Times Higher Education recently released its first ever University Impact Rankings, which saw University College Dublin listed in the top 100 universities for social and economic impact. Added to this accolade, the university placed 58th globally when measured using the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) benchmarks. Ireland’s higher education system is also noted, second only to Canada, for its social and economic impact.
The UN SDG’s are designed to address global issues like the eradication of poverty and hunger, the provision of quality education and ensuring gender equality. The SDG’s provide the referential architecture to undertake action on sustainability by organisations and institutions.
UCD is committed to the creation of sustainable campus communities, which is borne out by its number one ranking in Ireland and 22nd in the world for sustainability. The university has also been noted for the quality of its work practices, placing 12th globally. The assessment for the new rankings involved 550 universities globally with the aim of acknowledging institutions that best align with the achievement of the UN goals.
“The new ranking recognises UCD’s achievements and commitment to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals through its teaching, research, knowledge transfer and governance,” said Professor Colin Scott, Vice President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Dean of Social Sciences.