Young dynamic Indian university with strong sustainable background

International Conference on
"Sustainable Development and Governance:
Building Commerce and Communities"

12 to 14 December 2012
Ettimadai Campus, Coimbatore

Leading university from Australia in sustainability



Amrita and Deakin jointly organize an International Conference on Sustainable Development and Governance: Building Commerce and Communities for three days from 12 to 14 December, 2012 with UN Global Compact and The Sustain Group, Australia as Knowledge partners.

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Amrita University is a young, dynamic and research-intensive university with international repute as an institution providing higher education in an ambience rooted in rich Indian culture and heritage. Founded in 2003 and run by Mata Amritanandamayi Math, the university offers a wide range of programmes in high-end technical, management, art and science, and health sciences courses in the context of spiritual values which provide harmony to one's life.

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is the first multi-campus university that has earned an 'A' grade, the highest possible grade in India under the new system of evaluation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. Amrita School of Business is a member of prestigious AACSB International Body.

The young and Vibrant University with its international collaborations is attracting attention of student community, academia and industry alike. The innovative curricula and excellent infrastructure provide a perfect path for students aspiring for high-end education.

The committed and proficient faculty team forms an elite panel of erudite professors, researchers and expert practitioners in their respective fields. A strong interaction with industry throughout the course offers students opportunities to learn from Industry experts, thereby making the programmes more industry- relevant.

Deakin University

Deakin is a multi-award winning university with an international focus. Deakin University is young and innovative, offering excellent facilities and flexible learning. Deakin University was established in 1974 and combines a university's traditional focus on excellent teaching and research with a desire to seek new ways of developing and delivering courses.

It was the first university in regional Victoria. The primary objectives for Deakin University's establishment were to create a university in the Geelong area and to provide an opportunity for tertiary education at university level to all qualified persons whether within or outside Victoria by means of distance education programs. Deakin University's first campus was established at Waurn Ponds in 1979. Since then it has grown to include campuses in Warrnambool, in Burwood, and in Geelong.

The teaching and research activities of Deakin University now reach nationally and internationally, but the University retains a particular commitment to rural and regional communities and to providing equitable opportunities for people to enjoy the benefits that flow from participation in higher education. Deakin University aims to be a catalyst for positive change for the individuals and the communities it serves. It aspires to be recognised as Australia's most progressive university.

Deakin has a very high level of involvement with industry partners in areas such as course design, R & D; innovation and internship opportunities in many courses. This, combined with the University's excellence in teaching and research, provides students with a strong grounding in the knowledge, skills and experience they need for the competitive global job market.

UN Global Compact

The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. By doing so, business, as a primary driver of globalization, can help ensure that markets, commerce, technology and finance advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere.

This ever-increasing understanding is reflected in the Global Compact's rapid growth. With over 8700 corporate participants and other stakeholders from over 130 countries, it is the largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative in the world. Endorsed by chief executives, the Global Compact is a practical framework for the development, implementation, and disclosure of sustainability policies and practices, offering participants a wide spectrum of work streams, management tools and resources — all designed to help advance sustainable business models and markets.

The UN Global Compact enjoys the support of the UN General Assembly and has additionally been recognized in a number of other inter-governmental contexts, including by the G8. On 1 December 2011, the UN General Assembly renewed and expanded the mandate of the Global Compact Office and the UN office that supports the initiative in its Resolution "Towards Global Partnerships".

Overall, the Global Compact pursues two complementary objectives:
Mainstream the ten principles in business activities around the world
Catalyze actions in support of broader UN goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

With these objectives in mind, the Global Compact has shaped an initiative that provides collaborative solutions to the most fundamental challenges facing both business and society. The initiative seeks to combine the best properties of the UN, such as moral authority and convening power, with the private sector's solution-finding strengths, and the expertise and capacities of a range of key stakeholders. The Global Compact is global and local; private and public; voluntary yet accountable.

In summary, the Global Compact exists to assist the private sector in the management of increasingly complex risks and opportunities in the environmental, social and governance realms, seeking to embed markets and societies with universal principles and values for the benefit of all.

Corporate / NGO Partners

Several corporate and NGO's who are doing remarkable work in the field of Natural Resource Management and innovation are holding hands with Amrita and Deakin to make this event successful. This includes TERI – The Energy and Resource Institute, the intellectual partners of the conference and National Innovation Foundation, Ahmedabad.

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