Higher Education, over the world, is currently facing countless challenges. This has pushed universities towards urgently needed transformations to facilitate the adaptation with the surrounding circumstances. Based on its firm belief in the important role of universities in supporting communities and disseminating the culture of sustainability, Beirut Arab University (BAU) seeks to be one of the leading universities responsible for the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Since 2018, the International Association of Universities (IAU) has entrusted BAU to address the targets of SDG9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure. With the beginning of the new millennium, BAU strove to become a major beacon of sustainability in Lebanon through expanding its campuses, widening the green areas, reducing the emission of CO2, as well as amalgamating the culture of SDGs in the intended learning outcomes (ILOs) of various curricula and programs. Beirut Arab University, thus, endeavours to make a valuable contribution by promoting this goal through teaching, research, and community engagement, while creating a sustainable learning environment. We have a great hope that our involvement in the realization of the SDG 9 targets may fill certain gaps in the Lebanese community on the industrial scale through new innovative initiatives, start-ups, and solutions for the disrupted infrastructure.

As a result, BAU has set a strategic plan based on four pillars: Education, Research, Operations & Governance, and External Leadership. Thus, from day one, we formed a committee to organise the implementation of this strategic plan according to the following steps:

  • Mapping Curricula of the faculties with SDG 9

  • Mapping the research achievements throughout the last four years with targets and indicators of SDG 9. These achievements cover research projects & initiatives, published papers, organising or participating in conferences and workshops, and patents.

  • Mapping BAU facilities with SDG 9

  • Aligning the operational and governance sectors of BAU with the flow of actions related to SDG 9

  • Strengthening the role of the public engagement of multi-stakeholders through holding workshops and open discussions

  • Recalling our satellite universities, such as ‘Assam Don Bosco University’, to find multidisciplinary approaches to work on SDG 9

We believe that the future well-being of humanity can depend on our current faithful intentions. A micro-tiny action can change the future of people. Our present endeavour is to support the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, through a tangible institutional collaboration trying effectively to embed the sustainable development concepts in an organised framework, based on the four mentioned pillars.

Sustainable Development Goal 1 (SDG 1), one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015, calls for "no poverty". The official wording is: "to end poverty in all its forms, everywhere".

Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2) aims to achieve "zero hunger". It is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The official wording is: "End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture".

Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG 3), regarding "Good Health and Well-being", is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015. The official wording is: "To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages."

Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) is about quality education and is among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The full title of SDG 4 is "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all".

Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5) concerns gender equality and is fifth of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015. The official wording of SDG 5 is "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls".

Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) is about "clean water and sanitation for all". It is one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the official wording is: "Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all."

Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7) is one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. It aims to "Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all."

Sustainable Development Goal 8 (SDG 8) is about "decent work and economic growth" and is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The full title is to: "Foster sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all."

Sustainable Development Goal 9 (SDG 9) is about "industry, innovation and infrastructure" and is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. SDG 9 aims to build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Sustainable Development Goal 10 (SDG 10) is about reduced inequality and is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015. The full title is: "Reduce inequality within and among countries".

Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG 11) is about "sustainable cities and communities" and is one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The SDG 11 is to "Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable". The 17 SDGs take into account that action in one area will affect outcomes in other areas as well, and that development must balance social, economic and Environmental Sustainability.

Sustainable Development Goal 12 (SDG 12), titled "responsible consumption and production", is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It's meant to ensure good use of resources, improving energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and ensuring a better quality of life for all.

Sustainable Development Goal 13 (SDG 13) is about climate action and is one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015. The official wording is to "Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts".

Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Goal 14) is about "Life below water" and is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The official wording is to "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development".

Sustainable Development Goal 15 (SDG 15) is about "Life on land." One of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the official wording is: "Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss".

Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16) is about "peace, justice and strong institutions." One of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the official wording is: "Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels".


Sustainable Development Goal 17 (SDG 17) is about "partnerships for the goals." One of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015, the official wording is: "Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development".