Breathing life into sustainability at Waikato

How we're tackling the biggest problems facing the world today

The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) underpin all of our activities as an institution, and serve as a valuable framework for how we're addressing some of the biggest challenges facing humanity through our research, teaching, operations and external engagement.

Our performance in the Times Higher Impact Rankings

Each year we are assessed on how we are tracking towards the SDGs as part of the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings which attempt to demonstrate the contribution of institutions all around the world towards the advancement of humanity.

Out of 1117 institutions from 94 countries who participated in 2020, the University of Waikato ranked in the 101-200 bracket overall, and within the top 100 institutions against two of the SDG categories.

  • Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8), rank: 35 (up 27 places)
  • Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10), rank: 57

Our progress towards the SDGs in 2020

Click on the tiles below to find more detail of how we contributed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2020.

No Poverty
Zero Hunger
Good Health and Wellbeing
Quality Education
Gender Equality
Clean Water and Sanitation
Clean Energy
Economic Growth
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Reduced Inequalities
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Responsible Consumption and Production
Climate Action
Life Below Water
Life on Land
Peace and Justice
Lynda Johnston

Lynda Johnston

Assistant Vice-Chancellor Sustainability

Introducing our new Assistant Vice-Chancellor Sustainability

Professor Lynda Johnston was recently appointed to a new role of Assistant Vice-Chancellor Sustainability. She is focused on shaping the University’s strategic academic approach to sustainability and environmental management, and providing academic leadership and oversight of its activities using the SDGs as a framework.

She is passionate about using the power of our research and our people to make significant, positive contributions on both a local and global scale and will play a key role in raising awareness of sustainability among staff, students and the wider community, and encouraging responsible use of resources via research, operational practices, partnerships, teaching and learning.