Media Release: Queen’s University ranks 8th globally in 2024 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

Media Release: Queen’s University ranks 8th globally in 2024 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

June 12, 2024


The university earns its fourth consecutive top 10 finish in worldwide assessment of progress on United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

Wednesday, June 12 – Kingston ON – Today, Queen’s University placed 8th globally and second in North America out of more than 2,100 institutions in 125 countries in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings. This marks the university's fourth consecutive year in the top 10 and reaffirms its commitment to advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Queen’s is the only Canadian university to achieve this milestone since the rankings launched in 2019.

“The Queen’s community should be very proud of this year’s results, as they show that our institution’s commitment to tackling the world’s greatest challenges remains strong and is supported by real action,” says Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “This recognition highlights the dedicated efforts of our faculty, staff, and students in creating meaningful change. Our performances in the Impact Rankings have raised Queen’s profile internationally and continue to open doors for collaboration and opportunities to have even more impact.”

The THE Impact Rankings measure how well universities advance the United Nations’ SDGs. These 17 goals were established by UN member nations in 2015 to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure peace and prosperity for all by 2030.

Since its launch in 2019, the THE Impact Rankings have been growing steadily. Institutions from a record 125 countries made submissions to the THE Impact Rankings this year, up from 76 in 2019, and the number of participating schools has grown from 450 to over 2,100 in that period. Between 2023 and 2024 alone, the number of participants increased 26 per cent. 

Queen’s submission includes evidence demonstrating leadership and progress on the SDGs that impacts local, national, and global communities. Several examples are included below.  

Global impact    
Among the hundreds of pieces of evidence reviewed by THE adjudicators were Queen’s research, teaching, and outreach initiatives that are helping to shape a better future for people and the planet, including:

National impact
The submission also highlighted how our community is advancing SDG progress right here in Canada, with impacts on education access and the environment. Among them:

Local impact
The THE Impact Rankings also take a close look at what universities do to positively impact local communities, and reduce inequalities. These include: 

“These rankings give us an incredible opportunity to realize the scale of universities’ impact around the world,” says Principal Deane. “They also tell us that, even with the significant progress we continue to make in advancing the SDGs, there is still more work we can do as a sector to address the world’s most urgent challenges and make a tangible difference.”

Learn more about Queen’s performance in the 2024 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

About Queen’s University
Queen’s University is one of Canada’s leading universities with recognized academic achievement in the faculties and schools of business, engineering, medicine, law, arts and science and education. It offers a transformative student learning experience enriched by a research-intensive environment. Established in 1841, Queen’s is home to more than 31,000 full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all provinces and more than 100 countries around the world. In 2024, for the fourth year in a row, Queen’s University has ranked in top 10 globally of the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, securing the position of 8th worldwide and 2nd in North America.

Media Contact: 
Julie Brown 
Manager, Media Relations  

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