The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2019 that evaluates the impact of global universities on sustainable development goals (SDGs) has listed Tomsk Polytechnic University in the overall band 201-300 of the best universities. What is more, in the directions Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Reduced Inequalities, and Sustainable Cities and Communities TPU ranks in the top 100.
Based on the results of THE University Impact Rankings 2019 Tomsk Polytechnic University enters the group 201-300 in the overall ranking and 101-200 in Quality Education, ranks 72 in Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, 78 in Reduced Inequalities, 90 in Sustainable Cities and Communities, 300+ in Partnerships for the Goals.
Acting TPU Rector Petr Chubik notes:
‘My congratulation to all TPU members, for the first time our University is in top 100 of the Times Higher Education rankings on three key directions. I would call the new rating as a university ‘rating of usability’ for society, business, people, ecosystems of the planet as a whole. When we look at the list of sustainable development goals set by the UN we will see that TPU has a significant contribution and achievements for each of them, whether it be the fight with climate change, rational use of water resources, providing access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy sources, promoting wellbeing for people of any age, etc.
We do have something to show the world. The rating results indicate that Tomsk Polytechnic University is among the world leaders in terms of its impact on society, participation in achieving sustainable development goals. This is another proof of the correctness of strategic path that our university follows.’
THE University Impact Rankings 2019 is based on the evaluation of university performance on 11 out of 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2015: Good Health and Well-Being; Quality Education; Gender Equality; Decent Work and Economic Growth; Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure; Reduced Inequalities; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Responsible Consumption and Production; Climate Action; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; Partnerships for the Goals.
Each SDG is related to a number of indicators scored in a university ranking. For example, the calculation of Quality Education addresses the total number of alumni of all levels, continuous education, the number of freshmen; the number of first-generation students; pedagogical research.
For the SDG Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: the number of spin-offs; research income; faculty number; research in innovation. For the SDGs Sustainable Cities and Communities: access to and strengthening of local cultural and natural heritage; total university expenses in the past fiscal year; university expenses on art and heritage support in the past fiscal year; university policies on sustainable city and community; research on sustainable cities and communities. For the SDGs Reduced Inequality: the number of undergraduate students; the number of international students from low-income developing countries; the number of students and staff with disabilities; university inequality policies; research to reduce inequality.