Times Higher Education World University Rankings

NUI Galway is counted among the Top 350 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2020/21. In the 2021 Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings, NUI Galway is globally ranked in seven of the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals, with a top 50 ranking awarded for SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, ranking 14, SDG 14: Life Below Water ranking 26 and SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, ranking 44.

Speaking on the announcement of this year’s Impact Rankings, President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh said: “The sustainable development goals are arguably the most important targets for the world to meet, and it’s heartening to see Irish universities taking such a lead role in addressing them. As we see recent research linking air pollution and COVID-19 outcomes, the need to create a better and more sustainable future for all has never been more urgent. The current pandemic is highlighting healthcare inequalities globally, which we must work to address across all aspects of our research, from health sciences to the humanities.

“At NUI Galway, sustainability is a key strategic priority, and we look forward to progressing our work to address these global challenges as part of our central mission to serve the public good in our words and deeds.”

NUI Galway performed strongly in a number of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including:

SDG 5 Gender EqualityThis looks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. NUI Galway were ranked 71 in the THE Impact Rankings 2021.
SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy: This measures the University’s research related to efficient energy consumption, our own energy use and policies and our commitment to promoting energy efficiency in the wider community. NUI Galway was awarded Energy Team of the Year at last year’s Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland awards. At 36% energy reduction, NUI Galway continues to work towards an ambitious target of a 40% energy reduction by 2020. NUI Galway were ranked in 14 in the 2021 Impact Rankings.
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: This measures resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation within the University. NUI Galway were ranked in the 201-300 category in the THE Impact Rankings 2021.
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities: Reduce inequality within and among countries. NUI Galway were ranked 62 in the THE Impact Rankings 2021.
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities: This measures the University’s research on sustainability, our role as custodian of arts and heritage and our internal efforts on practicing and promoting sustainability. NUI Galway performed particularly well for its research and support for sustaining and promoting Arts and Heritage. NUI Galway were ranked in the 44 in the 2021 Impact Rankings.
SDG 14 Life Under Water: Measuring the University’s research on life below water and efforts at supporting, educating and sustaining aquatic ecosystems both locally and globally, NUI Galway were ranked 26 for education and actions to support aquatic ecosystems, both locally and globally.
SDG 16 Peace Justice & Strong institutions: Measuring the University’s research on Law, Human rights and international relations, and our participation as advisors and influencers of government policy, the University performed particularly well for its research and work with government and policy makers. NUI Galway were ranked in the 62 in the 2021 Impact Rankings.

The new rankings provide a measure of the extent to which Universities are having a positive social and economic impact on the planet; from climate action and gender equality, to good health and wellbeing. It is the first University ranking to use this criteria, rather than traditional metrics, such as reputation and research prestige.

Find out more about the Impact Rankings here, or view the full Times Higher Education methodology here.