The Times Higher Education (THE), the publisher of the globally recognised THE World University Rankings, has unveiled the Impact Rankings for 2022. In a record year, 1,524 universities from 110 countries/regions were ranked on their progress toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 18 tables — one for each of the 17 SDGs.
India moves into the top 50 in the world, with Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham claiming 41st place overall and eighth place for SDG 3 (good health and well-being) and SDG 5 (gender equality). Lovely Professional University is ranked sixth for SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) and is ranked joint 74th in the overall table. India is the joint fourth most-represented country in the rankings, with a total of 64 universities (the same number as Turkey).
Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2022 have ranked Calcutta University first among all central and state-aided public universities in the country. In the sub-category of ‘Decent Work and Economic Growth,’ the university is placed 14th globally.
India was represented in the rankings by at least 64 universities, making it the fourth most well-represented country. India has eight universities among the top 300 universities in the world. OP Jindal Global University (JGU) has also featured in the 600-800 band. The university received a 60.3 out of 100 score.
Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences is ranked second in the world for SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), sixth for SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), and eighth for SDG 10 (reduced inequalities).
Chitkara University has ranked fourth in the country in Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings and is among the top five in almost all United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The university ranks between 201 to 300 among 1,400 universities from over 100 countries across the world.
THE Impact Rankings claim to be the “world’s only rankings evaluating universities’ contributions to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” and they evaluate institutions’ commitment to sustainability in four areas: research, stewardship, outreach, and teaching. Progress is tracked for each of the 17 SDGs as well as for the entire set of goals.
This year, a total of 1,524 institutions from 110 countries/regions participated in the rankings, up 23% from previous year, demonstrating the growing prominence of the SDGs inside higher education institutions around the world.
Western Sydney University in Australia takes first place in the overall rating, which comprises 1,406 institutions, after topping the table for SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and coming in second for SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production).
“It is inspiring to see such a large, diverse, and rapidly-growing community of universities from all continents committed to subjecting themselves to scrutiny, to measure and demonstrate their impact and to showcasing the best practise in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer, THE. Students, as well as governments, are increasingly demanding such commitments and these demands will strengthen. ”
“It is particularly exciting to see that universities outside the traditional Western elites are shining out as beacons in this fresh approach to university rankings, giving an exciting new perspective on a diverse sector and broadening student choice,” he added.