UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Our commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

As New Zealand’s only specialist land-based university, Lincoln is unique among tertiary Institutions. At the heart of Lincoln University’s teaching, research and leadership is a commitment to ensuring future generations can flourish and grow.  In 2021 we proudly launched our Sustainability Plan, underpinning our commitment to being an exemplar of sustainable practices for the land-based sector and the ecosystems within it.

UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) underpin everything that we do at Lincoln University. Our touches on some of our successes in support of the SDGs.

The Global THE Impact Rankings 2024

The University achieved a significant milestone in the latest Global Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2024, securing a position in the 101-200 band out of nearly 2000 universities from 125 countries.

The 2024 ranking is a considerable step up from the University’s previous highest position in the 201-300 band and demonstrates the University’s commitment to being an exemplar of sustainable practices for the land-based sector and its ecosystems. This achievement is a clear indicator that we are making good progress on our sustainability journey.

Lincoln University placed 3rd in the world for SDG 2 Zero Hunger

This is our highest ranking and recognises our impactful research and excellent education efforts aimed at addressing global hunger.

Our dedication to maintaining a research-rich and globally connected environment has been pivotal in solidifying our leadership in land-based education and research, crucial in addressing food poverty and promoting sustainable food practices.

Additionally, the University ranked 52 for SDG 15 Life on Land, showcasing the practical applications of our education and research programmes in the areas of biodiversity, restoration of degraded lands, sustainability of natural habitats and preservation of terrestrial ecosystems.

Four of our 14 SDG categories submitted ranked in the top 100:

  • SDG 2 Zero Hunger – Ranked 3
  • SDG 13 Climate Action Ranked 71
  • SDG 15 Life on Land – Ranked 52
  • SDG 17 Partnership for the Goals - Ranked 54

While our programmes are diverse, as a specialist land-based university we do not attempt to offer everything, choosing to focus our resources in the areas we truly excel.

Universities worldwide are acting as catalysts and role models for sustainable development, and Aotearoa New Zealand’s eight universities have unanimously resolved to work together and with other sectors – specifically central and local government, civil society, the private sector and youth – to show leadership in the implementation of the SDGs at a national level.