AlmaU in Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022


May 03, 2022

AlmaU in Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022

Almaty Management University scores for the first time on all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022 

On 27 April 2022, Times Higher Education published a comprehensive assessment of the impact of universities around the world at the end of 2021. The fourth edition of the global impact rankings shows how universities are contributing to solving pressing human challenges, from eradicating poverty, promoting good health and well-being to ensuring gender equality and taking action on the climate crisis. The Index measures the impact of universities on all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 2022 ranking saw a significant increase in entries, with 1,406 higher education institutions from 106 countries (1,524 institutions from 110 countries applied; by comparison, 1,115 institutions from 94 countries were listed in 2021, with 1,240 applying in 2021).

In 2022, the number of participants in the ranking increased by 23% compared to the previous period, or by 291 higher education institutions. The global reach of this year's ranking is the largest in the entire period of its formation, which demonstrates its growing importance in the academic environment:

  • The first ranking was announced in 2019, with 467 participating universities from 76 countries ranked according to 11 SDGs;
  • The 2020 ranking brought together 768 participating universities from 85 countries ranked according to 17 SDGs;
  • Ranking 2021 - 1,115 universities from 94 countries ranked according to 17 SDGs.
  • The 2022 ranking has 1406 universities from 106 countries ranked on 17 SDGs.


Thanks to AlmaU's active work in promoting the idea of the university's impact on society and promoting the principles of sustainable development in the region, there has been an annual increase in the number of universities participating in this ranking. In 2019, when the first Impact Ranking was published, only two Kazakh universities - AlmaU and Gumilev Eurasian National University - participated in the entire Central Asian educational space.

In 2022, 10 Kazakh universities and 45 Central Asian universities are represented in the influence ranking. 


AlmaU has demonstrated a commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals since the start of its ranking:

  • in 2019, the university was ranked 301+ out of 467 higher education institutions from around the world (on 7 SDGs);
  • in 2020 ranked 301-400 out of 768 higher education institutions (on 9 SDGs);
  • in 2021, ranked 601-800 out of 1115 higher education institutions ( on 9 SDGs);
  • in 2022 ranked 1001+ out of 1406 higher education institutions ( on 17 SDGs).

AlmaU has strengthened its position in the 6 SDGs, which is reflected in the scores for the indicators under review, including:

  • SDG 1 (No poverty) from 24.3 (2021 - 591 HEIs) to 46.7 (2022 - 769 HEIs); 
  • SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being) from 17.4 (2021 - 871 HEIs) to 30.5 (2022 - 1101 HEIs);
  • SDG 4 (Quality Education) from 32.3 (2021 - 966 HEIs) to 44.6 (2022 - 1180 HEIs);
  • SDG 5 (Gender Equality) from 38.8 (2021 - 776 HEIs) to 36.7 (2022 - 938 HEIs);
  • SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) from 51.3 (2021 - 685 HEIs) to 49.8 (2022 - 849 HEIs);
  • SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) from 46.7 (2021 - 653 HEIs) to 50.6 (2022 - 809 HEIs).


The university seeks to strengthen its position against the backdrop of an increasing total number of ranked universities, as well as the impact of the pandemic on institutions' activities and limitations on the capacity and scale of activities.

AlmaU has focused its activities on the importance of implementing sustainability and social responsibility policies, promoting current global trends within the framework of the SDGs, the Principles for Responsible Management Education and the Third University Mission.


AlmaU's strategic partner, Arizona State University, was ranked No. 2 in the 2022 Rankings, making it one of the top 10 universities in the world, and was the first university in the ranking among US universities.

For more information and a complete list of the 2022 Rankings, visit the Times Higher Education website.

We would like to express our gratitude to the Times Higher Education team for their contribution to sustainable development and to the partners, students, faculty and staff of the university for jointly developing meaningful projects and working together for the benefit of civil society, business, the education system and the country.

Read more about the rankings (source - official website):

Times Higher Education Impact Rankings is a unique global ranking of higher education institutions worldwide that assesses universities against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). THE Impact Rankings use carefully selected indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparisons in three broad areas: research, outreach and university governance.

The rankings help universities determine their place in the global marketplace and relevance to their mission. To help applicants, this ranking shows which universities currently match their abilities and aspirations. The ranking also helps higher education institutions to promote transformative teaching, research and innovation.

Universities can submit data for any purpose. A university that submits data on SDG 17 (Partnerships for Achievement) and at least three other SDGs is included in the overall ranking. A university's final score in the overall ranking is calculated by combining its score on SDG 17 (22% of the total score) with the top three scores from the remaining SDGs (each at 26% of the total score)

The metrics against which universities are ranked have been developed in partnership with Vertigo Ventures and are consistent with the sub-objectives of sustainable development.