The University of Sharjah
(UoS) is the first university in the Arab World to earn a Sustainability
Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) Gold rating in recognition of
its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability
in Higher Education (AASHE) in Florida, United States. STARS is a global rating
system and a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and
universities to measure their sustainability performance comprehensively.
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) classified 1085 registered universities, representing 40 countries at the international level. However, the STARS Gold rating was only awarded to 82 international universities, including the University of Sharjah. In addition, the Association works on assessing universities' sustainability achievements in five areas: academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration, innovation, and leadership.
In response to this achievement, His Excellency Prof Hamid Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the UoS, emphasized the university's keenness to focus on fields of sustainable development, commitment to clean environmental standards, and support sustainability projects to address environmental challenges following the vision of His Highness Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah, and founder of the University of Sharjah. In addition to the directives of Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the UoS, to make the university a regional and global benchmark for sustainability excellence in higher education, as well as raise awareness among society members on the importance of the sustainability concept in various fields.
For his part, Prof Imad Alsyouf, Director of Sustainability Office, expressed his thanks to everyone who contributed to preparing UoS file to participate in this rating, under the supervision and guidance of Prof. Maamar Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies. The Director asserted that the establishment of sustainability office at the UoS in 2017 had a significant impact in promoting awareness of sustainability issues, and fostering cultural sustainability among students, staff, and faculty members, as well as local community through the implementation of several environmental initiatives, organization of various campaigns and awareness programs inside and outside the campus. In addition to the establishment of circles of sustainability, and the effective role of the office in distinguishing the university in various fields of sustainability, as well as its effort in making the university a global role model in sustainability and innovation.