The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2021, which assesses universities regarding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), were announced on April 21, 2021.
Chiang Mai University ranked first in the country in three SDGs: Goal 5, achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls (54th globally); Goal 13, taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (101-200th globally); and Goal 16, promoting peaceful and inclusive societies (201-300th globally).
Overall, CMU was third nationally, with a total score of 78.6 out of 100 and ranked in the 101 – 200th range worldwide along with Mahidol University and Asian Institute of Technology.
In 2021, there were 1,115 participating universities worldwide. The number of Thai universities joining the ranking was up to 25 (from 19 in 2020) showing an increased awareness of SDGs.
CMU’s global rankings in other domains are as follows – 40th in SDG 2; 101 – 200th in SDGs 1, 3, 7, 9 ,15, and 17; 301-400th in SDGs 10 and 11; and 401 – 600th in SDG 4.
The website https://sdgs.cmu.ac.th/ is designed to be the central platform for faculties and institutions at the University to showcase their SDG-related work to the global community. The four main roles include integrative administration, academic service, research, and education. En route to sustainable development through SDGs, CMU has adjusted the CMU Educational Development Plan, Phase 12 to comply with the laid-out principles. By supporting new forms of education and incorporating technology to improve operations, CMU is on track to become the university of innovation for the community and sustainable social development.