RMIT ranked fifth globally for sustainability impact

RMIT ranked fifth globally for sustainability impact

RMIT continues its sustainability leadership, ranking in the top five global institutions in this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings for impact against the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

RMIT remains first in the world for Reducing Inequalities (SDG10). The University also achieved strong improvements in two other areas including Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), up 13 places, and Gender Equality (SDG 5), up 18 places. Climate Action (SDG 13) also improved to 16 in the world.

The University's international collaboration with Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research to deliver nature-based water treatment solutions is just one initiative that contributes to the University’s impact across SGD 6 and 13. This project helps to overcome water quality issues resulting from urbanisation, industrialisation and climate change in Vietnam, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

Floating wetlands built by the project team Nature-based water treatment solutions, like this project in Vietnam, is just one of many RMIT initiatives that contributed to its sustainability ranking.

RMIT also ranked 11 globally for Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17), in recognition of its strong connections with government and industry to advance sustainability.

As a leading international University with a long and enduring presence across Southeast Asia, these partnerships continue to deliver positive impact across the region. For example, the $250 million strategic re-investment fund, which will progress RMIT’s Country Commitment to Vietnam and contribute to the country’s social and economic goals through investment in education, research, partnerships and campus infrastructure.

Transnational education partnerships are also critical, such as RMIT’s work with Infinite Learning at Nongsa Digital Park in Indonesia, which responds to local government and workforce skills needs.

Alt Text is not present for this image, Taking dc:title 'news-1-qs-ranks-rmit-123-in-the-world-10-in-australia' Professor Alec Cameron, Vice-Chancellor and President, RMIT University

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Alec Cameron said we are proud to rank in the top 5 institutions globally and be recognised as a leader in sustainability. 

"This achievement belongs to our staff, students and partners who bring transformative education and impactful research to life every day. Nowhere is this more critical than in service of our physical, social and cultural environments,” says Cameron.

"RMIT's civic role is at the heart of who we are. We remain committed to fostering a progressive and equitable society, and a productive and sustainable world, wherever we operate across the region and beyond.”

The University also maintained a leading position against other SDGs including Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8), Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7), Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11) and Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12).

Visit our website for more information about RMIT’s impact and commitment to sustainability.

THE Impact Rankings assesses how universities perform across teaching stewardship, research, and outreach against the United Nations’ SDGs. This year THE ranked 1,963 universities (up from 1,591 in 2023) against each of the 17 goals. Find out more about THE Impact Rankings.

12 June 2024


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