The Times Higher Education magazine launched a pilot edition of the new THE University Impact Rankings.
In 2015, the United Nations launched a new campaign “2015: Time for Global Action”. It gave recommendations to set 17 goals in the area of sustainable development. In early August 2015, 193 UN member states arrived at a consensus on the final document “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and set a list of goals to be achieved.
Times Higher Education experts assessed the contributions of universities towards achieving these goals. From the full list of goals they chose those relevant to the academic community: good health and well-being; quality education; gender equality; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation, and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; peace, justice, and strong institutions; and partnerships for sustainable development.
The ranking includes over 300 universities from all over the world. Voronezh State University was listed in the 101–200 group. The experts named the following factors among the strengths of the university: decent work and economic growth (16th place in the world), responsible consumption and production (99th place in the world), peace, justice, and strong institutions (47th place).
According to the authors of the ranking, “being included into the ranking is a fine achievement for a university. It not only demonstrates that the institution supports the sustainable development goals by teaching, research, and knowledge transfer, but introduces these goals into its internal policy.”