The Gap of Teaching Sustainability in Planning and Urban Design Programs in Saudi Arabia

By Anas Almughairy.

Published by The International Journal of Design in Society

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Urban planning programs in the three major universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (King Saud University, King Abdulazia University, and King Fahad University for Petroleum and Minerals) have competed to embrace sustainability through teaching and research. Students, however, as recipients and future proponents of sustainable urban development, have become suspicious of sustainability objectives and whether they are applicable in real-world practice after graduation. This research paper explores challenges to teaching sustainable development in Saudi Arabia based on 48 senior undergraduate students’ responses to a questionnaire that included questions on university policies towards sustainability education, sustainable development pedagogy, and students’ perceptions of sustainable development. Participants felt that universities and urban planning schools need to address sustainability issues and education on campus. Concise efforts should be made by planning schools to promote better education for sustainable development in Saudi Arabia.

Keywords: Education for Sustainable Development, Urban Planning, Sustainable Urban Design, Planning Pedagogy

The International Journal of Design in Society, Volume 10, Issue 1, March, 2016, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: January 22, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 646.965KB)).

Dr. Anas Almughairy

Assistant Professor, Vice-Dean, College of Architecture and Planning, Department of Urban Planning, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia