The University has achieved an advanced ranking in the global Green Metric Rankings for Green Universities for the year 2020, (UI GreenMetric World University Rankings), by ranking first at the level of private universities locally for the third year in a row, and advancing it to the thirty-seventh place in the Arab world, and the 484th rank globally, after the report showed the University made huge progress and advanced it position among the 911 international universities included in the rankings.
Achieving this remarkable ranking demonstrates the University’s commitment to achieving sustainable development in all its economic, social and environmental aspects, and its interest in the standards related to green environment, as the University campus takes into account in its design a set of environment-friendly principles and considerations through the materials used in construction, promoting sustainability for the University.
Regarding this progress achieved by the university for the third year in a row, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Prof. Waheeb Alkhaja, noted that the honorable appearance of the University in various trusted and internationally recognized international rankings constitutes an important addition to the University’s bright record in many fields including global rankings, thus adding a bright spot to its scientific and academic journey, which is full of distinction and achievements.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees also indicated that this achievement is the result of the hard work of the President of the University and the efforts of the academic and administrative staff members to achieve an important strategic objective of the University which internationalization.
For his part, the President of the University, Prof. Ghassan Aouad explained that the Green Metric Rankings for Green Universities aims to promote a culture of green and environment-friendly architecture to help combat global climate change, indicating that this achievement constitutes an impetus for the university to move forward towards more development and modernization in order to enhance its reputation and scientific progress in various fields, based on its role in spreading the culture of excellence and consolidating the concept of sustainability and green architecture.
The President also congratulated the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Samir Nass, and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Prof. Waheeb Alkhaja, and all the members of the Boards of Directors and Trustees on this achievement, expressing his pride in the efforts made by the academic and administrative staff members to meet international standards and help the University shine on global rankings.
Prof. Ghassan Aouad explained that the University collected 5150 points within the ranking criteria which includes: location and infrastructure, energy and climate change, waste, water, transportation, and finally education and scientific research, noting the importance of the role of technology in bringing about sustainable economic, social and environmental development.
It is noteworthy that the Green Metric Rankings ranks universities in terms of the sustainability of their operations and the extent of their commitment to clean environment standards, and its report is issued based on several criteria related to the environment and sustainability on campus in terms of infrastructure, efficiency in energy use and reducing gas emissions, and the extent of application of the principles of integrated solid and liquid waste management, means of transportation and the level of educational and research operations.