Today, the results from Times Higher Education Impact Ranking were presented and Linnaeus University places itself among the top 200 universities in several categories. The overall result for Linnaeus University secures a place in the span 301–400 among a total of 1,115 universities. THE Impact Ranking grades universities in 94 countries and evaluates these based on the UN’s global goals for sustainable development.
THE Impact Ranking is open to all universities that offer first-cycle education. The ranking consists of 17 sub-rankings (based on UN’s global goals for sustainability) and the universities choose themselves how many sub-rankings/goals they wish to take part in.
Linnaeus University places itself among the top 100 universities within the area SDG4: Quality education, and among the top 200 within the area SDG8: Decent Work and Economic Growth; SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; and within SDG13: Climate Action. In the overall result, Linnaeus University places itself in place 301–400 out of a total of 1,115 universities.
“The results show that Linnaeus University has a good starting point in its work to ‘set knowledge in motion for a sustainable societal development’ but also that there is clear improvement potential. We have started by having our work with some of the UN’s sustainability goals evaluated and this will be further developed t comprise more and more areas every year. The fact that we today place ourselves on a highly honouring 85th place within the area of education is very pleasing and provides energy for our continued development work”, says Lars Behrenz, deputy vice-chancellor for knowledge environment work.
Linnaeus University has taken part in THE Impact Ranking to strengthen its ability to relate to analytical comparisons and assessments of universities. The rankings and the information provided from these rankings are used by students, teachers and researchers and play an important role in recruitment work. They also contribute with possibilities for increased internationalisation and collaboration with other universities, and can make up a basis for benchmarking in the university’s quality-assurance work.
Vision 2030 points out sustainability as one of the university’s prioritised and strategic areas and that the global sustainability goals are to make up the starting point in this work.
“By taking part in THE Impact Ranking, we get an opportunity to get an external review of our operations relating to education, research, and collaboration within some of the UN’s sustainability goals. We also get many new ideas on improvement measures for our work with sustainability. Partly through the feedback we receive on our work and partly by learning from other prominent higher education institutions that have come a long way in their work with sustainability. Good examples from which we can learn are, for instance, Aalborg University, University of Manchester, and Arizona State University”, Lars Behrenz concludes.