Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainability

University of Cyberjaya (UoC) defines sustainability as a term that encompasses all aspects of ethical business practices by addressing relevant issues responsibly and profitably.

The University recognises the importance of sustainability and its increasing impact to our operations. We are committed to understanding and implementing sustainable practices and to exploring the benefits to the university whilst attempting to achieve the right balance between the needs of the wider community and our focus on delivering quality education to our students.

Mission, Vision & Objectives

Mission

To be champions of sustainable development and play a leading role in the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in University of Cyberjaya and community.

Vision

To empower University of Cyberjaya staff and students with the knowledge and skills related to sustainable development goals (SDGs) for creating social and environmental impact through research, campus projects and outreach programmes.

Objectives

  1. Implement research, campus projects, outreach programmes towards achieving SDGs (research, outreach)
  2. Engage staff and students in campaigns and projects related to SDGs through teaching and learning and capacity building (institutional culture)
  3. Raise awareness about SDGs through public lectures, community events or forums through partnerships (external leadership)

Committee

Chairman

Prof. Dr. Khairul Baharein bin Mohd Noor, Deputy VC, Academic and Research Excellence

Secretariat

Nor Zetty Hazra Binti Abd Rahim, Senior Executive, Academic and Research Excellence

Members

 Eric Tang Cher Hing, Director, CFLGS

  1. Zubaidah, Associate Professor, FAHS
  2. Rafidah Bahari, Assistant Professor, FOM
  3. Zall Kepli, Assistant Professor, FAHS
  4. Hanisah Binti Rosli, Lecturer, FAHS
  5. Norhafizah Abdul Ghani, Lecturer, CFLGS
  6. Waheedah Abdul Hakeem, Lecturer, FOP
  7. Amy Chin Shin Chee, Lecturer, FOP
  8. Sugitha A/P P. Kanniaseelan, Senior Lecturer, FOBT
  9. Reishmi B. Devan, Assistant Lecturer, FTCM
  10. Dharma Segaran, Manager, Facility Department
  11. Mohd Khairul Fatha Sharuddin, Student Affairs & Alumni Department
  12. Farzli Fahmi Othman, Senior Executive, Corporate Affairs Department

Advocacy

The University of Cyberjaya advocates Sustainability through the following methods.

Sustainability Committee

Building internal capacity and ownership of the SDGs by the appointment of committee with representatives from all faculties and centres supported by the management, launching and subsequent training.

Sustainability Road Map

Identifying priorities, opportunities and gaps in SDGs that are relevant to the university, local community, and nation through Sustainability Road Map.

Strategic plan

Integrating Sustainable Development Goals within university strategies, research, and outreach programmes.

Monitoring, evaluating, and communicating actions

Collecting data through research and reporting impact through publications, website, social media, and annual report.

Recognition

The University of Cyberjaya joins a growing list of world leading universities highlighted in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020. The Rankings is organised and published by Times Higher Education (THE), the publishers of the World University Rankings. THE Impact Rankings 2020 recognises universities across the world for their social and economic impact based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

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Practices

What are Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?  

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 be achieved by 2030 for a better world. SDGs covers a wide range of social, economic, and environmental issues to be addressed collectively by all sections of society. It is a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Goals are interconnected, often the key to success on one goal will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another. Educational institutions play an essential role in imparting education in sustainability among children and youths to tackle social, economic, and environmental challenges in businesses and community.

SDG1 - No Poverty

Financial aid for students

Tabung Amanah Zakat & Kebajikan University of Cyberjaya (TAZUoC) is the university student welfare fund set up in 2007 to aid financially challenged students and staff at the campus with the Monthly self-allowance, Education fee, Practical, training allowance, Emergency aid, Aidilfitri aid, Funeral donation and others. It is funded by the zakat payment from Muslim staff (current: 72 staff) of the university.

TAZUoC has also contributed to external parties which included international students from countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal and Thailand who were identified during the Twenties for Smileys (TFS), a humanitarian project under the Student Council of the University.

Number of student beneficiaries from B40 (low income) families:  3000

Total funds collected till present (2017 – 2020): RM 883,013.81

 

Work & Study programme

Student Library Assistantship (SLA) Programme is offered to UoC full time and part-time students. Students are paid an allowance of RM 5.00/ hour.

Job responsibilities are:

 Responsible in all loan transactions at the Circulation Counter.

  • Shelving, shelf-reading and arrangement of furniture and fitting in good order.
  • Assist library user to locate and use library materials for teaching and learning purposes.
  • Perform any other task as instructed by Library staff / Library Manager.

