University of Reading achieves top 5 status

USAC England host university ranks fifth of all UK institutions; 28th worldwide for sustainable development.

The University of Reading — host university for the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) Reading program — has ranked 28th in the world out of more than 2,000 institutions in Times Higher Education magazine’s Global Impact Rankings for 2024. According to a release from the university, it is now ranked as the fifth-highest university in the United Kingdom.

The methodology behind the results includes evaluating schools based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations. The SDGs have 17 categories that cover global challenges, including environmental sustainability, human equality, and economic growth. An institution must demonstrate excellence in mitigating these challenges for a better future.

The university’s highest category rankings on the list include placing 3rd for responsible production and consumption, 16th for life on land, 24th for partnerships to achieve the goals, 19th for climate action, and 27th for reducing inequality.

American undergraduate students often choose to study abroad at the University of Reading (compared to other USAC England programs) for its scenic campus with more than 300 acres of parkland areas, while still maintaining easy access to London.

“Our ambition is to be one of the greenest universities in the world and this new ranking shows Reading is making strong progress in supporting sustainable development,” said Professor Robert Van de Noort, vice-chancellor of the University of Reading. “Climate change and biodiversity loss are key global challenges in which Reading takes a lead in research and study, and the sustainable development goals reflect the fact that everyone must share in the benefits of development. A prosperous, healthy future also requires peace, justice and equality for all.”


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