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Analyzing Sustainability Awareness among Higher Education Faculty Members: A Case Study in Saudi Arabia

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Department of Engineering Management, College of Engineering, Prince Sultan University, Riyadh 11586, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Architecture, College of Engineering, Prince Sultan University, Riyadh 11586, Saudi Arabia
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Sustainability 2019, 11(23), 6837; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11236837
Received: 18 October 2019 / Revised: 25 November 2019 / Accepted: 25 November 2019 / Published: 2 December 2019
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to examine the understanding of sustainability of the faculty members in higher education in Saudi Arabia. One of the main objectives is to explore how they implement sustainability in the courses offered in one of the major non-profit private universities in Riyadh. Findings: A survey was conducted among the faculty members to investigate their awareness on this topic. Survey results were compared between the different departments to understand how the faculty members can contribute to sustainable education if they increase their knowledge through training and workshops related to the topic. The comparative analysis allows us to define the guidelines to build a strong institution that presents itself as a leader and change-driver in the Gulf region. The survey was done among the limited number of faculty members in the benchmark university, searching for answers about sustainability using the top-down methodology. The survey fulfilled the original aim of developing an evidence base of faculty members existing expertise, experience and interest in sustainability. The survey is also an important step to embed sustainability into the benchmark university. It also provides an opportunity to reflect and put forward suggestions on what it means to have sustainability as a core value and strategic priority. Originality/value: According to the Saudi Vision 2030, developed following the UN requirements, the Saudi Government expects companies to be more responsible towards society and sustainable economy. Increasing the understanding and learning of sustainability among faculty members is beneficial to young people to build their professional careers in a sustainable environment, considering the environmental, social, and economic implications. In this context, the role of faculty members is crucial to strengthen the awareness and knowledge about sustainability in higher education among the new generation. The work identified opportunities to engage all staff on what it means to have sustainability as a core value and strategic priority. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; higher education; education for sustainable development; sustainable societies; sustainable development; Saudi Arabia sustainability; higher education; education for sustainable development; sustainable societies; sustainable development; Saudi Arabia
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Alkhayyal, B.; Labib, W.; Alsulaiman, T.; Abdelhadi, A. Analyzing Sustainability Awareness among Higher Education Faculty Members: A Case Study in Saudi Arabia. Sustainability 2019, 11, 6837.

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