 

Covid-19 Emergency Aid Fund

‘We Care, You Stay’ COVID-19 Emergency Aid Fund was launched by the student affairs department in partnership with the university’s student welfare fund TAZUoC). The programme provided food aid and other welfare support for 250 students from 24th March 2020 to 9th June 2020. The fund benefitted both local and international students hailing from Yemen, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Brunei, Philippines, Maldives and Bangladesh. Those who contributed include University staff, the general public as well as other parties such as the local mosque, Masjid Raja Haji Fi Sabilillah. Aside from monetary donations, students were also given dry food products for their daily use such as rice, flour, sugar by Lembaga Zakat Selangor, Food Bank Siswa Malaysia (Malaysian Govt’s Food Bank) as well as Team Selangor, a community-focused NGO.

Total funds collected: RM21,761.00

Number of student beneficiaries:  250

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SDG2 - Zero Hunger

World Food Day

15 000 tonnes of food go to landfills daily in Malaysia, of which 3,000 tonnes are perfectly edible. In conjunction with the World Food Day on 16 Oct, students participated in #MYCleanPlate Campaign in support of local NGO, The Lost Food Project which rescues surplus food and donates it to charities to tackle hunger and food waste.

 

Sustainable Food Choices

University cafeteria, Delish café provides vegetarian and vegan food options. The café procures their fresh ingredients from local markets therefore supporting local farm producers and reducing carbon footprint. The food is comparatively affordable compared to the eateries in Cyberjaya. Students are encouraged to make the right choice about the meal’s portions and calories intake.

 

TAZUoC Mini Food bank

TAZUoC Mini Food Bank (previously known as TAZ Free Food Cabinet) was established in 2018. This project is one of the efforts by University welfare fund, TAZUoC to help the students in need.

The mini food bank provides dry foods such as rice, egg, flour, sugar and many more, where the students can take the food to cook at their residence.

Besides ensuring the student’s welfare are taken care of, this effort also aim to encourage people especially the UoC lecturers and staff to donate.

Funds collected: RM18,410

 Number of student beneficiaries: 300

 

Urban Community Edible Farm

University of Cyberjaya has adopted two plots in Cyber FarmUr, a local urban community edible farm in Cyberjaya developed by Prima Avenue. University has offered local herbs and vegetable plants to local urban community farm, Cyberfarmur. The volunteer team from UoC is guided by Asst. Prof. Eric, a biologist. Volunteers gain knowledge on planting local vegetables and herbs, soil, water harvesting and composting. The farm promotes food security, community engagement and team building.

Registration link https://rb.gy/jxwj0o

SDG 3: Good health & Well-being

Feminine hygiene programme (Care for our princess)

“Care for Our Princesses” is a project organized mainly to create awareness about feminine hygiene among the teenage girls. In order to work this program out, we chose to collaborate with Raudhatus Sakinah Guidance Centre by sharing general knowledge on how to take care of feminine part, daily selfcare and some tips during menstruation cycle.

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Twenties For Smileys

TwentiesForSmileys (TFS) is an annual Charity Programme conducted by students of Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS). Based in Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia, our students aspire to be the youth that carve smiles on others by providing a helping hand.

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Psychology Clinic

Provide information about the services provided. Update with free service for staff too. Include sexual health care for students, access to sexual and reproductive health-care services including information and education services.

About the Clinic Flyer

Smoke free campus

The University promotes a healthy and safe environment. All the University community is reminded especially the students about the warning on the smoking ban and the banning of electronic or vapour cigarettes on campus.

Circulation Student Code of Conduct

SDG 4: Quality education

Little pharmacist

‘Little Pharmacists’ Adventures’ was an ad hoc programme organised on campus for children between 7- to 12- years old. Activites in the programme was exploration of where your medicine in the body goes to, role play on pharmacist-patient relationship in mini hospital setting, fun hands-on experience on making medicine tablet and experience as a pharmacist serving the community. 54 children participated in the event.

Kelas Kita

A incentive tuition classes that focus on 3M: Menulis, Membaca, Mengira. Besides, few collaborations were made in guiding the children to explore new that may not be available in formal school hour. The volunteers also able to develop their soft skills in communicating and handling the children through these classes. This class also gives opportunity for the student to unleash their hidden talents by making few handicrafts or presentations.

About the Project

Educate to elevate

Educate to elevate is an initiative by the university’ young mercy in collaboration with BSMM members. The event took place on 22 February 2020 from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm at Kampung Orang Asli Donglai Baru, Semenyih. 18 students and a lecturer, 20 BSMM members & 500 villagers. It aimed to create awareness on health among the residents of the kampung and to reduce the risk of death or future ill-health from a specific condition by offering a test intended to help residents of Kampung Orang Asli Donglai Baru to identify who could benefit from treatment.

event report

 

SDG 5: Gender Equality

 

UNIVERSITY OF CYBERJAYA
POLICY ON FEMALE STUDENT ACCESS & PARTICIPATION

 

Purpose

The goal of the University of Cyberjaya’s policy on FEMALE STUDENT ACCESS & PARTICIPATION is to support the enrollment of a diverse pool of learners that reflects diversity in the gender of the student body. The University continues to be committed to promoting equality and preventing negative discrimination in its student selection. The University intends to be a forerunner in the promotion of equality and the creation of an atmosphere of respect for diversity.

Furthermore, the University believes that there are substantial social and economic returns to society and a nation if its female populations’ education attainment is raised as it contributes to a more robust workforce, increased quality of life and higher Gross National Income (GNI)

This policy is also in support of the University’s parent company’s Code of Conduct, Chapter 7.2:  Diversity and Inclusion.

 

Policy Objective Statement

To enable the University of Cyberjaya to attain equality and promote women’s empowerment by developing and nurturing a gender-responsive organizational behavior across the University operations.

 

INITIATIVES

Access

  1. Targeted enrollment assistance for female students through the Global Empowerment Female Bursary
  2. Highlighting the role of female professionals in various careers to raise awareness and interest in female students for specific programmes that they are underrepresented.
  3. Providing career counselling services specifically to address female student’s concerns about industry opportunities.
  4. Measuring enrollment statistics and highlighting programmes that have a low female application rate to develop remedial action plans through outreach programmes and collaborations with community groups/ government/ NGO in regional and national campaigns.
  5. Develop and enforce policy guidelines on the use of gender inclusive language throughout the University.
  6. Review and update all existing University policies, forms and procedures to eliminate sexist language and establish gender equality.
  7. Develop and operationalise a policy prohibiting public display of visual aids and materials that are demeaning to women and men
  8. Develop and enforce guidelines for ensuring a secure campus environment and promote safety initiatives to help re-assure female students

Participation

  1. Institute a mentoring system as a support mechanism for increasing the enrolment and retention of students, especially for female students in science-based disciplines and professions.
  2. Develop mechanisms for monitoring the performance and retention of students by gender.
  3. An annual review of the curriculum to ensure that it does not rely on or reinforce stereotypical assumptions about gender, and that it does not contain gender insensitive materials.

 

IMPLEMENTATION & MONITORING

The Student Experiences & Global Engagement Division shall be the lead department in driving, coordinating, monitoring and reporting on the various initiatives outlined in this policy.

The Division shall prepare an annual report to the Senior Management highlighting the University’s implementation and progress.

 

Policy created on: Oct 2020

SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation

Water conservation

Spring-loaded push auto-stop faucets shut down automatically to reduce water wastage and adjusting the shutdown timing to the minimum.

SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities

Campus building

University of Cyberjaya campus landscape design concept adopted from “The Woodlands Campus” whereby the result is to achieve an outdoor environment that meets the students’ lifestyle, creating a sense of belonging and conducive interactive space as learning ground. Every open space is planted with a variety of trees and plants in clusters to further enhance ‘the woodland’ environment. It allows natural light the spaces which reduce energy consumption.

Featured in Malaysia Landscape Architecture Yearbook 2018

Published on Apr 20, 2019

 

 

 

 

Transportation

The university is committed to facilitating equitable access to a variety of affordable transport options designed to enhance the student and staff experience.

Staff

The corporate citizen of the Cyberjaya township, all staff of the university will have access to the Cyberjaya Dedicated Transportation System (DTS) which facilitates easy shared bus transport to and from work. Staff wishing to register for the DTS service may contact the Human Resource Department for assistance. Putra Nedo EV bus Malaysia’s first rapid charge electric bus services a 23km circular route between Putrajaya and Cyberjaya town.

Students

The university provides a FREE University Shuttle Service for all enrolled students based on affixed schedule thus reducing the need for use of private vehicles. The University Shuttle Service provides the connection between campus and the student hostel, nearby commercials areas and the nearest public transportation hub which includes the intercity-bus service and the Express Rail Links. The university also supports the use of bicycles and shared biking service by providing a safe and secure parking location for bicycles. Tryke, Malaysia’s first shared e-scooter provider has a station on campus.

