SDG17: Partnership for the Goals

Al Maarefa University’s Collaborative Approach to SDG 17: Building Partnerships for Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development Goal 17 (SDG 17) emphasizes the importance of partnerships to achieve all other SDGs. Collaboration between governments, private sectors, civil society, and academia is essential for addressing complex global challenges. Al Maarefa University, situated in Saudi Arabia, recognizes the significance of SDG 17 and actively engages in partnerships to contribute to sustainable development across various sectors.

Fostering Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration:

Al Maarefa University places a strong emphasis on fostering partnerships with diverse stakeholders. The university collaborates with government agencies, industry leaders, non-governmental organizations, and international institutions to leverage collective expertise, resources, and knowledge. These partnerships facilitate a comprehensive approach to addressing societal challenges and achieving sustainable development goals.

Research Collaborations:

The university engages in research collaborations that focus on addressing pressing issues in Saudi Arabia and beyond. By partnering with other research institutions and industry players, Al Maarefa University contributes to generating knowledge, innovative solutions, and evidence-based recommendations that inform policy-making and drive sustainable development.

Industry Partnerships:

Al Maarefa University partners with industries to align education and research with market needs. Collaborations with businesses enable the university to provide students with relevant skills and experiences, enhancing their employability and contribution to the workforce. These partnerships also promote knowledge transfer and technology adoption.

Community Engagement and Outreach:

The university engages with local communities through outreach programs, workshops, and events. By collaborating with community members, Al Maarefa University ensures that its initiatives are relevant, effective, and responsive to the specific needs of the people it serves. This approach empowers communities and fosters a sense of ownership in sustainable development efforts.

International Collaboration:

Al Maarefa University actively participates in international collaborations and partnerships that transcend borders. By connecting with global institutions, the university contributes to knowledge exchange, cross-cultural understanding, and the sharing of best practices. These partnerships enable the university to learn from diverse perspectives and apply global solutions to local challenges.

Incorporating SDG Principles:

Al Maarefa University integrates SDG principles into its curriculum, research projects, and institutional practices. By nurturing a generation of students who are knowledgeable about sustainable development and the importance of partnerships, the university ensures a continued commitment to the principles of SDG 17 in the years to come.

Leading by Example:

Al Maarefa University serves as a model for fostering partnerships within the academic sector. The university’s collaborative approach demonstrates the potential of building strong alliances and leveraging collective efforts to address complex challenges and achieve shared goals.

Al Maarefa University’s dedication to SDG 17 is evident through its multifaceted efforts to foster partnerships for sustainable development. By engaging with various stakeholders, promoting research collaborations, industry partnerships, community engagement, and international collaborations, the university contributes significantly to the realization of all SDGs. Through its commitment to collaboration, Al Maarefa University plays a pivotal role in advancing sustainable development in Saudi Arabia and beyond, creating a more inclusive, equitable, and prosperous future for all.

Al-Maarefa University is one of the private educational institutions accredited by the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which provides higher education service to the sons and daughters of citizens and residents in medical, health, applied, and technical specialties in undergraduate programs (bachelor’s). It also provides the opportunity for students transferring from recognized universities, as well as holders of a diploma in various health specialties to enable them to complete their university studies in Their specialties.

And because universities have a unique position in achieving the goals of sustainable development, we seek at Al-Maarefa University to activate our role in serving the community and the dimensions of sustainable development to meet the needs of today’s society and future generations, and from this point of view, initiatives and opportunities have been started to be developed that are in line with the goals of sustainable development. in all its three dimensions (environmental, economic, social) and highlighting the role of the university in achieving sustainable development through these initiatives and opportunities. In line with this, employing the university’s electronic platforms in broadcasting awareness messages, and republishing and directing messages that lead to achieving our role in sustainable development. As well as entering into a partnership with universities in countries around the world.

AlMaarefa University considers the Sustainable Development Goals as a positive and constructive opportunity to solve the problems facing us in this era. The world wastes its resources and limited attention on pointless conflicts and self-destructive competition. We are in an era where science and cooperation should occupy the greatest space, so that the world can pay attention to the common challenges of climate change, extreme poverty, and social justice.

We believe that universities in the Arab region, with their historical traditions and great ethical standards, are well positioned to help their communities achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the coming years.

