The University of Waterloo has once again placed in the top 100 universities in the world on the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2022. This year, Waterloo moves up 46 spots on the list to number 53.

The Impact Rankings are an annual measure of a university’s social and economic impact based on the institution’s success on delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Waterloo ranked in the top 100 in 12 out of 17 SDGs including:

  • Top 50 in the world for No Poverty (SDG 1), Zero Hunger (SDG 2), Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11) and Life Below Water (SDG 14)
  • Top 50-100 in the world for Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8), Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10), Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12), Climate Action (SDG 13), Life on Land (SDG 15), Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG 16), and Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17)

“Our performance and improvement in this year’s ranking is a testament to our commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals,” says Vivek Goel, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo. “Waterloo has been consistently participating in the UN’s 17 SDGs with an intent of using their comprehensive framework to monitor our own performance year over year. I am very proud of the work we are doing at the University to be global leader in adopting the UN’s blueprint for peace and prosperity now and for our collective future.”

Waterloo is the founding institution for Sustainable Development Solutions Network Canada whose mission is to mobilize Canadian scientific and technological expertise and accelerate problem solving for the UN’s SDGs.

This is the fourth year THE has published the Impact Rankings, and the number of participating institutions continues to grow to 1,406 universities from 106 regions around the world. To learn more, view the THE Impact Rankings 2022 announcement.