University of Haifa cracks top 100 in journal’s sustainability rankings

Gavriel Fiske is a reporter at The Times of Israel

Illustrative: Students at the University of Haifa, on April 11, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Illustrative: Students at the University of Haifa, on April 11, 2016. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

For the first time, the University of Haifa has been ranked 95th worldwide in the Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings, which examine international universities’ efforts in comparison to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the university announces.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are “the world body’s benchmarks in the realm of eliminating poverty, hunger and discrimination. University of Haifa’s ascent to the rankings’ top 100 for the first time reflects the university’s institution-wide commitment to making strides toward achieving the UN’s recommended goals,” the university says in a press release.

The University of Haifa jumped from 400th place to 95th place on the magazine’s list within a span of three years, and is now ranked first among Israel’s institutions of higher learning on the sustainability index, indicative of “the hard work we have done at the University of Haifa to meet the crucial task of universities in the 21st century: To be influential institutions that take part in solving the major challenges of humanity in the 21st century,” the statement says.

Among the various goals indicated by the index, the University of Haifa ranked 17th in the world in “gender equality,” 32nd for “peace, justice and strong institutions,” 68th in “quality education,” 82nd in “preserving life on Earth,” and 91st in “labor relations and economic growth.”

The 2024 Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings examined more than 2,100 universities across 125 countries.

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