Despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, The University of the South Pacific (USP) continues to strive to punch above its weight.
This comes as USP has been ranked 12th against some of the top Universities of the world in the area of Crisis Management and ranked 101-200 in the Global Top 100 Innovative Universities by the World’s Universities with Real Impact (WURI) 2022 global ranking.
USP also made the top 20 rankings last year, having ranked 11th.
USP Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Pal Ahluwalia welcomed the ranking adding that the University was ecstatic to be ranked for the second year in a row.
“This is about making a real difference, and it means a lot to me that our University is making a real difference in the countries we serve.”
“This is fantastic news for our University and students because it shows that they are studying at a university that is making a real difference in the world.”
“I acknowledge the hard work of all the staff, both academic and support, who met the challenges head-on and made sure the University delivered results on par with those of other larger, better-resourced universities around the globe.”
WURI is the latest University ranking system established in 2020. The WURI ranking system was developed by the Organising Committee of the Second Conference of the Hanseatic League of Universities.
The WURI Ranking is a not-for-profit programme, so there are no fees nor any hidden costs for this application and evaluation process. There are also no marketing activities involved with this programme or its participants.
There are six categories for evaluation: Industrial Application, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Ethical Value, Student Mobility and Openness, Crisis Management, and Fourth Industrial Revolution. Each of these six categories is then evaluated based on the following three criteria.
1. Innovativeness with the content of the programme itself or with the process the institution has demonstrated in making the programme more effective.
2. Implementability based on measuring the costs and benefits of initiating the programme.
3. Impact considering the scope and intensity of the programme such as whether the impact is limited to only one department or across the entire university.
The Hanseatic League of Universities (HLU) is a university alliance named after the Hanseatic League, that existed from the 12th century through the 17th century as a confederation of approximately 190 cities in Europe to protect its citizens’ safety in life and freedom in the economy.
The HLU is open to all universities, colleges, schools and any institutions of higher education which seek innovation in research and education. You can learn more about WURI here https://www.wuri.world/