Simon Fraser University has more than 30 years of experience in developing and deepening relationships with international communities and stakeholders at home and abroad. Our global engagement includes 250 current international partnerships in over 70 countries for research, experiential learning, academic collaborations and sustainable development projects.

SFU International recognizes that universities have a crucial role to play in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through thought leadership, knowledge generation, education, and global engagement. In 2021, SFU International and SFU Sustainability co-led a project to broaden and deepen our understanding of current activities and potential for our institution to contribute to the SDGs, a project that continues today.

As an institution, SFU has made a number of strides in pursuit of this goal. Some include:

  • The development of the 2023-2028 Strategic Research Plan, which puts the SDGs and environmental concerns front and centre.
  • The offering of five undergraduate programs in sustainability and sustainable development.
  • The reduction of GHG emissions by 35% over 2007 levels since 2016.
  • Our work as part of international networks such as the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), University Social Responsibility Network (USRN) and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU).

Visit this website for more information on how SFU is advancing the SDGs through research, teaching and learning, campus operations and community engagement.


In a cooperative effort with SFU Sustainabilty, SFU International has produced a framework for global engagement which aligns global partnerships and initiatives with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The framework is also aligned with What's Next: The SFU Strategy and SFU's 2023-2028 Strategic Research Plan.

By considering the framework and its guiding questions when developing new partnerships or initiatives, we ensure that our global engagement strategy centres the SDGs and that these programs reflect our values of mutuality, equity and innovation.




How was the framework developed?

The development of the SDG framework was led by staff members from both SFU International and SFU Sustainability.

For more information about the framework and its development, please read the SFU News story linked below.


SFU International mobilizes SFU’s research and expertise to support global sustainable development initiatives. Our strong network of partners allow us to work together, across disciplines, sectors and countries, to mobilize on the SDGs at a global scale. As part of our services, we:

  • Develop partnerships and liaise with funders, government, NGO’s, private sector and community partners;
  • Disseminate information through listservs, website and other media as appropriate;
  • Provide advisory services to support faculty-driven project conceptualization, proposal writing, project management and identification of funding opportunities;
  • Coordinate and engage faculty with interests in international sustainable development;
  • Contribute to the development of strategic areas in which SFU has considerable expertise and experience; and
  • Facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration across disciplines through faculty involvement in international sustainable development.

You can search for international development project opportunities in SFU's Office of Research Services Funding Opportunities Database by selecting "international development" as the topic. To learn more about specific funding opportunities, please contact

Get in touch with us

For more information on the services we provide or the possibilities of partnership, please email us at