Linking Higher Education Sprout Project with United Nations’17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), National University of Kaohsiung (NUK) jumped within Top 100 in the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings.
THE assessed universities globally in research, education, social services and other performances according to 11 of the 17 SDGs. NUK is ranked between 201 to 300 overall and placed at 72 in SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and 94 in SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities).
NUK enjoys an 83-hectare open-access campus with free bikes provided on campus, which was recognized in SDG11. Being the first Taiwanese university to sign The Tallories Declaration, NUK has become a green international university and maintaining a sustainable campus has always been the top priority.
In addition, the project “Green Oceanic Humanity Landscape: Reshape Kezailiao Fishing Town” launched by NUK in March 2017 perfectly reflected SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) in the ranking.
According to Chuang Pao-Tiao, Vice President of NUK and director of this project, the University collaborated with Research, Development and Evaluation Commission of Kaohsiung City Government and hosted a fishing village locals participation plan “Kezailiao Hao Hao”.. Locals were invited to take part in discussion forum, citizenship training, field research as well as community participation workshop, which took 3 months and resulted in several valuable proposals for the Kaohsiung City Government.
Another project that embodied SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) was “Dashu Innovative Manor” Faculty members and students from NUK worked with Dashu residents to create a successful local brand, a perfect example of NUK’s contribution to USR.
Leon Wang, President of NUK says proudly: “Although Taiwan is not a member of the UN, National University of Kaohsiung strikes to connect with the world by implementing the Sustainable Development Goals initiated by the UN in 2015 for the University’s Sprout Project and will continue to strengthen our international profile in the coming years.
University Impact Rankings includes 551 universities from 80 countries worldwide. The evaluation emphasizes university’s social impact on mainly three areas: economic growth, social development, and environmental protection. The focus is no longer solely on research and teaching and this has become a future trend.