The 3rd National Workshop on UI GreenMetric World University Rankings for Russian Universities and The 1st World Sustainable Universities Campus Tour hosted by RUDN University
On 25-28 September 2019 the National Workshop on UI GreenMetric World University Rankings for Russian Universities and the 1st World Sustainable Universities Campus Tour were held at RUDN University, Moscow, Russia. UI GreenMetric Team represented by Mr. Junaidi, MA (Vice Chair, UI GreenMetric) and Prof. Tommy Ilyas (UI GreenMetric expert member).
This year the event consisted of two activities attended by participants from universities in Russia as well as participants from outside Russia who were members of UI GreenMetric World University Rankings Network. The first event was attended by participants from Russia and outside Russia and was the fourth national workshop held at RUDN University. At the same time the 1st World Sustainable Universities Campus Tour was held for the first time in Russia. The purpose of this event is to introduce UI GreenMetric network member universities to learn best practices for sustainable campus management according to UI GreenMetric indicators and criteria in one of the member countries.
There were 19 participants of Campus Tour coming from Brazil (1 person), Thailand (3 people), Sri Lanka (2 people), Iran (1 person), Kazakhstan (2 people), United Arab Emirates (1 person), Indonesia (2 people) ) and Russia (6 people). In this event they got to know the best practices carried out by universities in Russia, and how to submit the UI GreenMetric questionnaire.
Figure 1. Presentation session on UI GreenMetric and best practices by universities in Russia
Prof. Tommy Ilyas delivered his speech and emphasized the importance of collaboration and mutual learning with one another in an effort to make universities that attend sustainable campuses according to UI GreenMetric criteria and indicators. Prof. Nur Kirbaev, vice chancellor of RUDN's academic field as the host explained the various achievements of RUDN University in terms of sustainability and expressed appreciation for UI GreenMetric's efforts in developing a sustainable campus.
The next event was the signing of the UI GreenMetric declaration by participants who had not yet signed the declaration. The participants were from Russia, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and United Arab Emirates. By signing this declaration the participants will automatically become a member of UI GreenMetric and have the right to take part in the UI GreenMetric activity series. In this event also UI GreenMetric welcomed two national coordinators for United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka namely Dr. Imad Alsyouf from the University of Sharjaah, United Arab Emirates, Dr. Priyan from the University of Srijayawarna and Mrs. Priyan from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Figure 2. Signing of the UI GreenMetric declaration by the University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, University of Srijayawarna and University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
The next session consist of presentations from various universities both in Russia and outside Russia regarding sustainable campus management according to GreenMetric indicators. There were 2 sessions, with 5 speakers for each session. They talked about atmospheric monitoring, integrated action plans on campus, energy and climate change management, environmental education and transportation models on campus. The workshop was closed by Dr. Margarita Redina, Dean of the RUDN Ecology Faculty and Mr. Junaidi of the UI GreenMetric.
On the next day, the 1st World Sustainable Universities Campus Tour was held. The total of 18 participants attended the campus tour at RUDN University. There were several speakers from RUDN University who shared their experiences in managing policies and programs in the fields of environment, energy and water saving, environmental and plants monitoring. Then the participants were invited to see the laboratory and environmental monitoring at RUDN University. In the afternoon the participants were invited to tour the Moscow Lomonosov State University campus which is located apparently 6,7 km from RUDN University and getting to know about the development of the campus.
Figure 3. Visit to Moscow Lomonosov State University