US’ Arizona State University (TEMPE) Achieves 5TH Place Overall in Global Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

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US’ ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY (TEMPE) ACHIEVES 5TH PLACE OVERALL IN GLOBAL TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION IMPACT RANKINGS

World level view of interactive data visualisation mapping overall THE Impact Rankings 2020

London, 22 April 2020

  • First of its kind university ranking maps actions institutions across the globe are taking towards the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals
  • Arizona State University (Tempe) is the first US university to achieve a Top 10 place in the overall rankings, achieving 5th place from 766 institutions
  • Only 3 US institutions make the overall rankings Top 100 from 31 eligible institutions
  • 32 from total of 39 US institutions included in rankings are public universities. Seven public universities achieve top 10 positions in individual SDG rankings
  • American University only private institution to appear in a top 10, ranking 1st in the world for Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions (SDG 16)
  • 3 US universities in top 10 in world for SDG14 (Life Below Water). Only Canada can match US performance in this SDG top 10

From unlocking the potential of clean fuel cell energy, to developing affordable water purification tools and creating life-saving breathing aids for coronavirus patients, in the past year alone universities across the globe have been responsible for providing some of the best hope of solving the world’s biggest challenges.

Released today, the second edition of THE’s (Times Higher Education) new Impact Rankings uses the United Nations’ (UN) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help shine a light on these often unsung actions. The Rankings provide a measure of the extent to which universities are having a positive social and economic impact on the planet; from climate action and gender equality, to good health and wellbeing. It is the first university ranking to use this criteria, rather than traditional metrics, such as reputation and research prestige.

The Rankings clearly show the collective efforts of higher education institutions across the globe, from the developed world, to the lowest-income countries or regions. In total, 857 universities from 89 countries and regions across six continents have been ranked for at least one SDG and 766 are included in the overall ranking.

THE has created a visualisation that maps all of the institutions in the overall ranking, bringing to life the stories within the data, showing you which universities across the world are ranked, which of the SDGs they perform most strongly against, and what trends this shows in a global context: http://timeshighereducation.com/impact-visual

39 US universities participated in the rankings this year, submitting against at least one of the 17 individual SDGs. 31 universities were eligible for the overall ranking, having submitted against SDG17 and at least three others, with Arizona State University (Tempe) the only US university to achieve a top 10 spot in 5th place.

At the top of the overall rankings Australasian universities dominate, securing the top four spots. The University of Auckland holds on to first place despite an extra 301 universities appearing in the ranking, followed by Australia’s University of Sydney (2), Western Sydney University (3), and La Trobe University (4). No Australian university appeared in the 2019 top 10. The rest of the top 10 is made up of the US’s Arizona State University (Tempe) (5), Italy’s University of Bologna (6), Canada’s University of British Columbia (7),  the UK’s University of Manchester (8) and King’s College London (9), and Australia’s RMIT University (10).

The domination of the top 20 by developed economies is broken up only by China’s Tongji University (13) and Brazil’s University of Sao Paolo (14), which also enters the rankings for the first time.

The US also enjoys success by claiming top spot in three of the individual SDG rankings with Arizona State University (Tempe) first in the world for SDG1 (No Poverty) from 372 universities in total, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill topping the global ranking for SDG6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) from 330 participating universities and American University securing first position in the global ranking for SDG16 (Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions) from 453 universities in total.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Impact Rankings, the 2020 Rankings now recognise and celebrate the global efforts of those achieving progress against all 17 SDGs, up from 11 SDGs included in 2019. In the 17 individual SDG Rankings, 16 universities from nine nations take number one positions, including China, United States, Republic of Ireland, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer at THE, commented: “The THE Impact Rankings have been specifically designed to champion sustainability regardless of wealth or research prestige. It is fascinating to see how many public universities in the US have stepped forward to participate. Their success demonstrates how they’re putting the UN SDGs at the heart of their missions, and achieving incredible results for the US on the world stage.

It is clear that private universities are also undertaking remarkable work in line with the SDGs with American University topping the ranking for SDG16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. We hope this will encourage others to take part and demonstrate their commitment to championing a better and more sustainable future.”

