Danish university ranked among world’s most sustainable 

The University of Southern Denmark (SDU) tantalisingly close to the top 10 on the 2021 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings

The 2021 UI GreenMetric Index, which ranks universities based on their work with sustainability, has the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) as among the best in the world.

SDU ranked 11th overall, based on parameters such as infrastructure, climate change, waste, water, education and research.

“Our efforts make us a sustainable university internationally and that’s not a small accomplishment,” said Sebastian Mernild, the deputy head of SDU and a climate change professor. 

“The plaudits should go to researchers, admin staff and our student environment, where we see the biggest point-related increase compared to 2020.”

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Finns top Nordics
SDU, which was the only Danish representative in the 954-university ranking, ranked 12th last year.

SDU works strategically with sustainability and will launch a climate centre next year to lay a foundation to help climate-related decision makers. 

Interestingly, neither Norway, Sweden or Iceland had a university on the list, while Finland had four. 

But it was the Netherlands that really performed, with three universities in the top 10!

Check out the entire ranking here (in English).