Hokkaido University ranked first nationwide in Times Higher Education Rankings 2020

What are your criteria for choosing a university? There are so many universities around the globe, and it can be difficult to pick the right one for you. Therefore, many efforts have been made to evaluate and rank universities from various aspects such as research and education. The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, which measure universities’ contributions to SDGs, is one example.

About the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

Published by “Times Higher Education,” a British magazine that covers global higher education, the Impact Rankings are global performance tables that assess universities’ social contributions such as efforts aimed at tackling issues pertaining to climate change, gender equality, health, and wellbeing, against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This academic year, a total of 857 universities from various countries were assessed, including 72 Japanese universities.

Hokkaido University’s standing in the rankings

Hokkaido University ranked first nationwide (76th worldwide). This ranking is determined by the sum of the score for SDG17, which is essential, and the score for the first three SDGs. A university’s final score in the overall ranking is calculated by combining its score for efforts aimed at SDG 17 with its top three scores for efforts aimed at the remaining 16 SDGs. The three SDGs for which Hokkaido University received highest scores were SDG9, SDG2, and SDG3.
Furthermore, in the Impact Rankings for individual SDGs, Hokkaido University ranked in the top 100 for its efforts aimed at the following six SDGs: 10th for SDG2 (zero hunger), 45th for SDG9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), 77th for SDG12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), 43rd for SDG14 (Life Below Water), 59th for SDG15 (Life On Land), and 63rd for SDG17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

For details, please view the Japanese version of the webpage about the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Evaluated efforts (partial overview)

Here, we introduce some of the university’s notable efforts related to SDGs that received high scores.

SDG2: Zero hunger

The following were highly evaluated as efforts aimed to provide local farmers and producers with agricultural knowledge and methods related to food security and sustainable agriculture.

  • Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement and joint seminars with JA Group Hokkaido
  • Research and Education Center for Robust Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Industry “Pioneering Science and Technology Research Group” (formed in AY2018)

Robust Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Industry Research Seeds (Robot Tractor)

SDG3: Good Health and Well-being

The following were evaluated as examples of cooperation with the World Health Organization and the provision of programs aimed at promoting health and well-being in communities.

SDG17: Partnerships for the Goals

In this section, Hokkaido University’s international joint research projects, being selected as a finalist in an award that recognizes outstanding sustainability efforts, and various educational programs launched in partnership with universities from various countries were evaluated.

Green Gown Awards