MU ranked 68th in UI GreenMetric ranking of World Universities 2017

Environmental and social sustainability is a key principle of MODUL University Vienna, which embraces and fosters the development of strategies that meet the needs of the present and improve the welfare of future generations. Sustainability represents an integral part of the curriculum and research agenda, and is also reflected in the daily work flow.

To further these goals and nurture greater collaboration with an international network of universities committed to a greener future, MODUL University Vienna participated in the GreenMetric Ranking of World Universities for the first time this year. This ranking, coordinated by the University of Indonesia, was begun with 85 participating universities in 2010 and has grown to 619 in 2017.

Straight out of the gate, MU was ranked at number 68 out of 619 entries in our first appearance on this list. In terms of Austrian universities, MU came in second after the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) in 12th place worldwide, and well above the TU Wien (ranked 174th) and Karl Franzens University Graz (ranked 344th).

The objective of the ranking is to identify best case examples for universities who work towards sustainability, and it aims to increase awareness in universities towards sustainability. They cover various areas in their assessment with a particular focus on environmental sustainability.

Participating universities submit their data and supporting evidence through an online questionnaire which is then evaluated and ranked according to six different categories: setting and infrastructure, energy and climate change, waste, water, transportation, and education.

MU Vienna scored particularly high in waste management, achieving 1,626 points out of a possible 1800, or 90.33% percent. We also achieved top third percentile ranking in our efforts to mitigate energy and climate change.

‘’Producing sustainable impact is a team effort requiring the collaboration of many stakeholders,’’ says David Leonard, Chair of the Sustainability Committee at MODUL University Vienna. ‘’This positive result for MU reflects the superb infrastructure at the university, and in Vienna, as well as the commitment of the owners, employees, and the student body. Of course, as doing sustainability is a process, we seek to improve even further.’’

The full results can be found on at GreenMetric.