Nineteen Malaysian Universities at the National Workshop of UI GreenMetric for Universities in Malaysia

Nineteen Malaysian Universities at the National Workshop of UI GreenMetric for Universities in Malaysia

On July 19, 2018, the GreenMetric UI team represented by Prof. Tommy Ilyas and Prof. Gunawan Tjahjono attended the National Workshop on UI GreenMetric for Universities in Malaysia hosted by Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), the event took place at EDC Hotel Kuala Lumpur. This place was chosen because of its location in the Malaysian capital city and that the hotel is owned by UUM. This activity was attended by 19 Malaysian universities (i.e. Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Melaka (UTEM), Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM), Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UNISZA), Universiti Islam Antarbangsa Malaysia (UIAM), Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UNIMAP), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), Multimedia Universiti (MMU), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)). In general, the participants were those who play an important role in policy making and the implementation of the field of sustainability on their respective campuses such as Deputy vice chancellors, director, dean, instructor, academic quality assurance representative, facility and general affairs directorate officers. Before the event takes place, VIP guests gathered on the top floor (14th floor), Prof. Tommy and Prof. Gunawan had the opportunity to discuss with Prof. Prof. Dato’ Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa B Ishak, Vice Chancellor of UUM, Prof. Dr. Ayoib Che Ahmad, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Inovation) of UUM, and Assoc Prof M Farizal Rajemi, PhD, Director of Center International Affairs and Cooperation of UUM. In this discussion, Prof. Ayoib was ready to build a closer relation with UI GreenMetric and will join the IWGM 2019 at the UCC, Cork, Ireland.

Before the Event Takes Place, VIP Guests Gathered on the top floor (14th floor)

The registration opened at 8.30-9.30, each participant received a  1 goodie bag containing a notebook from recycled paper and program book, etc. At 9.30 the event began, beginning with singing the national anthem of Malaysia "Negaraku". Then, the screening of UUM's profile video and a brief story of the green campus program of the UUM campus in Sintok near the border to Thailand.

Program Book and Banner

Goodie Bag

Singing the National Anthem of Malaysia "Negaraku"

The opening ceremony was started by Assoc Prof. Farizal Rajemi, PhD as Chairman of the event and Contact Person of National Coordinator of UI GreenMetric for Malaysia. Subsequently, the speech was continued by Prof. Dato 'Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa B Ishak, UUM Vice Chancellor and Prof Gunawan Tjahjono, Expert Member of UI GreenMetric. In his speech, Prof. Gunawan thanked UUM for organizing the National Workshop. The opening ceremony was over with an exchange of momento from UI GreenMetric and UUM.

Opening Ceremony from Assoc Prof. Farizal Rajemi, PhD as Chairman of the event and Contact Person of National Coordinator of UI GreenMetric for Malaysia

Prof. Dato 'Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa B Ishak, UUM Vice Chancellor

 

Opening Ceremony from Prof Gunawan Tjahjono, Expert Member of UI GreenMetric

Before to the next session, one by one the representatives of Rector from each university signed the declaration of membership as a member of UIGWURN. Then, they took a photo session.

Representatives of Rector from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Representatives of Rector from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)

The UI GreenMetric session at 11.00 to 01.00, the session was divided into two presentations, Prof. Gunawan explained the current Developments in UI GreenMetric Rankings and described the achievements of the UI GreenMetric indicator statistical analysis of all university in Malaysia which participated in UI GreenMetric World University Rankings 2017 and Prof. Tommy explained the stages in completing the questionnaire and explanation of the UI GreenMetric indicators. Participants were enthusiastic in listening to the explanation from the 2 Expert Members of UI GreenMetric and at the end of the session they asked some questions regarding some indicators. For a question regarding UI GreenMetric indicators and criteria which have not been not covered at the 17 SDGs, Prof. Gunawan answered that until now UI GreenMetric has still been trying to find a good calculation for social and economic indicators, and in the future UI GreenMetric would continue to gradually cover all the 17 SDGs.

 Prof. Gunawan in UI GreenMetric Session

Prof. Tommy in UI GreenMetric Session

Participants were enthusiastic in listening to the explanation from the 2 Expert Members of UI GreenMetric

At 14:00, the sharing best practices session was chaired by the Associate Prof. Dr. Nor Azam Abdul Raza, Deputy Director of IPQ ot UUM. The first speaker, Prof. Dr. Ahmad Zaharin, Professor of the Faculty of Environment from Univeristi Putra Malaysia (UPM) presented a talk entitled “Green@UPM Cultivating the Green Campus Culture” which represented best practices and sustainability related projects in his campus based on 17 SDGs and indicators of UI GreenMetric. He explained 3 major initiatives of UPM, i.e. Cleaner than clean, Greener than green, dan Lower carbon footprint. Subsequently, the second speaker, Prof. Dr. Faisal Rafiq Mohamad Adikan, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Development of the Universiti Malaya (UM) explained that there are 3 basic concepts of best practices of UM, i.e. We listened to wise folks who walk the talk, Pembangunan ? more bangunan, dan We communicate numbers for buy in. In “Pembangunan ? more bangunan” concept, he explained regarding the project being done, for example: Zero Waste Campaign dan the Urban Forest project in Seksyen 12. The last speaker, the Associate Prof. Dr. Siti Aznor Hj. Ahmad, Dean, School of Economic, Finance and Banking, UUM conveyed that UUM still has many trees and green fields.

 The first speaker, Prof. Dr. Ahmad Zaharin, Professor of the Faculty of Environment from Univeristi Putra Malaysia (UPM)

 The second speaker, Prof. Dr. Faisal Rafiq Mohamad Adikan, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Development of the Universiti Malaya (UM)

The last speaker, the Associate Prof. Dr. Siti Aznor Hj. Ahmad, Dean, School of Economic, Finance and Banking, Universiti Utara Malaysia

After sharing best practices session from speakers, the next session was a discussion regarding UI GWURN program for Malaysian Universities led by Prof. Dr. Nor Aziah Abdul Manaf, CFiA Director of Finance of UI GreenMetric representative of Assoc Prof M Farizal Rajemi, PhD as Contact Person National Coordinator of UI GreenMetric for Malaysia. The result of this discussion was UPM as the first rank in Malaysia at the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings 2017 is willing to accept if any campus want to visit for best practices comparative study from UPM, that the event will be coordinated by UUM as National Coordinator of UI GreenMetric for Malaysia. At the end of the workshop session, the closing session was conducted by Prof. Tommy and Prof Ayoib. Unlike the usual national workshop that held a campus tour at the end of this event, because the UUM was located far from the hotel so it was not possible to hold a tour campus.     Video Created by UUM