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The University in the sustainability rankings

The University sees its commitment to sustainability recognized year after year, which is rewarded by important achievements in international rankings dedicated to this area.

THE Impact Rankings: the Athenaeum maintains the top position for promoting healthy living and social well-being

The Athenaeum also consolidated its prominent international position for 2022 in the fifth edition of the University THE Impact Rankings, maintaining its position among the top 100 universities for 4 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) out of the 17 defined by the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

Analyzing the rankings for the individual SDGs, the University of Padua achieved the best result in SDG 3 – Health and Wellbeing, ranking 33rd in the world (improving on the position 47 obtained in 2022). The second best result is seen in Teaching Quality (SDG 4), where it placed 35th, down slightly from last year. The third best position is in SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities, where the university ranked 54th in the world, for its environmental sustainability practices and commitment to the enhancement of historical, artistic and cultural heritage.

Furthermore, the University of Padua was confirmed among the top 100 universities in the world for its commitment to SDG 5 – Gender Equality, ranking 83rd in the world for promoting gender equality.

Lastly, the University ranked among the top 200 universities in the world in SDG – 8 (Decent work and economic growth) and in SDG 9 – Industry, innovation and infrastructure.

In the overall assessment, drawn up by evaluating the improvements demonstrated on UN Goal 17 (“Implementation arrangements and partnerships for the pursuit of the SDGs”), a prerequisite for participation in the ranking, and the best three results obtained with reference to the other SDGs, the Athenaeum ranks in the 101-200 range this year, in a context of strong international competition and change in methodology.

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UI GreenMetric: University of Padua among top 150 universities in 2022

In the UI GreenMetric, the ranking promoted since 2010 by the University of Indonesia with the aim of globally assessing the efforts of participating universities on the topic of environmental sustainability, the University of Padua dropped from 97th position in 2021 to 131st in 2022.

The result, which can be attributed to the increase in the number of participating universities, which rose from 956 in 2021 to 1050 in 2022, is nonetheless significant, particularly in the areas of Energy and Climate Change, Waste, and Education and Research, in which the University scored significantly.

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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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