30 Jun 2024

ITU is the 34th in the World and the Leader in Türkiye in Sustainable Development Goals

According to the results of Times Higher Education (THE) Impact 2024 Rankings, which evaluates the success of universities around the world in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, ITU became the 34th best university in the world and ranked 1st in Türkiye.

News: İTÜ Media and Communication Office

Istanbul Technical University (ITU), which declared 2024 as the Year of Global Impact, achieved great success in the 2024 results of the ranking by Times Higher Education (THE) based on the Sustainable Development Goals proposed by the United Nations (UN) as a solution to the seventeen main problems of the world.

Significant rise in the overall ranking

Istanbul Technical University ranked 34th among 1963 universities in the overall ranking according to THE Impact 2024 Rankings results. ITU achieved this ranking with 93.2 points out of 100 and also ranked first in Türkiye.

ITU has reached this point by rising steadily from the 601+ levels it was at in 2020, with its sustainability efforts. Our university ranked in the 101-200 range in 2021 and 2022, and ranked 58th last year; with its comprehensive sustainability efforts, it managed to become the 34th best university in the world in this field in 2024.

Our Rector Prof. Dr. İsmail Koyuncu commented on the results of THE Impact 2024 Rankings as follows: “ITU’s rise in many areas in the last 4 years is not only the product of great effort, but also a clear reflection of the importance we attach to sustainability as an institution. The ranking results continue to reveal the global reputation of our university. With the awareness of our goal of getting closer to the top every year, we work hard as the whole ITU Family, together with our academics, students, graduates, staff and all our stakeholders. I would like to thank all ITU members who contributed to this achievement.”

ITU is in the top 5 in the world in “Quality Education”

Istanbul Technical University rose to the 5th place this year from the 10th place last year in the 4th Goal, “Quality Education”, according to the results of THE Impact 2024 Rankings. Our university ranked 25th in the world in the 9th Goal, “Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure”. ITU also rose to the 34th place in the 15th Goal, “Life on Land”, from its 99th place last year, and ranked 51st in the 8th Goal, “Decent Work and Economic Growth”. Thus, Istanbul Technical University achieved a great success by ranking in the top 100 in four goals.

ITU maintains its superiority in the rankings with increasing momentum, despite the increase in the number of universities included in the rankings every year.

About UN Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations (UN) in 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development involve objectives in the fundamental areas. These goals are no poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life below water; life on land; peace, justice and strong institutions; partnerships for the goals.

UN aims to make significant progress in these goals by 2030. United Nations Development Program (UNDP) supports governments to integrate the 17 goals into their own development plans and policies.

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