The International Association of Universities IAU has launched a Global Cluster on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HSED) to advocate for the Key Role that higher education institutions play in achieving agenda 2030. The global endeavour directly engages universities in addressing all 17 sustainable development goals SDGs.

Beirut Arab University was selected to represent and lead SDG 9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure that aims mainly to promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, enhance scientific research, and support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all.

The Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Design & Built Environment Professor Ibtihal El- Bastawissi is the BAU Institutional Coordinator at the IAU Global Higher Education Cluster.

The IAU HESD Cluster consists of 16 lead universities, one for each SDG; IAU leads the work on SDG 17 on global partnerships. The lead universities, which are based in all world regions, will work with ‘satellite’ universities to advance a particular SDG, all the while ensuring synergies among all goals.