Sustainability Goal number 4

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Times Higher Education Impact Ranking measures how universities are performing against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Results 2021

Below you can see the results for Aalborg University in 2021.


Overall THE Impact rank

SDG1: No Poverty 18
SDG2: Zero Hunger 71
SDG3: Good Health and Wellbeing 201-300
SDG4: Quality Education 1
SDG5: Gender Equality 101-200
SDG6: Clean Water and Sanitation 2
SDG7: Affordable and Clean Energy 88
SDG8: Decent Work and Economic Growth 101-200
SDG9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 41
SDG10: Reduced Inequalities 16
SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities 101-200
SDG12: Responsible Consumption and Production 57
SDG13: Climate Action 101-200
SDG14: Life below Water 14
SDG15: Life on Land 96
SDG16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions 85
SDG17: Partnership for the Goals 22


Contributors to the THE Impact 2021 Ranking

During 2020, Aalborg University has collected data for the 2021 ranking. The data collection is identified through comprehensive consultation with key stakeholders at the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Engineering and Science, the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, AAU Innovation, and AAU Shared Services.

2021 Reference Group:

  • Jakob Stoustrup: Representing AAU Management
  • Jette Egelund Holgaard: Representing the Head of Department level
  • Karen Worm Markussen: Rector´s Office
  • Birte Hornemann: Quality and Ranking
  • Andreas Rasmussen: Campus Service

2021 Sustainability Report Group:

  • Heidi Simone Kristensen: Editor
  • Birte Hornemann: Quality and Ranking
  • Bo Jeppesen: Rector´s Office

2021 Data Collection Working Group:

  • Birte Hornemann: Quality and Ranking
  • Heidi Simone Kristensen: Editor Sustainability Report
  • Karen Worm Markussen: Rector´s Office
  • Nicklas Schrieber: Rector´s Office
  • Søren Vidmar: Aalborg University Library
  • Louise Toft Andersen: Human Resource
  • Simon Have: Finance and Accounting
  • Nils Peter Terp Uhre: Study Service
  • Anne Bisgaard Pors Eriksen: AAU Innovation
  • Anne Heide Mogensen: The Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Pia Rosenquist Kruse: The Technical Faculty of IT and Design
  • Trine Bovbjerg: The Faculty of Medicine
  • Lone Grøndahl Dalgaard: The Faculty of Engineering and Science
  • Susanne H. Knudsen: The Faculty of Humanities
  • Andreas Rasmussen: Campus Service
  • Alex Røge Hermansen: Campus Service
  • Mary Christensen: Campus Service
  • Maria Trabjerg: Campus Service
  • Camilla Ørtoft Ottsen: Quality and Ranking


Aalborg University’s (AAU's) overall strategy, Knowledge for the World, will form the basis, chart the course, and set the level of ambition for the university towards 2021. Our strategy will help us ensure that we continue to develop our strengths, and will prepare us to meet emerging challenges and opportunities.

The strategy has been developed through an open and inclusive process involving members of staff, students, and external business partners as essential contributors.

AAU’s strategy for 2016-2021 defines the overall mission and vision of the university, as well as  visions and actions regarding the following areas:

  • Research
  • Problem-based learning
  • Education
  • Knowledge collaboration
  • Our organisation