24 Taiwanese universities listed in THE Impact Rankings

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TAIPEI (CNA) — A total of 24 Taiwanese universities are featured in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings measuring the social and economic impact of such institutions, released Wednesday.

Tainan-based National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) ranked highest in Taiwan at No. 38, followed by National Changhua University of Education (No. 66), in the “2020 impact rankings” released by the London-based magazine. The rankings measures the social and economic impact of universities based on the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs).

National Taiwan University and Taichung-based Tunghai University ranked between 101-200 in the rankings.

Meanwhile, Fu Jen Catholic University, Asia University, China Medical University, Kaohsiung Medical University, National Dong Hwa University, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Tzu Chi University and Tzu Chi University of Science and Technology, ranked 201-300.

Another eight Taiwanese universities are ranked 301-400, three at 401-600 and one at 601-plus in the rankings which include 766 universities from 85 countries worldwide.

This is the second edition of the annual rankings first released in 2019, assessing universities against the UN SDGs based on indicators in three areas; research, outreach and stewardship, according to the THE.

The collection of 17 global goals, including no poverty, zero hunger and quality of education were designated in 2015 by the UN General Assembly, the goal being to achieve them by 2030.

Japan has the most universities in the rankings with 63, followed by Russia with 47 and Turkey with 37.