Université Saint-Esprit De Kaslik – (USEK) teams up with the European Union funded CEDRO project to implement a sustainable energy strategy at the university level and action plans to mitigate climate change. All this providing positive change to the university community at large.
Université Saint-Esprit De Kaslik – (USEK) is, on a late August day, buzzing with students shuttling between departments as they register courses and prepare for the upcoming semester which starts early September. The campus is busy, but also filled with energy that only youth can radiate. Students who had not seen each other all summer hug and kiss and catch up on their news as they meet with their advisors to coordinate the fall semester courses. Unseen to them are solar panels installed on top of the main building and the faculty of agriculture, as part of CEDRO a European Union (EU) funded initiative.
USEK at a glance
USEK is a private Catholic institution of higher education, which has been founded in 1938 by the Lebanese Maronite Order (LMO) and which has been governed by them since its inception. While having a glorious past, it does not sleep on its laurels and always strives for more achievements in the future as they use the fruitful present as a stepping stone - notably in the domain related to the environment.
Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, on the coast of Mount Lebanon, the university boasts a lively main campus, full of greenery, and several architectural buildings stemming from different eras, yet mixing together in full harmony. Strolling through its campus, the lush vegetation protects one from the adverse effects of the burning Lebanese summer, but look closely and other signs of a broader environmental program can be seen: Recycling bins, sorting trash sings, eco-design projects left by entrepreneurial students and the list continues.
USEK is certainly impressive when it comes to numbers, its 2018 figures include: 7386 Students, 20182 Graduates since 2001-2002, 875 Faculty out of which, 230 Full-time Faculty Members and 645 Part-time Faculty Members, 354 Administrative and Technical Staff.
Pope Francis, in the second encyclical of his pontificate, Laudato Si, says it clearly: "I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all."
USEK, and not only because of its Catholic roots, took this to heart and has been implementing a rigorous environmental zero waste program, which allowed it to be elected number one green university in Lebanon according to the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings in 2017.