Prince Sultan University in Saudi Arabia has been taking impactful steps towards achieving the UN’s SDGs, and has the kingdom’s own Vision 2030 in its sights
Universities’ ability to demonstrate their social and environmental impact is more important than ever and, consequently, an increasing number of institutions now benchmark their impact against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Times Higher Education’s own Impact Rankings have themselves become an important tool for universities to map their own sustainable development journey.
Prince Sultan University (PSU) in Saudi Arabia is no exception. It has singled out a number of SDGs it feels to be most important to its student body, community and the future of the kingdom.
SDG 4, which focuses on the quality of education, is of particular importance, and the university follows a number of metrics to ensure it provides lifelong learning opportunities and that there is a certain proportion of first-generation students. “Quality of education is what PSU is all about,” explains Dr Ahmed S. Yamani, president of PSU.
SDG 5 focuses on gender equality and is another area of strength for the university. PSU’s student body is more than 60 per cent female, and 72.2 per cent of first-degree graduates in the arts, humanities and social sciences are women.
The university’s impressive employability record supports its efforts in SDG 8 – decent work and economic growth. About 90 per cent of PSU graduates get a job within three months of obtaining their degree. PSU is also the top institution in the nation in terms of employability, according to the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development.
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