International ranking highlights UAlg for its commitment to Sustainable Development




The University of Algarve (UAlg) is part of the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for the first time, which globally assesses the performance and contribution of universities to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UAlg ranked 201-300 in the overall ranking of THE Impact Rankings, made up of 766 universities from 85 countries, which met the inclusion requirements.

In this second edition, the ranking counts data for all 17 SDGs, in contrast to the first edition in which only 11 SDGs were integrated. Each objective has several specific metrics associated with it, which measure the impact of the institutions in pursuing this SDG. Universities can send data to the number of SDGs they want, but to be included in the global ranking the requirements are the submission of data for a minimum of 4 SDGs, with objective 17, which counts partnerships for the development of objectives, is required. More than 850 higher education institutions from 89 countries submitted information for this ranking.

The UAlg was evaluated in 11 of the 17 SDGs, obtaining a global classification of 74.1 in 100. For this purpose, UAlg obtained the best classification among the three SDGs. The Academy stood out in SDG 1 – No Poverty (64.9), ranking 69 in 372 institutions that presented evidence of contributions to this objective; SDG 4 - Quality Education (80.5) position 24 in 676 institutions, SDG 5 - Gender Equality (61) position 101-200 in 547 institutions and SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals (68.2); position 301-300 in 806 institutions.

Regarding the SDGs in which the UAlg stood out: SDG 1 - No Poverty - measures the universities research on this topic, as well as its support to disadvantaged students, citizens and local community. SDG 4 - Quality Education -  measures the Universities contribution to learning at the level of initial and throughout life training and its commitment to inclusive education, as well as its contribution to education research. SDG 5 - Gender Equality - measures the Institutions research on this topic, as well as their policies for gender equality and their commitment to recruiting and promoting women.

The inclusion in this ranking and the results obtained are a great achievement for UAlg because it is recognized as a global pioneer, demonstrating its commitment not only to support the Sustainable Development Goals through teaching, research and knowledge transfer, but also in incorporate these objectives in the main guidelines of the Institution.

More information about this ranking can be found here​​​​​​​​​​​​​​