Fleet Management

All vehicles operated are subject to annual service and emission inspection by PUSPAKOM, a government-appointed computerized vehicle inspection service provider.  This is to ensure all vehicles are meeting emission and safety standards as required.

SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

Reducing single-use plastics

To reduce single-use plastic packaging, Faculty of Traditional and Complementary Medicine introduced the concept of plates and cutleries bank where students and staff can borrow for events and ditch single-use plastics.

Delish, University Cafeteria encourages all to dine-in or bring own packaging in the effort to reduce the use of single-use plastics. An additional fee will be charged for takeaway of food and beverages.

The menu list at Delish Cafeteria is written on a blackboard notice board which reduces the need for printing and reduce paper consumption.

Bring your own container

Vietdekat, one of F&B outlet on campus provides a discount for those bringing their own tumbler and containers for takeaways.

SDG 17: Partnership for the goals

Cyberplogging

This program is organized mainly to create awareness about the importance of environmental cleanliness, promote exercising to maintain health, encourage more involvement to our environment and create sustainable. Young Mercy Group 13 consist of 13 students of BHMS & MBBS, University of Cyberjaya. This group was formed and assigned to organize a humanitarian project and do social service to help the environment and gain experience and learnings. Group 13 decided to take upon a project called ‘plogging’. Plogging is a combination of jogging with picking up trash.  The word plogging fuses ‘plocka’ and ‘jogga’ means picking up and jogging in Swedish. Plogging is a new fitness combination that we need to know, it provides variation in body movements by adding bending squatting and stretching. With this multitasking activity that combined burning calories while keeping our environment trash-free.

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Education for SDGs

The Centre for Foundation, Languages and General Studies offers course in Environmental responsibilities. This is a university course which is offered for degree students. The Faculty of Safety and Health offers course in Environmental Management and Sustainability. This course is offered for Occupational Safety and Health degree students.

Research

As part of our commitment to protecting the environment and reducing waste levels, we have adopted the following specific aims:-

  1. Cultivate a work ethic with a high level of awareness of waste management, waste minimisation and a desire to recycle and reuse materials when practical.
  2. Promote economy in the use of materials generally and in particular paper and the selection of print formats and document styles in our offices.
  3. Encourage the use of recycled/reclaimed materials; materials form sustainable sources and those that are suitable for disposal by recycling.
  4. Minimise waste by encouraging the exchange and reuse of equipment and materials amongst departments and on our construction sites.
  5. Develop waste management strategies that include recycling procedures and schemes.
  6. Encourage employees in our office and on our sites to promote and establish recycling schemes that are relevant to their individual activities.
  7. Adhering to the highest standards of waste management and disposal with regards to Scheduled Waste and other hazardous materials.

 

Specific Steps in Place include:

  1. Encouraging double sided prints and reuse of printed papers
  2. Collection of unused office papers at each copies point
  3. Supplying unused officer papers for recycling
  4. Gathering plastics and other recyclable waste on campus using separator bins
  5. Appointing a competent & licenced contractor for disposal of scheduled waste (hazardous)
  6. Reporting outcome of recycling initiative sin the annual report of the holding company

Resources

University of Cyberjaya (UoC) is committed to maintaining and developing standards of excellence in its research, teaching and administrative practice. In support of its strategic aims and objectives, the University College aspires to the highest standards of safety, health and environmental management. Staff training and development at all levels is a key contributor to successful safety, health and environmental management.

Providing appropriate information, instruction and training will assist UoC to:

  1. Achieve “zero accident” objective through the implementation of occupational safety and health initiatives;
  2. Ensure staff and students are capable of undertaking their duties in an effective and efficient manner in accordance with safety, health and environmental legislation;
  3. Develop a positive working environment, where safety and healthy working environment and working procedure contribute towards effective and efficient operational processes;
  4. Achieve the strategic aim of becoming a world repute institution;
  5. Reduce the risk of staff, students and visitors etc. being injures or made ill as a result of University College activities; and
  6. Meet the University College’s legal duty of care to protect the health and safety of our staff, students, visitors and anyone else who may be affected by the University College’s activities.

Every staff must co-operate so that the University is able to comply with all its statutory duties. The successful implementation of this policy requires total commitment from all staff. Each individual has a legal obligation to take reasonable care of his or her own safety and health, and for the safety of other people who may be affected by his or her acts or omissions.

This policy will be regularly monitored to ensure that the objectives are achieved. It will be reviewed and if necessary, revised in the light of legislative or organisational changes.

Events

The university is committed to facilitating equitable access to a variety of affordable transport options designed to enhance the student and staff experience.

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