Top universities for tackling gender equality 2022

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Gender equality is one of the key challenges facing society today. Across the world, it manifests in many forms, including pay, employment opportunities and access to education.

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) look to tackle some of today’s biggest global issues, and SDG 5 aims to address the issue of gender equality.

As part of the Impact Rankings, Times Higher Education has produced a ranking focusing on how universities are contributing to gender equality. Some of the measures looked at as part of the ranking are research on gender, policies on gender equality, commitment to recruiting and promoting women, the proportion of first-generation female students and student access measures. You can read more about the methodology here.

Top five universities for gender equality

1. Chiang Mai University

In 2021, Chiang Mai University launched a Women in Engineering programme to encourage more female students to apply to engineering courses.

Since 1991, the university’s Centre for Women’s Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences has been running a “Legal Volunteer Training Project for Northern Rural Women”. The aim of the project is to empower women to understand legal issues and have a voice in policymaking in the local community.

2. University of Indonesia

The University of Indonesia launched its SDG Hub in 2019 as a hub for all activities and programmes the university is undertaking towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

The university scored particularly well for a number of the indicators in this ranking, including gender equality publications, women’s access schemes, applications from women in under-represented subjects, non-discrimination policies, maternity and paternity policies and women’s mentoring schemes.

3. Western Sydney University

Western Sydney University was named an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the federal government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency. The institution has held this title for the past 15 years.

Western is also dedicated to combating sexual violence on campus through the development of a respectful relationships education programme to be implemented across the Australian university sector.

A Gender Equality Strategy and Action Plan has been implemented to focus on the areas where gender equality can be improved. One of the key aims for the plan is to support the university’s efforts in recruiting, retaining and helping female staff advance. Other measures that have been introduced in response to the plan are improved breastfeeding facilities on campus, additional leave for staff experiencing domestic violence, and the development of a Gender Equality Policy.


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4. Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University is committed to gender equality among staff and students. This includes implementing policies that support well-being, such as the Student Pregnancy and Maternity Policy and the Trans Student Policy, creating a gender-based violence working group and taking part in SmartSTEMs to encourage women into STEM subjects.

The university has also claimed a bronze award under the Athena SWAN scheme, which was established to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in STEM in higher education and research.

5. Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University

Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University is the largest women’s university in the world and was founded in 2o10.

It has provided education for women in Saudi Arabia who historically were unable to access the same educational facilities as men. The school aims to give opportunities to female students in traditionally male-dominated areas such as computer science, management and medicine.

In 2018, the university became the first in Saudi Arabia to provide a driving school for women. This was introduced after King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud granted women the right to drive in the kingdom.


Top universities for gender equality 2022: Top 100

Gender equality rank 2022 University Country/region
1 Chiang Mai University Thailand
2 University of Indonesia Indonesia
3 Western Sydney University Australia
4 Glasgow Caledonian University United Kingdom
5 Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University Saudi Arabia
6 King Abdulaziz University Saudi Arabia
7 Universiti Sains Malaysia Malaysia
8 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham India
9 La Trobe University Australia
10 University of Auckland New Zealand
11 University of Canberra Australia
12 University of Bari Aldo Moro Italy
13 University of Bologna Italy
14 University of Otago New Zealand
15 Sheffield Hallam University United Kingdom
16 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Netherlands
17 Bangor University United Kingdom
18 Auckland University of Technology New Zealand
19 Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) Pakistan
20 Dublin City University Ireland
=21 University of Newcastle Australia
=21 York University Canada
23 Khon Kaen University Thailand
24 University of Latvia Latvia
=25 Hacettepe University Turkey
=25 NOVA University of Lisbon Portugal
27 Charles Sturt University Australia
=28 Mahidol University Thailand
=28 Murdoch University Australia
=30 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Chile
=30 Towson University United States
32 University of Alberta Canada
33 Arizona State University (Tempe) United States
=34 Monash University Australia
=34 National University of Córdoba Argentina
36 University of Worcester United Kingdom
37 University of Cape Town South Africa
=38 King’s College London United Kingdom
=38 Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) Malaysia
=40 University of Johannesburg South Africa
=40 Université Laval Canada
=40 National Autonomous University of Mexico Mexico
43 Rovira i Virgili University Spain
=44 Autonomous University of Barcelona Spain
=44 University of York United Kingdom
=46 University of Girona Spain
=46 University of Montreal Canada
=48 University of Algarve Portugal
=48 Thammasat University Thailand
50 University of Cumbria United Kingdom
=51 University of Malaya Malaysia
=51 Massey University New Zealand
=51 Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia
54 University of Missouri-St Louis United States
55 University of Haifa Israel
56 Queensland University of Technology Australia
57 Bournemouth University United Kingdom
=58 University of Essex United Kingdom
=58 London South Bank University United Kingdom
=58 Trinity College Dublin Ireland
=61 Charles Darwin University Australia
=61 Queen’s University Canada
=63 Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis United States
=63 University of Padua Italy
65 Texas State University United States
66 University of Coimbra Portugal
=67 Al Ain University United Arab Emirates
=67 Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral Ecuador
69 Maynooth University Ireland
=70 Government College Women University Faisalabad Pakistan
=70 Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand
72 University of Lleida Spain
=73 University of Burgos Spain
=73 University of Sharjah United Arab Emirates
=75 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
=75 National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Greece
=77 University of Guelph Canada
=77 University of Westminster United Kingdom
=79 Bucharest University of Economic Studies Romania
=79 Londrina State University Brazil
=79 University of Victoria Canada
=82 University of Phayao Thailand
=82 SOAS University of London United Kingdom
=84 American University United States
=84 Sapienza University of Rome Italy
86 UCL United Kingdom
87 University of Texas at Arlington United States
88 RUDN University Russian Federation
=89 University of L’Aquila Italy
=89 University of Manchester United Kingdom
=91 Pompeu Fabra University Spain
=91 Western University Canada
93 Universidad Andrés Bello (UNAB) Chile
94 University of Northampton United Kingdom
95 University of South Africa South Africa
96 University of Jaén Spain
=97 Isfahan University of Medical Sciences Iran
=97 University of the West of England United Kingdom
99 Federation University Australia Australia
=100 University of Desarrollo Chile
=100 University of Gothenburg Sweden

View the full ranking for gender equality here

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