Maynooth University ranked 1st in Ireland for Reducing Inequalities by THE Global Impact rankings 2021

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 16:15

Maynooth University (MU) has been ranked as Ireland’s leading university and in the top 5% of universities globally (at number 32 out of 669 institutions) for its research on social inequalities, policies on discrimination and commitment to recruiting staff and students from under-represented groups (SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities).

MU is in the top #201-300 universities in the world as ranked by THE University Impact Rankings 2021, which capture universities’ impact on society based on their success in delivering the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over 1,000 institutions from 98 countries participated globally.

Recognising MU’s commitment to progressing gender equality, MU was placed 2nd in Ireland and 60th globally for SDG 5 - Gender Equality.  This reflects our research on the study of gender equality, policies on gender equality and commitment to recruiting and promoting women.

MU is joint first in Ireland for Quality Education (SDG 4) and ranked #101-200 globally for our contribution to early years and lifelong learning, pedagogy research and our commitment to inclusive education. 
The UN 17 SDGs aim to achieve a better and a more sustainable future for all by 2030. The goals address global changes including poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. 

THE University Impact Rankings cover how an institution embodies the SDGs in their internal practices, policies and procedures, “outreach” in society, and also their research activities.
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Summary of the findings:
SDG10 Reduced Inequalities ranked 32nd out of 669 Institutions (overall score of 80.4%), 1st in Ireland;
SDG5 Gender Equality ranked 60th out of 776 Institutions (overall score of 67.7%), 2nd in Ireland;
SDG4 Quality Education ranked 101-200 out of 966 Institutions (overall score of 68.5%), =1st in Ireland.
Overall for THE University Impact MU ranked 201-300 out of 1,115 institutions (overall score of 72.1%).