The ‘Are You the Master of Sustainability?’ board game.

KUCHING: Sunway University introduces its ‘Are You the Master of Sustainability?’ board game commemorating the fifth anniversary of the launch of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this month.

Its press statement said that the multiplayer board game is aimed at creating awareness and understanding of the 17 UN SDGs where players play to preserve the earth’s resources for posterity.

Sunway University’s staff of Jeffrey Sachs Centre (JSC) and students of the Master in Sustainable Development Management programme played a role in the game’s design, development and the crafting of questions to educate players on the need to find solutions to some of the most pressing socio-environmental issues in Malaysia and the world today.

The ‘Are You the Master of Sustainability?’ board game.

Sunway Education Group chief executive officer (CEO) Dr Elizabeth Lee said the group believes that greater knowledge of the UN SDGs will result in a new generation of leaders who will drive solutions to solving social and environmental issues, and guide the people through a more sustainable trajectory.

Moreover, Sunway University Founder and Chancellor Tan Sri Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah AO, is Chair of Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Malaysia Leadership Council and a member of the UN SDSN Leadership Council.

“At Sunway University, we are dedicated to championing sustainability within and around campus in the continuous effort to make the world a stronger and greener place. By instilling sustainable practices into the various aspects of university experience, we hope to nurture a community of socially and ecologically responsible individuals for today and tomorrow.

“As a collective whole, it is our purpose at Sunway to educate as many as we can to be responsible citizens and do our small bit for the benefit of the environment, and our future generations”, she said in a statement on Monday (Sept 21).

Meanwhile, Sunway University Vice-Chancellor Professor Graeme Wilkinson stated that the UN SDGs encompass several urgent issues in the world today such as global poverty, access to education, climate change and the need for responsible consumption and production.

“The ‘Are You the Master of Sustainability?’ board game will certainly be an interesting tool to help spread awareness as well as knowledge of the UN SDGs. As with most board games, people of all ages can play,” he said.

The first edition of the Sunway Education Group’s ‘Are You the Master of Sustainability?’ board game will be gifted to various corporate leaders in recognition of their support for the UN SDGs.

Sunway University is home to the Jeffrey Sachs Centre on Sustainable Development (JSC), and the Centre — which was set up at the end of 2016 —aims to mobilise comprehensive collaboration, particularly amongst Southeast Asian nations, to move towards achieving the UN SDGs.