THE Impact Rankings

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In the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings that were released on Wednesday RMIT was ranked number one in the world for its efforts to reduce inequality within and among countries, and ranked 10th overall, up from 82nd place in 2019. This is great recognition of RMIT’s ‘transformative’ focus in research and learning and teaching.

The Impact Rankings are designed to showcase progress against the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by measuring a university’s social and economic impact.

The activities of the UNESCO UNEVOC Centre in the School – research, partnerships, PhD students – played a role in RMIT’s submission (and in the reporting on RMIT’s sustainability agenda).

For those who don’t know, UNESCO-UNEVOC is UNESCO’s specialised global network for skills and training for the world of work.

UNESCO-UNEVOC@RMIT aspires to be a leader in applied research, policy-development, and evidence-based intervention in relation to skills, education and training, and employment pathways in times of digital, climate, and educational disruption.

This recent work – with Seth Brown, Shane Duggan, James Goring, Meave Noonan and others in the School – builds on the legacy of people like Professor Annette Gough who lead UNEVOC activities over a decade ago.

We partner with government, industry, and the not-for-profit sectors to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals, specifically:


Our applied program of research is focussed on the following areas:

  1. Young people, 21st Century capabilities, and transitions in the future of work;
  2. Building a networked approach to enabling and capturing social impact in skills development;
  3. Exploring educational ecologies of well-being, resilience, and enterprise.

Our current research and impact collaborations are focussed on an emerging agenda titled:

 COVID-19, Young People’s Health and Well-being, Education, Training and Work Pathways:

Scenarios for Young People’s Sustainable Futures

Further information on the project can be found here. We would be happy to discuss any interest that you have in the agenda. In addition, Seth is leading a project that is looking at how to embed an approach to the SDG agenda in learning and teaching and curriculum development.

This focus on Sustainable Development is more acute in the ‘new normal’ of a COVID-19 world in which ‘business-as-usual’ is no longer an option.

In addition, discussions at different levels of RMIT over the last 12 months have been focussed on how the University includes/embeds/addresses the SDGs in the next strategic plan. The UNEVOC Centre is looking at ways to take a lead in how the School makes a valuable contribution to this agenda.

With thanks to Peter Kelly for this item.

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