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UCC ranked 8th in the world by the Times Higher Education prestigious Impact Rankings

21 Apr 2021
A global leader working towards a sustainable future

University College Cork (UCC) has today been ranked 8th out of 1,000 universities from 98 countries across the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) prestigious Impact Rankings, placing it as Ireland’s leading university for its impact in working towards creating a sustainable future.

The evidence based THE Impact Rankings are the only global tables to assess universities against progress towards the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), providing a total of 18 rankings, one for each SDG as well as an overall table.

In today’s rankings, UCC was ranked in the Top 20 globally in relation to seven of the SDGs, among the findings were: 

  • UCC moved from 32nd place last year to 8th in the world overall in 2021  
  • UCC finishes in world’s top three for SDG12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and SDG15 (Life on Land) 
  • Global importance of higher education evident as 24 countries from six continents appear in overall ranking top 100 

The full Impact Rankings 2021 may be accessed here.

We are proud to be in the top ten universities in the world that are making an impact towards creating a sustainable future for our planet. Over a decade ago, and together with our students, we set this university on a path that could inspire and lead change. Our teaching, research and public engagement has been assessed as world class and we are proud to be Ireland’s leading university making an impact towards a sustainable world.

    - Interim President, Professor John O’Halloran

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