In the Times Higher Education 2020 Impact Rankings all 7 IUA universities are placed in the top 200 out of 800 entries. These rankings seek to measure the social and economic impact of universities under the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals.
Overall, Trinity was the highest ranked Irish university in 14th place across all 17 goals. UCC was the next highest placed (32nd), followed by UCD (34th), NUI Galway (68th) and DCU (84th). UL and Maynooth University are ranked between 101 and 200.
University College Cork was placed no 1 in the Responsible Consumption and Production category.
Reacting to the awards Jim Miley Director General of IUA said “In the midst of a pandemic, in which our universities have mobilised to tackle the virus for the good of Irish society and economy, it is heartening to see their ongoing social and economic impact globally recognised.”
Other university reactions:
“It underscores our continued commitment – across all areas of the University – to sustainability and equality of opportunity and underlines the impact we are having in making the planet a better place.”, Professor Linda Doyle, Dean of Research, Trinity College Dublin
“The UN’s sustainable development goals form the framework for the innovations needed to reboot and retool our economy for long-term success and resilience.” UCC President, Prof Patrick O’Shea
“It is heartening to see Irish universities taking such a lead role in addressing these goals, which were arguably the most important targets for the world to meet”. NUI Galway President, Prof Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh
“DCU’s high placing is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and students and their commitment to our mission and values”. DCU president Prof Brian MacCraith.