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The World’s Universities with Real Impact (WURI) ranking 2021

The World’s Universities with Real Impact (WURI) ranking 2021

WURI 2021 Ranking will be presented at the Second WURI Conference,

Sponsored by UNITAR and other organizations


The World’s Universities with Real Impact (WURI) ranking 2021, which seeks to assess the innovativeness of universities for the future, will be presented on June 10, 2021, at 3 pm (CET)/10 pm (KST) in both Switzerland and South Korea.


This ranking for innovative universities is designed to highlight and appreciate the efforts of universities to produce a future workforce aligning with the growing demands among entrepreneurs in contemporary society.


This innovative universities ranking is organized by the Institute for Policy and Strategy on National Competitiveness (IPSNC), and sponsored by four other organizations including, Hanseatic League of Universities (HLU) from the Netherlands; the Institute for Industrial Policy Studies (IPS) from Seoul, South Korea; UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) from Geneva, Switzerland; Tailor Institute of Franklin University (FUS) from Lugano, Switzerland. The first WURI conference was held in June 2020 via Zoom by IPSNC.


This event will announce the top 100 universities for the WURI ranking, the so-called “Global Top 100.” Alongside there will also be the unveiling of the top 50 universities in each of the five criteria: Industrial Application, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Ethical Value, Student Mobility and Openness, and Crisis Management. What is special about the WURI ranking is that it adds a new criterion every year. 


This year, the new criterion, is Crisis Management, which evaluates to what extent universities are effectively and flexibly coping with external disruption such as the COVID-19 global pandemic and technology breakthroughs (e.g., Artificial Intelligence).


Introduction to WURI rankings criteria (in pdf format):  click here


The congratulatory remarks will be provided by Founding President of the Hanseatic League of Universities, Henk Pijlman; the Chief of the Executive Director Office, UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Jonas Haertle; President of Franklin University Switzerland, Greg Warden; Founding Dean of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), Bing Xiang; and Rector of Belgorod State University, Oleg Polukhin. Second President of the Hanseatic League of Universities and former president of Incheon National University, Dong-Sung Cho, will deliver the keynote speech. 


The Chairman of IPSNC and Professor Emeritus of Seoul National University, Hwy-Chang Moon will present the key ranking and highlights of WURI Ranking 2021.


Through the online WURI conference on June 10, we look forward to promoting the innovations of higher education by sharing and learning from the innovative programs of universities around the world.


To register, please click here: WURI Online Conference Registration