HEC organized the National Workshop on UI GreenMetric World University Ranking in collaboration with ECOSF and UI GreenMetrics, Indonesia on July 9th, 2018

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A national workshop on UI GreenMetric World University Ranking – 2018 was held at Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) on July 9, 2018. The workshop was organized by HEC in collaboration with UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, Indonesia and ECOSF. The Chairperson of the UI GreenMetric along with an expert was invited to share the importance of GreenMetric and its mechanism for developing the ecofriendly and green campuses. The representatives comprising top management and faculty from 90 universities of Pakistan participated in the workshop. It is pertinent to mention here that ECOSF helped introduce this concept of GreenMetric Ranking Programme to HEC in Pakistan for promotion of Green and Sustainable Campuses. On behalf of ECOSF, Mr. Ghulam Abbas Rahar Assistant Director (Admin and Programmes) participated in the event.

The event was opened by the Executive Director (ED) of HEC Prof. Arshad Ali who welcomed and thanked the distinguished guests for participating in the workshop. ED informed that so far six universities of Pakistan have been participating in the GreenMetric in their campuses. This workshop is an attempt to encourage and bring in more universities to participate in this programme, he said.

Chairperson of UI GreenMetric Prof. Riri Fitri Sari thanked HEC for inviting her in Pakistan to introduce GreenMetric World University Ranking. She was pleased to see the interest and active participation of the universities which shows the seriousness towards the matter. In her remarks, Prof. Sari briefed the participants about the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, which is an initiative of Universitas Indonesia that was launched in 2010. She further said that the aim of this ranking is to provide the result of online survey regarding the current condition and policies related to Green Campus and Sustainability in the Universities all over the world. It is expected that by drawing the attention of university leaders and stakeholders, more attention will be given to combating global climate change, energy and water conservation, waste recycling, and green transportation. Such activities would require change of behavior and providing more attention to sustainability of the environment, as well as economic and social problem related to the sustainability.

An expert from UI GreenMetric Mr. Junaidi S.S M.M gave a detailed presentation and highlighted six indicators i.e., Setting & Infrastructure, Energy & Climate Change, Waste, Water, Transportation and Education & Research to be followed by the University to attain the world ranking and rating. While defining the process, Mr. Junaidi said that initially, numeric data is collected from thousands of universities worldwide and process the data provided to arrive at a single score that reflects the efforts being made by the institution to implement environmentally friendly and sustainable policies and programs. Universities will be ranked according to this score. It is hoped that the rankings would be useful to university leaders in their efforts to put in place ecofriendly policies and manage behavioral change among the academic community at their respective institutions.

A panel of four experts from local universities who are already implementing these rankings also shared their experiences and challenges in participating this ranking. The participants enthusiastically listened and posed the relevant questions and those were answered amicably by the experts.

The workshop concluded with the remarks of Chairman HEC Dr. Tariq Banuri who pledged the full support to the universities to sensitize on the need for promoting environmental sustainability in their campuses.

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