Western Sydney University scores top

Times Higher Education (THE) has released the Impact Ranking 2022 which measures the performance of universities against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Western Sydney University, Australia, leads the fourth edition of Impact Rankings, followed by Arizona State University, USA, and Western University, Canada. A total of 1,406 universities from 106 countries are ranked by THE.

Western Sydney University tops THE Impact Rankings 2022, with an exceptionally high score for clean water and sanitation, which measures universities’ research on water, the wider community’s commitment to good water management and their water use. It also performed well for responsible consumption and production, measuring universities’ research on this topic and their approach to sustainable resource use. The university has moved up one step from last year’s impact ranking of 2 to top this year.

Meanwhile, Arizona State University was ranked 2nd this year, making significant progress from 9th last year. It received high marks for research on sustainability, underwater life and education and support for aquatic ecosystems, research on life on land and education and support for land ecosystems.

Western University scored high on the poverty-free SDG, which included research on poverty and supporting students from low-income families. In Impact Rankings 2021, it was ranked 52nd.

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THE Impact Rankings 2022: Top Universities

rank University Country/Region
1 University of Western Sydney Australia
2 Arizona State University United States
3 western university Canada
=4 King Abdulaziz University Saudi Arabia
=4 Universiti Sains Malaysia Malaysia
6 University of Auckland New Zealand
7 Queen’s University Canada

Ranking parameters

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings assess how well universities worldwide are performing in meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. There are 17 UN SDGs and universities are evaluated on all of them. No poverty, no hunger, good health and well-being, good education, less inequalities, climate action, clean water and sanitation are some SDGs.

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