The UPC, 1st in Spain and among the world’s top 100 in SDG Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

The UPC is ranked among the world’s best universities in its commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) according to the 2020 THE Impact Rankings. It stands out specifically in SDG 7, Affordable and Clean Energy (27th in the world) and SDG 9, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, in which it is ranked 1st in Spain and among the world’s top 100 (84th). It achieves a high score in these goals and in SDG 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Jun 16, 2020

The 2020 edition of the Times Higher Education’s University Impact Rankings was published on 22 April. The Rankings assess the impact of universities against the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the 2020 edition, the publishers analyse 17 SDGs, while in the first edition last year they analysed only 11 out of the 17 SDGs.

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) achieves the best results in SDG 9, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructures; SDG 7, Affordable and Clean Energy; and SDG 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities. It achieves therefore the highest scores in the abovementioned goals: SDG 9 (76.8 points out of 100), SDG 7 (72.6 points) and SDG 11 (70.1 points).

The THE Impact Rankings comprise two types of lists: the overall list, which is calculated by combining a university’s score in SDG 17 with its top three scores out of the remaining goals, that is, universities are scored based on a common and a variable part; and a list for each individual SDG, which ranks the universities that have participated in that particular goal.

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