[Unpad Media Channel] Universitas Padjadjaran entered the top five best Indonesian universities based on QS World University Rankings (WUR): Sustainability 2024. Unpad was ranked 5th nationally, 118th in the Asia region, and 528th globally out of nearly 1,400 assessed universities.
QS WUR: Sustainability 2024 is a higher education ranking conducted by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) to determine how far the university is in implementing social and environmental sustainability.
Three main indicators assessed on the QS WR: Sustainability 2024 were environmental sustainability, environmental education, and environmental research.
In response to the ranking results, the Rector of Unpad, Prof. Rina Indiastuti, said that Unpad had to strengthen its reputation consistently. It was seen from the increase of Unpad’s rank on every world higher education ranking system this year.
“If we are consistent, what we do in every aspect will have a good reputation and quality. (This ranking) we have to be proud and be more optimistic that Unpad will grow even more in the future,” she explained.
Regarding the sustainability issue, the ranking result showed that Unpad had already done more activities, both directly and indirectly, relating to the Core Academic Values. The Core Academic Values of Unpad, “Nurture Excellence in Law and Environmental Sustainability in National Development,” indicated that every activity done by Unpad would influence environmental issues.
The Rector emphasized that this ranking assessed to what extent Unpad committed on addressing environmental issues, how the implementations are, and whether what was being done truly addressed the issue.
“Both research, education, community service, and policies that we implement are in line with Unpad’s Core Academic Values,” mentioned the Rector. The Rector added that Unpad’s commitment to environmental sustainability was continuously strengthened. Some of them were increasing efforts to reduce carbon emissions within the campus, minimizing energy wastage, utilizing renewable energy to reduce reliance on conventional electricity, and continually promoting greening initiatives through planting hardwood saplings.
In the academic field, Unpad had already inserted the Core Academic Values and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the college. Moreover, the insertion had been done since the first year of college. Besides, the research activity and community service through the study center and research center were extensively focused on environmental and sustainability issues.
“We encourage all Unpad community to truly implement their behavior on environment,” concluded the Rector. (arm/SA)*