UMSL again gets high marks for advancing gender equality, reducing inequality in Times Higher Education rankings

UMSL graduates smiling

The Times Higher Education ranked UMSL No. 54 globally in the gender equality category and between 101-200 in the reduced inequality category on the “2022 Impact Rankings.” The university also fared well in other categories, including industry, innovation and infrastructure; peace, justice and strong institutions; and quality education. (Photo by August Jennewein)

The University of Missouri–St. Louis is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in education, while striving to create a truly inclusive community in which equity is not just a goal but a reality.

For the third year in a row, the Times Higher Education recognized the university for delivering on that mission. UMSL rated highly in several categories on the publication’s “2022 Impact Rankings.

The Impact Rankings asses universities against 17 Sustainable Development Goals across four broad categories: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching. These goals were adopted by United Nations member states in 2015. This year’s list included 1,406 universities from 106 countries.

UMSL ranked No. 54 globally in the gender equality category and between 101-200 in the reduced inequality category. The university also fared well in other categories, including industry, innovation and infrastructure; peace, justice and strong institutions; and quality education.

“UMSL takes pride in being an institution of opportunity, and this recognition from Times Higher Education shows our efforts aren’t going unnoticed,” Chancellor Kristin Sobolik said. “We are dedicated to providing access to high-quality education for students of every background, transforming their lives and benefitting the St. Louis region and beyond.”

The Impact Rankings are the first global attempt to measure university progress specifically around SDGs, which can be catalysts for change. Universities can submit data for any SDG, and scores for each goal are based on a series of metrics used to calculate the performance of a university.

Aside from the SDG rankings, Times Higher Education commended UMSL for undergraduate programs such as the Pierre Laclede Honors College and the UMSL/WUSTL Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program as well as for having the only optometry school in the state.

The report also noted the university’s significant research income growth driven by the Missouri Institute of Mental Health and the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center’s biodiversity research program.

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