Hamilton school in top 30 for global sustainability ranking


Published June 12, 2024 at 11:25 am

McMaster's Living Laboratory for Environmental Sustainability
McMaster's Living Laboratory for Environmental Sustainability

McMaster University has earned a top-30 ranking for sustainability in the Times Higher Education annual impact rankings for 2024.

The Hamilton school was one of nine Canadian schools to make the top 50 rankings, which celebrate universities around the world that excel across multiple United Nations Sustainable Development goals to showcase their commitment to addressing the world’s most pressing challenges, including environmental sustainability, social inclusion, economic growth and partnerships.

The University of Alberta (#6) and Kingston’s Queen’s University (#8) were the top-ranked Canadian schools in the rankings, followed by Victoria and Simon Fraser in B.C. (tied at #13), Laval (#19), Western in London (#21) and Montreal at #28.

McMaster scored a #30 ranking, ahead of York in Toronto at #35.

It is the sixth year of the sustainability rankings, with Times Higher Education declaring the numbers show that the university sector is having an “outsized impact” on the world’s progress towards a more sustainable planet.

“These leading universities are recognized for their overarching impact across several dimensions of sustainable development, making significant contributions to creating a sustainable and resilient future,” the report stated. “Their broad-based excellence underscores the importance of holistic approaches to global challenges and highlights the critical role of academia in driving sustainable change.

More than 2,000 universities from 125 countries were studied to produce the overall ranking, with Australia’s Western Sydney University topping the list for the third consecutive year. England’s Manchester University and Australia’s University of Tasmania follow in joint second place.

India is the most-represented country in the overall table, with 96 institutions.

McMaster, which placed 103rd in the overall university rankings and boasts three Nobel Prize winners among its ranks, scored 88.7 for clean water and sanitation, 96.5 for industry, innovation and infrastructure, 90.6 for good health and well-being, and 94.4 for partnerships.

Transforming McMaster’s campus into a living laboratory for sustainability is a university priority and supports the university’s vision to advance human and societal health and well-being. The school produces a Sustainability Report each year.

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