The University of Wollongong has retained its elite position among the top 35 performing universities worldwide, in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020.
UOW ranked 31st in the rankings, which are the only global performance metrics that assess universities' success in delivering the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Carefully calibrated indicators are used to provide comprehensive and balanced comparisons across three broad areas: research, outreach, and stewardship.
This year, about 800 universities worldwide had their performance evaluated in the rankings.
The SDGs were signed by 193 supporting member countries of the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to protect the planet, end poverty and deliver peace and prosperity for all people by 2030.
Despite facing a more competitive field this year compared to 2019, UOW retained its elite position.
The university did especially well ranking against SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth, jumping to 10th, a marked improvement from last year's rank of 65.
UOW's performance against SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure also improved from a ranking in the 101-200 band to 22nd.
The university's rank for SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities improved one place to 5th in the world from 6th place in last year's results.
These three SDGs and the mandatory SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals, for which UOW ranked 31st, were considered to qualify UOW to be ranked 31st globally.
UOW is dedicated to achieving clear UN SDG targets outlined in its strategic plan by 2030.
"I am thrilled that UOW has chosen to embed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as the backbone of our strategy to tackle the world's most pressing and complex challenges. Our vision is to create knowledge for a better world - and to work with our communities to deliver research with impact; research that drives positive change," Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Jennifer L. Martin said
UOW Vice-Chancellor, Paul Wellings said the rankings provide further evidence that universities can be world leaders in achieving sustainability and contributing to the greater good of society.
The full list of UOW's THE Impact Rankings result against each SDG is below:
- SDG 1: No poverty, 14th
- SDG 2: Zero Hunger, 101-200
- SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing, 101-200
- SDG 4: Quality education 28th
- SDG 5: Gender equality 28thSDG 5: Gender equality 28th
- SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation 16th
- SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy 25th
- SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth 10th
- SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 22nd
- SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities, 5th
- SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities 22nd
- SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production 22nd
- SDG 13: Climate Action, 101-200
- SDG 14: Life below water 22nd
- SDG 15: Life on land 32nd
- SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions 50th
- SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals, 31st