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UPF, 29th university in the world for impact in relation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

UPF, 29th university in the world for impact in relation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The new ranking, compiled by Times Higher Education (THE), assesses the activity of more than 500 universities in eleven of the seventeen United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The results of UPF for the SDG stand out in the promotion of gender equality (8th in the world); reduced inequalities (16th), and quality education (35th).

03.04.2019

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Today, Times Higher Education announced the results of the 2019 THE University Impact Rankings, which assess the impact of the activities of universities in relation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).  The ranking was drawn up from the analysis of the activity of universities in eleven of the seventeen SDG, although Times Higher Education sources say they expect to increase the number of SDG assessed in future editions.

In this first edition, which involved more than 500 universities in 75 countries, UPF is ranked 29th in the world. In addition, it ranks as the top university in the Spanish State and 15th in Europe.

The ranking was drawn up from the analysis of the activity of universities in eleven of the seventeen SDG, although Times Higher Education sources say they expect to increase the number of SDG assessed in future editions.

In this first edition, which involved more than 500 universities in 75 countries, UPF is ranks 29th in the world. In addition, it ranks as the top university in the Spanish State and 15th in Europe.

To participate in the 2019 THE University Impact Rankings, each university had to submit its candidacy with at least three SDG in addition to SDG number 17, which is compulsory for all institutions. With these data, Times Higher Education has developed two types of classifications: a global one (constructed from the results of the university in the three SDG for which it obtained the best results) and the specific rankings for each SDG.

UPF presented its candidature in six of the eleven SDG evaluated. The SDG with the highest participation were number 4, quality education (over 450 universities), and number 3, health and well-being (over 420 universities). The following table shows a breakdown of the results in each field.

SDG Number Sustainable Development Goal World position
3 Good health and well-being 101-200 (421)
4 Quality education 35 (453)
5 Gender equality 8 (336)
8 Decent work and economic growth np
9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure 101-200 (338)
10 Reduced inequality 16 (275)
11 Sustainable cities and communities np
12 Responsible consumption and production np
13 Climate action np
16 Peace, justice and strong institutions np
17 Partnerships to achieve the goal 23 (487)

np = UPF has not submitted its candidacy in this SDG

In brackets, the total number of universities that have submitted their candidacy for the SDG

A ranking to showcase the commitment of universities to achieving the SDG

According to THE, the creation of this new ranking reflects the need to “show how the higher education sector is working to build and make possible the objectives set by the United Nations”, as well as being an opportunity to highlight the activity of an institution in areas not covered by other classifications. Thus, according to THE, “the inclusion of an institution in this ranking is, in itself, a great success and showcases the university as a global pioneer player, demonstrating the commitment of the institution to the SDG, not only through teaching, research and knowledge transfer; but also through the institution’s internal practices, policies and procedures”.

The evaluation of each SDG has included a wide range of qualitative and quantitative indicators, provided by the University itself and other external sources, such as Elsevier, a partner of THE for the supply of bibliometric and scientific output data. A key element of the evaluation consisted of each university having to certify the accuracy of the information provided via links to documents, websites or other public information; cases where reliability of the information provided could not be proved were liable to penalization.

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