University of British Columbia tops list in new global ranking

Apr 22 2021, 10:53 am

The University of British Columbia (UBC) took top spot in a new global ranking in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings.

The university tied for first place in SDG 9, which captures research on industry and innovation, industry engagement and the number of patents and spin-off companies.

The THE rankings measure how well universities help to advance the 17 United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs) that promote social and economic well-being across the planet. In addition to its overall impact, UBC placed in the top 10 in six of the goals tracked by the rankings.

UBC was also ranked second in Canada for impact, and 13th in the world.

THE noted this latest ranking ranking comes after than 1,000 institutions participated in the rankings – a 50% increase from last year.

“University-industry connections are critical in bringing inventions and solutions to life, and this was certainly brought home as UBC spin-off companies AbCellera and Acuitas played significant roles in the earliest treatment and vaccine responses to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said UBC president and vice-chancellor Santa J. Ono.

“Our community members placed a concerted effort to understand the virus, develop new vaccines and medical treatments and build other support systems. Their successes helped save lives and are now putting us on track to build back and become stronger in the future.”

UBC also placed fifth globally in protecting life below water, fifth in pursuing research on sustainability, sixth in SDG 12, which measures research on responsible consumption and sustainable use of resources, and seventh in protecting life on land.

“We’re inspired by the impact rankings to continue our work to achieve a more sustainable, more just society. I look forward to working with partners on our campuses and around the world to expand on what we have built so far,” said Ono.

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