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The University of Jyväskylä participates in the responsibility assessment of universities

The University of Jyväskylä was placed 301+ in a recent assessment of universities’ societal impact, sustainability and responsibility.

The assessment surveyed over 450 universities from 76 countries. Five Finnish universities were included.

For the first time, Times Higher Education published an impact ranking, which is based on assessing universities from the perspective of how they promote and implement the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.

In addition to a general ranking, universities in this pilot assessment were given positions in 11 different categories, of which JYU participated in four.In the category of Gender Equality, JYU was ranked 101–200, in Industry, Innovations and Infrastructure 101–200, in Good Health and Well-being 301+ and in Partnerships for the Goals 301+.

 “In compliance with our new strategy, education at JYU underlines responsibility for your own and others’ wellbeing. This also covers the perspectives of global and ethical responsibility. We want that our graduates are bold academic experts who develop the world in a responsible way,” says Vice Rector Marja-Leena Laakso.

 “THE University Impact Rankings offers a new way to analyse universities’ societal impact, sustainability and responsibility. Even though all sustainable development goals of the United Nations are not linked directly to the operation of universities, they have an important role in society to enable achieving the goals both locally and globally,” Laakso continues.

The ranking’s methodology is based on 11 of 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations. They have been taken down to various qualitative and quantitative indicators that measure the impact, sustainability and responsibility of universities.Data for the assessment are collected directly from the universities, the Elsevier publication database and the results of THE’s international reputation survey.

More information:

Head of Higher Education Policy Anna Grönlund, tel. +358 50 313 0401,