QCU Hosts International Training on High-Impact Ranking to Promote Collaboration for SDG Best Practices

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More than 150 faculty members, students, and administrative employees from different universities gathered at the QCU Auditorium on March 8, 2024, for a groundbreaking event focused on High-Impact Ranking through the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event, hosted by Quezon City University (QCU) and the Asia-Pacific Consortium of Researchers and Educators (APCORE), Inc., aimed to elevate SDG ranking as a key metric for assessing the university’s progress and achievements.

The event began with a stirring doxology and rendition of the National Anthem, followed by the opening remarks of Dr. Theresita V. Atienza, University President. She highlighted the significance of the training program in QCU’s quest for SDG ranking and its role in the university’s 30th foundation anniversary celebration. The event attracted participants from four other universities: Taguig City University (TCU), Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC), San Francisco Municipal College, and Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

During the ceremony, a symbolic turnover of the official elephant mascot of Burapha University (BUU) took place, followed by a message of support from Dr. Amalia Rosales, Dean of the Graduate School at TCU and Vice Country Director of APCORE Philippines, Inc. She conveyed a resounding message of support, affirming TCU’s commitment to bolstering QCU’s endeavors.

The first speaker, Dr. Witawat Jangiam, Dean of the Graduate School at BUU, shed light on BUU’s efforts in Impact Ranking and its collaboration with the Times Higher Education (THE) to assess universities’ impact based on UN SDGs. He emphasized the critical role of rankings in gauging universities’ contributions to communities and the need for a comprehensive metric like the Impact Ranking.

“If you are not on the tables [current rankings] – you don’t exist. You must have the evidence available online on your website so that THE will give you a point,” Dr. Jangiam pointed out.

Dr. Supphasin delved into the intersection of publications and SDGs, highlighting how research aligns with the SDG framework. He also stressed the importance of publishing in Scopus-indexed journals, specifically in the top 10% of journals, to reflect the excellence of academic output.

“You have to publish and publish in Scopus, and this will be automatically mapped in terms of SDG ranking,” he shared.

Following the sessions, an engaging open forum provided a platform for dialogue among participants. Dr. Bradford Antonio C. Martinez, QCU Vice President for Academic Affairs, delivered the closing remarks, emphasizing QCU’s commitment to achieving excellence through sustainability-driven education.

The International Training on High-Impact University Ranking based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is part of the 30th foundation anniversary celebration of QCU with the theme “Education for Empowerment: Transforming Communities for Sustainable Futures.”







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