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THE Impact Rankings 2022

UVic is proud to be recognized in the 2022 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for our innovative and impactful research, and for campus operations that are ecologically and socially responsible.

In our teaching, research and operations—and through our local, national and international partnerships—the University of Victoria proudly supports and works to advance the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“At UVic we care deeply about what the UN SDGs stand for and their calls to action to create an equitable planet and a sustainable and inclusive economy. We know our university community can make a difference with each innovative research program, campus project and community engagement we undertake.”

UVic President Kevin Hall

Top 5 SDG rankings

UVic is in the top five colleges and universities around the world in advancing and living up to the commitments of three UN SDG areas, as rated by the 2022 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings:

  • 2nd for SDG 13: Climate action
  • 5th for SDG 14: Life below water
  • 2nd for SDG 15: Life on land

We ranked 12th overall out of 1,406 institutions, including 24 in Canada.

Custom wind buoy uses sensors to gather and transmit live data about wind speed and behaviour to researchers.
This custom wind buoy uses sensors to gather and transmit live data about wind speed and behaviour to researchers. Credit: Jacques Sirois

SDG 13: Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

As part of our ongoing commitment to climate action and a lower-carbon future, UVic researchers are joining forces to bridge the gap in clean energy transitions.

Rockfish swimming through an underwater kelp field
Rockfish under water. Credit: Shane Gross

SDG 14: Life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Research is an essential aspect of sustained marine conservation efforts. UVic researcher Natalie Ban has worked closely with the Galiano Conservancy for nearly a decade to engage local fisheries, providing education on notable conservation issues. These efforts ensure more vulnerable aquatic species like the rockfish are protected and do not face the risk of overfishing.

Trevor Lantz

SDG 15: Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

UVic continues to work with community partners to address climate change and protect our ocean. One recent example is Royal Society of Canada (class of 2022) and UVic ecologist Trevor Lantz working with Arctic communities. This research not only helps us understand how rapid environmental change is impacting the local landscape and livelihoods today; it also helps these same communities understand adaptability for future.

A person stands across the street looking towards the new student housing and dining complex.

Top 25 SDG Rankings

UVic was also ranked 12th in the world for SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production in the Times Higher Education rankings.

Our commitment to sustainable development can be seen in UVic's new Student Housing and Dining project, designed with Passive House design principles – setting a global precedent in energy efficiency. The opening of the new space also happened to coincide with the announcement of UVic's gold star rating in the 2022 Sustainable Campus Index.

The Breakwater in Victoria, BC at sunset

CIFAL Victoria

CIFAL Victoria is one of 24 UN training centres for government authorities across Asia, Oceania, Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean, all coordinated by UNITAR’s social development programme. The central purpose of CIFAL training programs is to develop and strengthen human capacities to better respond to development challenges and to facilitate City-to-City (C2C) partnerships.

UNITAR is the UN training arm with a strategy focused on achieving the SDGs and supporting governments to implement the 2030 agenda.

“The CIFAL Global Network meets a crucial need to strengthen capacities to better address development challenges and exchange good practices amongst local authorities, academia, the private sector and the United Nations,” says Estrella Merlos, associate director of UNITAR’s CIFAL Global Network.

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