The Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH) is a top 10 Spanish university for greatest social impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the Agenda 2030 of the United Nations, according to the latest British Times Higher Education (THE) ranking. Specifically, the UMH sits among position 101-200 internationally; within Spain, the UMH is tenth, and tops within the Valencian Community. In terms of the SDGs, the UMH stands out in Good Health and Well-Being, where it is ranked first nationally (and number 48 internationally).
The UMH also ranks highly internationally for the SDGs of Reduced Inequalities (number 80), No Poverty (number 88), and Life on Land (number 89). The UMH also occupies important positions for the SDGs of Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure; Zero Hunger; as well as Sustainable Cities and Communities.
In the total ranking, the UMH obtained a score 75.4–83.3 with respect to the global study of the Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, the UMH stands out by being the Spanish university with the greatest impact upon Goal 3, Good Health and Well-Being, due to its contributions to the training of health professionals, research, resources, collaboration and services offered in the health sciences, and the areas of well-being and athletics, with a score of 80.6. This university also sits well in Goal 1, No Poverty, for its actions and grants aimed at eradicating poverty, promoting equal opportunities for its student body, and for its development cooperation programs in poor countries, with a score of 61.5. For Goal 10, Reduced Inequalities, the UMH obtained a score of 65.5 for its inclusive policies regarding students from developing countries and its student body and personnel with disabilities and/or functional diversity.
Finally, this university obtained a score of 59.2 for Goal 15, Life on Land, for its actions and training aimed at caring for the environment and for waste management. For Goal 9, Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, the UMH obtained a score of 53.3-74.7 for its contributions towards technology-based companies, patents, and research funding with private capital.
The Times Higher Education ranking is unique in evaluating universities for their social impact towards accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. The current edition, its second, examined 766 universities from 85 countries and used performance indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparisons in the areas of research, dissemination, and administration.