Sustainability education key in meeting the challenge of tomorrow’s world

DUBAI, 26th January, 2016 (WAM) — As the strain on the world’s natural resources continues to grow, educating successive generations about sustainability and environment protection is a necessity, not a choice, according to Ibrahim Moosa Jamel, Director of Operations for Dubai Knowledge Village, DKV, and Dubai International Academic City, DIAC.

Speaking at Michigan State University’s, MSU, Annual International Conference on Higher Education, Mr. Jamel said it is essential that academic institutions take the lead in ensuring that tomorrow’s citizens meet the challenge of preserving the environment for future generations.

“I am proud to be part of MSU’s higher education conference. Now in its fourth year, it has become a must-attend event for industry leaders to convene and discuss academic sectors of importance and wider issues that affect all of us,” he said.

“We all have a big part to play in safeguarding the planet. To tackle issues such as climate change, new patterns of disease, and food security, it is imperative that students are aware of the risks to the environment and equipped with the knowledge of how to deal with them,” Mr. Jamel added.

MSU’s one-day conference brought together higher education representatives from across the globe to participate in the innovative and highly interactive forum. The event was focused around four core themes: Feeding Tomorrow’s World: Achieving sustainable agriculture, Meeting Healthcare Challenges: Combating changing patterns of disease, Creating a Smart World: Employing technology for societal advancement, and Meeting Tomorrow’s Energy Needs: Addressing new supply and demand issues.

The event drew large support from local universities, including American University of Sharjah, AUS, American University of Dubai, AUD, Rochester Institute of Technology, RIT, Harvard in Dubai, NYU Abu Dhabi, British University in Dubai, BUID, University of Strathclyde UK, and ECT Abu Dhabi. Also taking part were representatives from Emirates Environmental Group, EEG, Dubai Sciences Park, and Dubai Tourism and Commerce.

To encourage young students to understand that it is never too early to work towards sustainability, in 2015 MSU Dubai launched the School’s 30-Day ‘GO Green’ Challenge. The winning schools, which are Horizon International School and Raffles World Academy, were presented with the ‘DIAC Award for Innovation’ during the conference.

Commenting on the event, Dr. Tessa Dunseath, Executive Director, Michigan State University in Dubai, said, “Societies are now recognising that it is not only the schools, colleges and universities who must take the lead in the education of tomorrow’s citizens. Governments, industry, business and environmentalists also have an obligation to play their part too.”

“We can create a more sustainable, cleaner and safer world for future generations. But this demands complete commitment by all. By bringing so many people together over the past few days to share knowledge and ideas about tackling some of the big issues facing us in the future, we’ve already made a great start to this journey.”

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