Auckland holds top ten spot in global University Impact Rankings
The University of Auckland has retained a place in the top ten of the international Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings 2021.
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 ten 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 eve 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), peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG 16) and decent work and economic growth (SDG 8).
The University's results
The University of Auckland submitted evidence on all 17 SDGs in 2021. More comprehensive results are available on the THE website.
|Sustainable Development Goal||Our ranking|
|Overall ranking for impact||9th =|
|SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
|SDG 3: Good health and wellbeing
|SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth||9th|
|SDG 5: Gender equality||13th =|
|SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
|SDG 2: Zero hunger||20th|
|SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
|SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation||25th =|
|SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy||29th|
|SDG 14: Life below water||32nd|
|SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
|SDG 10: Reduced inequalities||35th|
|SDG 1: No poverty||43rd|
|SDG 15: Life on land||51st|
|SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
|SDG 4: Quality education||71st =|
|SDG 13: Climate action||101st-200th|
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)