ASU ranked top in US, 5th in world pursuit of UN sustainability goals

Arizona State University ranks top in the U.S. and fifth in the world out of 766 institutions in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The global ranking is a jump from last year’s 35th place.

In the annual rankings published by Times Higher Education magazine, ASU scored 96.3 out of 100 points. It was the top American university in the rankings. Only three American universities placed in the top 100. ASU beat the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Penn State.

“As an emerging service university, we are designed to be adaptive, nimble and skilled in leveraging ideas and technology to create impactful solutions to complex global challenges and take responsibility for continuing to move this pioneering work further every day.” ASU President Michael Crow said.

Mark Searle, the executive vice president and university provost expressed a similar sentiment: “Being ranked as the No. 5 university in the world for impact reflects that Arizona State University, our faculty, staff and students, consider it our fundamental responsibility to inspire positive change and contribute to the overall health of our global community.”

While most ranked institutions participate in some of the SDGs, ASU pursues and conducts research on all 17 objectives. Among the objectives, it ranked the highest in eradicating poverty; zero hunger; affordable and clean energy; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; peace, justice and strong institutions; and support of both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

“This is more than a target to motivate behavior, this is a commitment Arizona State University has made to demonstrate that sustainability is achievable,” said Crow. “It reflects the focus and dedication of people across the university and we are proud to be leading a new wave in the evolution of higher education.”