagues of other areas. The results showed low knowledge but interest towards sustainable development. A scheduled implementation of academic initiatives should be considered. View Full-Text
Keywords: UN Sustainable Development Goals; 2030 Agenda; University; first-year students; sustainability UN Sustainable Development Goals; 2030 Agenda; University; first-year students; sustainability
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Smaniotto, C.; Battistella, C.; Brunelli, L.; Ruscio, E.; Agodi, A.; Auxilia, F.; Baccolini, V.; Gelatti, U.; Odone, A.; Prato, R.; Tardivo, S.; Voglino, G.; Valent, F.; Brusaferro, S.; Balzarini, F.; Barchitta, M.; Carli, A.; Castelli, F.; Coppola, C.; Iannelli, G.; Milazzo, M.; Rosina, B.; Salerno, C.; Siliquini, R.; Sisi, S. Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Agenda: Awareness, Knowledge and Attitudes in Nine Italian Universities, 2019. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 8968. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238968

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Smaniotto C, Battistella C, Brunelli L, Ruscio E, Agodi A, Auxilia F, Baccolini V, Gelatti U, Odone A, Prato R, Tardivo S, Voglino G, Valent F, Brusaferro S, Balzarini F, Barchitta M, Carli A, Castelli F, Coppola C, Iannelli G, Milazzo M, Rosina B, Salerno C, Siliquini R, Sisi S. Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Agenda: Awareness, Knowledge and Attitudes in Nine Italian Universities, 2019. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(23):8968. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238968

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Smaniotto, Cecilia, Claudio Battistella, Laura Brunelli, Edoardo Ruscio, Antonella Agodi, Francesco Auxilia, Valentina Baccolini, Umberto Gelatti, Anna Odone, Rosa Prato, Stefano Tardivo, Gianluca Voglino, Francesca Valent, Silvio Brusaferro, Federica Balzarini, Martina Barchitta, Alberto Carli, Francesco Castelli, Cristina Coppola, Giuseppina Iannelli, Marica Milazzo, Barbara Rosina, Carla Salerno, Roberta Siliquini, and Sauro Sisi. 2020. "Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Agenda: Awareness, Knowledge and Attitudes in Nine Italian Universities, 2019" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 23: 8968. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238968

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