The 2023 UI GreenMetric Online Course on Sustainability represents a groundbreaking global educational initiative led by top universities across four continents and eleven diverse countries. Aligns with UI GreenMetric's second thematic priority of creating global sustainable leaders, this course is exclusively tailored for members of the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings Network, serves as a comprehensive introduction of Sustainable Development Goals suitable for both undergraduate and master's level students.
In today's world, characterized by the pressing need for social inclusivity, environmental sustainability, and financial viability, students must gain a nuanced understanding of economic dynamics, societal structures, and environmental ecosystems. Equally vital is the exploration of the far-reaching impacts of human activities on our environment, coupled with the presentation of innovative solutions to address these challenges.
Building upon the resounding success of the past two years, this program has expanded its collaborations to include universities from Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Hungary, Indonesia, Tunisia, and is this year extending to the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Egypt.
The course itself is an outcome of collaboration among eleven esteemed universities, organized into three classes, Class A, led by the University of Sao Paulo, Universitas Indonesia, El Bosque University, University of Szeged, University of Sharjah, Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo, and the University of Sousse. Class B, spearheaded by the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Mahidol University, Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, University of Pécs, Zonguldak Bülent Ecevit University, Universitas Diponegoro, and October 6 University. Class C, conducted by the Institut Teknologi Nasional Bandung, Telkom University, Universitas Sam Ratulangi, Universitas Diponegoro, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universitas Pancasila, UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta, Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, Universitas Negeri Surabaya, Universitas Padjajaran, Universitas Pattimura, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Universitas Palangka Raya, Universitas Lampung, and Universitas Sriwijaya.
The 3-month program begin on 7th (Class C), 13th (Class B), and 14th (Class A) September 2023 and received enthusiastic participation from 310 students. UI GreenMetric aims to equip students with the necessary tools and understanding to contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future. We hope that students who have joined this online course will enjoy the presentations provided by the lecturers and eventually foster collaboration among students from 28 universities in different countries. Together, students can develop sustainability solutions not only for their daily lives but also for the world.
The courses have yielded significant achievements for students who participated, inspiring them to delve deeper into sustainability issues, particularly those aligned with SDGs Indicators. Palmira Grefa from ESPOCH, Ecuador, expressed, “The course has been an enriching experience that has strengthened my knowledge base and skills.” In addition to their academic pursuits, students navigate their studies across multiple campuses, shouldering responsibilities for their coursework and fostering teamwork. Yerlin Cayambe from ESPOCH shared, “I have learned how to be a leader and how to work in a team. Moreover, navigating diverse situations has taught me to be empathetic towards others.”
We aspire for the continuation and expansion of the UI GreenMetric online course, attracting a growing number of students in the years ahead. This is aimed at nurturing future leaders in sustainability!
Written by: Yovita Y. Yamin