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APPENDICES:

  1. About the Impact Rankings and Methodology
  2. Summary Results and Tables
  3. Full SDG list
  4. Notes to Editors
  1. About the Impact Rankings

The rankings assess universities on metrics across all 17 UN SDGs. Data was collected from universities and Elsevier and the metrics were developed in partnership with Vertigo Ventures. The findings are displayed in 18 league tables, 17 per each individual SDG, and 1 overall Ranking table. To appear in the overall ranking table, universities must have submitted to SDG17 (Partnerships for the Goals) and a minimum of three other SDGs. The score is calculated as follows:

SDG17 – 22%

Top scoring SDG – 26%

Second best scoring SDG – 26%

Third best scoring SDG – 26%

Find out more about the Impact Rankings:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/opinion/new-way-defining-excellence-higher-education

View the full methodology: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/university-impact-rankings-2020-methodology 

  1. Full SDG list

Please find below a full list of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which can also be found on the United Nation’s website: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300

1: No Poverty

2: Zero Hunger

3: Good Health and Well-being

4: Quality Education

5: Gender Equality

6: Clean Water and Sanitation

7: Affordable and Clean Energy

8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

10: Reduced Inequality

11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

12: Responsible Consumption and Production

13: Climate Action

14: Life Below Water

15: Life on Land

16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal

  1. Summary results and tables

If any of the tables are reproduced, you must credit: Times Higher Education (THE).

Full results can be found on the THE website: http://timeshighereducation.com/rankings/impact/2020 

THE Impact Rankings 2020: overall table

  • Includes 766 universities from 85 nations
  • Top universities: University of Auckland (1), University of Sydney (2), Western Sydney University (3)
  • Top countries and regions by representation: Japan (63), Russia Federation (47), Turkey (37)

Overall Ranking (top 100 + all US ranked institutions)

Rank

University name

Country/Region

1

University of Auckland

New Zealand

2

University of Sydney

Australia

3

Western Sydney University

Australia

4

La Trobe University

Australia

5

Arizona State University (Tempe)

United States

6

University of Bologna

Italy

7

University of British Columbia

Canada

8

University of Manchester

United Kingdom

9

King’s College London

United Kingdom

10

RMIT University

Australia

=11

University of Leeds

United Kingdom

=11

Newcastle University

United Kingdom

13

Tongji University

China

=14

University of São Paulo

Brazil

=14

Trinity College Dublin

Republic of Ireland

16

University of Waterloo

Canada

=17

McMaster University

Canada

=17

Monash University

Australia

19

Simon Fraser University

Canada

20

Aix-Marseille University

France

21

University of Leicester

United Kingdom

22

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

United States

=23

Aalborg University

Denmark

=23

Auckland University of Technology

New Zealand

=23

University of Otago

New Zealand

26

Western University

Canada

27

Northumbria University

United Kingdom

28

University of Toronto

Canada

29

University of Calgary

Canada

30

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

31

University of Wollongong

Australia

32

University College Cork

Republic of Ireland

33

York University

Canada

34

University College Dublin

Republic of Ireland

35

Penn State (Main campus)

United States

36

Victoria University of Wellington

New Zealand

37

Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University

Russian Federation

38

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU)

Taiwan

39

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Netherlands

40

University of Malaga

Spain

=41

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

=41

Laval University

Canada

43

Glasgow Caledonian University

United Kingdom

44

University of Dundee

United Kingdom

=45

University of Gothenburg

Sweden

=45

University of Newcastle

Australia

=47

Aalto University

Finland

=47

University of Indonesia

Indonesia

=47

University of Tasmania

Australia

=47

Yonsei University (Seoul campus)

