We all want to make the world a better place. Newly released university rankings show that Canadian schools are doing just that. One of them even cracked the top 10 for having a positive impact on the planet and the people on it.
According to the 2020 Impact Rankings released by Times Higher Education, the University of British Columbia is consistently making the world a better place.
The school ranked seventh out of 766 universities in 85 different countries.
Educational institutions were ranked based on the United Nations' sustainable development goals, which include eliminating poverty and hunger, developing sustainable cities, and gender equality.
UBC received high marks in environmental impacts. It received the highest marks overall in preserving life below water through conserving and sustainably using the ocean's resources.
The school also did well in preserving life on land through promoting "sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems." This entails managing forests and fighting desertification and land degradation.
Finally, UBC received high marks in impacting the world through climate action. They did this by promoting the regulation of emissions and promoting developments in renewable energy.
Other Canadian institutions also managed to break into the top 20 on the list for their positive impacts on the world.
The University of Waterloo received high marks for its work in advancing industry, innovation, and infrastructure. Like UBC, it also ranked high in promoting the conservation of life below water.
Right below UW is McMaster University, which got exemplary scores for its promotion of sustained and inclusive economic growth, as well as good health and well-being and responsible consumption and production.
The final Canadian school to make the top 20 was once again located in British Columbia. Simon Fraser University managed to grab its spot through its work toward sustainable cities and communities, as well as peace, justice and strong institutions.