Sunway University ranked Malaysia’s top private university
18 Jun 2021
Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2021 has given Sunway University the highest ranked private university in Malaysia.
For the first time, the university has entered the THE Impact Rankings 2021, which measures universities’ commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Sunway University is now credited to be within the Top 200 for SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities – making it one of the world’s leading institutions in this category dedicated to creating career and business opportunities, safe and affordable housing, and building resilient societies and economies.
SDG 11 highlights Sunway University as a state-of-the-art modern campus that is connected to a wide range of social and community amenities by safe walkways at treetop level (the “canopy walk”) – giving a unique sustainable study, work and social environment for its students and staff within and around the campus.
Sunway City is a prime example of the new global movement of sustainable “15-minute cities” with hyper-connectivity and all amenities accessible within 15 minutes by walking.
Realising the need for health and safety, Sunway University strives to focus on pedestrian priority on campus with covered walkways that run between buildings and provide students and staff convenient access to all facilities within the campus.
The university was also one of just two universities that won a National Energy Award last year in recognition of its efforts on energy efficiency.
“We are delighted now to be recognised as one of the world’s leading institutions for sustainability,” said Sunway University vice-chancellor Prof Graeme Wilkinson.
“We are a signatory institution to the SDG Accord and absolutely committed to aligning our educational and research efforts with the SDGs and this ranking demonstrates that our efforts are yielding results.
“We know that our students are very concerned about the future of the planet and sustainability issues, and we take very seriously our responsibility to educate them on these issues and to undertake research on policies and technologies that can make an impact in relation to the SDGs.”
The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the UN SDGs. The rankings use carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparison across four broad areas – research, stewardship, outreach and teaching.
The Impact Rankings was first launched by Times Higher Education in 2019 and now has almost triple the number of international premiere universities participating from nearly 100 countries/regions across the world – sharing invaluable data and presenting insights into the growing commitment to address global challenges and societal impacts.
“The education sector is a key driver in the whole-of-nation approach towards achieving the SDGs and I congratulate Sunway University for the well-deserved recognition by Times Higher Education,” said Stefan Priesner, UN resident coordinator for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.
“Academia has a crucial role to play in nurturing future SDG champions and developing thought leadership for a more sustainable world. As an organisation, universities can also contribute by walking the talk and being SDG compliant in their business operations as demonstrated by Sunway.”
Sunway University is dedicated to championing sustainability efforts within and around the campus by instilling sustainable practices into the various aspects of the university experience such as ensuring high standards in sustainability research, sustainable work practices and sustainable consumption.
Its “Last Straw” campaign to reduce single use plastic on campus was a major success and helped launch the #CampusWithAConscience – a theme very much close to heart of all Sunwayians.
In recognition of Sunway’s embrace of the sustainability agenda and commitment to advancing the SDGs in Asia, Sunway University recently joined New York City and Paris as the three UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) centres in the world to coordinate continent-wide sustainability initiatives in Asia, the Americas and Europe/Africa, respectively.
Source: The Star