South Korea

51

University of Jaén

Spain

52

University of Worcester

United Kingdom

=53

Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris

France

=53

Pompeu Fabra University

Spain

=55

Deakin University

Australia

=55

Iran University of Medical Sciences

Iran

=57

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

India

=57

Nottingham Trent University

United Kingdom

59

University of Surrey

United Kingdom

60

Massey University

New Zealand

61

Charles Sturt University

Australia

=62

University of Coimbra

Portugal

=62

National Autonomous University of Mexico

Mexico

64

De Montfort University

United Kingdom

65

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Malaysia

=66

National Changhua University of Education

Taiwan

=66

UNSW Sydney

Australia

=68

Bangor University

United Kingdom

=68

National University of Ireland, Galway

Republic of Ireland

=70

Queensland University of Technology

Australia

=70

University of Strathclyde

United Kingdom

72

Universitas Gadjah Mada

Indonesia

=73

University of Aberdeen

United Kingdom

=73

Keele University

United Kingdom

75

University of Johannesburg

South Africa

76

Hokkaido University

Japan

=77

IPB University

Indonesia

=77

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Sweden

=77

The University of Tokyo

Japan

=80

University of Helsinki

Finland

=80

University of Malaya

Malaysia

82

University of Victoria

Canada

83

Edith Cowan University

Australia

84

Dublin City University

Republic of Ireland

=85

University of Bergen

Norway

=85

Dalhousie University

Canada

=87

University of L’Aquila

Italy

=87

Queen’s University Belfast

United Kingdom

=87

University of South Australia

Australia

90

Bournemouth University

United Kingdom

=91

University of Barcelona

Spain

=91

Hanyang University

South Korea

=91

Londrina State University

Brazil

=91

Plekhanov Russian University of Economics

Russian Federation

95

Altai State University

Russian Federation

96

University of Saskatchewan

Canada

97

Tohoku University

Japan

98

Lakehead University

Canada

=99

Brunel University London

United Kingdom

=99

Charles Darwin University

Australia

=99

Kyungpook National University

South Korea

101–200

American University

United States

101–200

University at Buffalo

United States

101–200

Florida International University

United States

101–200

University of Georgia

United States

101–200

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

United States

101–200

University of Massachusetts

United States

101–200

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

United States

101–200

Ohio State University (Main campus)

United States

101–200

University of South Florida (Tampa)

United States

101–200

Stony Brook University

United States

101–200

Texas State University

United States

201–300

Lehigh University

United States

201–300

Northern Arizona University

United States

201–300

Portland State University

United States

201–300

University of Texas at Dallas

United States

301–400

Colorado State University, Fort Collins

United States

301–400

Loyola University New Orleans

United States

301–400

New Jersey Institute of Technology

United States

301–400

Old Dominion University

United States

301–400

Oregon State University

United States

301–400

University of Texas at Arlington

United States

301–400

University of Texas at El Paso

United States

401–600

University of Alaska Fairbanks

United States

401–600

Missouri University of Science and Technology

United States

401–600

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

United States

401–600

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

United States

401–600

Wheaton College (Massachusetts)

United States

601+

Louisiana Tech University

United States

SUMMARY TABLES FOR EACH SDG RANKING

Overall top 10 and top 3 US ranked universities shown in each ranking table. For full results visit: http://timeshighereducation.com/rankings/impact/2020

857 universities from 89 countries and regions submitted to at least one individual SDG ranking

THE Impact Rankings 2020 SDG 1: No Poverty

This measures universities’ research on poverty and their support for students from poorer families to ensure an inclusive education experience.

  • Includes 372 universities from 71 countries and regions
  • Top universities: Arizona State University (Tempe) (1), University of Waterloo (2), University of São Paulo (3)
  • Top countries and regions by representation: Japan (33), Brazil (23), Russian Federation (23)

SDG 1 (top 10)

Rank

University Name

Country/Region

1

Arizona State University (Tempe)

United States

2

University of Waterloo

Canada

3

University of São Paulo

Brazil

4

University of Bologna

Italy

5

University College Cork

Republic of Ireland

6

Aix-Marseille University

France

7

University of Leeds

United Kingdom

8

University of Johannesburg

South Africa

9

University of Indonesia

Indonesia

10

Western University

Canada

=15

Florida International University

United States

=15

Texas State University

United States

 

THE Impact Rankings 2020 SDG 2: Zero hunger

This measures universities’ research on hunger, their teaching on food sustainability and their commitment to tackle food waste and address hunger among students and local communities.

  • Includes 290 universities from 62 countries and regions
  • Top universities: Nanjing Agricultural University (1), National Taiwan University (2), University of Waterloo (3)
  • Top countries and regions by representation: Japan (35), Brazil (17), Russian Federation (16)

SDG 2 (top 10)

Rank

University Name

Country/Region

1

Nanjing Agricultural University

China

2

National Taiwan University

Taiwan

3

University of Waterloo

Canada

4

University of Saskatchewan

Canada

5

University of Sydney

Australia

6

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

India

7

Western University

Canada

8

University of Auckland

New Zealand

9

Lincoln University

New Zealand

10

Hokkaido University

Japan

23

Arizona State University (Tempe)

United States

90

Portland State University

United States

=99

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

United States

 

THE Impact Rankings 2020 SDG 3: Good health and well-being

This measures universities’ research on key diseases and conditions, their support for healthcare professions, and the health of students and staff.

