The First National Workshop on UI GreenMetric for Universities in Kyrgyzstan

The inaugural National Workshop on UI GreenMetric for Universities in Kyrgyzstan marked a significant milestone in the realm of sustainability education and collaboration. Facilitated by Vilnius University, Lithuania, on May 3rd, 2024, this workshop was the fruit of a collaborative effort between UI GreenMetric and Vilnius University under the Erasmus Program. The event aimed to extend an invitation to universities in Kyrgyzstan to participate in the prestigious UI GreenMetric Rankings, thereby fostering a culture of environmental stewardship and academic excellence within the region.

Conducted online, the workshop convened an esteemed panel of experts, including Prof. Riri Fitri Sari, Chairperson of UI GreenMetric, along with Prof. Gunawan Tjahjono and Dr. Ruki Harwahyu, esteemed members of UI GreenMetric. Hosting the event was Professor Jelena Stankevičienė of Vilnius University, with the opening remarks delivered by Janara Baitugolova, Head of the International Relations Office at Naryn State University. The workshop proceeded seamlessly, characterized by active engagement and participation from representatives of 12 esteemed universities from Kyrgyzstan and beyond.

The participating universities included:

- Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic named after Kazy Dikambaev

- The Kyrgyz State Medical Academy Named After I K Akhunbaev

- Ishenaly Arabaev Kyrgyz State University

- Batken Mamlekettik Universiteti

- Bishkek State University Named After K Karasaev

- International Higher School of Medicine Institution

- S. Naamatov Naryn State University

- Osh State University

- Kyrgyz State Technical University Named After I. Razzakov

- Issykkul State University Named After K.Tynystanov

- Vilnius University

- Hamburg University of Applied Science

The workshop served as a platform for knowledge exchange, capacity building, and networking, with the overarching goal of promoting sustainability initiatives and increasing awareness of the UI GreenMetric rankings among universities in Kyrgyzstan. By fostering collaboration and dialogue, the workshop aimed to empower institutions to integrate sustainability principles into their operations and curriculum effectively.

As a result of this inaugural workshop, it is hoped that awareness of the UI GreenMetric rankings will be heightened within the Kyrgyzstan region, leading to increased participation and engagement from universities. By leveraging the insights and networks established during the workshop, stakeholders aspire to drive meaningful progress towards a more sustainable future, both locally and globally.


Written by: Yovita Y. Yamin