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May 10, 2019

Old Main buildingArizona State University was ranked 2nd in the country and 35th in the world in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2019. These inaugural rankings, which included 462 universities from 76 nations, are “the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals,” according to Times Higher Education.

The University Impact Rankings reviewed universities on 11 out of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and compared universities across three categories: research, outreach and stewardship. ASU’s top-ranked impacts were SDGs 12, 11, 5 and 17:

  • SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production — 19th overall, 1st in the U.S.
  • SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities — 19th overall, 3rd in the U.S.
  • SDG 5: Gender Equality — 31st overall, 6th in the U.S.
  • SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals — 27th overall, 1st in the U.S.
  • The SDGs were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 to provide “a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future,” according to the U.N. These goals recognize the interconnectedness of major global challenges — all must be urgently addressed to ensure a sustainable future. ASU is committed to advancing sustainability in its practices, education, research and solutions.