  • Includes 620 universities from 80 countries and regions
  • Top universities: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) (1), La Trobe University (2), China Medical University, Taiwan (3)
  • Top countries and regions by representation: Japan (55), Russian Federation (39), Turkey (33)

SDG 3 (top 10)

Rank

University Name

Country/Region

1

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

Republic of Ireland

2

La Trobe University

Australia

3

China Medical University, Taiwan

Taiwan

4

University of Auckland

New Zealand

5

University of Otago

New Zealand

6

McMaster University

Canada

7

University of Alabama at Birmingham

United States

8

Australian Catholic University

Australia

9

University of Dundee

United Kingdom

10

Chang Gung University

Taiwan

33

University of South Florida (Tampa)

United States

60

Ohio State University (Main campus)

United States

 

THE Impact Rankings 2020 SDG 4: Quality education

This focuses on universities’ contribution to early years and lifelong learning, their pedagogy research and their commitment to inclusive education.

  • Includes 676 universities from 82 countries and regions
  • Top universities: Aalborg University (1), Lingnan University Hong Kong (2), Plekhanov Russian University of Economics (3)
  • Top countries and regions by representation: Japan (56), Russian Federation (47), Turkey (35)

SDG 4 (top 10)

Rank

University Name

Country/Region

1

Aalborg University

Denmark

2

Lingnan University Hong Kong

Hong Kong

3

Plekhanov Russian University of Economics

Russian Federation

4

University of L’Aquila

Italy

5

São Paulo State University (UNESP)

Brazil

=6

University of A Coruña

Spain

=6

University of South Australia

Australia

8

University of Cumbria

United Kingdom

9

Edith Cowan University

Australia

10

Iran University of Medical Sciences

Iran

35

University of Alaska Fairbanks

United States

=39

Northern Arizona University

United States

41

Portland State University

United States

 

THE Impact Rankings 2020 SDG 5: Gender equality

This measures universities’ research on the study of gender, their policies on gender equality and their commitment to recruiting and promoting women.

  • Includes 547 universities from 81 countries and regions
  • Top universities: La Trobe University (1), Western Sydney University (2), Trinity College Dublin (3)
  • Top countries and regions by representation: Japan (44), Russian Federation (31), Turkey (29)

SDG 5 (top 10)

Rank

University Name

Country/Region

1

La Trobe University

Australia

2

Western Sydney University

Australia

3

Trinity College Dublin

Republic of Ireland

4

University of Bologna

Italy

5

University of Worcester

United Kingdom

=6

Charles Sturt University

Australia

=6

Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP)

Brazil

8

University of East London

United Kingdom

9

University of Auckland

New Zealand

10

York University

Canada

=26

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

United States

=31

University of Missouri-St Louis

United States

=47

Arizona State University (Tempe)

United States

=47

Texas State University

United States

 

THE Impact Rankings 2020 SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation

This measures universities’ research related to water, their water usage and their commitment to ensuring good water management in the wider community.

  • Includes 330 universities from 63 countries and regions
  • Top universities: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1), Tongji University (2), Western Sydney University (3)
  • Top countries and regions by representation: Japan (37), India (19), United Kingdom (18)

SDG 6 (top10)

Rank

University Name

Country/Region

1

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

United States

2

Tongji University

China

3

Western Sydney University

Australia

4

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

India

5

York University

Canada

=6

Aix-Marseille University

France

=6

Anna University

India

8

University of Auckland

New Zealand

9

Middle East Technical University

Turkey

=10

University of Strathclyde

United Kingdom

=10

Tunghai University

Taiwan

17

Penn State (Main campus)

United States

=28

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

United States

 

THE Impact Rankings 2020 SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy

This measures universities’ research related to energy, their energy use and policies, and their commitment to promoting energy efficiency in the wider community.

  • Includes 361 universities from 66 countries and regions
  • Top universities: Tongji University (1), National Changhua University of Education (2), University of São Paulo (3)
  • Top countries and regions by representation: Japan (38), United Kingdom (24), Turkey (18)

SDG 7 (top 10)

Rank

University Name

Country/Region

1

Tongji University

China

2

National Changhua University of Education

Taiwan

3

University of São Paulo

Brazil

4

UNSW Sydney

Australia

=5

University of Auckland

New Zealand

=5

Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University

Russian Federation

7

Monash University

Australia

8

The University of Queensland

Australia

9

University of Newcastle

Australia

10

Aalborg University

Denmark

29

Arizona State University (Tempe)

United States

51

Penn State (Main campus)

United States

61

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

United States

 

THE Impact Rankings 2020 SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth

This explores universities’ economics research, their employment practices and the share of students taking work placements.

