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
13th =
SDG 2: Zero hunger 20th
SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
20th =
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
32nd =
SDG 10: Reduced inequalities 35th
SDG 1: No poverty 43rd
SDG 15: Life on land 51st
SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
60th =
SDG 4: Quality education 71st =
SDG 13: Climate action 101st-200th

Case studies

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


A sincere thanks to all of those who contributed to our submission with stories, expertise, support and encouragement.