The Opening of Online Course on Sustainability in Indonesia 2023

Following the resounding success of last year's program, UI GreenMetric is excited to continue its impactful initiative, the "Online Course on Sustainability 2023” for Indonesian universities. Scheduled to run from September 7 to December 21, 2023, this program was inaugurated virtually on September 8, 2023. The "Online Course on Sustainability 2023" has been designed as a comprehensive introduction for undergraduate and master's level students. Its primary objective is to tackle the most pressing questions of our generation: How can the world evolve in ways that are socially inclusive, environmentally durable, and financially viable? Throughout the course, students will discuss the intricate interplay between economic dynamics, societal structures, and environmental ecosystems. Furthermore, it will explore the far-reaching repercussions of human activities on our environment and present innovative solutions to address these challenges. This course is uniquely designed to provide context and relevance to the complex issues at hand with diverse academic settings of 17 universities across Indonesia. The event began with a speech from UI GreenMetric's Chairperson, Prof. Dr. Ir. Riri Fitri Sari, M.M., M.Sc. She highlighted that the younger generation is at the forefront of change and has the ability and power to shape the future of sustainability based on their social circumstances.

Prof. Dr. Ir. Riri Fitri Sari, M.M., M.Sc., the Chairperson of UI GreenMetric

The event continued with opening speeches from 17 universities, starting with the Vice-Rector for Planning and Cooperation of Universitas Sriwijaya, Prof. Dr. Ir. M. Said, M.Sc., delivered an opening speech emphasizing the importance of resource preservation for the youth. He mentioned that the UI GreenMetric program could provide valuable insights and opportunities for the upcoming generations to take action in the future.

Opening Speeches from 17 University Leaders

Their lessons were filled with invaluable insights and meaningful support tailored to each student in attendance. It was a truly uplifting experience that left a lasting impression on all who were present. Those 17 University Leaders are Universitas Diponegoro, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh November, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Institut Teknologi Nasional Bandung, Telkom University, Universitas Sam Ratulangi, 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. Later on, Drs. Soeparto, M.Pd, the Academic Coordinator, provided informative details about the UI GreenMetric Online Course. This covered the course's teaching materials, lectures, project reports, scoring, and other relevant information. Drs. Soeparto emphasizes the need to raise awareness about SDGs in Indonesia, as only 40 out of 4,000 universities in the country have SDG centers. Through this program, students can gain awareness about SDGs and learn about the SDG practices implemented in Indonesia.

Drs. Soeparto, M.Pd

Our next speaker, Iwan Juwana, Ph.D., will serve as our system coordinator and explain the technical aspects of the Moodle Platform we will use in this course. Following him, we will hear from Ir. Sentagi Sesotya Utami, S.T., M.Sc., Ph.D., a lecturer at Universitas Gadjah Mada. She will provide a detailed introduction to sustainable development as our initial study material, covering topics such as sustainability challenges and the impact of sustainability issues both in Indonesia and globally.

Iwan Juwana, Ph.D

Ir. Sentagi Sesotya Utami, S.T., M.Sc., Ph.D, a lecturer at Gadjah Mada University

Our aim for this course is to offer students comprehensive and enlightening study materials on sustainable development, which aligns with UI GreenMetric's second thematic priority, creating global sustainable leaders. By providing valuable insights and knowledge on sustainable development, we hope to equip students with the necessary tools and understanding to contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future.

Written by: Nadhira Rahmani Zulkarnain & Yovita Yiwananda Yamin S.Hum., M.Si