The Times Higher Education Global Impact Rankings are the only global performance measures that assess universities’ progress specifically around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs look to tackle today’s biggest global issues with SDG 10 focused on reducing inequalities.

Some of the metrics that helped to measure which universities were excelling at reducing inequalities were the number of first generation students, the number of students from developing countries, the proportion of students and staff with disabilities, the measures against discrimination and the amount of research a university undertakes on reduced inequalities.

The University of Wollongong has developed a series of research projects that aim to reduce inequalities across all aspects of society.

Some of these include the Caring for Communities project, which has built research networks to engage key stakeholders in the Aboriginal community and a project to address what women’s empowerment means in terms of microfinance.

UOW is dedicated to achieving clear UN SDG targets outlined in its strategic plan by 2030 and has incorporated them into the institution’s research strategy.

UOW Vice-Chancellor, Paul Wellings CBE, said the rankings provide further evidence that universities can be world leaders in achieving sustainability and contributing to the greater good of society.

“UOW is making significant progress in pursuing its objectives in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which address complex social, economic and environmental problems within our communities.

“This progress would not be possible without the commitment and dedication of talented researchers across the Institution and I congratulate them on achieving this result,” Professor Wellings said.

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