Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022: ESEnfC among the top three Portuguese higher education institutions in 'Good Health'


For the first time, the Nursing School of Coimbra (ESEnfC) has been ranked in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022, released last April. These rankings aim to measure the overall success of higher education institutions in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations.



In the global ranking, the ESEnfC scored 65-71.9 out of 100, achieving an overall rank of 401-600 out of 1406 international institutions.

The overall ranking is based on the institutions’ data for SDG17 plus their best three results on the remaining SDGs.

The School stood out in SDG 5 - Gender Equality (scored within the range 53.5-59.5), in SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth (scored within the range 45-55.2), and in SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being (scored 73.9-79.6 points out of 100, the third best score obtained by the Portuguese higher education institutions in the ranking). In ODS 17, the ESEnfC scored within the range 50.2-58.7.

This score in SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being is a result of the work developed in recent years by the School’s teachers and researchers in the several initiatives that were submitted for evaluation.

Examples include the nearly 30 ongoing outreach projects that establish the School’s connection to its surrounding community and the promotion of solidarity and inclusion actions, with emphasis on cooperation projects with primary, secondary, and university education institutions in the field of research and health education.

The activity developed by the ESEnfC WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Practice and Research, the only collaborating center for Nursing on the Iberian Peninsula and one of the four centers in Europe that are members of the Global Network of WHO

Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery, also contributed to the prominent position obtained in this ranking.

The School Health Service, the anti-smoking policies, and the promotion of mental, sexual and reproductive health among the school community, as well as the Erasmus+ cooperation agreements and protocols with 30 countries were also valued in this indicator.

In its fourth edition, the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022 analyze how the institutions’ research, teaching, and management contribute to achieving the SDGs defined by the United Nations, being the only rankings that measure these commitments.


(Text prepared by the Health Sciences Research Unit: Nursing)



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