  • Includes 479 universities from 80 countries and regions
  • Top universities: Auckland University of Technology (1), McMaster University (2), University of Sydney (3)
  • Top countries and regions by representation: Japan (46), Russian Federation (35), United Kingdom (26)


SDG 8 (top 10)

Rank

University Name

Country/Region

1

Auckland University of Technology

New Zealand

2

McMaster University

Canada

3

University of Sydney

Australia

4

University of Bologna

Italy

=5

RMIT University

Australia

=5

Yonsei University (Seoul campus)

South Korea

7

University of Auckland

New Zealand

8

Monash University

Australia

9

University of Surrey

United Kingdom

=10

University of Jaén

Spain

=10

University of Wollongong

Australia

101–200

Arizona State University (Tempe)

United States

101–200

Oregon State University

United States

201–300

Florida International University

United States

201–300

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

United States

201–300

New Jersey Institute of Technology

United States

201–300

University of Texas at Dallas

United States

 

THE Impact Rankings 2020 SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure


This measures universities’ research on industry and innovation, their number of patents and spin-off companies and their research income from industry.

  • Includes 494 universities from 71 countries and regions
  • Top universities: The University of Tokyo (=1), University of Toronto (=1), Delft University of Technology (=3), Yonsei University (Seoul campus) (=3)
  • Top countries and regions by representation: Japan (50), Russian Federation (34), Turkey (33)

SDG 9 (top 10)

Rank

University Name

Country/Region

=1

The University of Tokyo

Japan

=1

University of Toronto

Canada

=3

Delft University of Technology

Netherlands

=3

Yonsei University (Seoul campus)

South Korea

=5

Aalto University

Finland

=5

Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris

France

7

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

8

University of British Columbia

Canada

9

Tohoku University

Japan

=10

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU)

Taiwan

=10

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

United States

12

Ohio State University (Main campus)

United States

27

University of South Florida (Tampa)

United States

 

THE Impact Rankings 2020 SDG 10: Reduced inequalities

This explores universities’ research on social inequalities, their policies on discrimination and their commitment to recruiting staff and students from under-represented groups.

  • Includes 458 universities from 74 countries and regions
  • Top universities: RMIT University (1), University of East London (2), Western Sydney University (3)
  • Top countries and regions by representation: Japan (43), Russian Federation (26), Turkey (26)

SDG 10 (top 10)

Rank

University Name

Country/Region

1

RMIT University

Australia

2

University of East London

United Kingdom

3

Western Sydney University

Australia

4

Charles Sturt University

Australia

5

University of Wollongong

Australia

6

Trinity College Dublin

Republic of Ireland

7

University of Leeds

United Kingdom

8

King’s College London

United Kingdom

9

York University

Canada

10

University of Manchester

United Kingdom

=27

Stony Brook University

United States

29

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

United States

31

Arizona State University (Tempe)

United States

 

THE Impact Rankings 2020 SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities


This focuses on universities’ research on sustainability, their role as custodians of arts and heritage and their internal approaches to sustainability.

  • Includes 470 universities from 72 countries and regions
  • Top universities: Simon Fraser University (1), University of Sydney (2), University of Otago (3)
  • Top countries and regions by representation: Japan (47), Russian Federation (26), Turkey (24)

SDG 11 (top 10)

Rank

University Name

Country/Region

1

Simon Fraser University

Canada

2

University of Sydney

Australia

3

University of Otago

New Zealand

4

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

United States

5

Trinity College Dublin

Republic of Ireland

6

Newcastle University

United Kingdom

7

King’s College London

United Kingdom

8

University of British Columbia

Canada

9

York University

Canada

10

Massey University

New Zealand

15

Arizona State University (Tempe)

United States

25

Texas State University

United States

 

THE Impact Rankings 2020 SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

This measures universities’ research on responsible consumption and their approach to the sustainable use of resources.

  • Includes 360 universities from 70 countries and regions
  • Top universities: UNSW Sydney (1), Aalto University (2), University of Manchester (3)
  • Top countries and regions by representation: Japan (40), United Kingdom (25), Taiwan (20)

SDG 12 (top 10)

Rank

University Name

Country/Region

1

UNSW Sydney

Australia

2

Aalto University

Finland

3

University of Manchester

United Kingdom

4

Nottingham Trent University

United Kingdom

5

Western Sydney University

Australia

6

Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT

Finland

7

Bangor University

United Kingdom

8

Newcastle University

United Kingdom

9

University of Leeds

United Kingdom

10

Bournemouth University

United Kingdom

20

Arizona State University (Tempe)

United States

=35

Lehigh University

United States

58

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

United States

 

THE Impact Rankings 2020 SDG 13: Climate action

This explores universities’ research on climate change, their use of energy and their preparations for dealing with the consequences of climate change.

