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The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). THE uses carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparison across four broad areas: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching. Table SDG 9 - industry, innovation and infrastructure measures universities- research on industry and innovation, their number of patents and spin-off companies and their research income from industry. The ranking is led by three institutions in joint first place: University of Twente , University of British Columbia in Canada and the Technical University of Munich in Germany.
The list includes 785 institutions from 86 countries/regions. South Korea is the most-represented nation in the top 100, with 11 institutions, followed by Canada with 10.
The Impact Rankings are inherently dynamic: they are growingly 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.
drs. J.G.M. van den Elshout (Janneke) Monica Morales-Masis and Massimo Sartori receive European support to bring research results closer to market