The Times Higher Education (THE) ranking is the ranking compiled for the 3rd time by a British weekly magazine publishing news on higher education. It is a leading publication in the UK. According to its organisers, their rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. “We use carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparisons across three broad areas: research, outreach, and stewardship,” as the ranking organisers state on their website.
These four areas are further divided by the ranking organisation into 17 specific objectives, e.g. level of poverty; hunger; health; quality education; gender equality; water management; use of renewable energy; increase in employment and economic development; industry, innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; sustainable urban and community development, responsible consumption and production; climate action; life below water; life on land; peace, justice and strong institutions; partnership for the goals and an overall ranking. However, the universities are assessed only in the four categories which they indicated in the ranking as their strongest points.
The Times Higher Education rankings 2021 featured 1,115 universities from 94 countries worldwide, including the University of Warmia and Mazury. The first place in the overall ranking belongs to the University of Manchester, followed by two Australian universities: the University of Sydney and RMIT University.
This was the first time UWM was evaluated in this ranking and in the following categories: sustainable cities and communities; zero hunger; life on land and partnerships for the goals. It was ranked best for its efforts in achieving Objective 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities, taking second place in Poland, with the University of Gdańsk ranked in the top position. In the worldwide list, the UWM was ranked between 201 and 300 in the achievement of objective 11. In the overall global ranking, we were ranked between 801 and 1000, together with other Polish higher education institutions: the Adam Mickiewicz University, the University of Gdańsk, the University of Łódź, the University of Wrocław, the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, the Warsaw University of Technology and the Wrocław University of Technology.