UWr the most ecological university according to THE ranking!
In this year’s international university ranking THE Impact Rankings 2022 our university took a very high 101st – 200th place in the Life on Land category, competing with universities from all over the world. In this category we turned out to be the best in Poland. We took the first place ex aequo, interestingly, with another university from our region – Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences. In the ranking, in which as many as 1406 higher education institutions were evaluated, there appeared 15 Polish universities.
THE Impact Ranking assesses the contribution of the higher education sector to the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the UN. SDG 15 Life on Land is one of them. THE Impact is so far the only global ranking that compares universities in terms of the SDGs, but other rankings are also attempting similar analyses. The collection of information on universities’ sustainability activities has been started by QS. Also our native Perspektywy included an indicator on SDGs in this year’s university ranking. Not surprisingly, this trend is growing, the higher education sector has many opportunities to contribute to improving the quality of life of societies, both through education, research and by introducing appropriate strategies and policies on social and environmental issues in their institutions.
In the THE Impact ranking, each university is assessed on its mandatory contribution to Goal 17 Partnerships for the Goals and a minimum of 3 others of its choice. In assessing a university’s contribution to each of the Goals, the ranking institution considers four main areas: research, education, outreach and university strategies related to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
As far as the Life on Land goal is concerned, in which the University of Wrocław leads this year, we ranked high due to the publications and citations of our scientists on land ecosystems, as well as teaching activities and initiatives related to the protection of the terrestrial environment.
Direct involvement of the university in maintaining and developing existing ecosystems and their biodiversity (especially ecosystems under threat) was taken into account. It was also evaluated whether the university runs educational programmes aimed at the local community concerning ecosystems and sustainable environmental management in agriculture and tourism.
Collaboration with the local community on the protection of shared terrestrial ecosystems and the university’s policy on recycling and waste management were also assessed.
As we know, the University of Wrocław can be proud of many educational projects in the field of environmental protection, carried out, among others, by the staff of the Botanical Garden, Wojsławice Arboretum, Faculty of Biological Sciences or Faculty of Earth Sciences and Environmental Management. Thanks to the fact that our University focuses not only on scientific and didactic activities directed at students, but also educates the local community in the field of protecting our planet’s resources, the position of the University of Wrocław in ecological rankings will continue to grow.
The University of Wrocław also took a high position in the implementation of SDG8 Decent Work and Economic Growth. Here we found ourselves in the range of 401-600 best universities in the world. We ranked slightly lower in SDG4 Quality Education – 601-800, and in SDG17 Partnerships for the Goals – 801-1000.
And in the overall ranking, we are among the 801-1000 universities making the greatest contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and thus to building a better, fairer world.
Details of the ranking can be found here.