The University of Montpellier, 1st French university in The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

The University of Montpellier confirms its progress in The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. In its5th edition, it maintains its top ranking among French institutions, and ranks among the world's top 101-200 institutions for its long-standing commitment to sustainable development.

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings aim to measure the commitment and performance of higher education institutions in terms of sustainable development. The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings are innovative in that they don't simply rank institutions on the basis of their research or teaching performance, but take a different, more societal approach. It is based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015 by the United Nations. A total of 1,591 universities took part in this fifth edition. Since the creation of this ranking in 2019, the University of Montpellier has participated every year, enabling it to highlight its commitment in terms of sustainable development and societal responsibility. This year, it has been ranked in the top 50 worldwide for 4 objectives, in line with the establishment's major themes: nourish, care for, protect.

"The University of Montpellier is extremely proud to be ranked as France's top higher education institution in The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023. Our rise each year, both nationally and internationally, is testament to our commitment to sustainable development. I am convinced that this distinction is in no way due to chance, but rather reflects our constant determination to do more and better every year," declared Philippe Augé, President of the University of Montpellier.

The UM, successful excellence in Sustainable Development Goals

In this ranking, UM stood out in the "health and well-being" MDG category, taking 15th place worldwide and 1st place in France, with an increase of more than 66 places. UM also made significant progress on the "aquatic life" ODD, moving up to the 101-200 category with a 33rd place worldwide, and a new 1st place in France, once again demonstrating UM's excellence in the field of ecology. Lastly, the University of Montpellier ranks 33rd worldwide in the "decent work and economic growth" MDGs, up 22 places, and 49th in the "reducing inequality" MDG, putting it at the top of the list of French establishments. All these results testify to UM's total commitment to social responsibility.

For Agnès Fichard-Carroll, vice-president in charge of training and university life at the University of Montpellier and head of the gender equality mission, " this exceptional ranking rewards the UM's determination to respond authentically to a wide range of sustainable development objectives. It is recognition of the collective work and commitment of our teams in serving the community and society at large".