RMIT has ranked 13th in the world for its efforts to reduce inequality within and among countries (SDG 10) in the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings released last week.
The University’s top 15 ranking for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10, was in recognition of its strong global footprint and ongoing focus on education and capacity-building in low and middle-income economies.
RMIT was also ranked 45th for SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production and 53rd for SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.
The inaugural THE impact rankings measured universities’ social and economic impact and was designed to showcase how institutions had progressed against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Pro-Vice Chancellor Design and Social Context and Vice-President Professor Paul Gough said he was delighted that RMIT had been recognised for its efforts in this space.
“The Sustainable Development Goals enable us to collectively drive change, channel effort and focus resources in order to construct a more sustainable planet,” he said.
“Our strong performance in this latest ranking is a testament to our continued focus on diversity, inclusion, community and the environment, with engagement across staff, students and the wider community.”
Through the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and along with 11 other Australian universities, in 2017 RMIT made a public commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Professor Gough, who is also Chair of RMIT’s Sustainability Committee, said RMIT was committed to modelling institution-wide excellence to build a more sustainable future.
“We acknowledge the enormous challenges the world faces to build a sustainable future and we believe RMIT plays an important role in both supporting and contributing to this,” he said.
“RMIT’s commitment spans learning and teaching, governance and operations, research and leadership.”
RMIT ranked 67th for the only compulsory SDG in the submission, SDG 17: Partnership for the Goals, and was ranked 82nd overall.
THE collected data from institutions and third-party providers for 11 of the 17 SDGs across 47 metrics and 111 measurements. Universities were invited to submit data and provide evidence for a minimum of four SDGs, including Goal 17.
Story: Shelly Brady