UBC tops global university impact rankings: Times Higher Education

People and Places | Strategy 3: Thriving Communities
Theme: Innovation
Sustainability at work: This stormwater management pool on the Vancouver campus helps reduce the risk of flooding and the amount of rainwater sent directly to the ocean.

The University of British Columbia is ranked number one in the world for taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts and ranked one in Canada for making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, according to Times Higher Education (THE).

THE University Impact Rankings, in which UBC ranks top three overall amongst 500 participating institutions across 75 countries and six continents, aims to measure universities’ social and economic contributions through their success in delivering on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]. These SDGs include promoting good health and well-being and quality education; achieving gender equality and reducing inequalities; fostering innovation; building sustainable cities and communities and achieving responsible consumption and production; and tackling climate change.

Recognition of UBC’s environmental efforts is representative of the university’s commitment to advancing sustainability through renewal and innovation in our learning environments, operations and infrastructure, as represented in Strategy 3: Thriving Communities.

Read the full story about the ranking on UBC News. Details about UBC’s various sustainability initiatives can be found on the UBC Sustainability site.

“These rankings not only reflect how UBC has worked to dramatically reduce its own climate impact for more than 20 years, but also the importance of engaging in partnerships and collaborations with NGOs and provincial and federal government to develop broader sustainability approaches and solutions.”

Gail Murphy
Vice President, Research and Innovation