THE Impact Ranking: promising results

The University of Bordeaux ranks third among French universities in the general Times Higher Education University Impact ranking, which classifies universities according to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This positive result reflects both the importance that the university attaches to the societal and environmental impact of its activities and the commitment of its communities to implement and promote its actions.

  • 05/05/2020

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The Times Higher Education University Impact ranking assesses higher education institutions’ commitment to sustainable development, in relation to the 17 objectives defined by the United Nations at the 2030 horizon. For its first participation in this ranking (of which this year was the second edition), the University of Bordeaux chose to respond to 9 objectives out of the 17 proposed. 

Encouraging first results

The University of Bordeaux is positioned as the third French university in the general ranking, tied with the University of Nantes, behind Aix-Marseille University and Paris Sciences et Lettres, out of a total of 16 French universities. It is the leading French university for the objectives 3 "Good health and well-being", 5 "Gender equality" and 11 "Reduced inequalities", ranking 101-200 out of the overall total of 766 universities that responded to the survey.

These encouraging initial results testify to the establishment's general commitment to sustainable development and the visible impact of its measures, in particular in terms of health and well-being, equality, disability awareness, energy management and sustainable cities.


A collective effort

The overall score of each university that responded to the Times Higher Education survey is calculated for each sustainable development objective based on quantitative data (number of scientific publications relating to the said objective) and a set of declarative data provided by the universities, along with concrete evidence. Elements of proof consist of, for example, the list of collaborations between the university and local or global health institutions (SDG 3 "Good health and well-being").

It was important for the University of Bordeaux to participate in this ranking, thus promoting the collective effort towards these sustainable development challenges. The process in itself is constructive, as achieving a good score in this ranking is based jointly on; lecturers and researchers’ activities in regards to training and publications; students and staff members for the measures taken and the incentive policies and blueprints established, but also on the considerable work required to complete the classification data. Thanks to all for the great teamwork! 

The University of Bordeaux is in the top 100 worldwide for 6 of the 9 SDGs it responded to:


Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals define 17 priorities for socially equitable, environmentally sound, economically prosperous, inclusive and predictable development by 2030. They were adopted in September 2015 by the United Nations as part of the 2030 Agenda.