Universities have the power to effect big change, so one university rankings company is now including sustainability when ranking unis. Here’s how the best Australian unis fared
The latest university rankings from higher education analyst Quacquarelli Symonds are out, and this year they’re a little different.
Australian universities continue to punch above their weight, with the University of Melbourne coming in the highest of the Australian universities at 14th in the world, followed by the University of NSW and The University of Sydney, at equal 19th.
But the bigwigs at QS say an increasing number of students, particularly Gen Z, expect universities to take positive action toward sustainability. And that as many as 41% of prospective students will check out what the uni they’re considering going to is doing about environmental sustainability.
So this year, QS has ranked universities on sustainability, along with all the other helpful metrics like employment outcomes, or academic and employer reputation.
QS founder Nunzio Quacquarelli says the student community the organisation serves understands the significance of the climate crisis and sees a real responsibility among universities in supporting the sustainability agenda.
“In 2023, we will be the first among the major rankings to incorporate sustainability into their flagship rankings.
“I’m especially proud of this change as we hope it’ll help universities to focus even more on what they can do to improve their research output and their commitment to environmental and social change, and how they make the institutions themselves more sustainable.”
Here’s the top 10 Australian universities by sustainability, according to QS.
|Global QS ranking
|The University of Sydney
|University of NSW
|The University of Adelaide
|The University of Newcastle
|University of Technology Sydney
|University of Wollongong
|Queensland University of Technology