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The University of Sopron Ranks High in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024



The Times Higher Education (THE) has published the Impact Rankings 2024, which lists universities that excel in achieving multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. These institutions not only stand out in individual areas but also demonstrate a high level of excellence in their overall contribution to global sustainability. By contributing to the achievement of the SDGs in a number of areas, the participating universities also demonstrate their commitment to addressing the world's most pressing challenges, including environmental sustainability, social inclusion, economic growth, and the partnerships needed to achieve the goals.

In the 2024 overall Impact Rankings, the University of Sopron ranked a shared 4th place in Hungary and moved up to the 801-1000 placement range globally.

The 2024 Impact Rankings is the sixth edition of the ranking, which includes 2152 universities from 125 countries. The THE Impact Rankings provides an opportunity to shine a light on institutional activities that are not captured in other (traditional) rankings but that make a significant contribution to achieving a better and more sustainable future.

For the third consecutive year, the overall ranking is led by Western Sydney University in Australia. In second place are the University of Manchester in the UK and the University of Tasmania in Australia. The best institution from an emerging economy is once again Universiti Sains Malaysia, which finished 18th. In the top 100, the UK is the most represented nation with 25 institutions, followed by Australia with 12 and Canada with 11.

In Hungary, 11 institutions are again represented on the THE Impact Rankings 2024 list this year. The University of Sopron once again presented its performance in full sustainability terms, across all 17 SDGs.

In the case of the University of Sopron, the possibilities for contribution were examined in 179 indicators related to the SDGs, on the basis of which development goals were set for the future. In the evaluation, the points achieved are used to determine the overall ranking of universities that best perform their efforts for the Sustainable Development Goals, supported by supporting data. In addition to supporting the indicators, the method also works with other SDG-related scientometric data (number of publications, citations, etc.).

The University of Sopron's achievements in Hungary in 2024:

  • 1st place in the following SDGs:
    • World TOP200 field: SDG 15 - Terrestrial Ecosystem Protection (World 101-200 placement range, shared first place)
    • World TOP300 field: SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production (World 201-300 placement range)
  • 2nd place in the following SDGs:
    • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger (World 301-400 placement range)
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action (World 301-400 placement range)
    • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation (World 401-600 placement range, shared second place)
  • 3rd place in the following SDGs:
    • SDG 14 - Life Below Water (World 301-400 placement range)
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth (World 401-600 placement range, shared third place)
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities (World 601-800 placement range)
    • SDG 1 - No Poverty (World 801-1000 placement range, shared third place)
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy (World 801+ placement range)
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality (World 1001+ placement range)
  • 4th place in the following SDGs:
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (World 601-800 placement range)
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities (World 601-800 placement range)
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (World 801-1000 placement range, shared fourth place)
  • 5th place in the following SDG:
    • SDG 4 - Quality Education (World 1001-1500 placement range, shared fifth place)
    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being (World 1001+ placement range, shared fifth place)
  • 6th place in the following SDG:
    • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals (World 1001-1500 placement range, shared sixth place)

THE Impact Rankings recognizes the outstanding performance of universities based on their extensive impact on multiple dimensions of sustainable development. Their broad-based excellence underscores the importance of a holistic approach to global challenges and the critical role of the academy in promoting sustainable change.

The detailed list is available here: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/impactrankings

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