Commenced in January 2007
Frequency: Monthly
Edition: International
Paper Count: 30076
A Framework for University Social Responsibility and Sustainability: The Case of South Valley University, Egypt

Authors: Alaa Tag Eldin Mohamed

Abstract:

The environmental, cultural, social, and technological changes have led higher education institutes to question their traditional roles. Many declarations and frameworks highlight the importance of fulfilling social responsibility of higher education institutes. The study aims at developing a framework of university social responsibility and sustainability (USR&S) with focus on South Valley University (SVU) as a case study of Egyptian Universities. The study used meetings with 12 vice deans of community services and environmental affairs on social responsibility and environmental issues. The proposed framework integrates social responsibility with strategic management through the establishment and maintenance of the vision, mission, values, goals and management systems; elaboration of policies; provision of actions; evaluation of services and development of social collaboration with stakeholders to meet current and future needs of the community and environment. The framework links between different stakeholders internally and externally using communication and reporting tools. The results show that SVU integrates social responsibility and sustainability in its strategic plans. It has policies and actions however fragmented and lack of appropriate structure and budgeting. The proposed framework could be valuable for researchers and decision makers of the Egyptian Universities. The study proposed recommendations and highlighted building on the results and conducting future research.

Keywords: Corporate social responsibility (CSR), South Valley University, Sustainable University, university social responsibility and sustainability (USR&S).

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1107776

Procedia APA BibTeX Chicago EndNote Harvard JSON MLA RIS XML ISO 690 PDF Downloads 3528

References:


