The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
Sustainability has been at the heart of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport “AASTMT” for a very long time. The Abu-Qir campus was founded in 1993 with a vast green area of 53 acres demonstrating our environmental commitment.
On the human resources level, The AASTMT has a community of approximately 30,000 students, 1500 staff, and a huge number of alumni over 50 years. At The AASTMT, we commit to teaching values of tolerance, respect of human rights and civil responsibility.
We also believe in providing space for different views, allowing public attitudes to change and to mature building a space for dialogue and reviving our faith in each other and in humanity at large.
The sustainable development goals represent the highest ideals that humanity has set itself to attain and The AASTMT commits itself to such ideals as well as actively participating in their attainment.
It has been increasingly recognized that universities have a critical role to play in advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in terms of teaching the many aspects of sustainable development, conducting research on what works and what does not, as well as tracking how we engage sustainable development in our own personal and professional lives through practice.
Our 2021-2026 strategic plan has dedicated one of its four main goals to sustainability, where The AASTMT commits to fulfil its societal responsibility and to align itself to the SDGs, significantly increasing the extent to which its research and teaching supports the aim of achieving a healthy and sustainable planet.
For that purpose, The AASTMT has charged leaders and units throughout campuses with spearheading the “Sustainability Initiative Project” to promote, implement, and advance the 17 UN SDGs across all its campuses.
The Sustainability Initiative led by the SDG workforce members of The AASTMT focus on introducing the campus community to the SDGs, discussing their global importance and relevance to the AASTMT, and demonstrating how we can lead the academic community in the region in implementing and advancing them. The SDG workforce members are aided by students, faculty, and staff volunteers representing all 17 goals.
Our role is to shape future leaders by investing in young minds as we embark upon the intergenerational transition to help them join the sustainable development revolution and create a momentum to deliver the SDGs as perfectly as aspired.
Therefore, the world of sustainable development is very much about the business of ensuring that our children and future generations inherit an earth that is no worse off than the one we have inherited. Hence, we shall dedicate our research to advance innovative solutions for the interest of humanity.
As a university, we at The Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport have a particular commitment to educate the next generation, to create knowledge, and to lead by example.