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Iran University of Medical Sciences Ranks First Among National and Regional Universities in the 2020 Times Higher Education Impact Ranking

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Dr. Mehdi Moghtadaei, the Vice-Chancellor for International Affairs at Iran University of Medical Sciences (IUMS) announced that based on the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Ranking, IUMS had maintained its first-place position in the country and Middle East in achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The SDGs are a global call to action to tackle poverty, climate change and inequality, which include:
1. No Poverty
2. Zero Hunger
3. Good Health and Well-being
4. Quality Education
5. Gender Equality
6. Clean Water and Sanitation
7. Affordable and Clean Energy
8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
10. Reduced Inequality
11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
12. Responsible Consumption and Production
13. Climate Action
14. Life Below Water
15. Life on Land
16. Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
17. Partnerships to achieve the Goal
THE has put together the Impact Rankings to shine a light on those institutions that are working hard to tackle global issues such as gender inequality, quality education for all, climate change, achieving peaceful societies and economic growth. To put together the ranking, they mapped out how universities around the world were committing to the 17 SDGs outlined by the UN. 
According to IUMS Office of Public Relations, during this period, 776 universities from 85 countries had taken part in the ranking process, where IUMS had ranked 55th worldwide, where it had come out 1st among 17 universities from Iran as well as all other Middle Eastern universities.
During the first round of the THE Impact Ranking in 2019, only 11 SDGs were measured with IUMS ranking 41st out of the 467 universities which took part from 76 countries. This year, all 17 SDGs were accounted for in the ranking process and despite the significant increase in the number of participating universities in 2020, IUMS had ranked 55th among the 766 universities partaking from 85 countries. While the ranking of IUMS increased numerically by 14 units compared to 2019, when compared to the significantly large increase of more than 300+ additional universities which had taken part in 2020, IUMS is believed to have made considerable progress towards achieving most SDG indicators and especially, serving society’s needs in attaining Public Health and Welfare.
The Vice-Chancellor for International Affairs congratulated the University community on this great achievement and noted that this success was the result of the continuous efforts of all students, staff and faculty at IUMS. He further acknowledged that this achievement would have not been possible without the contributions of the many members of the International Affairs’ Office who had been involved in the collecting, monitoring, recording and tracking of the necessary information submitted for this purpose, as well as the Chancellor’s support of these activities.
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