[1] Alzyoud, Sukaina A. and Bani-Hani, Kamal (2015). Social responsibility in higher education institutes. European Scientific Journal, March edition vol.11, No. 8 ISSN: 1857 – 7881. Available at: http://eujournal.org/index.php/esj/article/viewFile/5259/5070
[2] Asemah, Ezekiel S., Okpanachi, Ruth A. and Olumuji, Emmanuel O. (2013). Universities and Corporate Social Responsibility Performance: An Implosion of the Reality. African research review, An International Multidisciplinary Journal, Ethiopia Vol. 7 (4), Serial No. 31, September, pp.195-224. Available at: http://afrrevjo.net/journals/multidiscipline/ Vol_7_no_4_art_12_AsemahOkpanachi&Olumuji.pdf
[3] Barblan, A., M. Daxner and V. Ivosevic (2007). Academic Malpractice, Threats and Temptations. An Essay of the Magna Charta Observatory and the National Unions of Students in Europe (ESIB). Bologna, Bononia University Press. Available at: http://www.magnacharta.org/ resources/files/academicmalpracticepdf.pdf
[4] Bryman, A. (2012). Social Research Methods. Oxford University Press: Oxford.
[5] Carroll, A. B (1999). Corporate social responsibility: Evolution of a definitional construct. Business and Society, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 268-95. Available at: http://uga.academia.edu/ httpwwwterryugaeduprofilespersonid443/Papers/398629/Corporate_Soc ial_Responsibility_Evolution_of_a_Definitional_Construct
[6] Carroll, A. B. (1991). The pyramid of corporate social responsibility: toward the moral management of organizational stakeholders. Business Horizons, pp. 39–48. Available at: http://cf.linnbenton.edu/bcs/bm/ gusdorm/upload/Pyramid%20of%20Social%20Responsibility.pdf
[7] Cloe L. (2003). Assessing Sustainability on Canadian University Campuses: Development of a Campus Sustainability Assessment Framework. Canada: Royal Roads University, p. 30. Available at: http://neumann.hec.ca/humaniterre/campus_durable/campus_memoire.p df
[8] Cochran, Philip L. (2007). The evolution of corporate social responsibility. Business Horizons, 50, pp. 449–454. Available at: www.sciencedirect.com
[9] Commissions of European Communities (2001). Green paper, promoting a European Framework for Corporate Social Responsibility. Brussels, p. 4. Available at: http://www.csr-in commerce.eu/data/ files/resources/717/com_2001_0366_en.pdf
[10] Cruz, Yasmin (2014). Quality and the social responsibility of universities. Global university network for innovation. Available at: http://www.guninetwork.org/resources/he-articles/quality-and-thesocial- responsibility-of-universities
[11] Dahan, G.S and Senol, I. (2012). Corporate social responsibility in higher education institutions: Istanbul Bilgi University case. American International of Contemporary Research. Vol. 2 (3), pp. 95-103. Available at: http://aijcrnet.com/journals/Vol_2_No_3_March_ 2012/10.pdf
[12] Dima, Alina Mihaela, Simona Vasilache, Valentina Ghinea and Simona Agoston (2013). A model of academic social responsibility. Transylvanian Review of Administrative Sciences, No. 38 E, pp. 29. Available at: http://www.rtsa.ro/tras/index.php/tras/ article/download/86/82.
[13] Felt, U. & Glans, M. (2002). University autonomy in Europe: changing paradigms in higher education policy. Bologna: Magna Charta Observatory, p. 18. Available at: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/ download?doi=10.1.1.124.2143&rep=rep1&type=pdf
[14] Felt, U. (2003). University Autonomy in Europe: changing paradigms in higher education policy. Proceedings of the Seminar of the Magna Charta Observatory, 17 September 2002, Managing University Autonomy: Collective Decision Making and Human Resources Policy, pp.13-16. Bologna: Bononia University Press. Available at: http://eua.uni-graz.at/Ulrike_Felt.pdf
[15] Gaberman, Barry (2008). A global view of corporate social responsibility, a working paper based on a public lecture first given at AUC in October 2007. The American University in Cairo, spring, pp. 6, 10.
[16] Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) (October, 27, 2010). Implementation Guidelines to the ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter, Suggested reporting contents and format, International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN), pp. 1-32. Available at: http://www.international-sustainable-campus-network.org/viewdocument/ 365-implementation-guidelines-for-the-iscn-gulf-sustainabl ecampus- charter.html
[17] Halifax Declaration (1991). Creating a Common Future: An Action Plan for Universities. Follow up to the Halifax Conference on University Action for Sustainable Development. December 9-11. Halifax: Lester Pearson Institute for International Development, Dalhousie University, 1992. Available at: www.iau-aiu.net/content/rtf/sd_dhalifax.rtf http://www.rtsa.ro/tras/index.php/tras/article/download/86/82
[18] ISO (2004). Social Responsibility Standardization, An outline of the issues, International Institute for Sustainable Development. International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Social Responsibility Conference, June, 21–22, and to the ISO Technical Management Board’s meeting, June 24, 2004. Available at: http://www.iisd.org/pdf/2004/standards_iso_srs.pdf
[19] Jónasson, Jón Torfii (2008). Inventing tomorrow's university: who is to take the lead? An essay of the Magna Charta Observatory. Bologna: Bononia University Press. Available at: http://www.magnacharta. org/observatoryPublication.aspx?uid=%7B564967b9-c30c-4d96- af8c-24e6ac7b7d6e%7D
[20] Koskos, L. Ph. (2007) Quality and the Role of the University. Opening Remarks, 2nd International Conference on University Evaluation, Athens, Greece, p. 4. Available at: http://quality.hau.gr/docs/Koskos_en.pdf
[21] Krizek, Kevin J., Newport, Dave, White, James and Townsend, Alan R. (2012). Higher education’s sustainability imperative: how to practically respond? International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, v13, n1, p.19-33 : DOI 10.1108/14676371211190281
[22] Kyoto Declaration (November, 1993). Available at: http://www.iisd.org/educate/declarat/kyoto.htm
