The 7th Steering Committee Meeting: Reports and Future Plan Activities UI GreenMetric World University Rankings Network (UIGWURN) At Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal

The 7th Steering Committee Meeting: Reports and Future Plan Activities UI GreenMetric World University Rankings Network (UIGWURN) At Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal On Thursday, June 15, 2023, the National Coordinators of UI GreenMetric World University Rankings gathered at IBS, Universidade do Minho in Braga, Portugal. The purpose of the meeting was to present the reports and future plans activities of each university regarding their sustainability efforts. This 7th Steering Committee meeting was attended by a total of 30 participants, representing 21 universities from 15 countries including Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and Uzbekistan. 15 participants were direct representatives of their respective universities, while the remaining 6 were unable to attend but sent their reports and future plans to be read by a UI GreenMetric representative.

Opening of the 7th Steering Committee Meeting

The list of national coordinators who presented from each university is as follows:
  1. Prof. Miguel Bandeira, Pro-Rector for Sustainability, University of Minho, Portugal
  2. Prof. Ir. Pablo Vanegas, PhD, Vice-Rector Research and Graduate Studies, Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo, Ecuador
  3. Assoc. Prof. Kitikorn Charmondusit, Ph.D., Vice President for Environment and Sustainable Development, Mahidol University, Thailand
  4. Prof. Ir. Ambariyanto, M.Sc., Ph.D, Vice Rector for Research, Innovation and Collaboration, Universitas Diponegoro, Indonesia
  5. Assoc.Prof.Dr. Abror Juraev, Vice-Rector for International Cooperation, Bukhara State University, Uzbekistan
  6. Prof. Anna Tozzi, Rector consultant, University of L'Aquila, Italy
  7. Prof. Habib Fardoun, Executive Committee Member, IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence, Saudi Arabia
  8. Prof. Patricia Iglecias, Representative of Rector, University of Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil.
  9. Prof. Dr. Vincent Ru-Chu Shih, Representative of President, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST), Taiwan
  10. Dr. Maria Kirrane, Representative of President, University of College Cork, Ireland
  11. Anna Schmidt Fiedler, Representative of Rector, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
  12. Prof. Dr. Tevhide Serra Gorpe, Representative of University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  13. Prof.Dott. Ing. MGO. Jaime Alberto Romero-Infante, Representative of Rector, El Bosque University, Colombia
  14. Cristina Muñoz Corsini, Director, Campus Plannig and Design, University of Navarra, Spain
  15. Tünde Kulcsár, Representative of Rector, University of Pécs, Hungary
  16. The reports of the following 6 universities were read by Dr. Junaidi, MA, Vice Chair of UI GreenMetric:
  17. University of Szeged, Hungary
  18. Kazakh National Agrarian Research University, Kazakhstan
  19. Riga Technical University, Latvia
  20. Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
  21. University of Zanjan, Iran
  22. RUDN: People’s Friendship University of Russia, Russia
The presence of national coordinators in this meeting will provide an opportunity to address crucial inquiries regarding the responsibilities of universities in global sustainability challenges. The primary objective is to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing among universities worldwide in addressing sustainability issues. Distinguished experts, rectors, deans, senior representatives, academics, and members of the UI GreenMetric secretariat will be in attendance. The discussion will revolve around the following key areas:
  1. Ongoing efforts in establishing a strategic network within each member country
  2. Necessary actions to implement strategic frameworks effectively.
  3. Exploring avenues for collective collaboration within the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings Network.
Following this meeting and the collaborative efforts in organizing sustainability-related events, 6 renowned institutions have committed to conducting research collaboration. These institutions include El Bosque University in Colombia, University of L'Aquila in Italy, University of Sharjah in the UAE, University College Cork in Ireland, Universitas Diponegoro in Indonesia, and University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. This research will contribute to further advancements in sustainable practices, fostering a global impact.

National Coordinators of UI GreenMetric

UI GreenMetric aims for this meeting to serve as a platform for National Coordinators to generate new ideas, engage in discussions, and collaborate on addressing future environmental concerns, fostering more active engagement within the UI GreenMetric green campus and sustainable agenda. Gallery:

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