Undergraduates And Their Role In Sustainable Development

How can Undergraduates contribute to Sustainable Development?

In Promise Amahah ‘s book, “Entrepreneurism & Emerging Young Entrepreneurs”,  he focuses on young entrepreneurship and how it’s the “new gold”,  how new entrepreneurs are making strides in several industries and many countries, and how young people are taking leading roles in different areas of business, and sports as we’ve seen in recent times where our women shone through at the just concluded Commonwealth games, breaking world records.

What does this tell us?

It simply tells us that the Youth are the future.

It simply tells us that no one is too young to make a difference or create sustainable development.

Let’s begin by breaking down what we mean by sustainable development.

Sustainable development is working for the future without harming the present.

An example of sustainable development can be seen in the “reduce-reuse-recycle” principle. This is Sustainable Development as it relates to the ecosystem.

In Business, Sustainable development is investing in the longevity of a business, ensuring it is valuable and can stand the test of time while protecting, maintaining, and sustaining the current human and natural resources of the business.

Again, how can Undergraduates contribute to Sustainable Development?

One thing Undergraduates have is TIME and ACCESS.

As an Undergraduate, you have the element of time and access on your side, whether or not you are in your teen years.

You have the time to develop skills and hone your talent and you have access to multiple opportunities, you have the internet to research several opportunities.

You also have the access to several mentorship opportunities which you can also get as a result of volunteering and active service.

In the book, “Zero to One” by Peter Thiel, we are made to understand that there is no cosmic catalog that humans refer to from time to time in search of advancement; rather, with intellect and technology, humans are to build the future.


That’s how Undergraduates can create sustainable development in any sector.

Nation building is a result of sustainable development at several levels; and to get to the level of nation building, there must be a foundation level.

The foundation level does not begin when you are an undergraduate, but the undergraduate level is the link from your roots to your future.

Your talents and skills as a child are further honed and sharpened when you expose yourself to the opportunities that are at several institutions of learning.

Our Tertiary Institutions are arguably the next step to generational success, and I am not referring to the intellectual aspect of it.

In your Tertiary institution, you mingle with people from all walks of life, people ahead of you and those behind, and people with experience you aspire to acquire; You are also exposed to fellowships, groups, conferences, organizations, and a host of resources at your disposal to begin honing your talent, skills and start building.

This is why, at UAF, we believe that our Universities and Colleges can be the foundation and building block for Africa’s Next Solid Entrepreneurs, young men, and women with the potential to shape and grow a private sector-driven economy while making a positive impact in society.

So, when at the Undergraduate level, you take advantage of these opportunities, you learn, unlearn, relearn and build; when you make mistakes and grow; when you actively volunteer and seek mentorship in your fields of interest, and when you carry out research and read consistently, You will build character, you will build global forces, you will make an impact and create sustainable development.

By using what you have (TIME AND ACCESS), you will get what you want (SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT).


UduakObong Gabriella Joseph

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