AUB ranked in new THE University Impact Rankings

​​Safa Jafari Safa, ss152@aub.edu.lb, Office of Communications

In a pioneering global ranking that assesses the social and economic impact of universities based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), AUB ranked in the 201-300 category globally, and higher in some areas. 

The Times Higher Education University Impact ​Rankings 2019 was published today, attempting to document universities’ impact on society. Institutions were ranked on the basis of four goals: goal 17, to revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development, and the top three in which each institution performed best. A university’s final score is calculated by combining its score on these four goals. SDG 17 accounts for 22 percent of the overall score, while the other SDGs each carry a weighting of 26 percent. Metrics include universities’ policies on academic freedom, their use of secure employment contracts, and their share of senior female academic staff.

At this first global attempt to document evidence of universities’ impact on society, and as the ranking is based on the submission by universities of their own institutional data to be ranked, this year only 462 universities from 76 countries were ranked worldwide, out of which 39 are from the Arab region. AUB ranked 77th on goal 16 (to promote just, peaceful, and inclusive societies), in the 101-200 category on goal 5 (to achieve gender equality and ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls everywhere), and 101-200 on goal 11 (which calls for making cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable through efficient urban planning and management practices to deal with the challenges brought by urbanization). 

“Our University Impact Rankings show, for the first time, how the global higher education sector is working towards 11 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include academic freedom policies, efforts towards gender quality, and taking action against climate change,” stated an announcement by THE which considered the new ranking “a monumental step forward” in how university performance is gauged. “The results reveal a brand new line-up of institutions that are making a real impact on society outside their research and teaching.”