Stony Brook University comes in at No. 78 in the world in the new 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Ranking, a global university ranking that aims to measure an institution’s impact on society based on its success in meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
According to THE, SBU’s strong result is based on its scaled and pre-rounded performance on Sustainable Development Goal 17, Global Partnership for the Goals, and the University’s top three rankings among the 17 SDGs. These 17 goals – which include providing inclusive and equitable quality education, achieving gender equality and fostering innovation – were adopted by the UN in 2016 and provide a framework for developing the world in a sustainable way.
Stony Brook University’s top three SDG rankings were in Reduced Inequalities, where it ranked No. 8; Gender Equality, where it ranked No. 44; and Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, where it ranked No. 55. Stony Brook’s other notable rankings among the SDGs were No. 69 in Quality Education; and No. 93 in Climate Action.
“The Stony Brook ethos is intrinsically aligned with the UN’s sustainable development goals, so it’s gratifying that we have been recognized in this new ranking,” President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. said. “It’s been established that a Stony Brook degree helps students move from the bottom quintile of income earnings to the top quintile. We strive to provide a diverse academic experience and we embrace the challenge to continue to excel in these areas.”
More than 500 institutions from across the world submitted data to Times Higher Education to participate in the new ranking.