July 23, 2024

Commission on Higher Education Chairperson J. Prospero de Vera III said a paradigm shift in advancing sustainable development goals (SDG) is evident as 56 Philippine higher education institutions (HEI) joined the 2024 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings (THE-IR).

In a statement, de Vera said the HEIs were included for their “real-world” impact in terms of integrating select SDGs in their programs.

SDG is part of the 2030 agenda set by the United Nations which entails a 17-point call to action to resolve challenges in poverty, hunger, health, economy, education, environment, equality, and justice, among others.

“We are witnessing a paradigm shift where universities are actively integrating social development goals into their core mission,” he said.

In particular, the HEIs excelled in SDG 1, No Poverty; SDG 2, Zero Hunger; SDG 3, Good Health and Well-Being; SDG 6, Clean Water and Sanitation; SDG 7, Affordable and Clean Energy; SDG 14, Climate Action; and SDG 16, Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

“This collective effort reflects the growing understanding that universities have a vital role to play in addressing global challenges,” de Vera said.

Out of 2,152 universities from 125 countries across the globe, the Philippines is one of the top 10 countries with the greatest number of participating HEIs in THE-IR.

This year’s parti-cipation is a 93 percent increase from last year’s 29, and much higher than the five in 2022, four in 2021 and 2020 and one in 2019.

Seven of the 59 globally ranked Philippine universities are from the Cordillera: Ifugao State University, Saint Louis University, Benguet State University, Mountain Province State Polytechnic College, Cordillera Career Development College, University of Baguio, and University of the Cordilleras.

The Ateneo de Manila University garnered the highest ranking among the batch, securing a place in the 201-300 bracket.

Besides SDG-based evaluation, all participating universities were also ranked considering programs, research, and faculty development, among others.

Before THE-IR, the CHED also lauded 65 Philippine HEIs which were included among the top 300 most innovative universities across the globe, based on the World University Rankings for Innovation 2024 issued last week. – PNA