NUI Galway has been named the number one university in Ireland for sustainable development.
The 2022 edition of Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings ranks the University 47th out of 1,406 institutions around the world, breaking into the top 50 after being in 82nd position last year.
The report also puts NUI Galway as the fifth best university in the world for Sustainable Development Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production.
Assessments for THE Impact rankings are based on submissions from universities around the world in line with the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
It is a measure of the extent to which institutions are having a positive social and economic impact on the planet; from climate action and gender equality, to good health and well-being.
“The sustainable development goals are arguably the most important targets for the world to meet, and it’s heartening to know we are making a positive impact towards creating a sustainable future for our planet,” said NUI Galway President, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh.
“At NUI Galway, sustainability is one of our core values, and we look forward to progressing our work to address these global challenges as part of our central mission to serve the public good.”
Deputy President and Registrar of NUI Galway, Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, commended the hard work from staff, students and community partners and their “commitment in establishing the University as a leading institutional model for sustainability and sustainable development.”
“It was primarily our students who put the issue of sustainability on the agenda in our University, and with that we vowed to try to respond to challenges that we face while staying true to our University’s values of Respect, Openness, Sustainability and Excellence.”