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Tilburg University ranks #9 worldwide on Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

Published: 23rd April 2020 Last updated: 20th September 2022

In the recently published Times Higher Education Impact rankings 2020, Tilburg University is ranked 9th worldwide on Sustainable Development Goal 16 – Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions. This ranking is based on the university’s research on law and international relations (27%), participation as advisers for government (23.2%), university governance measures (26.6%), and graduates in law and civil enforcement courses (23.2%).

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) make it clear that the world faces major sustainability challenges. Examples include poverty reduction, ensuring health and well-being, gender equality, the transition to clean energy, responsible consumption, restoring ecosystems, and combating climate change and its consequences. Tilburg University is committed to making a measurable contribution to the SDGs through research and education, its day-today campus operations and the management of its assets.

Tilburg University performs especially well on SDG 16 related research and university governance measures. Research related to the SDG 16 includes research on the prevention of violence and abuse, strengthening the rule of law at the international and national level, protection of human rights and promotion of accountable and transparent institutions. 


Recent research related to SDG 16 includes:

  • Dr. Hans van Dijk: Refugees’ inclusion at work: A qualitative cross-level analysis <link>
  • Maria Jose Recalde-Vela: Access to redress for stateless persons under international law: Challenges and opportunities <link>
  • Dr. Mark Brandt: Extremists on the left and right use angry, negative language <link>
  • Prof. Hans van Oers: Assessing the role of criminality in neighborhood safety feelings and self-reported health: Results from a cross-sectional study in a Dutch municipality <link>
  • Prof. Tijs Kooijmans: Who establishes the presence of a mental disorder in defendants: Medicolegal considerations on a European court of human rights case. < link>
  • Prof. Jan van Dijk: Galona’s review of victim labelling theory: A rejoinder <link>

The above-mentioned research and more research relevant for SDG 16 is available (Open Access) in our Tilburg University Research Portal

University governance measures

University governance measures include having an elected representation of the university’s governing body and recognition of a student union. This means we actively search for participation from the community, from both staff and its students, in governance decision making. More information about the participative decision-making at Tilburg University is available on our website.

Top 100

Tilburg University is ranked in the top 100 worldwide on the following SDGs:

  • 9th on SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • 40th on SDG 14 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • 63th on SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • 72th on SDG 15 - Life on Land

In the overall ranking, Tilburg University is ranked in the 100-200 range. Other Dutch universities included in the ranking are VU Amsterdam (39), University of Amsterdam (100-200) and Radboud University (201-300). A full overview of the THE Impact ranking is available on the Times Higher Education website.

More information about the  contribution of Tilburg University to all 17 SDG’s is available on our sustainability webpage.

Sutainable development goals United Nations