Griffith University has been ranked 66th globally in the inaugural QS Sustainability Ranking 2023 including first in Queensland overall, and 6th in Australia for its efforts in sustainability.

Griffith received a stellar commendation as the rankings assess efforts to tackle the world’s greatest environmental, social and governance challenges based on two categories: environmental impact and social impact.

Griffith Vice Chancellor and President Professor Carolyn Evans

In total, the QS Sustainability Ranking 2023 assessed 700 global institutions, 33 of those in Australia.

In Australia, Griffith was ranked third for environmental impact, and 12th for social impact.

Griffith Vice Chancellor and President Professor Carolyn Evans said she was delighted to see the university placed first in Queensland.

“The ranking is testament to Griffith’s commitment to minimising our impact on our surrounding natural environment,” Professor Evans said.

“Sustainability is a core value of Griffith and a key initiative of theCreating a future for all–Strategic Plan 2020-2025.

“We have a strong commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and strive to create a robust, equitable and environmentally sustainable society.

“Notably, our researchers are invested in this space publishing sustainability-related papers on quality education, good health and wellbeing, life below water, climate action, and sustainable cities and communities.”

Dr Saffron Benner

Sustainability Manager Dr Saffron Benner said Griffith is a values-led university and one that wants to have a real impact in the community, both at a local and national level, but also across the world.

“Our researchers are leading the charge when it comes to sustainability research resulting in students wanting to study here and share these values so they’re ready to face the future and make a meaningful difference,” Dr Benner said.

Furthermore, the US News 2022-2023 Best Global Universities Rankings has placed Griffith as 203rd in the world, 15th in Australia and 16th in Australia/New Zealand.

The US News rankings takes into account a university’s performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence including research performance such as citations and publications.

Griffith’s subject rankings include:

  • 45th in Water Resources, including first for regional research reputation
  • 67th in Physical Chemistry
  • 70th in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • 71st in Education and Educational Research
  • 79th in Social Sciences and Public Health
  • 99th in Energy and Fuels