LA Tech named one of world’s top universities for educational impact, sustainable development

Louisiana Tech University was one of the top 300 institutions globally and top 27 institutions in the United States named to the Times Higher Education (THE) 2019 University Impact Rankings.

In Louisiana, only Louisiana Tech made the international list.

The University Impact Rankings assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The ranking uses indicators to provide comparisons across three broad areas – research, outreach, and stewardship – covered in the SDGs. Louisiana Tech performed especially well in the areas of providing access to quality education; working to make the city inclusive, safe, and sustainable; and promoting healthy lives for community members at all ages.

“Everything we do as an institution is built upon our mission to provide an unparalleled educational experience and produce graduates who ignite innovation in their careers and communities,” said Dr. Les Guice, Tech president. “The University Impact Rankings recognize that our University is responsible for ensuring access to quality education and contributing to the health of our community and region, and that Tech does a good job of that.”

In 2016, THE recognized Louisiana Tech as one of 20 universities in the world that will “challenge the elite universities” and become globally renowned by 2030. In the report, Tech was one of an emerging group of “challenger” universities that are quickly rising in the world rankings and “have an opportunity to become globally renowned in the next 10 to 20 years.” 

In late 2018, Tech was included in THE’s World University Rankings for the first time. This ranking is based on the University’s global reputation and research output.

For its University Impact Rankings, THE evaluates performance on 11 of the 17 SDGs, including:

  • SDG 3 – Good health and well-being
  • SDG 4 – Quality education
  • SDG 5 – Gender equality
  •  SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth
  •  SDG 9 – Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
  • SDG 10 – Reduced inequalities
  • SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
  • SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production
  • SDG 13 – Climate action
  • SDG 16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions
  • SDG 17 – Partnerships for the goals