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UT’s Ranking in “Times Higher Education” Impact Rankings Rises, Reflecting Commitment to Sustainable Development Goals

by Alexandra DeMarco

The “Times Higher Education” recently recognized the University of Tennessee, Knoxville during the organization’s Impact Rankings 2022.

The annual Impact Rankings rank 1,406 universities from 106 countries based on their engagement with the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals through four broad areas: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching. The SDGs were introduced by the UN in 2015 with the goal of working toward a healthier, safer and more sustainable future for all around the world.

This year’s rankings reflect UT’s commitment to the SDGs in several different categories. Overall, UT rose to the ranking of top 100-200 universities in the world and 7th in the United States for overall SDG engagement. In 2021, UT ranked in the top 200-300 universities worldwide and 23rd in the United States. The overall ranking is based on the top four scores in individual SDG categories.

Globally, UT ranks number 13 for SDG 2: Zero Hunger, number 19 for SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, and number 100 for SDG 15: Life on Land. UT also ranked well for SDGs 1: No Poverty; 3: Good Health and Well-Being; 4: Quality Education; 5: Gender Equality; 7: Affordable and Clean Energy; 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth; and 10: Reduced Inequalities.

The Center for Global Engagement’s Jamie McGowan, director of the Global Research Office, and Regis Nisengwe, graduate assistant at the Global Research Office, partnered with Ryan Shirah, institutional research analyst at the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, in compiling the data, analyzing the findings and submitting the impact ranking figures to the “Times Higher Education.”

UT’s inclusion in the impact rankings is the result of a collaboration between UT’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment and the Center for Global Development.

Read more about UT’s recognition in last year’s Impact Rankings here.


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