9 Vietnam universities make Times Higher Education list of world's most impactful

By Minh Nga   June 1, 2023 | 10:24 pm PT
9 Vietnam universities make Times Higher Education list of world's most impactful
Students at the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, April 2023. Photo by the university
Vietnam has nine institutions in the 2023 Impact Ranking released by Times Higher Education, its most ever.

The University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City is ranked highest, in the group of 301-400, after making it to the list for the first time.

It is followed by the Vietnam National University, Hanoi and Duy Tan University in Da Nang, which are ranked 401-600, up 200 places from last year.

FPT University, Ton Duc Thang University, the Hanoi University of Science and Technology, and the National Economics University are in the group of 601-800, followed by Phenikaa University at 801-1,000.

FPT was ranked 801-1,000 last year.

Also making the ranking for the first time, the HCMC Open University is ranked 1,001+.

The rankings, done for a fifth year, include 1,591 universities from 112 countries and territories.

The overall ranking is led by Australia’s Western Sydney University for the second year in a row.

The U.K.’s University of Manchester follows in second place while Canada’s Queen’s University takes third spot.

The top institution from an emerging country is University Sains Malaysia, which ranks fourth.

The U.K. is the most-represented country in the top 100 with 26, followed by Australia with 16 and Canada with 15.

The Impact Rankings is the only global performance table that assesses universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 17 goals are no poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life below water; life on land; peace, justice and strong institutions; partnerships for goals.

A university's final score is calculated by combining its score in SDG 17 (partnerships for goals) with its top three scores out of the remaining 16 SDGs. SDG 17 accounts for 22% of the overall score, while the other SDGs each carry a weight of 26%.

This means that different universities are scored based on a different set of SDGs, depending on their focus.

In each SDG, points are calculated based on the following factors: research, stewardship, outreach, and teaching.

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