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4:20 PM  April 4, 2019

TPU – in top 300 of THE among universities affecting world development

© РИА Томск. Павел СтефанскийTPU – in top 300 of THE among universities affecting world development

TOMSK, Apr 4 – RIA Tomsk. The British edition Times Higher Education (THE) assessed the impact of universities on the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and made the University Impact Rankings 2019; Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) entered the group 201-300, and in some directions – the top 100, the press service of the university said on Thursday.

According to the university, the UN has identified 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for humanity. The developers of THE – University Impact Rankings – believe that universities can contribute to the achievement of these goals.

It is reported that the first rating (2019) evaluates the achievements of universities on 11 of the 17 SDGs: Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education; Gender Equality; Decent Work and Economic Growth; Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Reduced Inequality; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Responsible Consumption and Production; Climate Action; Peace and Justice Strong Institutions; Partnerships to achieve the Goal.

"Tomsk Polytechnic University entered the group 201-300 in the overall rating, the group 101-200 in the direction of "Quality Education", took the 72nd place in the world in the direction of "Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure", the 78th place in the direction of "Reduced Inequality" , the 90th place – in the direction of "Sustainable Cities and Communities", 300+ – in the direction of "Partnerships to achieve the Goal", – is said in the statement.

According to the acting rector of TPU Petr Chubik, whose comment is provided in the message, Tomsk Polytechnic University is one of the world leaders in terms of influence on society: “I would call the THE new rating the "rating of the utility" of universities – for society, for business, for people, for ecosystems of the planet as a whole".

The press service notes that a number of indicators are associated with each of SDG. For example, for the SDGs “Sustainable Cities and Communities” - access to local cultural and natural heritage and its strengthening, the university’s total expenses and university expenses for supporting art and heritage in the past fiscal year, the university’s policies and research on sustainable city and community issues.

As follows from the materials on the website of the rating itself, there are 30 Russian universities in total. The highest achievement – the 58th place in the general list – at Altai State University. The world leaders are The University of Auckland, New Zealand (the 1st place) and Canadian McMaster University (the 2nd place) and University of British Columbia (the 3rd place).

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