Observations of sustainability practices in Malaysian research universities: Highlighting particular strengths

Omidreza Saadatian, Elias @ Ilias Salleh, Osman Mohd Tahir, Kamariah Dola

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Abstract

Although Sustainable Higher Education (SHE) is a very important issue in Malaysia, there have not been any comprehensive studies related to the current public Higher Education initiatives and efforts in sustainability. It is a relevant issue which merits a proper study to evaluate both the strengths and deficiencies of the local universities in terms of sustainability. Thus, to carry out this objective, an exploratory method was conducted by reviewing archival data, observation, interviews, as well as short and long conversations with both the staff and students of the four selected Malaysian research universities. The observation, interviews and conversations have validated the archival research. The results indicated that Malaysian research universities have already recognized the concept of SHE and embarked into the sustainability movement. However, there still remains a big gap towards achieving the idealistic goals. The findings would throw some insights into the existing policies and initiatives of SHE which could serve as a reference and preliminary study to improve the current situation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-244
Number of pages20
JournalPertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities
Volume17
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Malaysian research universities
  • Sustainability initiatives
  • Sustainable higher education

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Observations of sustainability practices in Malaysian research universities : Highlighting particular strengths. / Saadatian, Omidreza; Salleh, Elias @ Ilias; Tahir, Osman Mohd; Dola, Kamariah.

In: Pertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities, Vol. 17, No. 2, 09.2009, p. 225-244.

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Saadatian, Omidreza ; Salleh, Elias @ Ilias ; Tahir, Osman Mohd ; Dola, Kamariah. / Observations of sustainability practices in Malaysian research universities : Highlighting particular strengths. In: Pertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities. 2009 ; Vol. 17, No. 2. pp. 225-244.
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