Ashesi was positioned first in Ghana, ninth in Africa, and among the world’s best 400, in the 2020 Global Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings. The Impact Rankings measure the activities taken by advanced education foundations to understand the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) around the globe and commitments to the world’s monetary and social prosperity. Other Ghanaian colleges acknowledged to the 2020 rankings list, were the University of Ghana and the University of Professional Studies, Accra.
Ashesi climbed in the rankings, regardless of an extra 299 colleges joining the rundown, breaking into Africa’s best 10 (from 2019’s joint positioning of the fourteenth spot with the University of Ghana and the University of Professional Studies, Accra), and positioned inside the best 400 colleges on the rundown of 766 colleges from 85 nations. Ashesi’s most grounded commitments were to the SDG 1 Goal of No Poverty, with the University being positioned 24th internationally in our work to end destitution. Different regions of solidarity for Ashesi were in commitments to Gender Equality (SDG 5), Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7), and Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17).
“We believe that universities are our greatest hope of solving some of the world’s biggest challenges,” says Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer at Times Higher Education. “These rankings prove that traditional barriers to success like (institutional) wealth or research prestige don’t matter when it comes to doing great things for sustainability. It’s clear that universities give us a lot to be hopeful for.”
Ashesi’s overall ranking was driven by contributions to:
SDG 1 – No Poverty
SDG 5 – Gender Equality
SDG 6 – Clean Water & Sanitation
SDG 7 – Affordable & Clean Energy
SDG 17 – Partnerships for the goals.
The University received especially strong commendation in the areas of:
Engagement in anti-poverty projects by the University community
The establishment of lifelong learning measures
Providing opportunities to first-generation students
The percentage of senior academics who are women
Percentage of women within the student community, and measures to help them succeed.
Measures in place to increase access for all students
Water reuse strategies and systems
Efficiency of energy use on campus, and community activities around energy
Measures put in place to reduce discrimination
Education for the Sustainable Development Goals