ELTE maintains its position while the number of universities included continues to grow

ELTE maintains its position while the number of universities included continues to grow
On 12 June, Times Higher Education published its Impact Rankings, a world ranking of universities in terms of sustainability, and in its 2024 edition ELTE is again ranked 401-600, maintaining its position of the previous year.

Sustainable development is a key consideration for students choosing a university, for them, sustainability issues are playing a more important role than, for example, the geographical location. This is why Times Higher Education launched its Impact Rankings in 2019, which assesses universities around the world according tothe 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The final ranking is determined by the score in the three SDGs in which the university performs best, in addition to SDG 17 (Partnership for the achievement of the Goals). Read more about the survey methodology on this link.

The number of universities included in the ranking continues to grow: 450 in the first year, 776 in 2020, 1117 in 2021, 1406 in 2022, 1591 in 2023 and 1963 this year. Despite the expansion of the field, Eötvös Loránd University remains in the 401-600 category, in the same group as institutions such as Babeș-Bolyai University, Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, the University of Hamburg and the European University Cyprus.

Of the 17 SDGs examined, ELTE is ranked in five areas: quality education, equal opportunities, gender equality and equity/strong institutions are all ranked in the 201-300 category, while it is ranked in the 601-800 group for partnership working.

A total of 11 higher education institutions from Hungary are included in the ranking, with the University of Debrecen and the University of Szeged in the 301-400 category and ELTE in the 401-600 category. The Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the University of Szeged ranked between 601-800, while Semmelweis University and the University of Sopron ranked between 801 and 1000.

While British and American universities typically share the top spots in the general and subject rankings, the top ten in the sustainability rankings include four Australian, two British, two Canadian, one Danish and only one American higher education institution. Western Sydney University again topped the podium this year, with the University of Manchester and the University of Tasmania (Australia) sharing second place. Commenting on the results, university leaders stressed that universities should act as a catalyst and lead by example regarding sustainability.

Detailed results by country can be found on the website of THE, while ELTE's national and international rankings are presented in this summary.