A look back at “Global Citizenship Live” through RGU students’ eyes


In February, we organised our very first “Global Citizenship Live” event, an opportunity for RGU students to learn more about the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals and how they can support initiatives both at and outside university.

Learn more about the event and hear from participants about their experience in this blog.

On Wednesday 21 February 2024, students across the whole University took part in our Global Citizenship Live event to get started on their journey from RGU Citizen to Global Citizen through bringing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to life.

It started with a viewing of a video featuring RGU students sharing what Global Citizenship means to them, followed by a group activity and inspiring internal and external speakers.

By attending the event, students gained credit for a Beyond the Classroom pathway, which is part of our RGUplus programme designed to introduce students to entrepreneurship, sustainability, and community engagement to build employability skills.

Hear from our students about their experience of the event:

What did you think of the event?

“I thought the event was very well organised and was broken up into lots of short talks and activities. I liked how the event was set out with tables which meant we could interact with people from other courses.” – Stacey

“The Global Citizenship Live event was really worth it for me as I had the opportunity to meet with brilliant students and lecturers as well learn new things about RGU, my community, and the world. I also had the privilege to make a commitment to myself, my community and humanity, which I have been working on lately.” – Anthony

“The Global Citizenship Live event was really eye opening, I did not realise that there are 17 global goals for sustainable development!” – Roni

What was your favourite part?

“My favourite part was writing pledges on the placards to be used in the photo booth.” – Stacey

“My favourite part was when we were asked to write down our commitment to our community and humanity and take a picture so we can remember that day. It was really inspiring for me for personal reasons.” – Anthony

“My favourite moments would have to be listening to the wide range of speakers as well as the group activities, which were really fun. I also liked the fact that I was able to make new connections.” – Roni

What did you learn and how has it benefitted you?

“I learned that there is no set definition of what being a Global Citizen means and each person has their own opinion. Going to this event was beneficial to me because it helped to expand my mind and show how I can become a Global Citizen and how to help in the community.” – Stacey

“I learnt a lot to be honest, especially about being conscious of my environment and being proactive in taking steps to minimise waste by recycling more and contributing to my community as much as I can. I can’t fully express how grateful I am for the opportunity to attend an event like that as it has really impacted my growth and learning experience strongly.” – Anthony

If you want to learn more about how to get involved in RGUplus and embark on a journey to become a highly employable Global Citizen, please visit the RGU website.

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