Policy on Sustainability: Understanding and Expectation of Students

By Premalatha Karupiah, Intan Hashimah Mohd. Hashim and Norzarina Mohd Zaharim.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Sustainability has become an important aspect of higher education around the world. Sustainability has been the thrust of Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia for ten years now. Various programmes, efforts and activities have been conducted as part of becoming an institution renown for sustainability and sustainable practices. This paper compares the policy related to sustainability
implemented by the university and the understanding and expectation of sustainability among undergraduate students at the university. Data for this study was collected by conducting four focus group interviews. Data analysis shows that students have both realistic and unrealistic expectations
towards the university in regard to sustainable practices. In addition to this, there are some mismatches between their understanding and the policy of the university. Managing these mismatches, realistic and unrealistic expectations are important not only for the successful implementation of the policy but
also to ensure that students have a meaningful education at the university.

Keywords: Sustainability, Policy Implementation, Expectation, Understanding

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 6. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 669.250KB).

Premalatha Karupiah

Lecturer, Anthropology and Sociology Section, School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Penang, Malaysia

She is a lecturer at the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia. She teaches Statistics and Research Methods. Her research interests include quantitative and qualitative methodology, educational and occupational choice and issues related to the Indian diaspora.She can be reached at prema@usm.my.

Intan Hashimah Mohd. Hashim

Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

Intan Hashimah Mohd Hashim is a senior lecturer in psychology at the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia. She specializes in social psychology and is currently involved in research on interpersonal relationships and friendships between different groups of people and within different contexts.

Norzarina Mohd Zaharim

Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

Norzarina Mohd Zaharim is a senior lecturer at the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia. She teaches developmental psychology and counseling and focuses on research areas such as child and family studies, stress and resilience, and psychology of religion.

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