IULM is highly ranked among the world's top 2000 universities for sustainability

News - 27 June 2024

THE Impact Rankings rewards our University again this year

Università IULM is among the best 2000 institutions in the world in THE Impact Rankings,which assesses the activities undertaken by universities worldwide to meet the 2030 Agenda set by the United Nations General Assembly. The Agenda is composed of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), used as key criteria to measure the impact and effectiveness of universities in advancing the critically important global sustainability agenda.

In the 2024 edition of the ranking compiled by the international agency Times Higher Education (THE), IULM is once again confirmed as a leader in the social aspects of sustainability and especially in "Gender Equality" (SDG 5) in which IULM ranked 77th out of 1361 universities worldwide, first in Milan and second in Italy, maintaining its top 100 position since the previous edition (where it ranked 81st out of 1,081 universities). IULM also excelled in the objective"Reduce inequality" (SDG 10) achieving one of its highest scores: 72.2/100. This marks an 18% improvement over the previous edition, despite a 23% increase in competition, placing IULM in the 101-200 range.

IULM's success was reflected in all the goals in which it participated, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to creating global best practices and adhering to international standards. In particular, the University ranked in 8 goals: “No Poverty” (SDG1), “Quality Education” (SDG 4), “Gender Equality” (SDG 5), “Decent Work and Economic Growth” (SDG 8), “Reduced Inequalities” (SDG10), “Sustainable Cities and Communities” (SDG11), “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” (SDG16) and “Partnership for the Golas” (SDG17). IULM's continuing efforts in these important areas have been recognized: in fact the University managed to rank in the 101-200 range in 3 of the 8 submitted goals, while in the previous year IULM ranked 101-200 in only 1 goal.

In a remarkable achievement, the University has shown exponential improvement in "Quality Education" (SDG 4)climbing an impressive 400 places to rank in the 101-200 range out of 1681 evaluated universities. This positions IULM as the top university in Milan and the fifth in Italy, even amidst a 29% increase in competition from the previous edition. In particular, the Times Higher Education (THE) evaluators highly valued IULM's lifelong learning initiatives - a key indicator of SD G 4 - which encompass all educational activities undertaken throughout life to enhance knowledge, skills, and competencies. IULM's efforts in promoting inclusive and equitable education received a score of 93.7/100. These initiatives include public courses and events, Winter and Summer schools, and webinars, extending the University's educational impact beyond the campus to local, national, and international communities.

For the second year in succession, IULM consolidated and improved its positioning for the goal "Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions" (SDG 16) in which the University achieved a score of 73.9/100 (well above the world average 54.1), placing it first in Italy and in the 101-200 range internationally.

Finally, in the overall ranking, IULM ranked in the top quarter of all ranked universities (range 401-600) - nearly 2000 this year - and recorded an 11% increase in the overall score, despite an increase of 400 evaluated universities over the previous year.

Università IULM has accordingly reaffirmed its status as a benchmark of excellence in higher education with its outstanding performance in the THE Impact Rankings 2024. The University's commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals highlights its continuous efforts to enhance performance and promote values crucial to social and environmental well-being. These achievements, driven by the collaboration and dedication of the entire IULM community, underscore the University's leadership in adopting sustainable practices and providing high-quality, inclusive education.