Sustainability practices of higher education institutions in Hong Kong: A case study of a Sustainable Campus Consortium

Weiyan XIONG, Ka Ho MOK

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Abstract

Eight University Grant Committee (UGC)-funded public universities in Hong Kong positively and successfully responded to the global call for sustainability efforts in higher education institutions (HEIs). Various initiatives are transpiring within these eight campuses. The Hong Kong Sustainable Campus Consortium (HKSCC) was co-established by eight UGC-funded universities, which is an excellent example of integrating resources and efforts to achieve sustainable development goals and exert positive social impacts. Through interviews with HKSCC administrators and members and reviewing relevant documents, this study aims to examine the roles and challenges of HKSCC toward Hong Kong HEIs' sustainability efforts, and present the good practices and achievements of HKSCC. Findings of this study reveal that although HKSCC and each UGC-funded university contribute in reaching the sustainability goals, they should pay considerable attention to the external impact of sustainability practices on communities and society. Moreover, we propose that the sustainable development of public universities in Hong Kong should look beyond the narrowed definition of sustainable development and broaden their roles to exert a social impact by addressing the negative consequences of the massification, privatization, and internationalization of higher education. Copyright © 2020 by the authors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number452
JournalSustainability
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020

Citation

Xiong, W., & Mok, K. H. (2020). Sustainability practices of higher education institutions in Hong Kong: A case study of a Sustainable Campus Consortium. Sustainability, 12(2), Article 452. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12020452

Keywords

  • Sustainability practices
  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Hong Kong public universities
  • Case study
  • UGC-funded universities

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