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Times Higher Education Impact Rankings: gender equality

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, more than 150 countries adopted the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 17 new SDGs and their and their associated 169 targets replaced the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and aim to end global poverty, hunger and inequality, take action on climate change and the environment, improve access to health and education, build strong institutions and partnerships by 2030.

Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings: Gender Equality

The Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Following the University being ranked sixth in the world in the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings, ECU has been ranked in the top 4% of universities in the world in 2020 for SDG 5: Gender Equality. ECU has achieved this success despite a significant increase in over 200 additional universities making a submission in the Gender Equality category in 2020.

This ranking indicator measures how ECU is achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. SDG 5 focuses on universities’ research on the study of gender, their policies on gender equality and their commitment to recruiting and promoting women. As part of its submission in 2019, ECU submitted both quantitative and qualitative evidence in response to the following six indicators for gender equality:

  1. Research;
  2. Proportion of first generation female students;
  3. Student access measures;
  4. Proportion of senior female academic staff;
  5. Proportion of women receiving degrees; and
  6. Women’s progress measures.
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