Tec de Monterrey climbs 25 spots in THE Impact Rankings 2024

The institution is positioned within the Top 70 universities with the most significant social and environmental impact.
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The global list published by Times Higher Education measures the positive impact of universities worldwide. (Photo: Courtesy of Tec de Monterrey)

Tecnológico de Monterrey has risen 25 positions in the overall standings of the 2024 THE Impact Rankings to secure a place within the Top 70 global universities making significant strides toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set forth by the United Nations (UN).

This international ranking, published by Times Higher Education (THE), gauges universities’ positive impact on the world, focusing on the UN’s 17 SDGs outlined in the 2030 Agenda.

“Attaining this position in one of the most prestigious rankings worldwide fills us with enthusiasm as it spotlights the efforts of the Tec Community and inspires us to continue creating engagement opportunities that foster social transformation and contribute to our country’s sustainable development,” said Inés Sáenz, vice president of Inclusion, Social Impact, and Sustainability.

The SDGs were established by the UN in 2015 as a strategy for a more sustainable future and to address global challenges in diverse areas, such as poverty, education, equality, hunger, and planetary life.

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THE Impact Rankings 2024: Tec in the Global Top 70 Universities

In this year’s edition, Tec occupies the 67th spot in the overall ranking with a score of 90.7 out of 100, marking a difference of over one point compared to the 2023 list, where it scored 89 points and ranked 92nd globally.

To qualify for inclusion in the general ranking, participating institutions must be evaluated on —at least—four SDGs, with the 17th goal (Partnerships for the Goals) being mandatory, along with three others of their choice. This means not all universities are assessed on all 17 SDGs.

The call for THE Impact Rankings 2024 saw participation from 2,152 universities from 125 countries or regions, marking a 26% increase from the previous year.

With programs like Ruta Azul and the Sustainability and Climate Change Plan 2025, Tec hopes to improve the quality of life on Earth. (Photo: Courtesy of Tec de Monterrey)

Tec’s Top-Ranked SDGs

For this edition, the institution improved its position in six SDGs it engages with and enhanced its score in most of the evaluated SDGs.

The SDGs where Tec ranks number 1 in Latin America are:

  • SDG 1 – No Poverty (World Rank #9)
  • SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals (World Rank #18)
  • SDG 6 – Clean water and sanitation (World Rank #26)
  • SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities (World Rank #90)

The Tec’s SDGs ranked in the Top 100 worldwide are:

  • SDG 1 – No Poverty, ranked 9th.
  • SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals, ranked 18th.
  • SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation, ranked 26th.
  • SDG 13 – Climate Action, ranked 46th.
  • SDG 15 – Life on Land, ranked 80th.
  • SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy, ranked 89th.
  • SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities, ranked 90th.
  • SDG 2 – Zero Hunger, ranked 97th.

“With Ruta Azul, our Sustainability and Climate Change Plan for 2025, we’ve charted a path toward a sustainable future and aim to become a sustainability model institution by adopting a proactive culture in response to the climate emergency. This is reflected in idea generation, impactful actions, and the cultivation of committed leaders dedicated to forging a sustainable future. Additionally, this year, we’ll present the third edition of our Sustainable Development Initiatives Report, encompassing 850 projects undertaken by the Tec de Monterrey, Tecmilenio, and TecSalud community during 2022 and 2023, directly impacting all 17 SDGs,” added Sáenz.

According to the ranking, Tec surpasses the global average in 16 SDGs and ranks in the top 25% for 12.

Methodology of THE Impact Ranking

THE Impact Rankings’ objectives are to understand how universities have a positive impact on the world and how the higher education sector works to achieve the SDGs.

This listing considers indicators in four areas: research, stewardship, teaching, and outreach.

Research drives our entire community, and our ambition is to continue conducting research that benefits society and the planet. The significant result achieved in the 2024 THE Impact Rankings reflects the effort put into forming and transcending through the pursuit of innovative solutions that contribute to the economic, social, and environmental development of our country,” commented Feniosky Peña-Mora, Vice President of Research at Tec.

Each SDG is classified individually based on indicators, and the weighting of indicators and their metrics varies for each SDG.

An institution’s total score in a given year is calculated by combining the score obtained in SDG 17 with its three highest scores from the remaining SDGs.

SDG 17 holds a 22% weight for that year’s final result, while the other three highest evaluations hold a 26% weight.

The top-scoring SDGs for Tec considered for the final rating were SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), with 95.9 points; SDG 1 (No Poverty), with 86.5; SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), with 83.3; and SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), with 80.3.

Finally, the overall classification score is obtained as an average of the total scores from the last two years.

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