Nine Vietnamese Universities Included in THE Impact Rankings 2023

On June 1, the Times Higher Education (THE) released the THE Impact Rankings 2023, and Vietnam had the highest number of universities represented yet with nine.

Nine Vietnamese Universities Named in THE Impact Rankings 2023
Vietnam contributed nine universities to the THE Impact Rankings 2023 released by the Times Higher Education. Photo: Times Higher Education

Among them, the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City is ranked highest, in the group of 301-400, after making it to the list for the first time.

The Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU-Hanoi) saw its ranking significantly improve from last year, entering the group of 401-600. Notably, its Quality Education goal ranking experienced a remarkable breakthrough, earning the 70th place in the world, the 5th in Southeast Asia, and the top spot in Vietnam.

Nine Vietnamese Universities Named in THE Impact Rankings 2023
The Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU-Hanoi) sees its ranking being improved from last year, entering the group of 401-600. Photo:

Apart from VNU-Hanoi, Duy Tan University is also in the 401-600 group. Ton Duc Thang University, the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), the National Economics University and FPT University are in the group of 601-800, and Phenikaa University at 801-1,000.

For the first time, the Ho Chi Minh City Open University has been ranked 1,001+ in the world! This is a significant accomplishment for the university and a testament to their commitment to excellence in higher education.

Last year, seven universities in Vietnam made it into the ranking, compared to four in 2021 and two in 2020.

The Impact Rankings released the ranking following the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which were adopted by the United Nations in 2016. These goals call for global action to build a peaceful, equitable, and prosperous society. The Impact Rankings measure the progress of countries in achieving the SDGs, taking into account both quantitative and qualitative indicators. This ranking assesses and compares the efforts of countries in achieving these goals and provides an important tool for countries to evaluate their performance and set policy priorities. The Impact Rankings also provide a platform for international collaboration and the exchange of best practices. With this ranking, countries can better identify areas where they need to focus their efforts and resources to make a lasting impact.

The 17 Goals comprise of no poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and 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, justice and strong institutions; partnerships for goals.

Nine Vietnamese Universities Named in THE Impact Rankings 2023
Students at the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, April 2023. Photo of the university

The 2023 Impact Rankings is the fifth edition, and the overall ranking includes 1,591 universities from 112 countries/regions. The rankings are based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and measure the impact higher education institutions have on addressing global challenges.

For the second year in a row, Australia’s Western Sydney University has taken the top spot in the overall rankings. The university has consistently ranked among the best in the world, demonstrating its commitment to excellence in education. With a variety of programs and resources available, Western Sydney University has become a leader in higher education.

The United Kingdom’s University of Manchester comes in second place, with Canada’s Queen’s University claiming the third spot.

The top institution from an emerging country is University Sains Malaysia, which ranks fourth in the world.

The UK is the most-represented country in the top 100, boasting 26 entries, followed closely by Australia with 16 and Canada with 15.

Rosy Huong