As one of a small group of Australian universities that became a signatory to supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we are deeply committed to tackling issues such as improving access to education and addressing inequality. We are particularly pleased that our work to open up access to higher education and promoting aspirational pathways for students – something that is so central to the University’s mission – has received such a high distinction, along with our long-established equity and diversity policies that are embedded in the University to promote inclusiveness and workplace diversity and flexibility. Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover AO
Western Sydney University has been ranked 1st in the world for its work to address gender equality, and 2nd for reducing inequalities by promoting inclusive and equitable quality education, according to the inaugural Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings. Overall, the University achieved a ranking of 11th – placing it in the top 20 universities worldwide, and the highest ranked university in Australia.
The University Impact Rankings are a new initiative by the highly-influential Times Higher Education (THE) organisation, which measured more than 450 universities from 76 nations for their social, ecological and economic impact and commitment to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDGs).
In addition to its world-leading scores for SDG 5 Gender Equality and SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities, Western Sydney University also ranked 13th globally for SDG 4 Quality Education, and 34th for SDG 17 Partnership for the Goals which helped us place 11th worldwide.
THE University Impact Rankings Metrics
The Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings include metrics for 2019 reporting were based on 11 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals across three broad areas: research, outreach and stewardship. Universities submit data on as many of the SDGs as they were able to. SDG 17 is the only compulsory SDG for inclusion in the overall assessment. This has since changed for the 2020 reporting round, and now all SDGs are included.