Times Higher Education 2021 Impact Rankings, Chung Cheng University ranked within the top 200 on work towards three SDGs among others in the world
The British Times Higher Education (THE) recently announced its 2021 World University Impact Rankings. It is an evaluation report on the performance of universities towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year, Chung Cheng University (CCU) participated in the ranking system for the first time, and ranked overall in the range of 401 to 600. CCU stated that in recent years, the university has blended the 17 SDGs concept of the United Nations into its institutional framework to design educational programs and other related activities. Consequently, those efforts have paid off in 2021, and in the assessments against three individual SDGs, CCU was placed in global top 200 among other universities, on three relevant tables respectively.
The 2021 Impact Rankings is the third edition and there are more than 1200 universities from around 96 countries and regions assessed by the system. This time, a total of 35 universities in Taiwan have been listed on the Rankings. CCU disclosed that though it is the first time for the university to take part in the Times World University Impact Rankings, CCU has delivered some outstanding results. Not only has the university been listed across 17 tables on the 17 SDGs, its performance towards SDG2 – zero hunger, SDG9–industry, innovation, and infrastructure, and SDG12 – responsible consumption and production, each of them, was particularly praised and ranked within the world\'s top 200 by the ranking system.
According to THE, the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All participant universities are evaluated on their work towards the 17 SDGs, such as No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Climate Action, etc., with the carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparison across four broad areas: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching to determine their influential status on society. Dr. Shi-Ming (Jack) Huang, Dean for the Office of the Research and Development (ORD) at CCU, further explained that this ranking system does not reflect on the regular standards of school scale, academic achievement, fame of the university, etc., instead, it focuses on the real performance of the university on important issues, including the university’s role in higher education, the outcome in supporting and guiding students, the welfare of all faculty and staff members, the global interaction and the contribution to social responsibilities, and so on.
Academically, CCU is committed to the innovation and the breakthroughs in research development. And in terms of the localized Sprout Project, CCU dedicates itself to pursuing a healthy and balanced relationship between people and the society, and realizing the idea of environmental sustainability while promoting resource sharing with different parties. In the future, CCU will continue to mediate various collaborations between people and organizations from different fields, and to exert its power with positive impact to help create a sustainable and reciprocal society. In short, for the good results in 2021 Impact Rankings, the main credit should be given to the overall performance of the university itself, but besides that, Dr. Huang was also pleased with the work done by the CCUORD team, their collective efforts in efficiently gathering school information to complete the application process in just two months is worth mentioning as other key factor to make that happen. And more, that excellence would not be possibly achieved without the great support and assistance from all units of CCU for the university to really act as a well-integrated entity and to be recognized in the ranking system this year.