UBC strengthens track record as global sustainability leader in higher education

People and Places | Strategy 3: Thriving Communities
Theme: Innovation
The UBC Rose Garden at sunset | Photo credit: Hover Collective / UBC Brand & Marketing

The University of British Columbia has once again been ranked as a global leader in sustainability efforts. UBC placed 13th overall (out of more than 1,400 institutions) in the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact ranking for institutional efforts to advance the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDG). The goals promote environmental, social and economic well-being across the planet.

UBC is one of only eight institutions in last year’s top 20 to remain in the top 20 this year, and one of only four universities (and the only one outside of the UK) to appear in the top 50 for both the THE World University Rankings, and the THE Impact Ranking.

“In recent years, universities and their connections to industry have never been more important to the advancement of innovation to the ultimate benefit of society. The importance of that linkage is clear in UBC spin-off companies like AbCellera and Acuitas and their work in the development of COVID-19 treatments and vaccine development,” said UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Prof. Santa J. Ono.

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Through Strategy 3: Thriving Communities, UBC is advancing sustainability and wellbeing through renewal and innovation in our learning environments, operations and infrastructure.