No.1 in global University Impact Rankings

The University of Auckland is ranked No. 1 for two consecutive years in the University Impact Rankings by Times Higher Education (THE).

Photo: Stephanie Behrens

The rankings measure how universities worldwide are performing against the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs came into force in 2016 and set a 15-year agenda for all countries to end poverty, fight inequalities and build peaceful, just and sustainable societies.

Placing first overall for the second year running reaffirms the University of Auckland’s strong commitment to sustainability and making a positive social impact through its partnerships, research, teaching, operations, community engagement and knowledge transfer.

We are particularly pleased that this announcement, on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and within the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly acknowledges the contributions our people are making towards health and wellbeing (SDG 3), life under water (SDG 14) and life on land (SDG 15).

The University's results

The University of Auckland submitted evidence on 15 of the 17 SDGs in 2020. More comprehensive results are available on the THE website.

Sustainable Development Goal Our ranking
Overall ranking for impact 1st
SDG 14: Life below water 2nd
SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals 3rd
SDG 15: Life on land 3rd =
SDG 3: Good health and wellbeing 4th
SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy 5th =
SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth 7th
SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions 7th
SDG 2: Zero hunger 8th
SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation 8th
SDG 5: Gender equality 9th
SDG 1: No poverty
SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities 11th
SDG 10: Reduced inequalities 21st
SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production 30th
SDG 4: Quality education 39th =

Case studies

Major local and global partnerships


A sincere thanks to all of those who contributed to our submission with stories, expertise, support and encouragement.