Times Higher Education Ranking

York University Ranked 26th Globally and Top 5 in Canada

Times Higher Education (THE) recently revealed the list of global leaders in the results of their new Impact rankings, based on the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and York University proved its strength in this area with an impressive top 30 in the world and top five in Canada position.

Looking at the UN’s 17 SDGs developed in 2016, the THE Impact ranking highlights how the global higher education sector is contributing to international efforts to build a more socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable world. York placed 26 in the world, and 5 in Canada among 450 institutions from 77 countries that participated. 

Read the full rankings and see how York University ranks in making a global impact. 

York’s global reach includes more than 300 university, industry and NGO partners in over 70 countries. These partnerships provide our students, faculty, staff and alumni with opportunities to contribute solutions to global challenges.

This year marks York’s 60th anniversary, and 60 years of making an impact. York is proud to be known as a diverse and inclusive community of engaged and innovative students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners dedicated to making a positive impact.

SDG Individual Rankings

#12 Globally (#4 in Canada) in Sustainable Cities and Communities

This category examines how institutions have helped make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.It reviews how they have pushed access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums and helped provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons.

York Impact Highlights: National leader in urban research, 68% waste diversion rate, and Eco Campus in Costa Rica.  

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#14 Globally (#4 in Canada) in Climate Action 

This category looks at institutions that have taken urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts while strengthening resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries. It also examines how institutions have integrated climate change measures into policies, strategies and planning.

York Impact Highlights: Signature Disaster & Emergency Management programs, 1st Environmental Studies program in Canada, and one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for six consecutive years.

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#19 Globally (#5 in Canada) in Partnerships to Achieve the Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development and the domestic resource mobilization, including through international support to developing countries, to improve domestic capacity for tax and other revenue collection.

York Impact Highlights: Leading a global collaboration to calculate SDGs of 200 countries & regions and Largest national homelessness research institute.

#22 Globally (#2 in Canada) in Responsible Consumption and Production

This category ensures sustainable consumption and production patterns and review institutions implementation of the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, all countries taking action, with developed countries taking the lead, taking into account the development and capabilities of developing countries. By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.

York Impact Highlights: 68% Waste Diversion Rate, 300 Researchers actively engaged, EcoCampus located in Costa Rica, Bottled water phaseout, Zerowaste initiative, and Sustainability Strategy

#25 Globally (#2 in Canada) in Reduced Inequality

This category examines how institutions help reduce inequality within and among countries and progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average.

York Impact Highlights: Access and Bridging programs International's Global Peer Program, REDI Training, and Intercultural Learning Module.


 grid of UN sustainability goals

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