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26th May, 2020

City ranked in the top 200 institutions globally by the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020

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City, University of London has been ranked in the top 200 institutions in the world and 21st in the UK, in this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings.

The rankings demonstrate the University’s commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They explore the impact that a university can have by looking at themes of sustainability and provide an opportunity to shine a light on the differences that universities make to the world we live in.

The overall ranking is produced based on institutions’ data for SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals, plus their best three results on the remaining SDGs. 766 institutions submitted information to the ranking globally.

Jason Clarke, Head of Sustainability at City, commented:

This is the first year that City has received an overall position within the impact ranking. Our performance this year provides us with a baseline from which we can monitor our global impact and identify our areas of focus.

A key activity this year will be the development of our climate change action plan in support of our commitment to achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2040 and the publication of our first Global Goals report at the end of the year.”

City was also ranked:

  • 46th (out of 360 institutions) for SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • 47th (out of 459 institutions) for SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
  • Top 200 for SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing; SDG 5: Gender Equality; SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth and SDG 13: Climate Action.

Professor Stanton Newman, Vice-President (International) at City, said:

City, University of London’s robust performance in the THE Impact Rankings acknowledges City’s innovation and impact in science, economy and society, as the University addresses real-world problems.

I was delighted to see that City scored particularly strongly against SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals, which illustrates the benefits of City’s local and international partnerships, working in collaboration with our partners to achieve meaningful change.

The Rankings provide a framework to inform the strategic objectives of the University as it tackles global challenges. Global cooperation will be key to this activity, critically so in the post-COVID-19 environment.”


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