James Cook University is regarded as the world’s best university in its dedication to the goal of the United Nations’ to reduce inequality.
The Times Higher Education University Impact Ratings, which were recently published, ranked how universities were ‘walking the talk’, and judged them against the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN.
James Cook University is found to be the world’s first in working towards UN SDG 10 (reducing inequalities), which aims to end economic imbalances.
Professor Sandra Harding, Vice Chancellor of James Cook University, said that JCU being top-ranked makes it the first university in Australia to commit formally to the principles of SDGs.
“The ranking is an assessment of how universities are putting into practice their own commitments to SDGs, as reflected by internal policy and practices and outreach. The ranking means JCU is ‘walking the talk’,” she said.