Griffith University has been ranked 40th globally, an increase of 26 places from last year, in the QS Sustainability Ranking 2024, including 2nd in Queensland overall, and 7th in Australia for its efforts in sustainability.
The rankings assess efforts to tackle the world’s greatest environmental, social and governance challenges and this ranking reflects Griffith’s deeply held commitment to sustainability.
In total, the QS Sustainability Ranking 2024 assessed more than 1400 universities, including those in Australia.
Griffith Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Carolyn Evans, said she was delighted with the results which also ranked Griffith as 1st in Australia in governance, and 12th in the world.
“The ranking is a team effort across our five campuses and 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 we have a strong commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and strive to create a robust, equitable and sustainable society.
“Our researchers are invested in this space doing world-leading work on quality education, good health and wellbeing, life below water, climate action, and sustainable cities and communities.”
Sustainable Development Goals Manager Dr Saffron Benner said it’s heartening to see the university’s hard work coming to fruition.
“Griffith placed 4th in Australia and 37th globally for environmental sustainability proving that our initiatives are having a real impact in the community both at a local and national level, but also across the world,” Dr Benner said.
“We’re making a meaningful difference by leading the charge when it comes to environmental, social and governance impact.”
Program leader for integrity, policy, leadership and public trust, Professor AJ Brown AM, was instrumental in Griffith’s ranking as 1st in Australia governance which assesses whether an institution has strong governance in place through open-decision making, a holistic ethical organisational culture, student representation on university’s governing bodies, and financial transparency.
“Leading the way for other universities in the country when it comes to governance is part of Griffith’s DNA to ensure strong leadership, transparency, and democratic and open justice,” he said.