National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) has made its mark as an Inaugural Participant in a new ranking category introduced by Times Higher Education (THE), a renowned UK-based university ranking agency.
The category is called “THE University Impact Rankings” – it ascertains universities’ impact on society in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). THE has developed a new set of performance metrics in order to evaluate and rank universities under the new category, which has assessed universities against 11 out of 17 SDGs. This year, 462 worldwide universities have been considered for the ranking.
It merits mention that NUST is a pioneer among Pakistani universities to have aligned its R&D with the UN SDGs, and hence is an SDG-engaged university, committed to producing research and solutions in line with the SDGs.
The contending universities were required to participate in at least 4 SDGs, including the 17th SDG “Partnership for the Goals,” which was compulsory for all. The 3 optional SDGs NUST participated in were Quality Education (SDG 4), Gender Equality (SDG 5), and Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure (SDG 9).
NUST was ranked between 101-200 in Quality Education; 201-300 in Gender Equality; 101-200 in Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure; and 301+ in Partnership for the Goals.