Vision, Mission, and Policy for Sustainability
Siam University has been committed to move towards becoming a “Sustainable University” with the late King Rama IX’s Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP) and the internationally recognized sustainable development (SD) and the UN 17 SDGs at the heart of our guiding principles. We constantly review our vision, mission, policy and strategies to assure that sustainable development be integrated in our academic, research, and community engagement activities. The 2018 vision was revised this year in accordance to the reinventing policy of the university. The present statement approved by the University Council are as follows.
Siam University is dedicated to be a Leading Institution Creating Innovation for Sustainable Future
- Develop learners who have wisdom, modern professional skills, entrepreneurship.
- Integrate of the body of knowledge leading to innovation.
- Nurture learners and faculty members with the capacity to accept differences and use differences to be a creative power for success.
- Affirm sustainable development as the most important goals in developing the faculty members, learners, and surrounding communities.
- Utilize resources of the university in efficient manner with consideration of cost-effectiveness.
With regards to the new vision, we are now preparing our revised strategies in relation to sustainability and learning living lab, entrepreneurial education, open innovation system, and digital transformation.
“Sustainable University, Sustainable District”
“Sustainability” is one of the pillars of Siam University. We are moving towards a sustainable university under the policy “Sustainable University, Sustainable District”. According to this policy, our target groups include the 3 Ss – Students, Staff, Surrounding communities. Siam University’s sustainability strategies employ H.M. the late King Rama IX’s “Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP)” and “Sustainable Development (SD)” (including 17SDGs) which lead to the following aims:
- To be a model for sustainable university which give a special attention and concern for both within our campus and the wellbeing of the surrounding communities and Thai society at large.
- To promote initiatives and continuous improvement in the management system and activities within the university for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and sustainable development (SD).
- To encourage our students and staff to become change agents for the betterment of communities and society.
Action for the Goals Policy
Academic, Research and Student Activities Towards Sustainability Policy
Siam University’s Academic Committee has committed to offer courses in SD and SD-related courses. To ensure that this policy is implemented in all faculties and colleges, in their meeting on July 6, 2018, the committee has set forth the policy that all the research projects, coursework, and student activities done by all faculty members, staff, and students of Siam University should identify the SDGs that they aim to work for.
Siam University aims to become a learning organization for safety management system and implement the safety management system for all staff students, and communities surrounding. Safety policy, safety rule and safety best practice information shall be promoted and distributed to all students, staff and adjunct staff who work for SU. We are committed to develop:
- Safety management system which comply to national safety standard and Safety Act and implement to all in our university and make them ensure for security, safety and health in workplace with safety audit and continual improvement.
- Hazardous waste treatment or disposal system within SU to use fewer toxic chemicals in all activities
- Decrease on hazardous waste usage to ensure safety for all in SU and communities surrounding.
- Safety in workplace for all staff and students by integrating safety in workplace to all activities.
“Green and Clean Campus” Policy
“No Plastic and Polystyrene”
Siam University is committed to develop a “Green and Clean Campus”. Safety and healthy space within the university shall be promoted for a better quality of life for all students, faculty members, and staff. Our commitments are:
- No polystyrene containers for food used within all canteens, restaurants, coffee shops, food centers and minimarts in the university.
Encourage to use biodegradable materials and containers for food usage in all canteens, restaurants, coffee shops, food centers and minimarts in the university.
- Encourage to use personal or reused /recycled food and drink packaging within the university.
- Foam usage reduction in exhibition and in university activities.
- “Reduction of paper usage within the university” Our commitments are:
- Paper usage reduction by using two-sided printer and Electronic Office.
- Encourage to use Electronic meeting with paperless campaign.
- Encourage to use Electronic learning to reduce paper sheets and papers in teaching media.
Waste Management Policy
Siam University is committed to develop waste management system for both municipal solid waste and hazardous waste in standard practices and meet regulations. Students and staffs shall be encouraged to reduce reuse recycle and proper management on treatment and disposal. We are committed that:
- Solid waste and hazardous waste shall be managed according to the waste hierarchy of reduction, reuse, and recycle, treatment and responsible disposal.
- Products that can be reused, or recycled shall be encouraged.
- Efficient use of equipment, materials or chemicals shall be promoted.
In order to ensure that Siam University will accomplish our sustainability mission, a “Center of Sustainability” was officially set up with the assignment to facilitate and implement the university’s sustainability policies. In order to strengthen this mission, Dr. Pornchai Mongkhonvanit, President of Siam University takes this office under his supervision and has appointed Professor Emeritus Dr. Chanita Rukspollmuang, Vice President for Academic Development and Dr. Chanida Phitthayanon, Head of the Center of Sustainability, to manage the office. Our activities are successfully organized with the cooperation of representatives from various faculties and colleges in the university. A working committee for sustainable university was appointed with members from various faculties and colleges. To better our sustainability roadmap, we also invite Dr. Wijarn Simachaya, former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Sukich Udindu, Director of SEAMEO-SEPS (SEAMEO Regional Centre for Sufficiency Economy Philosophy for Sustainability) as advisors to the committee. The center is responsible for UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, THE Impact Rankings and other activities relating to sustainable development and the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals.