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Top universities for tackling gender equality 2023

Explore the top 100 universities for gender equality based on data collected for the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings

    June 1 2023
    Top universities for gender equality


    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 addresses the issue of gender equality.

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    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 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. 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 21 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 Equity Strategy and Action Plan has been implemented to focus on the areas where gender equality can be improved. One of the key aims of 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.

    2. University of Bologna

    The University of Bologna has a gender equality plan with a range of aims, including promoting a work-life balance, pursuing a gender balance in senior positions, gender equality in recruitment and career development, promoting gender and intersectionality in research and combating gender-based violence. 

    There are a number of courses that look at gender equality at the university, as well as a range of initiatives, including the seminar on male violence against women. 

    3. University of Malaya

    The University of Malaya’s gender studies programme was established in the mid-1990s and was the first in Malaysia to offer undergraduate students the chance to study gender studies. 

    The programme covers many gender-based issues in society including gender stereotypes, gender-based violence and discrimination at work. 

    The university also offers a master’s programme in gender studies that provides students with the opportunity to continue conversations and campaign towards gender equality in Malaysia. 

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    4. Manipal Academy of Higher Education

    Manipal Academy of Higher Education promotes gender equality by providing women with equal access to education and providing a safe campus for them to study. 

    The university hosts research seminars on topics such as female mental health, women and law, and public health policies for women in India. Research projects at the university include looking at safe digital spaces for women, family planning and fertility rates. 

    =5. Government College Women University Faisalabad

    Government College Women University Faisalabad has introduced a range of measures to support female staff and students. For female students the university has provided on-campus accommodation, transport and sports facilities. 

    For female staff the university has promised equal pay and equal opportunity. 

    The university also organises a range of events and activities to raise awareness of gender equality. 

    =5. Lahore College for Women University (LCWU)

    Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) is the second Pakistani university to feature in the top five for SDG 5. 

    The university has mentoring schemes for women in the careers centre and the entrepreneurship centre. 

    The university also has a range of progress initiatives such as parental leave and harassment complaint cells to combat gender inequality.

    Top universities for gender equality 2023: Top 100

    Gender equality Rank 2023 University Country/region
    1 Western Sydney University Australia
    2 University of Bologna Italy
    3 University of Malaya Malaysia
    4 Manipal Academy of Higher Education India
    =5 Government College Women University Faisalabad Pakistan
    =5 Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) Pakistan
    7 Thammasat University Thailand
    8 Dublin City University Ireland
    =9 University of Haifa Israel
    =9 National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Greece
    11 University of Auckland New Zealand
    12 Central Queensland University Australia
    13 University of Gdańsk Poland
    14 University of Pretoria South Africa
    15 Fatima Jinnah Women University Pakistan
    16 University of Desarrollo Chile
    =17 University of Indonesia Indonesia
    =17 University of Johannesburg South Africa
    19 University of Bucharest Romania
    20 Alisher Navo’i Tashkent State University of Uzbek Language and Literature Uzbekistan
    21 American University of the Middle East Kuwait
    22 Mae Fah Luang University Thailand
    23 University of Worcester United Kingdom
    =24 Auckland University of Technology New Zealand
    =24 University of Girona Spain
    26 Towson University United States
    27 University of Newcastle Australia
    =28 University of Essex United Kingdom
    =28 University of Guadalajara Mexico
    =30 University of L’Aquila Italy
    =30 Sapienza University of Rome Italy
    32 Trinity College Dublin Ireland
    =33 Al Ain University United Arab Emirates
    =33 Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia
    35 Massey University New Zealand
    36 Monash University Australia
    37 Charles Sturt University Australia
    =38 Londrina State University Brazil
    =38 Mahidol University Thailand
    40 Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand
    41 Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis United States
    =42 IPB University Indonesia
    =42 Khon Kaen University Thailand
    =42 University of Tunis El Manar Tunisia
    45 Chiang Mai University Thailand
    46 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham India
    47 University of Cape Town South Africa
    =48 Université Laval Canada
    =48 Middlesex University United Kingdom
    =48 Universiti Sains Malaysia Malaysia
    =51 Ewha Womans University South Korea
    =51 University of Waikato New Zealand
    =53 University of Bari Aldo Moro Italy
    =53 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Netherlands
    =55 University of Coimbra Portugal
    =55 La Trobe University Australia
    =55 University of the West of England United Kingdom
    =55 York University Canada
    59 Arizona State University (Tempe) United States
    =60 Hacettepe University Turkey
    =60 London South Bank University United Kingdom
    62 Instituto Politécnico de Bragança Portugal
    =63 University of Canberra Australia
    =63 Florida Atlantic University United States
    =63 National University of Córdoba Argentina
    66 Universitas Airlangga Indonesia
    =67 Lynn University United States
    =67 Institut Mines-Télécom Business School France
    =69 Bangor University United Kingdom
    =69 University of East London United Kingdom
    =69 University of Montreal Canada
    =72 University of Jaén Spain
    =72 University of Lleida Spain
    74 Texas State University United States
    75 University of Maryland, Baltimore County United States
    76 Free University of Berlin Germany
    =77 Universidad Andrés Bello (UNAB) Chile
    =77 NOVA University of Lisbon Portugal
    =79 Catholic University of Portugal Portugal
    =79 Maynooth University Ireland
    81 Universita IULM Italy
    82 Queensland University of Technology Australia
    =83 University of Padua Italy
    =85 Complutense University of Madrid Spain
    =85 Indiana University South Bend United States
    =87 Queen’s University Canada
    =87 Srinakharinwirot University Thailand
    =87 University of Tasmania Australia
    =87 The Women University Multan Pakistan
    =91 SOAS University of London United Kingdom
    =91 University of Victoria Canada
    =91 University of Wollongong Australia
    =94 Indiana University East United States
    =94 University of Limerick Ireland
    =94 Western University Canada
    =97 Glasgow Caledonian University United Kingdom
    =97 Vietnam National University, Hanoi Vietnam
    =99 University of Rijeka Croatia
    =99 RMIT University Australia

    View the full ranking for gender equality here


    Editor’s note: As part of our THE statement on Ukraine published on 2 March 2022, Russian universities have been given less prominence in our rankings. Russian universities that met the criteria for this ranking are not displayed in the table above.

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