UI GreenMetric Participated in the IREG Forum 2017, Qatar, 13-14 March 2017

UI GreenMetric Participated in the IREG Forum 2017, Qatar, 13-14 March 2017

UI GreenMetric chairperson, Prof Riri Fitri Sari was invited as a speaker in Qatar The IREG Forum 2017: ‘Excellence as the University Driving Force’ was co-organized by Qatar University and IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence (IREG Observatory) on March 13th -14th. There were 120 representatives universities from 35 countries and experts on academic rankings and higher education, including UI GreenMetric.

The day one of the forum, the conference was opened by Jan Sadlak (President of the IREG Observatory) and Hassan Rashid Al-Derham (President of Qatar University).Then,  Keynote speeches was delivered by Ibrahim Al-Ibrahim (Board member at Qatar University and Economic Advisor for HH Emir Qatar in Amiri Diwan) and Francisco Marmolejo (Lead, Global Solutions Group in Tertiary Education and Lead Education Specialist for India, World Bank). Prof. Riri Fitri Sari as Chairperson of UI GreenMetric World University Rankings was presence UI GreenMetric update article on the last session which was the sixth session parallel about New Rankings and Rankings-related Initiatives with Waldemar Siwi?ski (President, Perspektywy Education Foundation, Vice-President of IREG Observatory, Poland), Xuejun (Snow) Wang (Ranking Manager, and Shanghai Ranking Consultancy Ltd, China) Moderator of this session was Daniel Guhr, (Managing Director, The Illuminate Consulting Group, USA).

In this session, Prof Riri Fitri Sari promoted the UI GreenMetric and presented the “Trend of Sustainable Campus in 2016 in the GreenMetric UI survey” Base on 2016 survey we found that among top 20 UI GreenMetric World Rankings which the average score (of each indicator) has reached more than 50% of the highest score (of each indicator). The highest achievement was for ‘waste’, followed by ‘water’, ‘education’, ‘setting and infrastructure’, ‘transportation’, and ‘energy and climate change’ criteria. The findings suggest that in order to make better impact to the global sustainability environment, universities need to put more efforts on the six criteria above, particularly on ‘energy and climate change’ since higher education has a crucial role to play in addressing these challenges.

The Forum was closed by President IREG and President of Qatar University, after the appointment of University of Hasselt, Belgium as the organizer of IREG-9 Conference in 2018. Afterward the Annual membership meeting was held, all conference participants were invited to join tour of the campus and Sustainability Research Center of Qatar University.