VU Amsterdam scores on sustainable development

VU Amsterdam scores on sustainable development

To what extent do we, as a university, contribute to a better and more sustainable future for us all? Since 2018, this has been evaluated and presented in a ranking that can be considered innovative in the academic world. Contrary to the more 'traditional' rankings, which are often based on research output, this is about the contribution that universities worldwide make to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

It is important to VU Amsterdam to look at the university’s international position in a broader context, rather than scientific impact alone. That is why, for the second time, we have participated in the Times Higher Education impact rankings, in which a total of 768 universities from 85 countries have been ranked. Of all ranked universities that are taking action against climate change, we are in 2nd place worldwide. We also score well, as 32nd in the world, on the sustainable development goal 'Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure', followed by the 37th place on 'Gender equality'. Also, ranking 64th on 'Partnerships for the Goals', VU Amsterdam shows that we have an excellent connection with businesses, citizens, governments and other organizations to help jointly achieve the sustainable development goals. Overall, VU Amsterdam finishes in 39th place. We clearly see our ambitions in terms of sustainability and diversity, and the connection we have with society, reflected in the results.

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