QS Announces Sustainability Rankings

QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) have just published the second edition of their World University Rankings: Sustainability, which attempt to measure the ability of universities to deal with issues relating to the environment, society, and governance.

There are over fifty metrics distributed among three lenses as follows:

Social Impact (weighting of 45%); including Equality, Knowledge Exchange, Impact of Education, Employability and Opportunities. Health and Wellbeing

Environmental Impact (45%); including Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Education, Environmental Research

Governance (10%); ten indicators measuring Good Governance.

Data is submitted by institutions subject to verification by QS.

This year’s first place goes to the University of Toronto, followed by the University of California Berkeley, the University of Manchester, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Auckland.

These rankings are dominated by the Anglosphere, especially by England and Scotland. The UK is represented 28 universities in the top 100, Australia by 16, Canada by 14, the USA by 12, New Zealand by 6, and Ireland by 2.

In marked contrast, the performance of Asian and Russian universities has been relatively poor compared with their performance in other rankings. The best performance from a Chines university is by Fudan University with a rank of 142. India is led by the University of Delhi (220), Saudi Arabia by King Abdulaziz University (276), and Russia by HSE University (344).




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