Times Higher Education has compiled a list of higher education institutions' economic, social impact and responsibility: the University of Szeged has been ranked among the top Hungarian institutions in 16 of the areas examined. In the overall ranking, SZTE was placed between 301 and 400, making it the second best higher education institution in Hungary.
The Times Higher Education Impact Ranking launched in 2019 by the Times Higher Education examines the third mission activities of higher education institutions around the world. This special list measures the institution’s social, economic impact and its responsibility based on the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The University of Szeged was listed among 1115 higher education institutions in the latest Times Higher Education ranking. This year, the University of Szeged has again performed excellently in the areas covered. In THE's recent list, SZTE was ranked in all 17 areas measured, which is a truly outstanding achievement. This was achieved despite the fact that the number of participating institutions on both the accumulative and the territorial lists has increased by one and a half to two times compared to the previous year.
In the overall ranking, SZTE is the second best institution in Hungary: it is ranked 301-400th in the world in 2021. This means that SZTE can continue to be among the world's leading universities.
The University of Szeged achieved the best result on the list of actions to Zero Hunger (SDG2). Out of the 442 institutions ranked, SZTE is 57th, and can stand on the top step of the podium as the best university in Hungary. The university on the banks of the Tisza improved its ranking from last year, despite the fact that the number of the examined institutions almost doubled. In addition to reducing poverty and food wastage, the most important aspects of the list were the development of efficient food production and processing methods and the transfer of knowledge (beyond university education to local farmers and producers).
SZTE could be at the top of the podium in Hungary on Clean Water and Sanitation list (SDG 6). Out of the 520 institutions ranked, SZTE was ranked between 101 and 200, maintaining its position from last year. The list was compiled taking into account the university's water use, wastewater management practices, emerging water-saving solutions, and educational activities promoting responsible water use.
The University of Szeged performed excellently in the list of efforts to protect aquatic communities, Life Below Water (SDG14), ranking 59th out of 379 institutions, and once again the best Hungarian university in Hungary. The most important criteria for the ranking were scientific, educational and awareness-raising activities related to the protection of aquatic communities, as well as the active conservation and restoration of surrounding habitats.
The outstanding results achieved in the rankings also demonstrate the University of Szeged's commitment to achieving the goals set by the United Nations, be it in the areas of education, research and service activities to enhance the well-being and prosperity of the social environment, dissemination of knowledge, preservation of human, social, cultural and environmental values, social, economic and environmental responsibility, or the promotion of sustainable development.