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DCU ranks highly on global study on universities’ societal impact

Dublin City University has been ranked as the 23rd best third-level institution in the world for its approach to widening participation in higher education and commitment to eradicating poverty.

The University was also ranked 38th globally for its work in reducing inequality and 89th globally for gender equality.

These results are part of the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021 released today, which examined 1115 institutions worldwide.

The study aimed to capture universities’ impact on society and their success in delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

While DCU ranked in nine of the overall 17 SDGs and achieved an overall ranking of 101-200, the university performed particularly strongly in the reducing poverty, reducing inequalities and gender equality.

“DCU was recognised for its well-established and comprehensive approach to widening participation in higher education, including the Access to the Workplace initiative, which supports students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to secure summer work-placements, supported by the DCU Educational Trust,” says the university.

DCU also ranked 79th globally for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, reflecting the University’s “strong governance model, and its work with government”.

Speaking about the rankings, DCU President, Professor Daire Keogh, said: “DCU’s strong performance in these rankings reflects our fidelity to ‘People First’ values.

“It also highlights our aspiration to be known as a University of Impact that strives to deliver the UN SDGs.

“Our university’s high ranking in areas such as poverty reduction, educational access and gender equality are an affirmation that we are on the right path.”

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