[23] Magna Charta Universitatum Observatory (31 March 2002). p. 13, Available at: http://www.magna-charta.org/cms/download.aspx? FileUid={6e541566-8ef0-48a8-9c8c-17f353a99d7a}&lang=en-US
[24] Martínez de Carrasquero, Cynthia (2011). University Social Responsibility and its Articulation with Teaching-Research-Community Projects Roles to Link it with Society. Iesala Reports On Higher Education, No. 214. Available at: http://www.iesalc.unesco.org.ve/ index.on-el-entorno-social&catid=126%3Anoticias-paginanueva& Itemid=712&lang=en
[25] Mat, Sohif; Sopian, Kamaruzzaman; Mokhtar, Mazlin; Ali, Baharuddin; Hashim, Halimaton Saadiah; et al. (2009). Managing Sustainable Campus in Malaysia – Organisational Approach and Measures. European Journal of Social Sciences, Volume 8, Number 2, pp. 201- 221. Available at: http://www.eurojournals.com/ejss_8_2_01.pdf
[26] McWilliams, Abagail and Siegel, Donald (Jan, 2001). Corporate Social Responsibility: A Theory of the Firm Perspective. The Academy of Management Review, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 117-127. Available at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/259398
[27] Monaco, Fabio R. (2002). The Setting up of the Magna Charta Observatory of Fundamental University Values and Rights, in Observatory for Fundamental University Values and Rights, Autonomy and Responsibility. Proceeding of the lunch event for the Magna Charta Observatory, 21-22 September 2001. Bononia University Press. Available at: http://www.magna-charta.org/cms/download.aspx? FileUid={6e54156 6-8ef0-48a8-9c8c-17f353a99d7a}&lang=en-US
[28] Pierick, E. Ten; Beekman, V.; Weele, C.N.; Meeusen, M.J.G. Graaff, R.P.M. (2004). A framework for analysing corporate social performance, Beyond the Wood model, Report 5.04.03. Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI), The Hague, p, 11. Available at: http://www.lei.dlo.nl/publicaties/PDF/2004/5_xxx/5_04_03.pdf.
[29] Sanderson, Don M. and Watters, James J. (2006). The corporatisation of higher education: A question of balance. In Debowski, Shelda, Eds. Proceedings Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia Annual conference, pp. 316-323, Perth, Western Australia. Available at: http://eprints.qut.edu.au/4772/1/4772.pdf
[30] Sawasdikosol, S. (2010). University Social Responsibility Alliance: Collaboration Foundation to the New Era of University Social Responsibility for Sufficiency Economy, Green Technology, Sustainable Environment and Sustainable Development. The Royal Golden Jubilée International Seminar Series, LXX. Available at: http://sichon.wu.ac.th/file/arts-20100317-111023-1wzu5
[31] South Valley University Strategic plan (2011-2015). pp. 74, 91-94. Available at: http://www.svu.edu.eg/arabic/links/stratigy/stratigy.html
[32] Swansea Declaration (1993). Released at the conclusion of the Association of Commonwealth Universities' Fifteenth Quinquennial Conference, August, Swansea, Wales. Available at: http://www.iisd.org/educate/declarat/swansea.htm
[33] The university charter for sustainable development (May, 1994). COPERNECUS, Geneva. Available at: http://www.iisd.org/educate/declarat/coper.htm
[34] UNCED (1992). http://www.ciesin.org/TG/PI/TREATY/unced.html
[35] UNESCO (1990). The Talloires Declaration. Available at: http://portal.unesco.org/education/en/ev.php- URL_ID=37590&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
[36] UNISCO (1998). Higher Education in the Twenty-first Century, Vision and Action, WORLD CONFERENCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION, Volume IV, Thematic Debate: Autonomy, Social Responsibility and Academic Freedom, Paris, 5-9 October, p.11. Available at: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0011/001173/117320e.pdf
[37] Vallaeys, Francisco (2015). Defining social responsibility: a matter of philosophical urgency for universities. Global University Network for Innovation, p. 3. Available at: http://www.guninetwork.org/resources/he-articles/defining-social-responsibility-a-matter-of-urgency-forphilosophy- and-universities
[38] Vasilescu, Ruxandra, Barna, Cristina, Epure, Manuela and Baicu, Claudia (2010). Developing university social responsibility: A model for the challenges of the new civil society. Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, (2), pp. 4177–4182. Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877042810007007
[39] Velazquez L, Munguia N, Platt A and Taddei J. (2006) Sustainable University: what can be the matter? Journal of Cleaner Production; 14 , p.812
[40] Vukasovic, Martina (2008). The Integrity of Higher Education from Essence to Management, in the Management of University Integrity, Observatory for Fundamental University Values and Rights. Proceedings of the Seminar of the Magna Charta Observatory, 19 September 2007, pp. 25, 26, Bononia University Press. Available at: http://www.magna-charta.org/observatoryPublication.aspx? uid={25cc7122-bf64-4c69-8e7b-9f95526e241c}
[41] WBCSD (1999). Meeting Changing Expectations, Corporate Social Responsibility. World Business Council for Sustainable Development, p. 22. Available at: http://oldwww.wbcsd.org/plugins/ DocSearch/details.asp?type=DocDet&ObjectId=Mjg2.
[42] Wright, T.S.A. (2002). Definitions and frameworks for environmental sustainability in higher education. Higher Education Policy, 15(2), June. pp. 105-20. Available at: http://www.ulsf.org/pdf/ Wright_Declarations.pdf
[43] The Magna Charta Observatory of Fundamental University. Available at: http://www.magna-charta.org
[44] Wood, Donna J. (Oct. 1991). Corporate Social Performance Revisited. The Academy of Management Review, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 691-718. Available at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/258977
[45] Dodd, E. M., Jr. (1932). For whom are corporate managers trustees? Harvard Law Review, 45 (7), pp. 1146 - 1162. Available at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/128092362/Dodd-For-Whom-Are- Corporate-Managers-Trustees#scribd
[46] Reiser, J., (2007) Managing University Social Responsibility (USR). International Sustainable Campus Network: Best Practices – Future Challenges, April 25-27, p. 2, Zurich, Switzerland.