KUALA LUMPUR: UCSI University has become the first private university in Malaysia to be recognised as a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) by the United Nations University (UNU).
Its Sarawak campus distinguished itself through the efforts of staff and students in championing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of Quality Education, Clean Water and Sanitation, Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Life on Land, in six initiatives.
“This global acknowledgement is the culmination of the hard work put in to impact communities, change outcomes, maintain an ecological balance and raise public awareness on the importance of sustainability,” said UCSI vice-chancellor and president, Professor Datuk Dr Khalid Yusoff.
“The SDG initiative comes at the right moment for us. Being recognised by the UNU shows that we are on the same platform with other visionary universities in the world,” he added.
Another initiative by UCSI is the formation of the RCE Youth Ambassador Programme which will see students collaborating with local communities and government agencies in carrying out initiatives like 3R (reuse, reduce, recycle) campaigns and water conservation projects.