Transformative Innovation Policy, SDGs, and the Colombian University

  • Eliana VillaEmail author
  • Daniel Cardona Valencia
  • Alejandro Valencia-Arias
  • Karen Hormechea
  • Jhonjali García
Part of the Sustainable Development Goals Series book series (SDGS)


The Transformative Innovation Policy (TIP) views the university as part of the national systems of innovation. Furthermore, higher education institutions are at the core of such policy. This chapter presents the contribution the Colombian University is making to selected United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs include: SDG 4—Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all; SDG 16—Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels; and SDG 17—Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. The chapter describes the manner in which Colombia University was involved in drafting the National Science and Innovation Policy and document the importance of the University as a fundamental axis for a transformative structure. This is evident in the manner in which the University became a center for the generation and dissemination of knowledge, basic and applied research, and technology transfer. Such academic activities can be aligned with the TIP by following a series of recommendations to develop a public innovation policy that contributes to the country’s achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and its 17 interlinked SDGs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eliana Villa
    • 1
    Email author
  • Daniel Cardona Valencia
    • 2
  • Alejandro Valencia-Arias
    • 3
  • Karen Hormechea
    • 4
  • Jhonjali García
    • 5
  1. 1.Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano ITM, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y AdministrativasUniversidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede MedellínAntioquiaColombia
  2. 2.Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano ITM, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Administrativas, Sede MedellínAntioquiaColombia
  3. 3.Fundación Universitaria Católica del Norte-FUCN, Sede MedellínAntioquiaColombia
  4. 4.Facultad de MinasUniversidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede MedellínAntioquiaColombia
  5. 5.Universidad Tecnológica del ChocóIstmina, ChocóColombia

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