Arizona State University remains a national leader in addressing sustainability when it comes to research, outreach and stewardship, according to an annual international publication of university rankings announced April 21.
That ranking, published by Times Higher Education magazine, has been driven by the university’s efforts on such issues as poverty and hunger, gender equality, clean water and air, climate change and providing quality education.
For the second year in a row, the university retained the top national spot when it comes to impacts made addressing 17 specific goals aimed at achieving a better world for 2030, known as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Adopted by all United Nations member states in 2015, these goals provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.
For 2021, ASU’s score of 95.8 out of 100 points put it at No. 1 in the U.S., coming in ahead of Purdue University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Penn State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In the global rankings, ASU is tied for ninth in the world out of 1,115 institutions from more than a dozen different countries, ahead of King’s College London, the University of British Columbia and Western Sydney University. The global ranking included nearly 350 more institutions this year, compared with 2020. The next highest U.S. institution on the global list is Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis at No. 28.
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