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University of Alberta climbs to 6th globally in sustainability impact

University of Alberta climbs to 6th globally in sustainability impact
University of Alberta climbs to 6th globally in sustainability impact

The University of Alberta has achieved a remarkable milestone, ranking sixth in the world and first in North America for its efforts in addressing the most pressing sustainability challenges. This prestigious recognition comes from the 2024 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, which were released recently.

Continued climb in global rankings

This year, the University of Alberta (U of A) advanced from its previous positions of seventh globally and second in Canada in the 2023 rankings. These rankings evaluate universities based on their performance against the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with metrics covering research, stewardship, outreach, and teaching.

Commitment to sustainability

University of Alberta President Bill Flanagan expressed his excitement over the institution's progress, stating

"I am thrilled to see that the University of Alberta has moved up in these international rankings for the third straight year. This continued success is a recognition of the incredible work happening at our university to solve sustainability challenges from local to global and a reflection of our core commitment to sustainability as identified in Shape, our strategic plan of impact."

Leading role in global sustainability

As one of the leading universities in Canada and the world, the University of Alberta leverages its people, partnerships, and resources to contribute significantly to the global pursuit of sustainability. The university's strategic plan, Shape, underscores its dedication to making a lasting impact on sustainability efforts.

Recognizing excellence

The University of Alberta's ascent in the global rankings highlights the institution's excellence in sustainability initiatives and its role as a leader in addressing global challenges. This achievement not only reflects the university's commitment to sustainability but also its capacity to inspire and drive positive change on a local and global scale.


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