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Sustainable Campus - Asian University Presidents Forum 2013 - Universiti Malaysia Perlis
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1. Objectives

The objectives of the workshops (and the resulting ‘Work Clusters’) are in line with the general objectives of the AUPF, namely:

  • To provide a platform whereby Asian institutions of higher learning can communicate with each other in order to share information, exchange experience, forge research ties, and realise common development goals in the areas of Sustainability and Nanotechnology.
  • To increase the involvement and participation of members of the Asian tertiary academic in the areas of Sustainability and Nanotechnology.
  • To strengthen the bond among the academic institutions of the countries involved as well as to network with each other, particularly in the fields of Sustainability and Nanotechnology.

 

2.   Details of Proposed Workshops

2.1   Dates:  5th October 2013

2.2   Membership: UniMAP, and all other universities that have agreed to join by filling up the form.

2.3   Agenda of Workshop 

  • Introduction
  • The academic and research status of the field (Sustainability/Nanotechnology) in each members’ university
  • Development of proposed ‘Work Cluster’ common goals
  • Action items and responsibility distribution of the proposed ‘Work Clusters’
  • Terms of reference of the proposed ‘Work Clusters’

2.4   Expected Deliverables (to be presented on 8th October, 2013) 

  • Proposed ‘Work Cluster’ common goals
  • Action items and responsibility distribution of the proposed ‘Work Clusters’
  • Terms of reference of the proposed ‘Work Clusters’

 

3.       Abstract on Sustainability

The issue of sustainability is rising in importance all over the world. It cannot be denied that much must be done in order to slow the pace of the planet’s overall environmental decay. In response, universities should play their part by ensuring the effectiveness of energy and resource usage in their everyday operations. University campuses are in actual fact living laboratories where good sustainability practices should be implemented.  More importantly, universities must ascertain that graduates of the future are appropriately equipped to deal with this enormous challenge by embedding environmental and sustainability issues within the academic curriculum of the programs on offer. At the same time, sustainability-related researches should be massively carried out.  This workshop, which will hopefully evolve into a Work Cluster called the ASIAN UNIVERSITIES GREEN COUNCIL, aims to bring together academicians from across disciplines to identify ways that enable universities to respond to this challenge more effectively.