NED University has secured a place in the top 200 universities of the world in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2019. THE University Impact Rankings 2019, released by international ranking website Times Higher Education, is the first attempt by any international rankings to find out the impact of universities on the society at large, rather than focusing on teaching and research endeavours alone. It is also the only international ranking metrics that has analysed and accessed the performance of universities across the globe, keeping in view the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. This first edition of the THE rankings accessed performance indicators of 450 universities across 76 countries of the world, against 11-out-of-17 SDGs, including good health and wellbeing, quality education, gender equality, decent work and economic growth, industry innovation and infrastructure, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, peace justice and strong institutions and partnerships for the goals.
The three broad indicators accessed by THE rankings included research, outreach and stewardship. Other metrics employed for analysis included policies of the varsities in relation to academic freedom or liberty, share of senior female academic staff and utilisation of secure employment contracts just to name a few.
University of Auckland, New Zealand secured the number one position in the ranking for outstanding performance in good health and wellbeing (89.1), gender equality (77.6), peace justice and strong institutions (81.4) and partnerships for the goals (97.0). Other universities in the top ten list included McMaster University (second), University of British Columbia (third), University of Manchester (third), King’s College London (fifth), University of Gothenburg (sixth), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (seventh), University of Montreal (seventh), University of Bologna (ninth) and University of Hong Kong (10th).
NED University of Engineering and Technology (NEDUET) secured a spot in the top 200 universities of the world. NED attained 57.2 points for responsible consumption and production, 61.5 for quality education, 31.3-54.7 for climate action and 50.2–68.5 for partnerships for goals.
NED was declared the most responsible university in Pakistan, in terms of conducting researches on consumption of resources for sustainable utilisation of resources, contributions towards creating inclusive educational milieu with the provision of lifelong learning and pedagogy research, taking necessary actions to deal with climatic changes and for collaborating with other countries of the world.
University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) secured a place in the top 200-300 list by attaining an overall score of 58.5 in climate action, 18.9–47.4 in responsible consumption and production, 6.2–39.0 in quality education and 75.2 in partnerships for goals category.
Ghulam Ishaq Khan (GIK) Institute of Technology secured the highest in quality education (69.6), grabbing a well-earned spot in the top 200-300. Other universities in the top 10 list for the Pakistan included University of Veterinary Sciences Lahore (fourth), COMSATS University Islamabad (fifth), Government College University Lahore (sixth), International Islamic University, Islamabad (seventh), National University of Sciences and Technology (eight), University of Peshawar (ninth) and Quaid-i-Azam University (10th).
University of Veterinary Sciences Lahore secured 88th spot in the world for outstanding researches in field of medical sciences, support system for healthcare professionals and for maintaining the overall health of their faculty and student body. The varsity also secured 66th position overall for initiating as well as endorsing necessary actions for climate change.
Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology secured 24th position in the world for imparting quality education, while NED University of Engineering and Technology secured 88th in the same category. University of Agriculture, Faisalabad attained 61st position among the top-notch higher education institutes of the world for their collaborative research activities with other countries.
University of Malakand booked a spot in the top 101-200 universities for their research endeavours in the study of gender, for developing policies on gender equality and for recruiting the maximum amount of women at their varsity. It also attained 79th position in the world for researches in the field of sustainability and for playing a positive role as the torchbearer of heritage and culture of the country.
Universities that secured overall number one spots in individual SDG categories included University of Auckland (Good health and well-being), University of Gothenburg (Quality Education), Western Sydney University (Gender equality), McMaster University (Decent work and economic growth), Yonsei University (Industry, innovation and infrastructure), James Cook University (Reduced inequalities), Kyung Hee University (Sustainable cities and communities), University College Cork (Responsible consumption and production), University of British Columbia (Climate action), National Taiwan University (Peace, justice and strong institutions), and University of Auckland/University of Manchester (Partnerships for the goals).
It is worth mentioning here that Japan got the maximum amount of representation in THE Impact rankings with 41 institutions securing a hard-earned place in the list, followed by the US with 31 and Russia with 30.