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Student focus helps Curtin soar in latest QS Sustainability Rankings

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Curtin University has secured an impressive global ranking in the QS World University Rankings (QSWUR): Sustainability 2024, leaping to the top 100 in the world.

Now in its second year, the QSWUR Sustainability ranking is designed to measure an institution’s ability to tackle the world’s greatest environmental, social and governance (ESG) challenges. Indicators include Social Impact, Environmental Impact and a new category for this year- Governance.

Curtin Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne said Curtin’s impressive QSWUR Sustainability ascent was a testament to the University’s unwavering commitment to excellence in sustainability.

“Universities have a profound opportunity to propel sustainable development forward. This recognition reflects our strategic mission of striving to make a positive impact in the world, through meaningful research and by providing an excellent and equitable student experience,” Professor Hayne said.

“I am especially proud of Curtin’s very high score in Social Impact, which placed us 59th in the world from 1403 institutions. In particular, we achieved an outstanding 97.4 per cent for Health and Wellbeing which indicates how effectively we are providing for the wellbeing of our students and society at large.

“Under the Social Impact banner, Curtin also scored highly in Impact of Education, which reflects our commitment to ensuring future generations understand the significance of sustainability and to fostering a commitment to change.”

Multiple changes have been made to the QS World University Ranking: Sustainability since its inaugural release last year and it now includes the following indicators:

Environmental Impact:

  • Environmental Education: Provision and impact of education in Environmental Sustainability
  • Environmental Research: Research assessment across six of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
  • Environmental Sustainability: Strategy and operations towards an environmentally sustainable future

Social Impact:

  • Employability and Outcomes: Efforts to provide employment opportunities and industry partnerships
  • Equality: Efforts and impact of commitment to equality
  • Health and Wellbeing: Commitment to health and wellbeing of students and society
  • Impact of Education: Provision of quality education and research
  • Knowledge Exchange: Research collaboration between developed and developing countries to share knowledge and spur educational growth


  • Good Governance: Strong governance through open decision-making, a holistic ethical culture, student representation on governing bodies and financial transparency

For more information on the QS World University Rankings: Sustainability, visit here.

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