Kyung Hee Advances to 42nd Globally and Rises to 2nd Nationally in 2023 THE Impact Rankings

2023-06-12 Academic

The University makes a notable climb to 42nd place globally and advances to become the 2nd highest ranked university in Korea, as reported by the 2023 THE Impact Rankings, released by the prominent UK-based evaluation body, Times Higher Education (THE)

Kyung Hee’s rise to the 42nd spot on the global rankings, up 32 places year on year, is credited to its best-ever overall score in the rankings. The assessment based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has placed the University in the global top 100 for eight out of the seventeen SDGs, further securing its first place nationally in five categories.

Kyung Hee excelled nationally in the following areas: No Poverty (SDG 1), Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8), Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11), Climate Action (SDG 13), and Life Below Water (SDG 14). Particularly noteworthy are the accomplishments in Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8) and No Poverty (SDG 1), where the University has gained global recognition, ranking 11th and 44th globally, respectively. In addition, Kyung Hee has made a notable global impact in several other SDG areas, coming in 20th place for Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure (SDG 9), 52nd place for Zero Hunger (SDG 2), 63rd place for Good Health and Well-Being (SDG 3), 66th place for Partnership for the Goals (SDG 17), 75th place for Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11), and 88thh place for Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6).

A driving force in advancing SDGs through education, research, and action
Kyung Hee has remained at the forefront of pursuing global sustainable prosperity, as evidenced by its instrumental role in the establishment of the UN International Day of Peace on September 21, 1981. Today, the University is unwavering in its mission of disseminating SDG values through education, research, and action. As a Korean pioneer in offering global citizenship education to all its students, Kyung Hee has broadened its repertoire of SDG-related courses. Additionally, the University is committed to nurturing multidisciplinary professionals who can spearhead initiatives like carbon neutrality and the Green New Deal. This is being achieved through projects such as the Korea Environment Corporation's Graduate Schools Specialized in Climate Change and the Graduate School of Energy Convergence, run by the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning.

The commitment of the University to fostering an entrepreneurial ecosystem has been acknowledged in relation to the goals of Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8) and Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure (SDG 9). Kyung Hee was placed 11th and 20th globally in these fields, respectively. This achievement is attributed to its three-prolonged approach, which includes fostering an entrepreneurial culture, offering infrastructure support, and providing business support through its Kyung Hee Innovation Center and the LINC+ Project Team. Moreover, the University has established a one-stop startup nurturing system via the Campus Town Project Team and enhanced its startup infrastructure by inaugurating the Hongneung Center for Biomedical Startups and the Samuiwon Startup Center.

In addition to the entrepreneurial areas, Kyung Hee has also made significant research achievements toward Climate Action (SDG 13), Life Below Water (SDG 14), and Life on Land (SDG 15). Its leading projects include the development of a climate change response system for new agriculture by Professor Gayoung Yoo at the Department of Environmental Science & Environmental Engineering, creation of a technology to convert methane into crop growth-promoting hormones by Professor Eun Yeol Lee at the Department of Chemical Engineering, and the development of micrometer-sized intelligent robots suitable for human bodies and oceans by Professor Wook Park at the Department of Electronics and Radio Engineering. Additionally, research on the optimization of wastewater treatment systems using microalgae by Professor Sun-Jin Hwang at the Department of Environmental Science & Environmental Engineering and the exploration of the impacts of global warning on biodiversity and ecosystems by Professor Young-Seuk Park at the Department of Biology are paving the way for more sustainable solutions going forward.

Kyung Hee has reached high global rankings in all 17 SDGs
The THE Impact Rankings employ SDGs to appraise universities' efforts toward creating a sustainable future for humanity and civilization. The primary benchmark is the university’s “public nature.” As the world faces an unprecedented crisis from the pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine war, and climate change, universities' social and global responsibilities are in the spotlight, increasing their participation in the THE Impact Rankings. This year, 1,591 universities from 112 countries participated, 185 more than in the previous year.

THE announces both individual and overall rankings for the seventeen SDGs. The first ranking, held in 2019, evaluated universities on eleven of the seventeen SDGs. From 2020, the evaluation was expanded to all seventeen goals. Kyung Hee has consistently made the global rankings in all goals for five consecutive years since 2019. This reflects the commitment of the University to Civilization for All and Academe and Peace, emphasizing its identity as an academic institution and its contributions to a sustainable future for humanity.

The overall ranking is derived from a matrix that integrates the mandatory score for Partnership for the Goals (SDG 17) and the top three goals as per the transformation scores. Kyung Hee achieved a score of 91.9 points, embodying the scores from Good Health and Well-Being (SDG 3), Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8), Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure (SDG 9), and Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17).

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