A total of 11 Moroccan universities appear in the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2023 of world universities.
The Impact Ranking 2023 which has just been published in its fifth edition includes 1,591 universities from 112 countries and regions. This Times Higher Education ranking assesses universities against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
It is based on carefully calibrated indicators to provide a comprehensive and balanced comparison in four main areas, namely research, stewardship, awareness and education.
Thanks to its performance in three of the SDGs, the International University of Rabat, which ranks 401-600th internationally, tops the Moroccan universities in this ranking, followed by the Euromed University of Fez ( 601-800e), Ibn Tofail University in Kenitra (601-800e), Mohammed V University in Rabat (601-800e), Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Fez (601-800e), which all got the same overall score.
Hassan II University of Casablanca, meanwhile, is ranked 801-1000th, followed by Abdelmalek Essaadi University of Tetouan (1001+), Al Akhawayn University (1001+), Chouaib University Doukkali from El Jadida (1001+), Hassan I University (1001+) and Sultan Moulay Slimane University (1001+).
As for the overall ranking, it is dominated by the Australian University of Western Sydney for the second consecutive year, followed by the British University of Manchester, while the Canadian University Queen takes third place. The best institution from an emerging economy is University Sains Malaysia, which ranks fourth in the world.
The United Kingdom is also the country most represented in the top 100 with 26 institutions, followed by Australia with 16 and Canada with 15.
According to THE, impact rankings are inherently dynamic, growing rapidly each year as more universities seek to demonstrate their commitment to achieving the 17 United Nations SDGs, namely “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 Underwater”, “Life on Land”, “Peace, Justice and strong institutions” and finally “Partnerships for the Goals”.