Impact Rankings 2023: life below water

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We use carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparison across four broad areas: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching.

This table on SDG 14 – life below water measures universities’ research on life below water and their education on and support for aquatic ecosystems.

The list includes 504 institutions from 79 countries/regions.

View the methodology for Impact Rankings 2023: life below water (SDG 14)

The ranking is led by Macquarie University in Australia, followed by Florida International University in the US and University of Tasmania in Australia.

The UK is the most-represented nation in the top 100 with 13 institutions, followed by Japan with 12 and Canada with 10.


The Impact Rankings are inherently dynamic: they are growing rapidly each year as many more universities seek to demonstrate their commitment to delivering the SDGs by joining our database; and they allow institutions to demonstrate rapid improvement year-on-year, by introducing clear new policies, for example, or by providing clearer and more open evidence of their progress. Therefore, we expect and welcome regular change in the ranked order of institutions (and we discourage year-on-year comparisons) as universities continue to drive this urgent agenda.

View the full results of the overall Impact Rankings 2023

Read our analysis of the Impact Rankings 2023 results


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