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Students vote for ‘quality education’ as high priority among global issue

Students vote for ‘quality education’ as high priority among global issue

23 July 2021

Students vote for ‘quality education’ as high priority among global issues

Quality education and climate action are the most important issues to prospective international students, survey shows

Quality education and climate action are two of the highest priority issues for would-be university students, according to research conducted by THE Student.

In a survey taken by 2,000 prospective international students, participants were asked to vote on which of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) they thought were the most important. SDG 4 (quality education) and SDG 13 (climate action) were voted the highest priority SDGs, with 37 per cent and 33 per cent of the votes, respectively.

There was some variation across different regions. The top priority for North America, Europe and
Oceania was SDG 13, while South America, Africa and Asia considered SDG 4 to be the most
important.