World Class University

An Overview

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings measure global universities’ success in delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the SDGs. THE uses carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparisons across four broad areas: researchstewardshipoutreach and teaching.

Definitions of areas 

  • Research: the most obvious, and traditional way that a university might help to deliver the SDGs is by creating research in relevant topics.
  • Stewardship: universities are custodians of significant resources; not just physical resources, but also their employees, faculty, and students. How they act as stewards is one of the key factors in delivering the SDGs.
  • Outreach: place is critical in higher education, and the work that universities do with their local, regional, national and international communities is another key way that they can have an impact on sustainability.
  • Teaching: teaching plays a critical role, both in ensuring that there are enough skilled practitioners to deliver on the SDGs, and in making sure that all alumni take forward the key lessons of sustainability into their future careers.

ITS in THE Impact Rankings 2024

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