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Top universities for tackling gender equality 2024

Explore the top 100 universities for gender equality based on data collected for the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

    June 12 2024
    Top universities for gender equality


    Gender equality is one of the key challenges facing society today. Across the world, it manifests in many forms, including pay, employment opportunities and access to education.

    The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) look to tackle some of today’s biggest global issues, and SDG 5 addresses the issue of gender equality.

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    As part of the Impact Rankings, Times Higher Education has produced a ranking focusing on how universities are contributing to gender equality. Some of the measures looked at are research on gender, policies on gender equality, commitment to recruiting and promoting women, the proportion of first-generation female students and student access measures. You can read more about the methodology here.

    Top five universities for gender equality

    1. Western Sydney University

    Australia’s Western Sydney University was named an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the federal government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency. The institution has held this title for the past 22 years.

    Western is also dedicated to combating sexual violence on campus through the development of a respectful relationships education programme to be implemented across the Australian university sector.

    A Gender Equity Strategy and Action Plan has been implemented to focus on the areas where gender equality can be improved. One of the key aims of the plan is to support the university’s efforts in recruiting, retaining and helping female staff advance. Other measures that have been introduced in response to the plan are improved breastfeeding facilities on campus, additional leave for staff experiencing domestic violence, and the development of a Gender Equality Policy.

    2. Institut Mines-Télécom Business School

    France’s Institut Mines-Telecom Business School has signed the Charter for Gender Equality of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles. On signing this charter, the school has pledged to implement a sustainable gender equality policy. 

    In 2018, the school launched a Mooc titled Gender@IMT. This courses highlights the contribution of women to research, software entrepreneurship and digital careers. 

    The school also works with the Pascaline association to encourage more female students into engineering and digital studies. 

    3. The Women University Multan

    The Women University Multan, the first university for women in Multan, Pakistan, seeks to highlight the importance of education and its ability to empower women. Its mission is to provide encouragement and support to help students develop into successful graduates.

    Many of its graduates have gone on to further study abroad in Europe and South Korea. 

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    4. Universitas Airlangga

    Universitas Airlangga in Indonesia has taken steps to improve outreach and encourage more admissions for female students. In 2022, 72 per cent of new applicants to the university were female. 

    Universitas Airlangga has established campus support units to help female students and provide a safe space for them to report incidents, seek guidance and receive support.

    5. Al Ain University

    Al Ain University in the UAE is committed to increasing the number of female students at the institution. Recent statistics show that in 2022, 51 per cent of graduates were female.

    The university also has a support system that mentors female graduates as they enter the workforce.

    Top universities for gender equality 2024: Top 100

    Gender equality rank 2024UniveristyCountry/region
    1Western Sydney UniversityAustralia
    2Institut Mines-Télécom Business SchoolFrance
    3The Women University MultanPakistan
    4Universitas AirlanggaIndonesia
    5Al Ain UniversityUnited Arab Emirates
    6Towson UniversityUnited States
    7Fatima Jinnah Women UniversityPakistan
    8Flinders UniversityAustralia
    9Universidad Nacional de RosarioArgentina
    =10Alisher Navo’i Tashkent State University of Uzbek Language and LiteratureUzbekistan
    =10La Trobe UniversityAustralia
    12Government College Women University FaisalabadPakistan
    =13Griffith UniversityAustralia
    =13University of JohannesburgSouth Africa
    15Manipal Academy of Higher EducationIndia
    16University of GdańskPoland
    17University of HaifaIsrael
    18Chiang Mai UniversityThailand
    =19James Cook UniversityAustralia
    =19University of PretoriaSouth Africa
    21King’s College LondonUnited Kingdom
    22Amrita Vishwa VidyapeethamIndia
    23University of NewcastleAustralia
    =24University of AucklandNew Zealand
    =24University of TasmaniaAustralia
    26Bahçeşehir UniversityTurkey
    27Universidad del DesarrolloChile
    =28Federal University of Mato Grosso do SulBrazil
    =28Thammasat UniversityThailand
    =28University of CanberraAustralia
    31University of EssexUnited Kingdom
    32Alzahra UniversityIran
    =33Central Queensland UniversityAustralia
    =33Charles Sturt UniversityAustralia
    =33University of Tunis El ManarTunisia
    =36Auckland University of TechnologyNew Zealand
    =36Lynn UniversityUnited States
    =38Glasgow Caledonian UniversityUnited Kingdom
    =38University of BucharestRomania
    =40Hacettepe UniversityTurkey
    =40Massey UniversityNew Zealand
    =42Charles Darwin UniversityAustralia
    =42Kadir Has UniversityTurkey
    =42Université LavalCanada
    =42University of IndonesiaIndonesia
    46Universiti Teknologi MARAMalaysia
    =47Gulf University for Science and TechnologyKuwait
    =47Queensland University of TechnologyAustralia
    =47Rovira i Virgili UniversitySpain
    =50Arizona State University (Tempe)United States
    =50Mahidol UniversityThailand
    =50York UniversityCanada
    53University of VigoSpain
    54University of MalayaMalaysia
    55University of BolognaItaly
    =56Al-Farabi Kazakh National UniversityKazakhstan
    =56Free University of BerlinGermany
    =56Universitat Internacional de CatalunyaSpain
    59Pontificia Universidad Católica de ChileChile
    =60Ahlia UniversityBahrain
    =60University of LimerickIreland
    62University of WollongongAustralia
    =63American University of the Middle EastKuwait
    =63Effat UniversitySaudi Arabia
    =65University of StirlingUnited Kingdom
    =65University of YorkUnited Kingdom
    67University of Central LancashireUnited Kingdom
    68Linnaeus UniversitySweden
    =69Babeş-Bolyai UniversityRomania
    =69Bucharest University of Economic StudiesRomania
    =69Instituto Politécnico de BragançaPortugal
    =69Monash UniversityAustralia
    =69University of AlbertaCanada
    74SWPS UniversityPoland
    75University of GuelphCanada
    76National University of CórdobaArgentina
    77Universita IULMItaly
    78NOVA University of LisbonPortugal
    =79Nitte (Deemed to be University)India
    =79University of HelsinkiFinland
    81RMIT UniversityAustralia
    =82University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyUnited States
    =82University of RijekaCroatia
    84Western UniversityCanada
    85Ewha Womans UniversitySouth Korea
    =86SOAS University of LondonUnited Kingdom
    =86University of WaikatoNew Zealand
    88Middle East Technical UniversityTurkey
    =89Polytechnic Institute of SetúbalPortugal
    =89Sapienza University of RomeItaly
    =89University of Bari Aldo MoroItaly
    92General Sir John Kotelawala Defence UniversitySri Lanka
    =93Holy Spirit University of KaslikLebanon
    =93Jaume I UniversitySpain
    =93Khon Kaen UniversityThailand
    96Universidad IberoamericanaDominican Republic
    =97Indiana University-Purdue University IndianapolisUnited States
    =97Old Dominion UniversityUnited States
    =97Université de MontréalCanada
    =97University of WorcesterUnited Kingdom

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