04 January 2019
Times Higher Education (THE) announced last year that it was developing a new global ranking based on the Sustainable Development Goals issued by the United Nations. Most international university rankings have focussed on research and sometimes on metrics that might be relevant to the quality of teaching and learning. Recently, however, there has been much debate about exploring university missions other than research and teaching. The UI GreenMetric University Rankings, published by Universitas Indonesia, assess the commitment of universities to supporting environmental sustainability. The new Moscow International University Ranking includes measures of interaction with society such as online courses and social media activity.
The THE project is now in the data collection stage. A workshop on methodology was held at THE’s World Academic Summit in Singapore last September and results will be announced at the Innovation and Impact Summit to be held at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in April.
Universities wishing to be included in the overall rankings must submit data on one mandatory goal, participating in global partnerships, and at least three other goals, including gender equality, clean energy, sustainable cities and quality education.