Sustainability Goal number 4

AAU is an international top class university

Times Higher Education Impact Ranking measures how universities are performing against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. For the 2020 ranking, Aalborg University reported data for the goals no. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17.

Results 2020

Below you can see the results for Aalborg University in 2020.

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Results 2021

The results for the 2021 ranking will be available here by April 2021.

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