Introduction of Living Laboratory UTM

Living Laboratories (LL) The concept of LL can be interpreted and used as a human-centric research and development approach. LL approach not only focuses on involving students in the development process, but it also strives to facilitate the interaction among other relevant stakeholders, such as academia, researcher, administrative personnel.

UTM Campus Living Lab Framework will eventually strengthen the interactive linkages between the research-teaching-learning-operation whereby it adopts and grows organically by facilitating adaptive governance which involves the co-management and co-implementation of campus sustainability and improves the transformational changes of education for sustainability in institutional setting using the sustainability science approach, an issue-based approach to accommodate interdisciplinary approach in teaching and learning. In this context, it does not only minimize the impact of campus operation on the environment but also provide dynamic teaching and learning platform for students and researchers resulted in robust to learn and test an adaptive management system by involving the three communities.

A university would operate as a fully integrated community that models social and biological sustainability itself. In many cases, people think about education, research, operation as separate activities but they are not actually. Because students learn from everything around them, these activities (E, R, O) form a complex of experience and learning. In order to graduate, students need to overcome this larger, extensive form of learning, education experience must reflect on the intimate connection among curriculum and research; understanding any negative ecological and social footprint of the institution and improve local and regional communities to more healthier and environmentally sustainable.

The integration of student-centered learning (SCL) and R&D have resulted in a robust and innovative research output whereby this framework engages students and a bigger campus society to experience the real campus life, through Sustainable Food Arcade initiatives; food waste recycling (Fork-to-Farm), No Single-Use Plastic (Campus-Free Plastic) and Bring Your Own Container (BYOC), food quality & cleanliness research and biodegradable composting research, etc. Besides, it also creates clear pathway on how the campus contributed to a bigger open innovation system through public-private-people partnership (4Ps) approach with external stakeholder such as government, industry and community in the context of positive response towards climate adaptation and mitigation. Therefore, the concept of LL is good to approach to enhance sustainable development in UTM.

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