Jordanian universities recognized for contribution to UN’s SDGs

Times Higher Education World University Rankings highlight Jordan's higher education institutions in global assessment

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Al-Ahliyya Amman University. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — On Saturday, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings unveiled its latest assessment of universities worldwide, focusing on their alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). اضافة اعلان

The rankings included 16 Jordanian universities in the evaluation, showcasing their commitment to sustainable development.

Jordanian universities ranked across various tiers
The rankings provided a comprehensive overview of Jordan's higher education landscape. Al-Ahliyya Amman University secured a place within the (101–200) range, while Balqa Applied University, University of Jordan, Jordan University of Science and Technology, and Mutah University earned rankings in the (401–600) range, respectively.

 Al-Zaytoonah University, Applied Science University, Hashemite University, and Middle East University secured positions within the (601–800) range.

List leaders
For the second consecutive year, Western Sydney University in Australia claimed the top position in the overall ranking, showcasing its excellence in sustainable development initiatives.

The University of Manchester in the UK secured the second position, followed by Queen's University in Canada, highlighting their commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Universiti Sains Malaysia emerged as the top university from an emerging economy, demonstrating their dedication to sustainable growth.

The UK demonstrated the highest representation in the top 100 with 26 institutions, reaffirming its commitment to global education and sustainable development. Australia followed closely with 16 institutions, while Canada secured 15 spots, highlighting their dedication to the UN's sustainable agenda.

Importance of sustainable development
Ahmed Fakhry Al-Ajlouni, the president of Balqa Applied University, lauded the inclusion of 16 Jordanian universities in the rankings, acknowledging the positive impact on Jordan's international reputation in higher education.

Ajlouni emphasized the significance of motivating universities to play a stronger role in community development and sustainable impact.

Nathir Obeidat, president of the University of Jordan, expressed the university's commitment to meeting the UN SDGs, emphasizing its dedication to addressing the requirements outlined in the rankings.

Fawwaz Al-Zboon, president of Hashemite University, viewed the university's favorable performance in its debut appearance in the global rankings as a positive outcome. Al-Zboon highlighted the university's alignment with 11 of the 17 SDGs, underscoring their commitment to eradicating poverty, protecting the environment, ensuring quality education, and fostering economic growth.

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