13 April 2019
Times Higher Education (THE) has announced the inaugural edition of its Global Impact Rankings. These measure the contribution that universities make toward the Sustainable Development Goals announced by the United Nations. There are 17 goals covering aspirations such as Good Health and Well Being, Gender Equality and Quality Education.
THE allows universities to submit data for eleven goals, with at least four required for inclusion in the overall rankings. Submission of data for Goal 17, Partnership for the Goals, is mandatory.
Participation in the rankings is uneven. There is a good representation of universities from the UK, Canada and Australia but only three Chinese universities took part. Many elite institutions in the US are absent and there are only seven from Indonesia compared to 61 included in the Universitas Indonesia GreenMetric World Rankings.
First place in the overall rankings goes to the University of Auckland, New Zealand. The top universities for the various goals are:
Good Health and Well-being; University of Auckland
Quality Education; University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Gender Equality; Western Sydney University, Australia
Decent Work and Economic Growth; McMaster University, Canada
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Yonsei University, South Korea
Reduced Inequalities; James Cook University, Australia
Sustainable Cities and Communities; Kyung Hee University
Responsible Consumption and Production; University College Cork, Ireland
Climate Action; University of British Columbia, Canada
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; National Taiwan University
Partnership for the Goals; University of Auckland.
Times Higher Education