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Table University of Kufa’s Objectives of Sustainable Development

Objectives The role of university University-level initiatives
Goal 1: No poverty • Increasing the access of the poor to information technology.

• Providing sustainable farming models.

• Conducting seminars, symposiums and workshops and calling for working groups such as owners of companies and industrial and agricultural projects to obtain job opportunities for graduates, in addition to spreading a culture of donation (volunteering) and solidarity (social cooperation) to support people with limited income.

• Aligning educational outcomes to the needs of the labor market, and to achieve this it is necessary to conduct scientific evaluations of the specializations required for the actual needs of the career market consulting stakeholders, especially employers.

• Developing  a database for people with low income.

• Establishing a social solidarity fund to support students with low income.

• Making education a means for ensuring social cohesion, peace building and active civilized education.

• Seeking to eliminate social differences among students.

• Strengthening rehabilitation and training programs to empower the poor and make them more productive.

• The initiative presented by the Faculty of Agriculture in providing alternatives to fertilizers for the poor.
Goal 2: Zero hunger (No hunger) • Conducting research in the field of food security.

• Conducting research in the field of sustainable agriculture.

• Concentrating on the agricultural sector, as this sector is considered the greatest potential for generating career opportunities in the present and the future.

• Utilizing more sustainable agricultural methods and better management of water and agricultural resources.

• Holding academic seminars and professional workshops on the importance of the agricultural sector and sustainable farming techniques.

• Adopting the concept of food security, which is a challenge that can only be addressed by arming with scientific research and extensive knowledge.

• Spreading the principle of donation and volunteering among students to plant fruit trees, especially date palms.

• Doing studies on the issue of food security, reform of the ration (catering) card system, and social ensurance programs.
Goal 3: Good health and well-being • Exchange of information in the field of medical sciences between the university and the Iraqi Ministry of Health.

• Participation in the visiting doctor program.

1. Providing studies for programs inspired by the experiences of developed countries to provide the best health services to citizens.

2. Incorporating  contemporary  scientific standards in selecting qualified students for the medical faculties and not relying entirely on the outcomes of the sixth preparatory classes to advance the health sector in the country.

3. Reviewing governmental  on expenses on health to determine deficiencies, and suggest valid options to improve the health care delivery system, quality, and efficiency of public expenses.

4. Transform the current hospital-centered model into a primary health-care model with low cost solutions.

5. Involving the private sector by adopting a workable regulatory framework to accommodate large numbers of graduates from some of the  medical colleges.

6. The medical faculties laboratories should  keep pace with the latest international laboratories and equip them with the latest technologies required to train students.

7. Introducing academic programs and updating curricula in accordance with international standards adopted in reputable universities.

8. Commitment to teaching professional ethics to cadres and students and training them extensively.

9. Participation in the Visiting Doctor Program.

10. Adopting educational initiatives for the habits and practices that affect the health of the individual, for example:

• An educational initiative about the health and economic damages of smoking.

• An educational initiative about drugs, and their psychological, social, and economic negative effects.

• An educational initiative about obesity and its harms.

Goal 4: Quality education •Contribution to reducing the illiteracy rate.

• Applying compulsory education up to the intermediate stage.

• Making primary and secondary education free and equitable.

• Paying attention to early childhood development and encouraging pre-primary education.

• Carefully reviewing the curricula, to ensure that students acquire the necessary skills including creative critical thinking, entrepreneurship, problem solving, better communication, persistence, and flexibility.

• Reorienting courses and syllabi towards sustainability.

• Providing open sustainable educational platforms especially in vital topics such as climate change, sustainable agriculture, biotechnology.

• Ensuring equal access to quality and affordable technical and vocational education and higher education.

• Expansion of schools and vocational institutes that respond to the needs of the labor market.

• Teaching the skills needed to do a respectable job.

• Promoting  education and lifelong learning opportunities.

• Enhancing the quality of educational and higher education institutions.

•The university’s contribution to the literacy program and the establishment of the Literacy Center.

• Continuing Education Programs.

Goal 5: Gender equality • Programs to empower girls and women.

• Educating women and girls is essential to acquiring basic skills and improving life opportunities.

• Ending all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere;

• Ending all forms of violence against women and girls.

