Impact Rankings 2023

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We use carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparison across four broad areas: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching.

The 2023 Impact Rankings is the fifth edition, and the overall ranking includes 1,705 universities from 115 countries and regions.

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The overall ranking is led by Australia’s Western Sydney University for the second year in a row.

The UK’s University of Manchester follows in second place, while Canada-based Queen’s University takes the third spot.

The top institution from an emerging economy is Universiti Sains Malaysia, ranking at fourth.

The UK is the most-represented nation in the top 100 with 26 institutions, followed by Australia with 16 and Canada with 15.

The Impact Rankings are inherently dynamic: they are growing rapidly each year as many more universities seek to demonstrate their commitment to delivering the SDGs by joining our database; and they allow institutions to demonstrate rapid improvement year-on-year, by introducing clear new policies, for example, or by providing clearer and more open evidence of their progress. Therefore, we expect and welcome regular change in the ranked order of institutions (and we discourage year-on-year comparisons) as universities continue to drive this urgent agenda.

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