Al-Maarefa University ranked 201-300 globally, 8 in the Arab world and 4 locally in the Times Academic Impact Ranking

As an extension of the university’s recent achievements at the academic and societal levels, the university achieved a new achievement by obtaining the 201-300th place globally, the 8th place in the Arab world, and the 4th place locally, according to the classification of the British Times Foundation THE- University Impact Ranking, which evaluates universities and measures their impact on society based on their excellence in achieving the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

The SDGs can only be realized with strong global partnerships and cooperation. Official Development Assistance remained steady but below target, at US$147 billion in 2017. While humanitarian crises brought on by conflict or natural disasters continue to demand more financial resources and aid. Many countries also require Official Development Assistance to encourage growth and trade.

The world is more interconnected than ever. Improving access to technology and knowledge is an important way to share ideas and foster innovation. Coordinating policies to help developing countries manage their debt, as well as promoting investment for the least developed, is vital for sustainable growth and development.

The goals aim to enhance North-South and South-South cooperation by supporting national plans to achieve all the targets. Promoting international trade, and helping developing countries increase their exports is all part of achieving a universal rules-based and equitable trading system that is fair and open and benefits all.

On Wednesday 6-11-1442 corresponding to 16-6-2021, AlMaarefa University signed a strategic agreement with Naseej Company with the aim of following up on the achievement of the university’s strategic objectives, monitoring performance through the system of tracking the implementation of the strategic plan, performance indicators in the platform, facilitating procedures and follow-up of institutional and program accreditations, analyzing learning outcomes, in addition to automating quality and institutional excellence processes, and meeting minutes to improve the student experience in the educational process.

World University Rankings released the Impact Rankings 2023, which score universities on their progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. #Almaarefa_University continued its local, Arab and international distinction in the global indicators of university classification.

THE world summit

As a highly ranked university, our team led by the Vice Rector, Dr.Nasser Aljarallah in THEworldsummits’s Global Sustainable Development Congress-2022, share their insights on the challenges facing converting the SDGs’ goals into action and impact.

(QS) Arab Universities Rankings

In an unprecedented achievement, #جامعة_المعرفة jumps 20 places forward, and is ranked among the top 31% of Arab universities, in the (QS) Arab Universities Rankings for the year 2023.

Humanitarian action to achieve the goals of sustainable development #جامعة_المعرفة Presented by Prof. Dr. Allam Al-Nour Ahmed, President of the World Organization for Sustainable Development #هاكثون Humanitarian action and sustainable development

The start of the dialogue session “Digital Transformation to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals” organized by #جامعة_المعرفة within the activities of the World Conference on Sustainable Development.

Almaarefa University launches a “research chair” for life quality in Ad Diriyah

AlMaarefa University has inaugurated the “Quality of Life” chair in Ad Diriyah.  It aims to exploit scientific research and the accompanying innovations to contribute to meliorating life quality for the individual and society in Ad Diriyah Governorate.  The inauguration took place after the approval of the University Council and coincided with the Kingdom’s celebration of the founding day. The establishment of AlMaarefa University for a scientific chair for research and innovation in the field of quality of life in Ad Diriyah is an embodiment of the university’s role that goes beyond the educational process to community service and contribution to Vision 2030 and interest in developing the university’s local environment and ameliorating the quality of life.  AlMaarefa University was distinguished by its strategic location in Ad Diriyah, the historical capital of the Kingdom, which represents a great historical value, and was the starting point for the establishment of the first Saudi state and its capital three centuries ago, and it played the pivotal role in the political and heritage history of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The establishment of the Quality Life Chair in Ad Diriyah is of great importance to the university and its role in the formation of distinguished scientific and research competencies and its partners in supporting the development of Ad Diriyah and its community through scientific research, community service and the establishment of training and volunteer programs, especially in the field of improving the quality of life for the city to become a distinguished healthy environment.

The “Quality of Life in Ad Diriyah” chair aspires to play a leading role in background and applied research in the fields of health, sports, environment, tourism and accompanying services on quality of life in Ad Diriyah. With the aim of proposing a practical plan for future development.  The chair’s vision includes focusing on social demographic and physical development to achieve the highest standards of human quality of life. Research depends on global indicators to measure quality of life, while adapting them according to local factors and variables. The “Quality of Life in Ad Diriyah” chair represents a scientific field that supports the University to implement its distinguished partnership with the Ad Diriyah Gate Development Authority and gives an opportunity to provide research contributions to students and those interested in scientific research.