CQUniversity recognised in global top 100 for sustainability

28 April 2022

CQUniversity has cemented its place as as a world-leading university for environmental and social impact' ranking 83rd in the world for overall contributions to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings.

For the first time since the Impact Rankings were launched' CQU has entered the top 100 in the overall ranking' jumping from the 101-200 category in 2021' to 83rd in the world out of 1'406 institutions in 2022.

The University also ranked 10th (up from 29th in 2021) in the world for protecting and restoring life below water (SDG 14) ' 35th for protecting and restoring life on land (SDG 15) and 32nd (up from 58th in 2021) in partnerships for the goals (SDG 17) .

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Nick Klomp said the results were a validation that the University was succeeding in its commitment to sustainability through high-impact research and meaningful partnerships on a local' national and global scale.

"These latest rankings results are impressive' and they reflect how closely CQUniversity's values and strategic goals resonate with important global issues and the real work that our people are doing to align with the UNSDGs'" Professor Klomp said.

"Our improved performance on SDG 17 continues to demonstrate our increased ability' as Australia's most engaged University' to support the development of global sustainability through meaningful partnerships'" he said.

"To see our ranking in SDG 14 (life below water) jump into the top 10 in the world is a testament to the amazing world-class research and engagement that our Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre (CMERC) team continue to conduct."

Professor Klomp said he was thrilled to see CQUniversity rank so highly in its first submission into SDG 15.

"Coming 35th in the world for protecting life on land highlights the leading role that our Institute for Future Farming Systems (IFFS) team plays in investigating better ways to bolster the productivity and profitability of the livestock and horticulture sectors while reducing environmental impact and restoring vulnerable ecosystems.

"It's a great honour to be among the most impactful universities in the world."

About the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings The Times Higher Education Impact rankings' now in their fourth year' scored 1'406 higher education institutions in each of the 17 UNSDGs. More information and CQUniversity's performance can be found here: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/rankings/impact/2022/overall