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

Case studies

The University of Auckland released a series of videos showcasing a range of contributions our people are making towards the SDGs.

Watch SDG video case studies

Major local and global partnerships

Future contributions

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.