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Imperatives of sustainable university excellence: A conceptual framework

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  • Tajammal Hussain, COMSATS University Islamabad
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  • Jacob Eskildsen
  • Rick Edgeman
  • Muhammad Ismail, COMSATS University Islamabad
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  • Alaa Mohamd Shoukry, King Saud University, Riyadh , KSAWorkers University
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  • Showkat Gani, King Saud University, Riyadh

This study envisions the architecture of a modern era university with sustainable standards of excellence. Sustainable University Excellence is herein defined as the ability of a university to excel in the core areas of knowledge creation and dissemination via the mobilization of human, social, intellectual, and financial capital to serve on socioeconomic and environmental fronts ethically, efficiently, and effectively to secure a sustainable future. Seven core performance domains of a university are explored: Teaching quality, research culture, technological capability building, accessibility, community engagement, internationalization, and environment, which should be prioritize in order to continuously advance along a sustainable excellence continuum. This study provides a self-assessment methodology that universities can employ to compare their performance relative to the aforementioned domains, thus enabling the identification of performance gaps, the knowledge of which is crucial to the formulation of more targeted strategy. This approach allows decision makers to form a more coherent vision for sustainability within institutional and broader contexts. The approach proposed herein incorporates the three aspects of sustainability that form the so-called Triple Bottom Line (TBL).

Original languageEnglish
Article number5242
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • Community engagement, Internationalization, research culture, Sustainable excellence, Teaching quality, Technological capability

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