Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Global Campus Sustainability Ranking

  • Yusuf A. AinaEmail author
  • Ismaila Rimi Abubakar
  • Habib M. Alshuwaikhat
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_504


A campus sustainability ranking system can be defined as a tool that evaluates the sustainability performance or expected performance of a higher education institution (HEI) and translates that evaluation into a general assessment that allows for comparison across similar institutions. It is referred to as global campus sustainability ranking whenever it is done on a global scale cutting across countries and continents. It is different from the conventional ranking of universities that evaluates a university based on teaching, research, employability of graduates, and other factors with limited or no consideration of the environmental or sustainability factors.


The emergence of global campus sustainability ranking systems is increasingly contributing to a race among HEIs to achieve sustainability of their campuses. Thakur (2007) affirmed that higher education is witnessing an era of global competition due to the prominence of university ranking systems. While...

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The authors acknowledge the support of the National Plan for Science, Technology, and Innovation (MAARIFAH), King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology through the Science & Technology Unit at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia (Award number: 14-BUI109-04).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yusuf A. Aina
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ismaila Rimi Abubakar
    • 2
  • Habib M. Alshuwaikhat
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Geomatics Engineering TechnologyYanbu Industrial CollegeYanbuSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.College of Architecture and PlanningUniversity of DammamDammamSaudi Arabia
  3. 3.Department of City and Regional PlanningKing Fahd University of Petroleum and MineralsDhahranSaudi Arabia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ulisses Azeiteiro
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AveiroAveiroPortugal