Best universities for reducing inequalities

Explore the top 100 universities for reducing inequalities based on data collected for the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings

May 24 2019
Best universities for reducing inequality

First generation students or students from lower socio-economic backgrounds are still poorly represented in higher education. But universities are now working hard to rectify this and the University Impact Rankings 2019 are an indicator of which universities are doing this successfully. 

To put together this ranking we mapped how universities around the world are committing to 11 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a global call to action to tackle poverty, climate change and inequality. Among the goals we have included in the ranking are those on good health and well-being, reduced inequalities and climate action. 

The SDGs look to tackle some of today’s biggest global issues and SDG 10 covers reducing inequalities. 

Some of the metrics that helped to measure which universities were excelling at reducing inequalities were the number of first generation students, the number of students from developing countries, the proportion of students and staff with disabilities, the measures against discrimination and the amount of research a university undertakes on reduced inequalities. More information on the methodology can be found here

1. James Cook University

James Cook University set up the Indigenous Education and Research Centre in 2018 with the aim of giving a voice to the Indigenous students at the university, their families and communities. 

The university also offers the AccessAbility service, which assists students with a long-term health condition, physical or learning disability or mental health condition. The service is free and offers confidential support.

It provides ways to help students work to their full potential, access assistive equipment,mobility aids, technology and software and can have exam conditions altered to meet their needs. 

2. Western Sydney University

The disability service at Western Sydney University is made up of a team of professional disability advisors and trained educational support staff. The service helps with pre-admission advice, academic support and advocacy on disability-related issues. 

There is also a wide range of support for international students. There are guides providing practical advice on living and studying in Australia, as well as important information about mental health and loneliness. 

There is also a specific support centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. 

3. University of South Australia

The University of South Australia has a number of pathways for entry to the university depending on your circumstances. There are routes for international students, those who have completed their schooling and those with no prior qualifications. 

A number of equity projects aim to increase access to and participation in higher education for domestic undergraduates from lower socio-economic backgrounds. 

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4. University of Hong Kong

The SEN Support service at the University of Hong Kong is for students with physical and learning difficulties. The service provides information on campus facilities, learning aids and equipment, funding resources, employment preparation, special exam arrangements, volunteer/buddy support and study coaching. 

5. University of Johannesburg

The University of Johannesburg is a diverse university with more than 3,000 international students from more than 80 countries. The university has strong links and partnerships with many universities globally. 

The university aims to involve students and staff in community engagement. It undertakes community-based research that helps to make a contribution to the community in the form of services, products and/or knowledge and skills. 

The university also encourages students to take part in community-based initiatives outside academic programmes to address development needs. 

The top 100 universities for reducing inequality

Reducing inequality rank University Country
1 James Cook University Australia
2 Western Sydney University Australia
3 University of South Australia Australia
4 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
5 University of Johannesburg South Africa
6 University of Wollongong Australia
7 Autonomous University of Barcelona Spain
8 Stony Brook University United States
9 Asia University, Taiwan Taiwan
10 University of the Western Cape South Africa
11 University of Manchester United Kingdom
12 King’s College London United Kingdom
13 RMIT University Australia
=14 Glasgow Caledonian University United Kingdom
=14 King Abdulaziz University Saudi Arabia
=16 Pompeu Fabra University Spain
=16 University of Waterloo Canada
18 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) South Korea
19 University of Auckland New Zealand
20 University of Tasmania Australia
=21 University of Girona Spain
=21 National Changhua University of Education Taiwan
23 University of Maryland, Baltimore County United States
24 London South Bank University United Kingdom
25 York University Canada
26 Universiti Sains Malaysia Malaysia
27 De Montfort University United Kingdom
28 Hanyang University South Korea
29 Hong Kong Baptist University Hong Kong
30 Altai State University Russian Federation
31 Queensland University of Technology Australia
=32 Iran University of Medical Sciences Iran
=32 Kafrelsheikh University Egypt
=34 Clark University United States
=34 Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) Brazil
36 University of North Carolina at Greensboro United States
37 Polytechnic University of Catalonia Spain
38 University of Newcastle Australia
=39 University of Talca Chile
=39 University of Winchester United Kingdom
=39 University of Worcester United Kingdom
42 University of South Florida United States
43 Kuwait University Kuwait
=44 Macquarie University Australia
=44 University of Valparaíso Chile
=44 Wayne State University United States
=47 Kyung Hee University South Korea
=47 University of Malaga Spain
49 Miguel Hernández University of Elche  Spain
50 Andrés Bello University (UNAB) Chile
51 Khalifa University United Arab Emirates
52 Tzu Chi University Taiwan
53 Auckland University of Technology New Zealand
54 Queen Mary University of London United Kingdom
55 Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia Russian Federation
56 Brunel University London United Kingdom
57 Metropolitan Autonomous University Mexico
=58 Abdullah Gül University Turkey
=58 University of Aberdeen United Kingdom
60 Solent University United Kingdom
=61 Arizona State University United States
=61 Diego Portales University Chile
63 Soochow University China
=64 Aix-Marseille University France
=64 University of Malakand Pakistan
66 SOAS University of London United Kingdom
=67 University of Greenwich United Kingdom
=67 University of Queensland Australia
69 The Open University United Kingdom
70 Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Malaysia
71 UNSW Sydney Australia
72 American University United States
73 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Netherlands
=74 Massey University New Zealand
=74 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
76 Aalto University Finland
77 Bauman Moscow State Technical University Russian Federation
78 Tomsk Polytechnic University Russian Federation
79 Suffolk University United States
=80 Chaoyang University of Technology Taiwan
=80 Colorado State University United States
82 Utsunomiya University Japan
83 Hacettepe University Turkey
84 Technical University of Loja Ecuador
85 Özyeğin University Turkey
86 University of Mohamed Boudiaf at M’Sila Algeria
87 University of Amsterdam Netherlands
=88 National Autonomous University of Mexico Mexico
=88 Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University Russian Federation
90 University of Costa Rica Costa Rica
91 University of Pavia Italy
92 Ceará State University Brazil
93 University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore Pakistan
=94 National Taiwan University Taiwan
=94 University of Passau Germany
=94 Ukhta State Technical University Russian Federation
97 University of Dundee United Kingdom
98 University of Southern Denmark Denmark
99 University of Ibadan Nigeria
=100 Bashkir State University Russian Federation
=100 Charles Darwin University Australia

View the full ranking for reducing inequalities here 


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