Sharjah24: Under the support and directives of Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University of Sharjah (UoS), several meetings and sessions are being held at the University to organize and coordinate its participation in the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), scheduled to be hosted by the United Arab Emirates at the end of November.
The University’s participation in COP28 aims to showcase its scientific and research expertise in various fields related to sustainability, environmental protection, and natural resources conservation. Additionally, it seeks to highlight its sustainability efforts, including the establishment of the Sustainability Office in 2017. This office played a pivotal role in coordinating and supporting sustainability initiatives and efforts among UoS’s colleges, research institutes, and administrative departments for sustainability. Furthermore, the University has diverse sustainability teams and groups across various disciplines.
These efforts resulted in the University of Sharjah being ranked first at the United Arab Emirates level for the sixth consecutive year in the UI Green Metric World University Ranking, which ranks and evaluates universities around the world in sustainable development field and adherence to the standards of clean environment. Moreover, the University achieved the second position nationally in the Times Higher Education global ranking for implementing the United Nations sustainability standards. It is the first University in the Arab world to receive a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) Gold rating among 1,085 universities, in recognition of its sustainability achievements, from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in Florida, United State.
In terms of research efforts in the field of sustainability, which the UoS places among its top priorities, particularly in the fields of sustainable and renewable energy, medicine, water desalination, the University of Sharjah is actively working to develop clean energy technologies for energy transition and climate actions, innovative energy technologies in photovoltaic power, green hydrogen, and electric vehicles. Additionally, the University is progressing towards transitioning into a sustainable green transportation on campus. Moreover, it is contributing to the national food security strategy and carbon emission reduction, alongside its sustainable garden initiative.
The University is also organizing several activities and events in cooperation with the Ministry of Education during the conference. Some of these activities include sustainability programs and energy transition and climate change initiatives. In addition to activities focused on modeling and simulating climate actions, engaging youth, aand students in role-playing scenarios at the Sustainability House - a hub under the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Furthermore, there will be presentations showcasing projects and research of postgraduate students.
November 15, 2023 / 11:24 AM
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