Massey University Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa recognised for commitment to Sustainable Development Goals

Times Higher Education has released its 2022 Impact Rankings for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – and it’s good news for Massey, with a ranking of 66th in the world, and nine SDGs ranked in the top 50 globally.

Massey University is ranked second overall among New Zealand universities in the latest Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings measure global universities’ success in delivering the United Nations’ 17 SDGs.

The results, out today, show Massey is 66th in the world across the 17 goals, with a standout success coming in SDG11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities, where the university ranked seventh in the world for its practices and research on sustainability. Massey also has the second highest number of SDGs ranked in the top 50 of all New Zealand universities.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Giselle Byrnes says she is pleased with the results and with Massey’s commitment to supporting the SDGs. “During the development of our new strategy last year, it was clear that our staff, students and stakeholders wanted to see more action from the university in areas like sustainability, civic leadership and engagement, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals provide us with a robust framework to work towards these goals, and benchmark our contributions to Aoteaora New Zealand and the world.”

Massey scored a number one placing across New Zealand universities for SDG11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities. It also scored four number two placings, for SDG1 – No Poverty, SDG2 – Zero Hunger, SDG6 – Clean Water and Sanitation, and SDG9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.

The number of participating universities has increased substantially year on year, which generates movement in ranking positions. In 2020, 768 universities from 85 countries participated in the Impact Rankings, which increased to 1240 universities from 98 countries in 2021. This year, 1524 universities from 110 countries and regions participated in the rankings.

Massey launched Australasia’s first Master of Sustainable Development Goals in 2020, which focuses on the theory and practice of the United Nations’ SDGs.