Using fuzzy analytic hierarchy process to develop assessment indicators for sustainable university

Wen Sheng Wang, Shiu Wan Hung

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The way to maintain sustainable development is an important global issue. If sustainability education can be developed in the university, this concept will be soon effectively spread to the society. Therefore, the development of a set of assessment indicators to measure higher education sustainability practices and performance becomes a urgent task. The current study uses the definitions of sustainability according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, University Leaders for a Sustainable Future, and the Sierra Youth Coalition, and their concepts are expanded into four dimensions: ecosystem health, social justice, secured livelihoods, and future performance. In addition, this study also uses the fuzzy analytic hierarchy process to analyze the indicators. The survey questionnaires were given to 37 experts of industry, government, education, and research and development institutes. Results show that the indicators of water resource management, help the disadvantaged, health and welfare, and educators program are considered the most important. Additional suggestions and recommendation were given for further planning and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-113
Number of pages39
JournalContemporary Educational Research Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015


  • Assessment indicators
  • Fuzzy analytic hierarchy process
  • Sustainability development
  • Sustainable university


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