  • Includes 376 universities from 70 countries and regions
  • Top universities: University of British Columbia (1), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2), University of Tasmania (3)
  • Top countries and regions by representation: Japan (37), United Kingdom (21), Russian Federation (18)

SDG 13 (top 10)

Rank

University Name

Country/Region

1

University of British Columbia

Canada

2

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Netherlands

3

University of Tasmania

Australia

4

University of Victoria

Canada

5

Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University

Russian Federation

6

University of Helsinki

Finland

7

University at Buffalo

United States

8

Laval University

Canada

9

Simon Fraser University

Canada

10

Pontifical Bolivarian University (UPB) – Medellín

Colombia

31

Northern Arizona University

United States

36

Florida Institute of Technology

United States

 

THE Impact Rankings 2020 SDG 14: Life below water

This measures universities’ research on life below water and their education on and support for aquatic ecosystems.

  • Includes 242 universities from 58 countries and regions
  • Top universities: University of British Columbia (1), University of Auckland (2), Arizona State University (Tempe) (3)
  • Top countries and regions by representation: Japan (34), United Kingdom (13), Russian Federation (13)

SDG 14 (top 10)

Rank

University Name

Country/Region

1

University of British Columbia

Canada

2

University of Auckland

New Zealand

3

Arizona State University (Tempe)

United States

4

Western Sydney University

Australia

5

University of Waterloo

Canada

6

Penn State (Main campus)

United States

7

Simon Fraser University

Canada

8

University College Cork

Republic of Ireland

9

Florida International University

United States

10

National University of Ireland, Galway

Republic of Ireland

 

THE Impact Rankings 2020 SDG 15: Life on land

This measures universities’ research on life on land and their education on and support for land ecosystems.

  • Includes 268 universities from 55 countries and regions
  • Top universities: University of Leicester (1), Western Sydney University (2), University of Auckland (3)
  • Top countries and regions by representation: Japan (36), United Kingdom (16), Russian Federation (14)

SDG 15 (top 10)

Rank

University Name

Country/Region

1

University of Leicester

United Kingdom

2

Western Sydney University

Australia

=3

University of Auckland

New Zealand

=3

University of British Columbia

Canada

5

University of Sydney

Australia

6

Arizona State University (Tempe)

United States

7

Texas State University

United States

8

Queen’s University Belfast

United Kingdom

9

Nottingham Trent University

United Kingdom

10

University of São Paulo

Brazil

13

Penn State (Main campus)

United States

 

THE Impact Rankings 2020 SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

This evaluates universities’ research on law and international relations, their participation as advisers for government and their policies on academic freedom.

  • Includes 453 universities from 75 countries and regions
  • Top universities: American University (1), University of Hong Kong (2), University of Bologna (3)
  • Top countries and regions by representation: Japan (44), Russian Federation (30), United Kingdom (27)

SDG 16 (top 10)

Rank

University Name

Country/Region

1

American University

United States

2

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

3

University of Bologna

Italy

4

Simon Fraser University

Canada

=5

Pompeu Fabra University

Spain

=5

SOAS University of London

United Kingdom

7

University of Auckland

New Zealand

8

Northumbria University

United Kingdom

9

Tilburg University

Netherlands

10

University of Sydney

Australia

=13

Arizona State University (Tempe)

United States

=33

Florida International University

United States

 

THE Impact Rankings 2020 SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

This looks at the broader ways in which universities support the SDGs through collaboration with other countries, the promotion of best practices and the publication of data.

  • Includes 806 universities from 86 countries and regions
  • Top universities: James Cook University (1), University of Leeds (2), University of Auckland (3)
  • Top countries and regions by representation: Japan (68), Russian Federation (49), Turkey (40)

SDG 17 (top 10)

Rank

University Name

Country/Region

1

James Cook University

Australia

2

University of Leeds

United Kingdom

3

University of Auckland

New Zealand

=4

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

=4

King’s College London

United Kingdom

=6

Aix-Marseille University

France

=6

Western Sydney University

Australia

=8

University of Manchester

United Kingdom

=8

University of Sydney

Australia

10

University of Calgary

Canada

=24

Penn State (Main campus)

United States

32

Arizona State University (Tempe)

United States

101-200

University of Georgia

United States

101-200

Lehigh University

United States

101-200

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

United States

101-200

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

United States

101-200

Stony Brook University

United States

***ENDS***

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