Swedish university ranks as global leader

USAC Sweden host university achieves top 100 status for gender equality and marine life sustainability.

Times Higher Education magazine has ranked University Studies Abroad Consortium’s (USAC) host university in Sweden, Linnaeus University, as a top global institution for reaching sustainable development goals. Linnaeus University was placed in the top 100 institutions worldwide on the University Impact Rankings for 2024 in two categories: Gender Equality and Life Below Water.

The magazine evaluated more than 2,000 institutions using the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By landing at the top, Linnaeus University demonstrates that it is addressing the challenges facing environmental sustainability, social inclusion, economic growth, and partnerships.

Linnaeus University ranked 68th in the world for advancing Gender Equality. The category evaluates universities for preventing discrimination and violence against women, enhancing women’s access to reproductive rights, and ensuring their effective participation in leadership and public life.

In the category that considers how an institution teaches students about sustainable marine resources management, coastal ecosystems conservation, and marine pollution prevention, Linnaeus University is 79th in the world.

The USAC Växjö / Kalmar study abroad program offers students the chance to attend classes on the main campus in Växjö or the coastal campus in Kalmar.

“The ranking shows that the work we have done in recent years to achieve our vision of setting knowledge in motion for sustainable societal development is paying off,” Lars Behrenz, deputy vice-chancellor for challenge-driven knowledge creation and analysis, said in a release by the university.

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