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MU enters THE Impact Rankings 2021

Article by: Reine Amabel J. Jaruda and Alexandra Isabelle G. Delavin

Graphics by: Andrea Nicole Recella Villasanta

Among 1,115 universities from 94 countries and regions, Mapúa University ranked within the 801-1000 bracket in this year’s University Impact Rankings by the Times Higher Education (THE) alongside Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, and Tarlac Agricultural University.

The THE University Impact Rankings assess the impact of the different universities against the United Nations’ (UN) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aim to achieve a better and sustainable future for all by 2030.

While there is no participation fee, universities that aim to be included in the list are required to submit data and evidence for their commitment to SDG 17 - Partnership for Goals and at least three other SDGs.

The University ranked within the 301-400 bracket in SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation and SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production. It entered the 401+ rank in the SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy, as well as the 601+ rank in the SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth.

MU also submitted data regarding their impact and dedication towards SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being, qualifying for the 601-800 bracket.

As part of the THE University Impact Rankings’ requirements for entry, Mapúa landed within the 601-800 bracket in SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals. All in all, the institute achieved a total score of 36.5 - 47.5.

Moreover, aside from the University garnering a better reputation, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Bonifacio T. Doma, Jr. commented about the importance of upholding the SDGs. “... the meaning of being ranked is more significant, that is, the Mapúa community is well aware of its role and it is contributing substantially in improving people’s lives and sustaining the environment,” he emphasized.

In preparation for the 2022 THE University Impact Rankings, the champions of the each of the 17 SDGs are consolidating evidence of policies, programs, and activities planned last year. The next submission for the 2022 Impact Rankings was announced to start by October and end by November of this year.

Dr. Doma added that the University aims to qualify once again for the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Stars, QS Asia University Ranking, the THE Awards Asia – an international platform that recognizes outstanding institutional performance – and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) University Network-Quality Assurance, a quality network for higher education institutions.

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