Western Sydney University continues to lead the world for its commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goals

Western Sydney University has been named best in the world for its efforts to tackle gender equality and promote responsible consumption and production as part of the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings for 2023.

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings is the main global ranking system that assesses universities on their commitment to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The rankings are based on universities’ teaching, research, outreach and stewardship.

Western Sydney University was overnight recognised as world’s best for its work to tackle SDG 5 Gender Equality as well as for SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production ahead of the highly-anticipated THE Impact Rankings set to be announced on Thursday 1 June, 8.30pm AEST.

“These outstanding results recognise the incredible efforts right across the University staff and student community to address some of society’s most pressing global challenges and drive important social change,” said Professor Barney Glover AO, Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor and President.

“Western Sydney University is proud to be a leader when it comes to promoting gender equity and inclusivity. We are pleased that our longstanding efforts to increase the representation of women in leadership roles, reduce the gender pay gap, and promote workplace flexibility has been recognised internationally.”

Professor Glover said the University’s strong results for SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production also reflects the University’s long-term commitment to tackling climate change and sustainability.

"For example, our teaching and research in fields like social sciences, engineering and industrial design is spearheading new knowledge on circular economy and sustainable transitions,” said Professor Glover.

“Similarly, our world-leading researchers from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment and our school-based scientists are working on various projects involving soils, sustainable food production and water security, forestry and other related fields – reflecting the University’s long institutional history for excellence in agriculture and horticulture education and research.”

Western Sydney University was named number one in the world for its social, ecological and economic impact in the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings.


31 May 2023

Amanda Whibley, Manger, Media and Public Relations.