• Elimination of harmful practices, like cases of child marriage, especially in rural areas.

• Ensuring the full and operative participation of women in political and public life.

• The Human Development Unit program to promote gender equality and empower girls and women.

• Organizing university staff women’s meetings.

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation • Providing studies and research on  sewage sanitation and water.

• Encouraging the completion of research and university theses (Master’s and Ph.D.) on water and sanitation at the governorate level.

• The necessity of providing sewage sanitation networks in all urban and rural areas

•Enhancing  effective water management by minimizing losses from water leaks, repairing pipes and using low-flow equipment.

• The use of a number of smart technologies such as automatic control and control by sensors or devices that deliver a predetermined amount of water and then close it which  helps to rationalize consumption.

• The use of gray water, and gray water means the water generated by the shower, bathtubes, bathroom sink, washing machines, drinking water springs, and water from air conditioners. They can be used directly for some applications such as irrigation, cooling, industrial purposes, bathroom siphons and firefighting equipment.

• Collecting  rainwater and employing  it for irrigation or drinking after purification processes. It should not be stored for long periods before being used for irrigation.

• Conductig research and university theses (Master’s and Ph.D.) on water and sanitation at the governorate level.
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy ·        Research in clean energy. ·        Adoption of solar energy technology in the university.

·        Adopting wind energy.

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth • Providing career/job opportunities for the poor.

• Confirming the necessity of increasing the quality of work by improving working conditions, providing better occupational safety and health, and higher incomes in order to reach a more environmentally sustainable economy.

• Agriculture is the largest employer in Iraq. Therefore, farmers must be trained and supported in adopting productive agricultural methods that have less impact on the environment. Public policy programs on sustainable agriculture, including skills upgrading, enterprise development, value chain development, regulation, and investments in social protection and infrastructure, will surely help.

• Providing work options in the field of waste disposal and recycling.

• The university’s initiative to employ low income and poor groups in contracts and daily wages.
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure • Investing in information and communication technology. • Improving the utilization of investment in computers.
Goal 10: Reduced inequality • Facilitating the access of people with special needs to the information sources that suit them. • Issuing some studies on (protecting religious and ethnic minorities), in cooperation with international and Iraqi civil society organizations, and with the support of the European Union.

• An initiative to establish a separate library for people with special needs at the university.

Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities • Protection of the national heritage • Establishing a center for the resurrection and preservation of manuscripts.

• Establishing a museum for the city.

Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production • Rationalization of electrical energy consumption • Launching energy conservation programs.
Goal 13: Climate action • Protection of the Iraqi environment

• Legislating strict laws to prevent exceeding frontiers of green areas, for any reason, within the urban design of cities.

• Holding workshops and symposiums on the use of sustainable irrigation and drainage systems.

• Demanding an increase in water reserves and strengthening international cooperation to ensure Iraq’s water share.

• Expansion of green spaces and the green economy.

• Establishing a green zones or lines around the cities, especially in the center and the south.

• Preventing the dumping of  untreated or sewage water into rivers.

• Developing environmental legislation, even if ibecame a must to impose environmental taxes.

• Encouraging scientific research on climate change and environmental protection issues.

• Establishing environmental departments in science faculties.

• Introducing a master’s study in environmental sciences.

Goal 14: Life below water • Activating scientific research in the field of ocean and sea conservation. • Research and theses/dissertations  in the sustainable use of the Gulf.
Goal 15: Life on land • Biodiversity databases in Iraq. • Establishing a biodiversity database, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment.
Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions • Fostering  opportunities for intersectional and interreligious dialogue and creating active dialogue spaces. • Founding  the Department of Civil Society in the Faculty of Arts, with Bachelor and Master’s degrees.

• Establishing the UNESCO Chair for Interfaith Dialogue at the University of Kufa.

• Issuing a number of studies in (peace making), in cooperation with some Iraqi and international civil society organizations, and with the support of the United Nations Development Program in Iraq (UNDP).

• Establishing community dialogue centers.

Goal 17: Partnership for the goals • Strengthening partnership for sustainable development. • Conducting twinning and partnership agreements and scientific, cultural and humanitarian exchange programmes with a number of universities and Iraqi and international civil society organizations; so as to achieve sustainable development.