The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) was ranked 15th overall among the 30 Brazilian Universities which participated in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020. The Impact Rankings assess universities against the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. This was the first time that UFSC participated in the ranking, and it was ranked 301-400th worldwide.
The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings uses carefully calibrated indicators to provide comparisons across three broad areas: research, outreach and stewardship. In 2020, the list includes 768 universities from 85 countries. In the Overall Ranking, the University of Auckland, in New Zealand, had the best performance, followed by the University of Sydney and the Western Sydney University, both in Australia. Among the Brazilian universities, the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) had the best performance.
A university’s final score in the overall ranking is calculated by combining its score in SDG 17 with the score in three other SDGs selected by the institution. The SDG 17 ‒ Partnerships for the Goals looks at the broader ways in which universities support the SDGs through collaboration with other countries, the promotion of best practices and the publication of data. It accounts for 22% of the overall score, while the other SDGs carry a weight of 26% each. This means that different universities are scored based on a different set of SDGs.
Among Brazilian Universities, regarding performance against SDG 17, UFSC was ranked 17th. In the SDG 3 ‒ Good Health and Well-Being, it was ranked 10th; in the SDG 4 ‒ Quality Education, it got the 7th place; and in the SDG 12 ‒ Responsible Consumption and Production, it had the 5th best performance in the country.
See the complete ranking results here.