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2ND Intellectual Discourse: Challenges of Sustainable Environmental Development and Role of University

The second UCYP Intellectual Discourse  was organised on 22nd January 2019. Taking place at Level 3, Mini Auditorium UCYP, the talk was participated by the institutions and organizations like, Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), Kolej Profesional MARA Indera Mahkota (KPMIM), Widad University College, Bahagian Teknologi Pendidikan Negeri Pahang (BTPN), Open Universiti Malaysia (OUM), Majlis Perbandaran Kuantan (MPK), NGOs, as well as UCYP staff, lecturers and students. The speaker, UCYP Vice Chancellor, Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Ahmad presented the topic “Challenges of Sustainable Environmental Development and the Role of University”.

The Intellectual Discourse is an effort made by UCYP to enhance the effort in creating awareness among the society on the challenges in sustaining the environment.  “The environment as we know is steadily eroding and the future of everyone is depending on the care we take today to preserve the resources that we know”, reminded Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Ahmad in his talk.

Environmental Sustainability aims to conserve natural resources and to develop alternate sources of power while reducing pollution whereas Sustainable Development is a practice used in developing land and constructions projects in a manner that reduces their impact on the environment. In other words, the audience was directed to a setting that encourages them to react and involve in maintaining and saving the environment.

Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Ahmad also highlighted the initiatives to be taken by people in order to conserve the environment. Among the steps are preserving wetlands, replanting trees and protecting natural areas from resource harvesting.  The issues discussed are among the topics related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) introduced by the United Nations which focuses on the global issues such as human rights, poverty and preserving the environment. This is in line with the concept embraced by UCYP : An Adaptive University, that highlights the traits that include participatory, inclusiveness, integrity, risk tolerance, flexibility, legitimacy, accountability, diversity, creativity, iterative, learning, autonomous, resourcefulness, self-assessing, collaborative, transparency and reflexive that should be integrated with the broader process of exposure (Koontz et. al, 2015).

The Intellectual Discourse is hoped to bring a hands-on approach to the audience on the importance of sustaining a healthy environment in the society as well as the major concerns which are the changes in demography, population growth, changes in demands as well as the global climates. The community plays a role building an education system that spurs instead of squelches because the university is a key institution of the innovation creative economy but what is not so widely understood is the multifaceted role it plays.

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