After debuting in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings a year ago, Virginia Tech found itself ranked in the top 100 out of more than 1,400 institutions worldwide in the 2022 Impact Rankings which was released at the end of last week.
The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings are the only global performance charts that rate universities against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The THE ranking uses calibrated indicators to compare universities in four areas: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching.
Virginia Tech received an overall impact ranking of #98 out of 1,406 universities spanning 106 countries.
“As we move forward as a global research university, it is important to be good stewards of our resources and knowledge,” said Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. “This ranking is particularly relevant to us as it measures the impact we have on the well-being of our students, our communities and the world around us.”
The university earned high marks in seven categories, with a top ranking of No. 19 out of 604 universities worldwide in the Responsible Consumption and Production category. This category measures universities’ research into responsible consumption and their approach to sustainable resource use.
Virginia Tech also earned a high ranking in the zero hunger category (#36 out of 553), a category that considers a university’s research on hunger, its teaching of food sustainability, its commitment to fighting food waste and its commitment to fight against food waste. hunger on campus and locally. The school’s Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation contributed to the high ranking in this category.
Virginia Tech’s other top ratings came in the categories of Sustainable Cities (#56 of 783), Climate Action (#59 of 674), Clean Water (#66 of 634) , reducing inequalities (#67 out of 796) and life on land (#87 out of 521).
“These steps are positive indicators of our ability to come together as an institution to achieve our vision of being a global land-grant university that can have impact on a global scale,” said the vice president. Executive and Provost Cyril Clarke. “They reflect the commitment of our students, faculty, and staff to community, service, and the betterment of the human condition. As we celebrate this recognition, Virginia Tech will continue to focus on creating new opportunities to serve our global community and change the world around us.”
Virginia Tech’s Climate Action Commitment, which serves as a guiding framework for sustainability and energy efficiency in campus operations; the Berkeley/China/Virginia Tech program for water and health; Virginia Cooperative Extension awareness programs around water quality; the School’s Conservation Management Institute; the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program; and the initiatives of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity and the Office of Equity and Accessibility serve as examples of the university’s commitment to sustainability and played a role in the high ranking of school.
More information about Virginia Tech’s rankings can be found online.