Ateneo Ranked as the Philippines' Top University Contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals


The 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings List is out, and Ateneo de Manila University came out on top from the 15 Philippine universities mentioned. Unlike other university rankings, this special THE university list ranks the world’s universities based on the real-world impact of their contributions to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

This year’s THE Impact Rankings is comprised of 1,406 universities from 106 countries, with the Philippines represented by 15 top universities. Leading the group is Ateneo de Manila, which placed in the 101-200 bracket. This is the highest-ranking ever for any Philippine school in the THE Impact Rankings. 

Ateneo was followed by De La Salle University and Mariano Marcos State University, which both placed in the 401-600 bracket. Central Luzon State University, Mapua University, University of Santo Tomas, and Tarlac Agricultural University placed in the 601-800 bracket. Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology, Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology,  San Beda University, and Visayas State University placed I the 801-1000 bracket. And the University of Asia and the Pacific, Cebu Technological University, St. Paul University Philippines, and Tarlac State University placed in the 1001+ bracket.


In the individual SDGs, Ateneo had the highest scores in SGD #6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) where it ranked 48th in the world and SDG #11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) where it ranked 77th

“Ateneo de Manila again shows that beyond excellence in teaching, learning, and formation, our community—students, faculty, staff, professionals, and many other stakeholders—is a true agent of positive, real-world change,” said Fr Roberto Yap SJ, University President.

What are the THE Impact Rankings? 

While most university rankings are based on educational difficulty, achievements, and prestige, the THE Impact Rankings consider the direct impact universities have on the communities around them through the UN SDGs.

Established in 2015, the SDGs are considered the “blueprint” for a sustainable and peaceful planet. These 17 goals are taught in schools but are not always adopted into day-to-day life. By focusing on the SDGs, the Impact Rankings aim to challenge universities to answer the tough questions “What good do universities do for society?” and “Who do universities serve?”

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