Protecting the planet through research, stewardship and outreach

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) has been named as one of the world’s best universities at taking action against climate change. The education centre claimed second place in the Impact Rankings 2020: Climate Action, which is part of the World University Rankings from Times Higher Education. The ranking, which is now in its third edition, assessed universities against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on research, stewardship and outreach. 

The VU scored highly primarily due to its commitment to ‘science for sustainability,’ a theme that influences the education the university offers, the research carried out by its students and staff, and its approach to management and housing. Through this theme, the VU aims to create conditions that allow the environment, economy and people to thrive without harming one another.

Promoting gender equality and sustainable industrialisation

In the ‘Overall’ ranking, which looks at 766 universities from 85 countries, the VU took 39th place, while the University of Auckland came in first, followed by the University of Sydney. 

The VU scored highly for gender equality, as well as industry, innovation and infrastructure for its commitment to building resilient infrastructure, promoting sustainable and inclusive industrialisation and fostering innovation. 

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