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THE Impact Rankings 2022

UVic is proud to be recognized in the 2022 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for our innovative and impactful research, and for campus operations that are ecologically and socially responsible.

In our teaching, research and operations—and through our local, national and international partnerships—the University of Victoria proudly supports and works to advance the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“At UVic we care deeply about what the UN SDGs stand for and their calls to action to create an equitable planet and a sustainable and inclusive economy. We know our university community can make a difference with each innovative research program, campus project and community engagement we undertake.”

UVic President Kevin Hall

Top 5 SDG rankings

UVic is in the top five colleges and universities around the world in advancing and living up to the commitments of three UN SDG areas, as rated by the 2022 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings:

  • 2nd for SDG 13: Climate action
  • 5th for SDG 14: Life below water
  • 2nd for SDG 15: Life on land

We ranked 12th overall out of 1,406 institutions, including 24 in Canada.

Deployment of the deep acoustic lander.

A deep acoustic lander is deployed off the side of the EV Nautilus during the 2021 ONC abyss expedition. Credit: OET Nautilus Live

SDG 13: Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Students, faculty, staff and researchers in all fields are committed to ensuring a sustainable future for our world, and they approach that challenge from all angles—including from the bottom of the ocean.

UVic’s Ocean Networks Canada initiative is one of the world’s leading “big science” initiatives, with cabled observatories on three coasts that provide continuous data about the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic oceans. In addition to vital climate impact monitoring information, ONC is empowering and accelerating climate mitigation and adaptation solutions like the safe removal of climate-warming carbon dioxide to support ocean-and-planet sustainability for future generations.

Rockfish swimming through an underwater kelp field

Rockfish under water. Credit: Shane Gross

SDG 14: Life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Research is an essential aspect of sustained marine conservation efforts. UVic researcher Natalie Ban has worked closely with the Galiano Conservancy for nearly a decade to engage local fisheries, providing education on notable conservation issues. These efforts ensure more vulnerable aquatic species like the rockfish are protected and do not face the risk of overfishing.

Trevor Lantz

SDG 15: Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

UVic continues to work with community partners to address climate change and protect our ocean. One recent example is Royal Society of Canada (class of 2022) and UVic ecologist Trevor Lantz working with Arctic communities. This research not only helps us understand how rapid environmental change is impacting the local landscape and livelihoods today; it also helps these same communities understand adaptability for future.

man at podium in front of construction

Top 25 SDG Rankings

UVic was also ranked in the top 25 in the world for:

  • 19th for SDG 1: No poverty
  • 22nd for SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
  • 25th for SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
  • 12th for SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
The Breakwater in Victoria, BC at sunset

CIFAL Victoria

CIFAL Victoria is one of 24 UN training centres for government authorities across Asia, Oceania, Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean, all coordinated by UNITAR’s social development programme. The central purpose of CIFAL training programs is to develop and strengthen human capacities to better respond to development challenges and to facilitate City-to-City (C2C) partnerships.

UNITAR is the UN training arm with a strategy focused on achieving the SDGs and supporting governments to implement the 2030 agenda.

“The CIFAL Global Network meets a crucial need to strengthen capacities to better address development challenges and exchange good practices amongst local authorities, academia, the private sector and the United Nations,” says Estrella Merlos, associate director of UNITAR’s CIFAL Global Network.

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