A new ranking of the best universities in the world for global impact named three Canadian institutions as top schools.

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings assessed universities from all over the world based on the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which include no poverty, zero hunger, gender equality, sustainable cities and communities, climate action and more.

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Queen's University was ranked 5th in the world, the highest of any Canadian school, with an overall score of 97, ranking highly for no poverty along with peace, justice, and strong institutions.

In the 13th spot, the University of British Columbia got an overall score of 95.1, with high marks for the UN's goals of industry, innovation and infrastructure and sustainable cities and communities.

McMaster University was only slightly behind UBC with an overall score of 94.9 to place it at 14th in the world and ranked highly in good health and well-being and industry, innovation and infrastructure.