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THE UNIVERSITY kept its position as one of the top schools in the Philippines in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings, which rates institutions based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations.

Based on the 2024 edition of the rankings released on June 12 (Manila time), UST remained in the 601-800 worldwide bracket where it has stayed in for the past four years.

UST improved its overall rating to 64.5-69.8 in the latest edition from 59.7-66.7 last year, and sustained its position among the top three universities in the Philippines.

It was the highest-ranked Philippine university in terms of implementing SDG 3 (good health and well-being), figuring in the 101-200 bracket worldwide with a score of 75.9-80.9.

UST also posted its best scores in SDG 4 (quality education), where it had a 62.1-65.6 rating; SDG 5 (gender equality), where it scored 55.3-59.1; and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals), where it received a 52.9-59.7 mark.

However, it failed to sustain its position as the top-ranked Philippine university in the SDG 9 (industry, innovation, and infrastructure) criterion, falling to the 601-800 worldwide bracket from the 401-600 cluster it landed in last year.

Here is how the University performed in the other SDGs:

  • SDG 1 (no poverty) – 52.8-56.9 (301-400)
  • SDG 2 (zero hunger) – 31.1-46.6 (401-600)
  • SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) – 36.2-48.3 (401-600)
  • SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) – 33.5-46.3 (601-800)
  • SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) – 52.8-61.1 (401-600)
  • SDG 10 (reduced inequalities) – 47.2-56.4 (401-600)
  • SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) – 56.8-54.3 (301-400)
  • SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) – 13.7-40.9 (601-800)
  • SDG 13 (climate action) – 21.6-35.9 (601-800)
  • SDG 14 (life below water) – 10.7-39.7 (401-600)
  • SDG 15 (life on land) – 45.8-55.1 (301-400)
  • SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) – 51.3-61.8 (401-600)

Fifty-six schools in the Philippines entered the 2024 THE Impact Rankings, significantly higher than the 29 institutions ranked in the previous edition.

Ateneo de Manila University remained the top university in the Philippines with an overall score of 79.3-83.9. It ranked within the 201-300 cluster worldwide.

De La Salle University, Ifugao State University, and the University of the Philippines figured in a three-way tie for No. 2 in the Philippines after scoring 69.9-75.7 and landing within the 401-600 bracket worldwide.

Joining UST as the third highest-ranked Philippine school were Batangas State University, Mariano Marcos State University, and Saint Louis University.

Western Sydney University in Australia topped the 2,152 universities from 125 countries included in this year’s THE Impact Rankings.

For its annual Impact Rankings, the THE assessed schools’ implementation of the SDGs in research, stewardship, outreach, and teaching.

It ranked universities based on the scores they posted in SDG 17 (22 percent) and the rating they received in three SDGs wherein they performed best (26 percent each).


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