A faculty member at the British University in Dubai (BUiD) is urging more GCC institutions to offer courses on sustainable architecture.
Dr Hanan M. Taleb, assistant professor for the university’s programme in Sustainable Design of Built Environment, commented: “Education for sustainability has become an essential tool for achieving sustainable development and has been adopted in a number of countries.
“Nowadays, sustainability-related aspects are covered within the curricula of the vast majority of educational establishments around the world.”
According to Dr Taleb, BUiD is the only institution in the region to offer a specialised course in sustainable architecture while only a handful provide courses on sustainability, including King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), King Saud University, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates University and the University of Sharjah.
Dr Taleb added: “We need to equip higher education graduates, who are likely to occupy future management and leadership roles, with knowledge and skill sets that help them in making informed-decisions whilst taking account of complex social, environmental and economic issues and their interrelations.”