ASU named to global top 10 for universities that can solve planetary challenges
Apr 23, 2020
These 10 universities are best placed to solve the world’s biggest challenges
23 Apr 2020 Johnny Wood Senior Writer, Formative Content, World Economic Forum
Times Higher Education’s second annual Impact Rankings show which institutions are contributing to the planet’s economic and social well-being.
The University of Auckland takes the top spot for the second year running.
An interactive map shows what the 100 top-ranked universities are working on.
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic represents a major global threat, but other serious challenges remain. The second Times Higher Education Impact Rankings shine a light on the vital research universities are conducting to tackle these issues, which include climate change, pollution and water scarcity.
Over the past 12 months alone, the world’s universities have developed solutions ranging from life-preserving breathing aids for coronavirus patients, to unleashing the potential of clean fuel-cell energy technology.
Image: Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020
The University of Auckland, New Zealand, tops the rankings for the second consecutive year, ahead of three universities in Australia. Universities from developed economies dominate the top 20, punctuated by two newcomers: China’s Tongji University, in 13th place, just ahead of Brazil’s University of São Paulo.
The SDGs are the UN’s road map for building a better world – both for people and the planet – by 2030.
Adopted by all UN member states in 2015, the goals are a call to action for all nations to work together to end poverty and hunger, while meeting a range of social needs, including universal access to education, healthcare and clean water.
Sustainable Development Goals
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In committing to the goals, both developed and developing countries recognize that strategies boosting economic growth and prosperity must go hand-in-hand with developing a more equal society that protects the environment.
“We believe that universities are our greatest hope of solving some of the world’s biggest challenges,” says Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer at Times Higher Education.
“These rankings prove that traditional barriers to success like wealth or research prestige don’t matter when it comes to doing great things for sustainability. It’s clear that universities give us a lot to be hopeful for.”
Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content, World Economic Forum
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