Introduction

ORIC-Ziauddin University is a pioneer and has already established Sustainability office (SO)-in ORIC ZU is operational since 2020 and working passionately. Sustainability office (SO)-ZU could support Sindh SDG Support Unit in other ORICs in establishment of Sustainability office. This would be helpful in generating inclusive and focused effort for achievement of approved SDGs priorities of Sindh 2025 Vision.

Sustainability office (SO)-ZU could facilitate Public/private Universities/ORICs in following

  • Establishment of Sustainability office/cell in university.
  • Mentoring and guidance to operate and integrate within university.
  • Mentoring and guidance to operate and integrate with external relevant entities.

Objectives of Sustainability office:

Major objective of Sustainability office (SO) would be:

  • To accelerate the pace, monitoring and evaluation of SDGs Activities within university.
  • To initiate, implement and monitor policy work, framework(s) for inclusion of Sindh SDG goals, indicators in institutional governance, organizational culture and operations.
  • To initiate, implement and monitor policy work, framework(s) for inclusion of university stakeholders within the framework.
  • To generate a network of internal and external change agents’/ supporters and volunteers to support institutional SDG initiatives.
  • To monitor and facilitate inclusion of S-SDGs in institutional strategic goals, academic programs and research.
  • To educate and create multi-dimensional awareness about S-SDGs among internal and external stakeholders.
  • To generate supporting data for S-SDGs initiatives, actions and outputs.
  • To support/advocate ORIC/ institutional policy makers in policy making.
  • Reaching out to national and international thinktanks, supporting agencies.

Outcome of Sustainability office (SO):

  • Sustainability office (SO) would initiate focused activities to achieve SO-objectives.
  • Timely and accurate monitoring and evaluation of SDGs activities within university.
  • Acceleration in pace, monitoring and evaluation of SDGs activities within university.
  • Initiation, implementation and monitoring of policy work, framework(s) for inclusion of Sindh SDGs in institutional governance, organizational culture and operations.
  • Initiation, implementation and monitoring of policy work, framework(s) for inclusion of university stakeholders.
  • Generation and governance of a network of internal and external change agents’/ supporters and volunteers to support institutional SDG initiatives.
  • Monitoring and facilitation/ inclusion of S-SDGs in institutional strategic goals, academic programs and research.
  • Education and multi-dimensional awareness about S-SDGs among internal and external stakeholders.
  • Database for S-SDGs initiatives, actions and outputs.
  • Support/advocacy for ORIC/ institutional policy makers in policy making.

Structure of Sustainability office/cell:

Sustainability office /cell would operate under umbrella /supervision of office of research, innovation and commercialization (ORIC) in universities.

Sustainability office/cell could be managed by Manager-Sustainability office, assistance can be provided with supporting staff. Manager-Sustainability office would directly report to Director-ORIC.

Integration of Sustainability office (SO):

Integration of sustainability office would be in two phases

  1. Integration of sustainability office/cell with ORIC and other relevant departments within university
  2. Integration of sustainability office/cell with other sustainability office/cell in other public and private universities in Sindh.

Localization of Sustainability office (SO):

  1. Localization could be done by integration of sustainability office with other sustainability office/cell in other public and private universities in Sindh.
  2. Localization could be done by integration of sustainability office/cell with other stakeholders related to each SDG in Sindh.

Globalization of Sustainability office (SO):

  1. Globalization could be done by integration of sustainability office with other global stakeholders related to each SDG.

Projects:

  1. NCBC

National Centre in Big Data and Cloud Computing

Startups:

  1. Sehat Kahani

Activities:

  1. Tree Plantation
  2. Conference

Ziauddin University is organizing two parallel sessions at the UN’s SDSN 9th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD).  “Research for Impact: An Inclusive and Sustainable Planet.”

The first session is titled: “SDG Learnings from COVID-19 for Science-Informed Decision-Making” whose invited speaker and moderators are:

Dr. Nida Hussain (Invited Speaker)

(Pro-Chancellor, Ziauddin University)

Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Umrani

(Director ORIC, Ziauddin University)

The second ZU session is titled: “SDG6 Implementation in LMICs and How National Water Policies Can Accelerate Progress”.