Sustainable Development Goals are based on three pillars: (1) Social pillars, human development in the social sphere; (2) Economic pillars, economic development; (3) Environment pillar, including biodiversity. Those three pillars are supported by the foundation of governance institutions. The three pillars and foundation of this institution are based on 17 Sustainable Development Goals which are outlined in 169 targets and 241 indicators that influence each other. It appears in the pattern of the Sustainable Development Goals approach so that economic development is carried out in the social context of the community and all of this then leads to the scope of the ecosystem of natural resources and the environment. Each pillar contributes to the development of the other pillars in a harmonious, whole, everlasting and sustainable relationship.
Education is the most strategic way in promoting sustainable development and enhancing human capacity to address environmental, social, and development issues and problems. This paradigm states that education produces human beings with noble character, humans who are a blessing for the universe, namely humans who fulfill their needs by paying attention to the needs of the current generation and future generations (intergenerational sustainability).
Innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology have a big role to play in achieving 17 sustainable development goals which will have a positive impact on improving education, economic growth, community welfare, and poverty alleviation in Indonesia. In this case, the role of educational institutions is to shape the character and foster a spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship, and understanding of technology so that it has a highly competitive value to become an asset that will advance the nation and state. Higher education institutions have the opportunity to play a role in supporting government efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals because this is a common goal. Collaboration between industry, academia, and the government is needed. Especially in the midst of the digital era and entering the era of the 5th industrial revolution, where higher education institutions are expected to be able to create graduates who have an entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, and technology.
To achieve this harmony, it is deemed necessary to hold a scientific activity that supports researchers, practitioners, and stakeholders to meet and exchange ideas. Policymakers in any country need input from people who feel the benefits of the policies they make. Inputs in the form of research results, studies on education and social science, as well as a broad understanding of the structure of society and other ideas are expected to support the policy-making process for the government to achieve sustainable development goals. This is in line with the vision and mission of the University of PGRI Semarang to become The Research University and the need to be able to compete, share and cooperate with other countries even in an international context. All of these goals can be achieved through academic cooperation and partnerships, so the International seminar “The 4th International Conference on Education and Social Science Research” (ICESRE) needs to be held to provide a forum for scientists and educators to share knowledge.
“INNOVATIONS, CHALLENGES, AND OPPORTUNITIES IN EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SCIENCE IN ACHIEVING THE GOALS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT”
The purpose of holding The 4th International Conference on Education and Social Science Research (ICESRE) by theme “Innovations, Challenges, and Opportunities in Education and Social Sciences in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals” is as follows:
- Improve science, develop insight and competence of lecturers, teachers, and students and then convey it to the wider community on matters related to innovative research in the fields of education and social sciences.
- Supporting Education for Sustainable Development policies through the dissemination of research results in the fields of education and social sciences.
- Increase contribution to the realm of education and social science through research to achieve sustainable development goals.
- Preparation of highly competitive human resources to achieve sustainable development goals.