The University of Algarve (UAlg) integrates, for the fourth time, the “Times Higher Education THE Impact Ranking” that evaluates how the teaching, research, management and extension activities of universities contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations .
In this ranking, the only worldwide instrument for evaluating the commitment of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to the SDGs, UAlg is positioned 201-300 in the general classification, among 1591 HEIs from 112 countries.
UAlg submitted itself to the assessment in the 17 SDGs, having obtained an overall classification of 80,1 out of 100, an increase of 0.3 compared to 2022. According to THE methodology, for this classification, the three SDGs where the UAlg got better rating plus SDG 17 which is mandatory.
The Algarve academy stood out in SDG 12 – Sustainable production and consumption (71,7), ranking 101-200 among 674 HEIs that presented evidence for this objective. The campaigns to reduce the use of plastic, the proportion of waste recycled on campuses (Amount of waste recycled in 2021: 92 Tons – 66% of the global total) and, for the first time, in 2022, the preparation of the UAlg sustainability report.
In SDG 15 – Protecting terrestrial life (74,4) it occupied position 88 out of 586 HEIs, resulting from UAlg’s support for terrestrial ecosystems through a quality and diversified educational offer, the implementation of educational campaigns associated with the removal of invasive species and the planting of native species on the Gambelas campus “Operação Montanha Verde- Together we protect”, with strong regional partnerships.
In SDG 16 – Peace, justice and effective institutions (74,0) it reached position 101-200 among 10 HEIs, with the contribution of graduates in Social Education being crucial.
In SDG 17 – Partnership for the implementation of the objectives (85,7), it is in position 101-200 among 1625 HEIs. The result was achieved due to the diverse network of academic and non-academic institutions with which UAlg cooperates nationally and internationally and which also contribute to the individual report of each SDG at UAlg.
In addition to the three SDGs taken into account for the classification of UAlg, that is, where it obtained better results, it is also worth highlighting its commitment to SDG 4 – Quality Education (70,2), in position 101-200 among 1304 HEIs, in that UAlg ranked 1st among Portuguese HEIs. Its contribution to the proportion of 1st generation students attending higher education stands out here.
In this ranking, which included 15 Portuguese Higher Education Institutions, only four HEIs, including UAlg, showed evidence of contributions to all SDGs.