No.1 in global University Impact Rankings

The University of Auckland is ranked No. 1 for two consecutive years in the University Impact Rankings by Times Higher Education (THE).

Photo: Stephanie Behrens

The rankings measure how universities worldwide are performing against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs came into force in 2016 and set a 15-year agenda for all countries to end poverty, fight inequalities and build peaceful, just and sustainable societies.

Placing first overall for the second year running reaffirms the University of Auckland’s strong commitment to sustainability and making a positive social impact through its partnerships, research, teaching, operations, community engagement and knowledge transfer.

We are particularly pleased that this announcement, on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and within the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly acknowledges the contributions our people are making towards health and wellbeing (SDG 3), life under water (SDG 14) and life on land (SDG 15).

The University’s results

The University of Auckland submitted evidence on 15 of the 17 SDGs in 2020. More comprehensive results are available on the THE website.

Sustainable Development GoalOur ranking
Overall ranking for impact1st
SDG 14: Life below water2nd
SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals3rd
SDG 15: Life on land3rd =
SDG 3: Good health and wellbeing4th
SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy5th =
SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth7th
SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions7th
SDG 2: Zero hunger8th
SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation8th
SDG 5: Gender equality9th
SDG 1: No poverty11th
SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities11th
SDG 10: Reduced inequalities21st
SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production30th
SDG 4: Quality education39th =