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Research, Innovation & Teaching metrics

SDG 17 has a different nature to the other goals with regards to how universities might have an impact. Research and Teaching relevant to SDG 17 is being conducted at the University of Toronto but is challenging to quantify and data based upon SDG17 would not be of statistically significant volumes to warrant analysis.


  • The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Toronto is a fully funded scholarship program for graduate studies. Prospective scholars will develop their capacity and networks to engage in diverse healthcare professions and healthcare ecosystems in Africa. Upon completion of the program, it’s expected that Scholars will return to their home countries and engage in self-employment or work in a range of health-related professions to advance the health outcomes within their countries upon completion.
  • The Lester B. Pearson International Student Scholarships at the University of Toronto provide an unparalleled opportunity for outstanding international students to study at one of the world’s best universities in one of the world’s most multicultural cities. The scholarship program is intended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and creativity and who are recognized as leaders within their school. A special emphasis is placed on the impact the student has had on the life of their school and community, and their future potential to contribute positively to the global community.

Operations & support

  • The Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC) assists Ethiopians in identifying and implementing solutions to some of their nation’s most pressing challenges through training and education. This partnership brings together faculty and learners at the University of Toronto (U of T) with colleagues at Addis Ababa University (AAU). Together, they support AAU in preparing the specialist professionals Ethiopia needs, while building upon U of T’s commitment to global citizenship and international engagement. By developing and strengthening AAU’s graduate medical and academic programs, we are building capacity in Ethiopia to train their own professionals. This will lead to a robust and accessible healthcare system, an improved economy, and pre-empt food insecurity and unemployment. Together, we are building a better future for Ethiopia.

Outreach & Partnership

  • The Reach Alliance at the University of Toronto is “inspired by the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda and, specifically, the assertion that truly inclusive growth can only come when no one is left behind” and “The Reach Project is uncovering new and novel insights into global development through its world-class research, and cultivating the next generation of global leadership talent — young leaders equipped with the skills and empowered with the experiences to change the world.
  • The Centre for Global Child Health is the dedicated hub for global child health-focused activities at SickKids. The Centre supports the global agenda for newborn, child and adolescent health through collaborative research grounded in scholarship, sustainable capacity building through education, the use of evidence to inform policy development, and advocacy for improved health for children and families.

THE Impact Rankings

The University of Toronto was ranked 47th in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for SDG 17. The breakdown of scores are as follows:

Overall Score: 94.4
SDG17 Research: 79.2
Relationships to support the goals: 100
Publication of SDG reports: 100
Education for the SDGs: 100


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