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Future17: Powered by Exeter and QS

Future17 – the Sustainable Development Goals Challenge Program

The University of Exeter and QS are partners in delivering a transformative educational partnership between the world’s leading universities and global organisations, to empower and enable the next generation of students to answer the questions that will shape today, tomorrow and the future for us all.

In an era of global challenges, the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have become a key framework to articulate the issues that face humanity and encourage mobilisation of concerted efforts to end poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change. While many organisations have taken steps to embed these goals into their strategies, at the University of Exeter we are committed to going further. We believe in the power of our brightest young minds coming together to tackle these global challenges whilst developing 21st century skills to enhance their education.

Our vision, in partnership with QS, is to build a global ecosystem that connects students from multiple universities with international organisations to generate insights and develop solutions that help address SDGs. To connect the next generation to the most complex challenges of our time and generate actionable solutions.

Information for students

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Are you passionate about creating real-world sustainability solutions? Want to develop transferable skills for the workplace and strengthen your CV? Does international collaboration and teamworking with a global cohort interest you? Then welcome to Future17!

Information for staff

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Your opportunity to become involved in a new global sustainability education initiative through academic mentoring designed to support a group of students through the process of understanding their sustainability challenge, diagnosing it, putting into practice.

Case studies


Throughout the previous cycles of Future17 there have been a huge range of inspiring projects collaborating with various project partners from all around the world.

Our partners

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