Universidad Andrés Bello was ranked No. 1, together with Pontificia Universidad Católica, in this prestigious international measurement that measures institutions’ compliance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
By Sonia Tamayo
The prestigious Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, in its 2022 edition, ranks Universidad Andrés Bello as No. 1 in Chile for its contribution to the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
Along with UNAB, the Pontificia Universidad Católica also ranked first in Chile.
“The excellent result of the Universidad Andrés Bello in this prestigious ranking ratifies that it has integrated the Sustainable Development Goals as part of its governance, training, management, and university culture while also providing research, innovative ideas, and developing leadership oriented to key areas in social, economic and environmental matters. In short, it confirms our institutional contribution to the harmonious development of society and the country”, said UNAB President Julio Castro.
Ratifying its good position at the national level, this year, UNAB also advanced to be among the 200 universities at the international level that contributed the most to the fulfillment of the SDGs. In 2022, this was measured among 1,406 universities from 106 participating countries.
This ranking, prepared by Times Higher Education, seeks to measure the compliance of universities worldwide with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which reflects a comprehensive view of university work (addressing teaching, management, outreach, and research).
There are currently 17 SDGs, which address various cross-cutting areas and reflect the principles of the United Nations. Including Gender Equality, Quality Education, Good Health & Well-Being, No Poverty, Life Below Water, and Affordable & Clean Energy, among others.
In this line, UNAB stands out in this ranking among national universities with first place in three SDGs: Affordable & Clean Energy, Life Below Water, and Life on Land. Also ranking among the top universities in End Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health & Well-Being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, and Affordable & Clean Energy.
“UNAB has been able to showcase its contributions more diversely. In 2019, we only measured our performance in four SDGs, today we participate in 15 of the 17 United Nations SDGs, which demonstrates the institution’s conviction to develop different activities that contribute to these areas, with excellent, recognizable results that translate into a concrete contribution to the different territories where we are located”, explained Hector Hidalgo, General Director of Outreach and Sustainability.
Hidalgo also emphasized that these results reflect the institution’s transversal commitment to sustainable development, which has been developing and strengthening for years. An example of this is that a decade ago, UNAB was one of the founders of the Sustainable Campus Network, which has enabled working collaboratively with universities in Chile and abroad.
In addition, UNAB is the Chilean headquarters of the United Nations Global Compact. “Today, we are implementing a new strategy of sustainability in teaching, research, campus management, and how this work is projected to the environment through the link with the environment and social responsibility,” said Hidalgo.
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