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The University in the sustainability rankings

2020 saw the University’s commitment in the field of sustainability rewarded by important results in the international rankings dedicated to this area.

THE Impact Ranking Places the University of Padua Among the Top 100 Universities in the World

The University of Padua ranked among the world’s top 100 (76th position) in the rankings compiled by the international publication Times Higher Education (THE), climbing 23 places from 99th in 2021.

The University of Padua achieved the best result in the Quality of Teaching (SDG 4), where it ranks 24th, slightly down from last year. The second best result can be seen in SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities, where the university ranks 25th in the world (a clear improvement on its 47th place in 2021). The third best position is in SDG 3 – Health and Wellbeing, 47th in the world (84th in 2021). Finally, it is confirmed among the top 100 universities in the world for its commitment in SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, where the University of Padua ranks 49th. This is followed by Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8, 52nd) and finally Gender Equality (SDG 5, 63rd).

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Unipd ranked one of the most sustainable universities in the world

The University of Padua improves its ranking by 60 positions in the 2021 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, placing it among the top 100 most sustainable universities worldwide and one of the best in Italy. With 956 participating universities, the University of Padua movedfrom the 157th position in 2020 to the 97th position in 2021.

The University of Padua achieves particular improvements in Setting & Infrastructure, Water, and Education & Research. These results are the result of substantial actions – such as, for example, the opening of the new Humanities Hub in Via Beato Pellegrino in Padua – which have allowed significant recoveries in terms of energy for the entire University, but also the ability to better exploit – in the construction of evidence for the ranking – both scientific publications and teaching in the green field, as well as the sustainability report, events and activities of student associations.

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QS Sustainability: University of Padua first among Italian universities

The results of the first edition of the QS Sustainability ranking of the world’s universities were presented in October 2022. These are institutions that, through research, teaching and connections with the territory, have the potential to drive and accelerate the necessary change in terms of environment, society and governance (ESG, Environment Social Governance), for sustainable development. The ranking was conducted by QS, in collaboration with Elsevier, Yale University and the Academic Freedom Index, further selecting the universities already analysed by the QS WUR ranking on the basis of public and recognised evidence of a sustainability policy conducted by the university and of a widespread and high-level culture of participation in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which can be deduced from the bibliometrics of excellence.

Only 700 universities worldwide and only 31 national ones were selected and analysed according to two indicators of social and environmental impact. The University of Padua ranked 61st in the world and first in Italy.

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