University excels in international sustainability Impact Rankings
The University of Auckland has maintained a top place (12th) in the Global Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2023.
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.
Retaining a position in the top fifteen 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.
The University's results
The 2023 Impact Rankings is the fifth edition and the overall ranking and the overall ranking includes 1,591 universities from 112 countries/regions. The University of Auckland submitted evidence on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
More comprehensive results are available on the THE website.
|Sustainable Development Goal||Our ranking|
|Overall ranking for impact||12th|
|SDG 1: No poverty
|SDG 2: Zero hunger
|SDG 3: Good health and wellbeing
|SDG 4: Quality education
||101st - 200th|
|SDG 5: Gender equality
|SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
|SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
|SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
||101st - 200th|
|SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
|SDG 10: Reduced inequalities
|SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
|SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
|SDG 13: Climate action
|SDG 14: Life below water
|SDG 15: Life on land
|SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions||22nd|
|SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals||39th|
The University of Auckland released a series of videos showcasing a range of contributions our people are making towards the SDGs.
Major local and global partnerships
Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)
Sustainable Business Network
Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
UN Academic Impact
Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)
As the Impact Rankings submission will be an annual exercise, we welcome staff contributions to its preparation.
For more information about how staff can contribute and the data mining work we are undertaking to better represent our research contributions to the SDGs, please contact the Planning and Information Office.
- Vice Chancellor Dawn Freshwater on our approach to the SDGs
- View the University of Auckland SDG Keywords Mapping
- Read more about the THE University Impact Rankings
- Read about the keywords used underlying the THE Impact Rankings
- Discover more about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals