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University Impact Rankings

Health-focused universities ‘catapulted into the limelight’

Institutional leaders say the role of universities has ‘never been more important’ as THE Impact Rankings reveal those that are leading the way on health and well-being.

April 23rd, 2020
THE Impact Rankings 2020: results announced

Universities in Australasia and New Zealand have topped the second edition of THE’s pioneering Impact Rankings, which assess the social and economic impact of universities, using metrics based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

April 22nd, 2020
Impact Rankings: FAQs

THE’s Impact Rankings capture universities’ impact on society based on institutions’ success in delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. We answer your questions about the rankings.

April 17th, 2020
The 10 most popular THE rankings stories of 2019

It has been another record-breaking year for rankings at Times Higher Education. We published our inaugural University Impact Rankings – a pioneering new global table that is the first to measure universities’ success in delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

December 16th, 2019
We’re including all 17 SDGs in the 2020 University Impact Rankings

Since the launch of the first rankings at KAIST in Daejong in April 2019, we have been delighted with the amount of attention that the rankings have received and the stories of how universities have been using them to help advance the cause of sustainability within their organisations.

October 13th, 2019
Video: The importance of measuring universities’ social impact

Higher education leaders from around the world underline the importance of gauging the performance of universities’ contribution to social change and the best way to do it, including THE‘s own University Impact Rankings.

March 12th, 2019
Video: Measuring universities’ contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

THE is set to launch the world’s first university impact ranking. The initiative – the first global attempt to document evidence of higher education impact – is designed to capture unique new insights on universities’ work towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

March 12th, 2019


Why Indonesia makes an impact in SDG-focused ranking

Desire for visibility and political pragmatism help propel archipelago’s institutions up the league table. Indonesia’s stellar performance in this year’s THE Impact Rankings reflects the burgeoning capability of the archipelago’s top institutions and their “more mature approach” to university league tables.

May 18th, 2020
US health experts offer only limited hope for autumn teaching

Top US health officials gave universities a mixed message about the prospects of resuming on-campus instruction in the fall, telling lawmakers only that it is possible that the country will have sufficient testing capacity to safely allow classes in some regions.

May 13th, 2020
University networks are key to solving crises like Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has already been the most severe blow to human life since the Second World War. Taiwan’s response to the virus has been impressive but fighting future global emergencies will require greater collective effort, says Chia-Ming Hsueh.

April 28th, 2020
Health-focused universities ‘catapulted into the limelight’

Institutional leaders say the role of universities has ‘never been more important’ as THE Impact Rankings reveal those that are leading the way on health and well-being.

April 23rd, 2020
Sustainable development should be at the heart of Iraqi higher education

The country must focus on producing a new generation of university leaders if it is to succeed in addressing global problems, says Zeyad Yousif. After the change of regime in Iraq in 2003 and the succession of temporary and permanent governments, higher education and scientific research received scant attention.

April 23rd, 2020
Universities must prove their civic value during the Covid-19 crisis

The relationship between higher education and the public has never been more crucial, argues Vahan Agopyan. Since the start of the current century, research universities worldwide have been deeply concerned with public engagement, as well as with their own position within society.

April 22nd, 2020
THE Impact Summit: embrace of SDGs ‘will not hit basic research’

Neglect of fundamental research is not inevitable when universities focus on sustainability challenges, UN advisor tells Innovation & Impact Summit. Basic research will not necessarily suffer if universities put more emphasis on tackling the United Nations’ SDGs.

April 22nd, 2020
Why should universities pay attention to the SDGs?

The United Nations’ goals provide a useful framework for institutions to demonstrate their impact and work in partnership – activities that are increasingly important in the age of Covid-19, says Duncan Ivison.

April 21st, 2020
The SDGs have become a rallying point for students and staff

Universities’ reputations will increasingly be driven by their work related to sustainable development, says Stuart McCutcheon.

April 20th, 2020
Covid-19 is an opportunity to reimagine international partnerships

Can impact measures capture the true value of a university?

Equitable collaborations are key to ensuring that universities can best respond to the SDGs, says Joanna Newman.

April 14th, 2020