A new ranking assess universities’ success in delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals


Times Higher Education has launched a new ranking that assesses universities against the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Photo: Auckland University Old Government /Arvid Olson form Pixabay.

The Times Higher Education released the first edition of a new university ranking, the University Impact Rankings 2019, a global performance table that evaluates and classifies universities’ success in delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

To elaborate the ranking, Times Higher Education, along with Vertigo Ventures and Elsevier, evaluated more than 450 universities data from the closest academic year to January to December 2017 and indicators in the following three areas: research, outreach, and stewardship.

Moreover, from a total of 17 SDGs, the publication used 11 of them in this first edition of the ranking.

  1. Good health and well-being

  2. Quality education

  3. Gender equality

  4. Decent work and economic growth

  5. Industry, innovation, and infrastructure

  6. Reduced inequalities

  7. Sustainable cities and communities

  8. Responsible consumption and production

  9. Climate action

  10. Peace, justice and strong institutions

  11. Partnerships for the goals

In addition to the general ranking, readers can also review how universities performed on each Sustainable Development Goals in 11 separate tables, each one for all 11 SDGs.

The overall table is led by the University of Auckland (New Zealand), followed by McMaster University (Canada), the University of British Columbia (Canada), the University of Manchester (United Kingdom), and King’s College London in the top five positions. According to Times Higher Education, Japan is the most-represented nation in the table with 41 institutions, followed by the United States with 31 and Russia with 30 universities.

Photo: McMaster University

Photo: McMaster University

Photo: Library British Columbia University /  Max Pixel

Photo: Library British Columbia University / Max Pixel

No American university made it to the top 20 of the classification. With an overall score of 90.6, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the best evaluated American university in the impact ranking standing at number 24, followed by Arizona State University in 35th place and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in 62nd position.

For more information about the University Impact Rankings 2019 and its methodology, visit: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/rankings/impact/2019/overall