25th September 2021 marks the 6th anniversary of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). World leaders gathered at a special United Nations summit in New York and enforced the 17 SDGs. The SDGs provide a holistic framework, applicable to all countries, with the vision of eradicating poverty and deprivation, growing economies, protecting the environment, advancing peace and promoting good governance.
Malaysia joined the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 with aspirations to become a high-income, inclusive, environmentally sustainable, and advanced democratic nation. According to 2021 SDG Index, Malaysia is currently ranked at 65 with 70.9 country score, slightly higher than the regional average of 65.7 score.
Sunway University is dedicated to championing sustainability efforts within and around the campus. It aims to ensure high standards in sustainability research, sustainable work practices and sustainable consumption. The university has assumed a pioneering role in managing resources and supporting the government in realising the United Nation’s 17 SGDs.
The Jeffrey Sachs Centre on Sustainable Development at Sunway University was launched out of a partnership between the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network Association. The Centre is a hub for research and policy practice, creating world-class programs to train a new generation of students, practitioners and policy leaders.
Sunway University is in continuous pursuit to nurture a community of socially and ecologically responsible individuals who are creating an impact within the wider community. Among the initiatives launched by Sunway University over the years in support towards SDGs are The Energy Saving Project in 2017, Join Hands and Make A Pledge Event and The Last Straw Campaign to reduce single use plastic in 2018. Many of these initiatives were also endorsed by the UN and officiated physically by the UN representative to Malaysia.
Recently, Sunway University became the highest ranked private university in Malaysia according to the Times Higher Education Impact rankings, and is now in the top 200 in the world for Sustainable Cities & Communities.
Sunway University is the only university in the world that has launched its own #CampusWithaConscience campaign. The campaign promotes the University’s underlying principles, embracing everything students will experience. Students are encouraged to adopt a lifestyle and lifestyle habits that truly reflect a society determined to create a better living environment.