McMaster University ranks 3rd in Canada, 14th globally in new rankings

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McMaster University in Hamilton ranked third in Canada and 14th in the world in The Times Higher Education (THE) 2021 Impact Rankings.

Mac was ranked 17th last year in the same rankings.

This is the third year for the impact rankings, which recognize the contributions of universities “as they work to make the world a safer, more sustainable place,” based on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

More than 1,200 universities from 98 countries submitted data, compared to approximately 850 participants last year.

McMaster placed first in Canada in three categories that recognize the tremendous impact of its research and community work: Good health and well-being; partnerships for the goals; and decent work and economic growth.

"The impact of our work comes from addressing the most pressing challenges facing our communities and our planet -- the same challenges that shape the UN's Sustainable Development Goals," says McMaster President David Farrar.

"Our researchers have a long history of working across disciplines to share and amplify their expertise -- with one another, with industry partners and with members of our communities -- with the goal of saving lives, supporting and sustaining our planet, and improving the lives of people around the world."

McMaster’s SDG rankings:

  • 1st in Canada, 4th globally in Good Health and Well-Being
  • 1st in Canada, 8th globally in Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 2nd in Canada, 12th globally in Reduced Inequalities
  • 2nd in Canada, 14th globally in Clean Water and Sanitation
  • 1st in Canada, 14th globally in Partnerships for the Goals

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