KOTA SAMARAHAN: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) is again among the world’s best universities, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Ranking 2020.
The recently released results showed that despite a larger number of higher institutions participating this year, Unimas’ performance was consistent.
The University impact ranking is currently the only global performance measurement index that includes the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as part of their ranking evaluation.
The ranking criteria are carefully calibrated with three core components — research, outreach, and stewardship.
Compared to 2019 — during which Unimas only submitted 11 SDGs for the ranking assessment —this year, Unimas submitted all 17 SDGs.
Unimas SDG ranking showed improvements, particularly for three SDGs namely SDG13 Climate Action (ranked 47 in the world), SDG5 Gender Equality (ranked 59), and SDG12 Responsible Consumption and Production (ranked 101+).
These developments resulted from Unimas’ actions and commitment in reducing carbon footprints in campus, its continuous effort in strengthening the implantation of its equality principle, and its publication of sustainability reports for ongoing Unimas community-based activities.
To further increase the university’s performance, Unimas plans to intensify its research momentum, especially research related to health and education. The university is also continuously developing areas concerning patent activities, industrial grants, inclusivity (through the employments of more staff and students with special abilities), recycling of waste, water and electricity, and SDG-related education for all Unimas citizens.