It calls for making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
The world’s population is constantly increasing, to accommodate everyone, we need to build modern, sustainable cities. And for all of us to survive and prosper, we need new, intelligent urban planning that creates safe, affordable and resilient cities with green and culturally inspiring living conditions; by providing safe and affordable housing, affordable and sustainable transport systems, protecting the world’s cultural and natural heritage, reducing the adverse effects of natural disasters and environmental impact on cities, providing access to safe and public spaces for all.
Al-Quds University is committed to promoting sustainable urban development and building resilient communities, recognizing their importance in achieving social equity, environmental sustainability, and overall well-being. The university contributes to SDG 11 through various means:
Education in Urban Planning, Architecture, and Environmental Sciences: Al-Quds University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in urban planning, architecture, and environmental sciences, providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop and implement sustainable urban development solutions. These programs focus on topics such as sustainable urban design, resource-efficient infrastructure, and community resilience, preparing students for careers in various sectors.
Research on Sustainable Urban Development and Resilience: The university conducts research on issues related to sustainable urban development and community resilience, including studies on urban ecology, transportation planning, disaster risk reduction, and climate adaptation. This research helps advance the understanding of sustainable urban development practices and provides valuable insights for evidence-based policies and strategies.
Collaboration with Local and Regional Stakeholders: Al-Quds University works closely with local and regional to address urban sustainability and resilience challenges. Through joint research projects, workshops, and knowledge sharing, the university provides technical assistance and support to help these stakeholders develop and implement sustainable urban development solutions.
Sustainable Campus Initiatives: The university is committed to reducing its own environmental footprint and promoting sustainable practices on campus. This commitment is demonstrated through the implementation of resource-efficient infrastructure, green building design, waste management practices, and sustainable transportation options for students, faculty, and staff.
Community Outreach and Capacity Building: Al-Quds University actively engages in community outreach programs that promote awareness about sustainable urban development and resilience. These initiatives involve providing education and training to local communities on topics such as sustainable urban planning, energy efficiency, waste management, and disaster risk reduction, empowering them to improve their local environment and build resilient communities.
Advocacy and Policy Development: Al-Quds University plays a key role in advocating for policies and strategies that promote sustainable urban development and community resilience at local, national, and international levels
Cultural Preservation and Heritage Conservation: The university recognizes the importance of preserving cultural heritage and promoting sustainable tourism as part of sustainable urban development. Through its academic programs, research initiatives, and community partnerships, Al-Quds University contributes to the conservation and revitalization of historic sites, cultural landscapes, and traditional urban areas.
In summary, Al-Quds University is dedicated to achieving SDG 11 through a comprehensive approach that includes education, research, collaboration with local and regional stakeholders, sustainable campus initiatives, community outreach and capacity building, advocacy and policy development, and cultural preservation and heritage conservation. By promoting sustainable urban development and resilient communities, the university plays a vital role in fostering social equity, environmental sustainability, and overall well-being.