LUT University in the top 300 of the THE 2021 Impact Rankings

LUT was ranked among the top 201–300 out of 1115 universities in the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings. According to the ranking, LUT is in the world's top 10 in SDG 13. Among the Finnish universities LUT shares the top position with Aalto University.

Times Higher Education (THE)  is one of the world's most highly regarded university rankings. The THE Impact Rankings assess the social and economic impact of universities against the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs aim to promote human and environmental well-being and economic prosperity.

LUT University has promoted climate action (SDG 13) especially successfully. Low-carbon energy use, environmental education, and LUT's commitment to carbon neutrality and in 2024 to carbon negativity are the university's ways to stop climate change instead of adapting to it.

According to the ranking, in SDG 13, LUT is in the world's top 10.

LUT's Vice Rector Jari Hämäläinen says, that in 2019 LUT revised its's strategic path for the coming years. Clean energy, water and air are life-giving resources for which LUT seek new solutions through strategy 2030: System Earth.

"We are creating scientific solutions to turn emissions from air into opportunities. Reducing and recovering atmospheric carbon dioxide and ensuring the sufficiency of carbon sinks that tie carbon dioxide are key tools in curbing climate change. It is a pleasure to note that air-related research reflects in our impact", Hämäläinen says.

Nationally LUT's scores the high points on climate action (SDG 13), affordable and clean energy (SDG 7), industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9) and partnerships for the goals (SDG 17).

SDGs guides LUT's strategic choices, scientific research, social interaction and academic education.

"LUT degree programmes have solidified their commitment to develop their students' sustainability knowledge, skills and competences. In 2020, the share of degree programmes with sustainability-related intended learning outcomes was 80%", Hämäläinen says.

In addition to SDG 13, the THE Impact Rankings assessed LUT in industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9), responsible consumption and production (SDG 12) and partnership for the goals (SDG 17). LUT obtained top scores (max. 100 points) in, for example, low-carbon energy use (100), university spin-offs (98.2), research for SDG 9 – industry, innovation and infrastructure (98.4) and sustainability reporting (100).

In industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG 9), LUT was ranked among the top 101–200 out of all 1115 universities.

"We promote a clean environment and sustainable societies through collaboration with international partner universities and industry, and locally with our campus cities Lappeenranta (European Green Leaf 2021) and Lahti (European Green Capital 2021). The multidisciplinary, universal UN Sustainable Development Goals are fertile ground for finding common research focuses also in preparations of the European University Initiative in which LUT participates".

LUT also supports sustainable development goals through the UN's Global Compact initiative. The LUT School of Business and Management is also committed to the UN's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

In the previous THE Impact Rankings, LUT was in the top 101–200 out of 768 universities. In the 2021 rankings, the number of participating universities increased significantly: by 347 universities (+ 45%). Also some methodology and bibliometric changes was added in this year rankings.

"More and more are participating and want to measure their impact in this ranking. To us the results show which areas we need to improve if we want to compete successfully with the growing number of universities in the future. But above all, we want to keep promoting global sustainability through our strategy," Jari Hämäläinen says.

More information:

Jari Hämäläinen
Vice Rector, Research and Innovation
tel. +358 40 596 1999

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