Sunway University has entered the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2021, becoming the highest ranked private university in Malaysia.
In addition to the recognition, Sunway University is also now credited to be within the Top 200 for SDG 11- Sustainable Cities and Communities.
“The SDG 11 highlights Sunway University as a state-of-the-art modern campus that is connected to a wide range of social and community ammenities by safe walkways at treetop level giving a unique sustainable study, work and social environment for our students and staff,” the University said in a media statement.
The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ SDGs. They use carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparison across four broad areas: research, stewardship, outreach, and teaching
Professor Graeme Wilkinson, the Vice-Chancellor of Sunway University said, “We are delighted now to be recognized as one of the world’s leading institutions for sustainability. We are a signatory institution to the SDG Accord and absolutely committed to aligning our educational and research efforts with the SDGs and this ranking demonstrates that our efforts are yielding results.
“We know that our students are very concerned about the future of the planet and sustainability issues, and we take very seriously our responsibility to educate them on these issues and to undertake research on policies and technologies that can make an impact in relation to the SDGs,” he added.
Stefan Priesner, United Nations Resident Coordinator for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam congratulated Sunway University, “The education sector is a key driver in the whole-of-nation approach towards achieving the SDGs and I congratulate Sunway University for the well-deserved recognition by Times Higher Education. Academia has a crucial role to play in nurturing future SDG champions and developing thought leadership for a more sustainable world. As an organisation, universities can also contribute by walking the talk and being SDG compliant in their business operations as demonstrated by Sunway.”
In recognition of Sunway’s embrace of the sustainability agenda and commitment to advancing the SDGs in Asia, Sunway University recently joined New York City and Paris as the three United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) centres in the world to coordinate continent-wide sustainability initiatives in Asia, the Americas and Europe/Africa, respectively.