THE UNIVERSITY placed third among Philippine universities in the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) ranking of universities based on the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs).

UST ranked in the 601-800 worldwide bracket with an overall score of 47.6-56.5. UST placed in the 301-400 bracket in last year’s THE Impact Rankings.

Nestor Ong, head of the UST Office of QS/THE Rankings, said that while the University’s rank slipped, it was important to acknowledge that UST was able to maintain a spot in the rankings.

“Despite the fact of our limited mobility being granted…due to the pandemic, we still worked together for submission and met the November 30, 2020 deadline for both THE Impact Rankings 2021 and renewal of our QS Stars Certificate,” Ong told the Varsitarian.

UST is the top Philippine university in SDG 4 or “Quality Education.”

It placed second in the country for SDG 3 or “Good Health and Well-being” and SDG 7 or “Affordable and Clean Energy.”

Meanwhile, UST figured in the 401-600 range for SDG 17 or “Partnership for the Goals.”

Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, Tarlac Agricultural University and Mapua University were the other Philippine universities in this year’s rankings.

The THE Impact Rankings is the only global performance ranking that assesses universities in terms of the United Nations’ SDGs.

Launched in 2015, the UN SDGs are 17 goals aimed at ensuring a “sustainable future” for the world, the first of which is ending poverty. Jamilah B. Angco


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