Contribution of VolSU to sustainable development (THE Impact Rankings 2022)
The commitment of Volgograd State University to achieving international sustainable development goals was recognized by experts of Times Higher Education (THE), a British ranking agency, which once again included VolSU in THE Impact Rankings.
In the overall list of the world ranking, VolSU falls under 601-800 group on a par with such Russian universities as Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Herzen University, Lobachevsky University and others. In Russia, VolSU keeps the 32nd place of 94 participating universities, among which the first place belongs to Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University. In the region, Volgograd State University remains the only university included in the ranking.
This year, VolSU participated in 11 goals – that is 2 more than in the previous years: SDG 1 No Poverty, SDG 3 Good Health and Well-being, SDG 4 Quality Education, SDG 5 Gender Equality, SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, SDG 10 Reduced Inequality, SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, SDG 13 Climate Action, SDG 16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions, SDG 17 Partnerships to achieve the Goal. VolSU showed the highest results in SDG 5 Gender Equality, SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 13 Climate Action, SDG 16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions, entering the 201-300 group among all universities in the world for each of the goals.
Times Higher Education Impact Rankings is the only ranking in the world dedicated to analyzing the contribution of universities to achieving the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The ranking evaluates the university commitment to each of the goals separately and gives an overall assessment based on all the goals. The main indicators of THE Impact Rankings include the education availability, the number of scientific publications, cooperation with foreign scientists, interaction with authorities, the impact of a university on society and others.
This year, the fourth edition of the ranking was published, in which 1,406 universities from 106 countries took part. The overall ranking is headed by the University of Western Sydney (Australia), Arizona State University (USA) ranks second and the University of Western Ontario (Canada) ranks third.