WIT Press


Sustainability Assessment Framework For Engineering And Sciences Educational Institutions In Developing Countries

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SDP130491

Volume

173

Pages

11

Page Range

589 - 599

Published

2013

Size

107 kb

Author(s)

M. M. G. Elbarkouky, A. M. Aboshady, A. S. Salem

Abstract

There are different factors that may impact the technological, organizational, social, and pedagogical innovation necessary for improving the existing Governmental Egyptian Engineering and Sciences educational institutions to enable offering a more sustainable learning environment for Egyptian students and faculty members. This paper proposes a sustainability assessment framework that can help these educational institutions in achieving the required transformation towards a more sustainable education. First, a literature review is conducted to identify the sustainability factors that need to be considered in achieving a more sustainable education environment in Egypt. Those factors are then tailored to satisfy the Egyptian educational environment through experts’ interviews and gap analysis. The factors are then ranked through a survey questionnaire and experts’ judgment using a 5-point Likert scale to identify the most significant factors, based on the Pareto principal. A case study of a learning institution in Egypt is adapted to identify the gaps in light of the highly prioritized factors in order to develop guidelines and provide recommendations for improvement.

Keywords

sustainable education, engineering and sciences, pedagogical innovation, gap analysis