Education for Sustainable Development: The STEM Approach in Universiti Sains Malaysia

Part of the World Sustainability Series book series (WSUSE)


The appointment of Universiti Sains Malaysia as a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development by UNESCO in 2005 provided the incentives to spearhead several in-campus Education for Sustainable Development programs. The School of Mathematical Sciences, which has been actively pursuing education and research towards sustainable development goals since 1990s, has developed outreach, academic and research programs to promote Sustainable Development Goals, at local and global levels. This paper summarizes such research programs that develop relevant skills and competences in quantitative methodology for enhancing sustainable management of storm water, air quality and water quality in campus and beyond. Also presented is a recent initiative in unifying science, technology, engineering and mathematics for analysing the adverse impact of climate change on coastal groundwater and vegetation. This paper serves as a demonstration of how quantitative methodology can address local and global environmental issues and support implementation of SDGs in universities and beyond.


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Financial support provided by Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (KPM) FRGS grant FRGS/1/2016/STG06/USM/02/1 (203/PMATHS/6711569) and the L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Fellowship 2017 is gratefully acknowledged. TSY acknowledges the support provided by USM’s School of Mathematical Sciences to present this paper at WSSD-U-2018.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mathematical SciencesUniversiti Sains MalaysiaPulau PinangMalaysia
  2. 2.Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable DevelopmentSunway UniversityBandar SunwayMalaysia

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