No.1 in global University Impact Rankings

The University of Auckland is ranked No. 1 globally in the inaugural University Impact Rankings by Times Higher Education (THE).

The new rankings measure how universities worldwide are performing against the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This outstanding result recognises the University of Auckland’s commitment to sustainability and making a positive social impact through its research, teaching and knowledge transfer.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 SDGs came into force in 2016. They set a 15-year agenda and call to action to 2030 for all countries to end poverty, fight inequalities and build peaceful, just and sustainable societies.

Sustainable Development Goal* Our ranking
Overall ranking for impact 1st
SDG 3: Good health and well-being 1st
SDG 4: Quality education 15th
SDG 5: Gender equality 6th =
SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth 15th
SDG 10: Reduced inequalities 19th
SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities 11th
SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions 7th
SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals 1st =

*The inaugural ranking sought information on 11 SDGs. The University of Auckland focused on eight of the SDGs for this first iteration. In future THE will develop rankings for all 17 SDGs.

Case studies

The University of Auckland is also an institutional member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which brings together universities, NGOs, research institutes, international organisations and governments to develop and promote solutions, policies and public education for sustainable development.