Bintulu rejoices as UPM campus achieves green status
Published on: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sarawak: Sarawak's fourth largest urban centre here hosted a Sarawak Campus of the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) formerly known as Universiti Pertanian Malaysia to position the state as an internationally acclaimed Centre of Study, Agricultural and Biosource Services recently gained the 41st best university in the world spot in the UI-Greenmetric World University rankings recently based on campus sustainability and environmental management.UPM also ranked third in Southeast Asia and fourth in Asia.

The top three universities in Asia based on campus sustainability and environmental management are the National University of Singapore, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology Taiwan and Chulalongkorn University Thailand.

In comparison, Sabah's sole public university - Universiti Malaysia Sabah is in 224th spot.

This is the fifth year that UPM tops the list of Malaysian universities in the ratings with Sarawak contributing to its status.

UPM vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Mohd Fauzi Ramlan said the achievement portrays the university's commitment in conserving and preserving the environment through its teaching and other efforts.

Meanwhile the other Malaysian public universities which gained a ranking are Universiti Malaya which clinched the 72nd spot, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (86), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (93), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (118) which used to have a branch campus in Sabah, and Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (235).

UI-Greenmatic listed the top five universities in the world as the University of Nottingham, University College Cork National University of Ireland, Nottingham Trent University, University of California and University of Oxford.

The ratings initiative spearheaded by University of Indonesia managed to register 360 universities from 62 countries compared to 301 from 61 countries last year.

The sustainability and environmental rating comprises more than 40 indicators which cover six main scopes, namely infrastructure (15 per cent), energy and climate change (21 per cent), waste (18 per cent), water (10 per cent), transport (18 per cent) and education (18 per cent).

UPM enhances Bintulu's status as a industrial and plantation industry centre of excellence in his direction to be East Malaysia's industrial capital city.


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