Second SDG–UP Workshop Discusses Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

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  • 2020•12•17

    On 11 November 2020, UNU-IAS organised the second workshop for the UNU SDG–University Platform (SDG-UP). There were 45 participants from universities across Japan. Duncan Ross (Chief Data Officer, Times Higher Education) gave the keynote presentation providing information about Times High Education impact rankings and how SDGs related activities can be evaluated using these rankings. He discussed the advantages of using these rankings as a platform for sharing best practices and, while there are many noteworthy activities on a global scale, some are not well known. He further emphasised that in order for activities to be more widely known, active communication is very important. In addition to this, he stressed that participating universities have an opportunity to move forward together to achieve the SDGs and take steps toward realising a better society.

    Shunichi Murata (Professor, School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University) highlighted the importance of collaborative research with universities in developing countries and that strong partnerships should be built in order to boost engagement amongst stakeholders. Shinobu Yume Yamaguchi (Director, UNU-IAS; Chair, SDG University Collaboration Platform) stressed that the impact ranking is not a one-sided evaluation of universities by an evaluation organisation, but rather a way to be transparent in terms of evaluation.

    For a more detailed report on this event, please click here (Japanese only).

    29 participating universities (in alphabetical order)

    Aoyama Gakuin University
    Chiba University of Commerce
    Ehime University
    Hiroshima University
    Hokkaido University
    International Christian University
    International University of Japan
    Kanagawa University
    Kanazawa University
    Kwanseigakuin University
    Keio Gijuku University
    Kitakyushu City University
    Kyushu Sangyo University
    Notre Dame Seishin University
    Nara University of Education
    Ochanomizu Women’s University
    Osaka University
    Osaka Medical and Pharmaceutical University
    Ryukoku University
    Soka University
    Sophia University
    Tokai University
    Tokyo City University
    Tokyo Institute of Technology
    Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
    Tokyo University of Science
    Toyo University
    Tsukuba University
    University of Tokyo