Impact Rankings 2021: quality education

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 4 – quality education measures universities’ contribution to early years and lifelong learning, their pedagogy research and their commitment to inclusive education.

The list includes 966 universities from 95 countries/regions.

View the Impact Rankings 2021 by SDG: quality education (SDG 4) methodology

The list is led by Denmark’s Aalborg University for a second year, while Iran University of Medical Sciences and Lingnan University Hong Kong complete the top three.

Russia is the most-represented nation in the list with 77 institutions, followed by Japan with 63.

View the full results of the overall Impact Rankings 2021

Read our analysis of the Impact Rankings 2021 results

Join us virtually on 14 June 2021 for the THE University Impact Forum: Quality Education, co-hosted with Western Caspian University, where we will make inroads to addressing the role of universities in achieving SDG 4 and commit to improving inclusive access to education. It’s free to attend virtually – secure your place today.

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