Rationale behind the THE Impact Rankings
The Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings represent the world’s first global attempt to document evidence of universities’ broader impact on society, rather than just research and teaching performance.
THE’s assessment of “impact” is based on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). For 11 of the 17 UN SDGs that are particularly relevant to higher education institutions, THE developed metrics based on research, outreach and stewardship.
The University of Auckland submission
Following the official announcement of the project at THE’s flagship World Summit in Singapore last year and the subsequent New Zealand workshop held at the University of Auckland, we decided to participate in the pioneer project to understand our progress in achieving sustainable development as compared with our domestic and international peers.
Coordinated by the University’s Planning and Information Office, the submission made by the University was based on the collective efforts of our staff from the Sustainability Office, the Equity Office, Academic Services, Finance Office, and Libraries & Learning Services, without whom it would not have been possible to gather the student and staff data, sustainability reports, policy documents, and financial data required for the ranking within a relatively short period of time (data gathering period: December 2018 – January 2019).
|SDG number||Sustainable Development Goal||No. of
of Auckland rank
|3||Good Health and Wellbeing||421||1st|
|8||Decent Work and Economic Growth||291||15th|
|11||Sustainable Cities and Communities||293||11th|
|16||Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions||274||7th|
|17||Partnership for the Goals||487||1st=|
|Overall||Based on SDG 3, SDG 5, SDG 11 and SDG 17||462||1st|