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The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023 Are Out & Three Australian Universities Are in the Top 10

Have you ever wondered how sustainable and socially conscious your university is? Well, that’s exactly what the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings are designed to tell you. 

The THE Impact Rankings is a one-of-a-kind performance measurement system that assesses universities around the globe against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are 17 goals created by the UN and aimed to be met by 2030. They include:

  1. No poverty
  2. Zero hunger
  3. Good health and wellbeing
  4. Quality education
  5. Gender equality
  6. Clean water and sanitation
  7. Affordable and clean energy
  8. Decent work and economic growth
  9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  10. Reduced inequalities
  11. Sustainable cities and communities
  12. Responsible consumption and production
  13. Climate action
  14. Life below water
  15. Life on land
  16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
  17. Partnerships for the goals

These rankings analyse universities’ performances across four main areas: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching.

In the 2023 rankings, Australia’s education system has proven to be a stand-out once again, with three Australian universities claiming spots in the top 10. 

For the second year in a row, Western Sydney University has claimed the #1 position, receiving an impressive overall score of 99.4. The University of Tasmania and RMIT University also cracked the top 10 this year, coming in at #5 and #7, respectively. 

Many more universities were recognised in the top 100, including:

  • University of Technology Sydney (UTS) – #14
  • UNSW Sydney – #18
  • Monash University – #21
  • University of Newcastle – #28
  • University of the Sunshine Coast – #29
  • Macquarie University – #39
  • La Trobe University – #57
  • University of Wollongong – #61
  • Griffith University – #72
  • Central Queensland University – #74
  • Charles Sturt University – #79
  • University of Canberra – #92

Australia is the second-most represented country in this year’s top 100, exceeded only by the UK.

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