Cyprus International University receive remarkable impact in UI Green Metric World University Rankings 2020

Cyprus International University (CIU) has made a remarkable impact in the recent UI Green Metric World University Rankings 2020. 
Having represented Cyprus for the last 3 years, and rising 72 places this year, CIU has been ranked 148th out of 922 universities in the UI GreenMetric World University rankings. 
This feat underscores the value the university place on sustainability and its importance in higher education.
The top 10 Universities in the ranking this year are Wageningen University & Research first, followed by the University of Oxford, Nottingham University, Nottingham Trent University, University of California, Davis, Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld, University of Groningen, Leiden University, University College Cork and Universita di Bologna. 
Further details are enumerated in the table below and can be accessed with the link
Speaking on the new development, CIU Vice rector and Sustainable Energy Research Center Director , Prof. Dr. Serkan Abbasoğlu said the University is becoming conscious for a sustainable world"

He stated that they have begun to see the results of their ongoing work within the framework of the vision they determined in 2009 and noting that they are justifiably proud of this.

He explained that they have expanded their work in recent years with relation to the main topics of sustainable energy and environment, to transportation, infrastructure, waste management, water and education.

Emphasizing that they have renewed the workshop where they produce many different recycled waste products, creating an environment where students and other related segments can enjoy project production. He emphasized that in this way, the project teams are both producing new projects and becoming aware of protecting the environment for a sustainable world.

“The goal is for a healthy and sustainable life”
Also pointing out that different steps have been taken in regards to the organic agriculture project carried out by the students, Prof. Dr. Abbasoğlu stated that this process is also supported with the renewed greenhouse infrastructure. Elaborating that different projects are being worked upon in order to increase the physical activity and healthy lifestyle on the campus stating that the goal is a healthy and sustainable life within a sustainable campus.

“Education is not restricted to the laboratories or classrooms”
Dr. Abbasoğlu stated that campuses are more than just living and accommodation areas for the students, academics and university members. He noted that in the world of education today, the entire campus is part of the university education and not just the laboratories and classrooms, and that the campus is considered as the area of application of​​many educational programs. It was stated that in an effort to pursue the projects and works within the framework of CIU’s vision in a more coordinated manner, and for projects that are part of the students, in fact are owned by the students to be produced, the “Sustainable Campus Office” was established in 2018, that has succeeded in producing many new projects.

“The primary aim is for an environmentally conscious and informed society”
He stated that even although it is not the main target, the success shown in the international evaluation agency UI GreenMetric ranking, is considered as feedback on the consistent correct path taken and this situation makes them happy. He underlined that the primary goal is to raise an environmentally conscious and informed society.

Stating that the production and execution of personal projects by students and other CIU members accelerated this awareness process, he said, “CIU is one of four across the island of Cyprus to enter these rankings, and by far the best university on the island. In Turkey, out of 52 universities we are ranked 5th”.

“Studies that appeal to the community”
Pointing out that the studies conducted do not only appeal to people living within the campus boundaries, but also to the whole society, Dr. Abbasoğlu stated that different segments of the society and many schools from primary and secondary education were included in many of the projects, he went on to invite all those who were not involved so far to see and participate in the studies carried out at the university.

Prof. Dr. Serkan Abbasoğlu ended his statement by saying many collaborations were carried out with a number of institutions and organizations, especially with the Nicosia Turkish Municipality, Velespeed and Taşkent Nature Park.  

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