Impact Rankings 2022: table information

April 27, 2022

A university’s final score in the overall table is calculated by combining its score in SDG 17 with its top three scores out of the remaining 16 SDGs. SDG 17 accounts for 22 per cent of the overall score, while the other SDGs each carry a weight of 26 per cent. This means that different universities are scored based on a different set of SDGs, depending on their focus.

The score from each SDG is scaled so that the highest score in each SDG in the overall calculation is 100 and the lowest score is 0. This is to adjust for minor differences in the scoring range in each SDG and to ensure that universities are treated equitably, whichever SDGs they have provided data for. It is these scaled scores that we use to determine which SDGs a university has performed most strongly in; they may not be the SDGs in which the university is ranked highest or has scored highest based on unscaled scores.

The individual SDG tables display an institution’s score for that SDG as well as its score in the overall Impact Rankings, if applicable.

View the full methodology for the overall Impact Rankings

Editor’s note: April 2022

Following the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, we have taken steps to give Russian and Belarusian universities less prominence in the rankings, and have removed links to their university profiles. Our full statement on Ukraine can be found here.

In addition, the table for SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) will not display Russian or Belarusian universities.

Editor’s note: June 2022

After the publication of the Impact Rankings 2022, Elsevier advised us that bibliometric data understated the number of publications across a number of SDGs for two institutions: Oklahoma State University and Linnaeus University. In line with our corrections policy, the affected universities’ scores were recalculated.

Four universities originally did not submit enough data for inclusion in the overall ranking, but have now been added after providing the relevant data. The institutions are Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZU), UGHE – University of Global Health Equity, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech), and Suranaree University of Technology.

Meanwhile, four other universities submitted incorrect data in the portal: Aalborg University, Monterrey Institute of Technology, University of Stavanger and Ulster University. We have recalculated their scores using the correct data. The changes have not affected their positions in the overall ranking, but they have changed their positions in some SDG tables.

The updated ranks as a result of these corrections are listed in the following table:

Institution Affected SDG Previous SDG rank New SDG rank Previous overall rank New overall rank
Aalborg University 1 =66 301-400 31= 31=
Aalborg University 9 201–300 =94    
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZU) N/A N/A N/A Not ranked 301-400
UGHE – University of Global Health Equity  N/A N/A N/A Not ranked 601-800
Linnaeus University 3 401–600 401-600 601-800 601-800
Linnaeus University 4 201–300 201-300    
Linnaeus University 5 201–300 201-300    
Linnaeus University 6 201–300 201-300    
Linnaeus University 8 401–600 401-600    
Linnaeus University 11 301–400 301-400    
Linnaeus University 13 201–300 201-300    
Linnaeus University 14 201–300 201-300    
Linnaeus University 17 601–800 401-600    
Monterrey Institute of Technology 8 201–300 101-200 101–200 101–200
Monterrey Institute of Technology 11 201–300 101-200    
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) N/A N/A N/A Not ranked 401-600
Oklahoma State University  2 =13 5 101-200 63
Oklahoma State University  3 101–200 101-200    
Oklahoma State University 4 301–400 301-400    
Oklahoma State University  6 101–200 40    
Oklahoma State University  7 201–300 101-200    
Oklahoma State University  9 401–600 301-400    
Oklahoma State University 11 82 69    
Oklahoma State University  15 101–200 101-200    
Oklahoma State University  17 101–200 36    
University of Stavanger 7 401–600 301-400 601-800 601-800
Suranaree University of Technology  N/A N/A N/A Not ranked 601-800
Ulster University 7 101–200 54 101–200 101–200

As per THE’s rankings correction policy, the amendments made only affect the universities in question. We do not rerun the complete ranking. All other universities maintain their original rank. 

THE is committed to transparency and accountability across all of its rankings. Our corrections policy is available to view here.

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