This year again – and despite increased competition (850 participants this year) – the Abdullah Gül University (AGU) ranked among the best universities (101-200) in this year’s Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.
This year, AGU is the only Turkish Higher Education Institution to have been ranked in the top 200 and is therefore this year’s top-performing university in Turkey.
The international higher education rating agency Times Higher Education (THE) announced the results of its University Impact Ranking 2020 on April 22nd 2020.
In this ranking launched in 2019, which evaluated over 850 institutions from 85 countries and which is based on United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)*, AGU was once again ranked as part of the 101-200 most impactful universities, and the youngest university in the Top 200.
*”The 17 goals – which include providing inclusive and equitable quality education, achieving gender equality and fostering innovation – were adopted by the UN in 2016 and provide a framework for developing the world in a sustainable way.”
“The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings is the world’s first global attempt to document evidence of universities’ impact on society, rather than just research and teaching performance. […]
Phil Baty, chief knowledge officer at THE, said that the rankings “offer an alternative view of university excellence” and “develop an unprecedented picture of the extraordinary impact that universities have across a huge range of activities”.”
Reflecting the great emphasis placed by AGU on “Societal Impact”, the most important mission of contemporary and innovative universities, AGU achieved spectacular success, particularly in the following 4 categories:
- Sustainable Cities and Communities, where AGU ranked 33rd worldwide
- No poverty, where AGU was placed 43rd
- Affordable and Clean Energy, ranked 84th
- Climate Action, ranked 90th
This second edition of the University Impact Ranking included metrics based on all 17 of the United Nations SDGs.
This second accomplishment serves as a milestone on AGU’s road to achieving its key missions: “Seek solutions to global challenges and develop citizens able to positively impact our global societies”.
AGU was established in 2011 with the ambition to become a world-class research university seeking solutions to global challenges and developing citizens able to positively impact our global societies. Being ranked in the Top 200 of such a reputable ranking is therefore an appreciated recognition, rewarding AGU’s innovative approach and strong commitment to successfully blend all 3 University Missions: Education, Research and particularly “Societal Impact”, the cornerstone of the “AGU New Generation University Model”.