Australian universities top global SDG Impact Rankings again

Australian universities continue to make an impact!

12 June 2024

An artist's impression of the Western Sydney University Bankstown City Campus Development. It is a self-contained, 18 storey vertical campus adjacent to a green space. Image credit: Western Sydney University.

Image credit: Western Sydney University

Australian universities have again been recognised for making a difference, as seen in the latest global Impact Rankings from The Times Higher Education (THE). 

The annual THE Impact Rankings assess the social and economic contributions of universities around the world. Rankings are determined using metrics based on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) across four areas: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching.  

Overall rankings 

This year, Australia has the most top 10 universities in the world with four universities in the overall category:  

  • Western Sydney University ranked 1st 
  • University of Tasmania ranked =2nd 
  • RMIT University ranked 5th 
  • University of New South Wales, Sydney ranked 7th. 

Western Sydney University (WSU), ranked 1st in the world for the third year in a row.   

University of Tasmania is the world’s (tied) second highest ranked university in the overall category.  

Australia has nine universities in the top 50 and 12 in the top 100. 

Individual SDG rankings 

Australia has a university in the number one position in four individual SDGs:   

  • Gender equality: Western Sydney University  
  • Reduced inequalities: RMIT University  
  • Climate action: University of Tasmania   
  • Partnerships for the goals: University of Technology Sydney 

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