8 June 2022, Geneva, Switzerland - The 2022 World’s Universities with Real Impact (WURI) Ranking, seeking to assess the innovativeness of universities for the future, will be presented on June 9, 2022, at 3:00 pm (CET)/10:00 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 ranking of innovative universities is organized by the Institute for Policy and Strategy on National Competitiveness (IPSNC), and is supported by four other organizations including UNITAR, the Hanseatic League of Universities (HLU) with 120+ member universities of the world, the Institute for Industrial Policy Studies (IPS) from Seoul, South Korea, and the Tailor Institute of Franklin University Switzerland (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 be the unveiling of the top 50 universities assessed in each of the six criteria: Industrial Application, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Ethical Value, Student Mobility and Openness, Crisis Management, and Fourth Industrial Revolution. As a new criterion is added to the WURI ranking every year,  in 2022 the new criterion is the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which evaluates to what extent universities effectively and flexibly cope with the accelerated implementation of high technology (e.g., Artificial Intelligence), as well as how they incorporate the application of such high technology in education.

The sum of this year’s total innovative programs evaluated under the above-mentioned categories is 792, accumulated by 309 universities. These universities come from all regions including Asia, North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Oceania.

UNITAR will provide congratulatory remarks, with the presence of the Director of Division for Prosperity, Ms. Mihoko Kumamoto, along with Henk Pijlman, the Founding President of HLU, and Greg Warden, the President of Franklin University Switzerland. Dong-sung Cho, the Second President of HLU and the Chairman of IPS, 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 the WURI Ranking 2022. 

The online WURI conference on June 9 is looking to promote the innovations of higher education by sharing and learning from the innovative programs of universities around the world. 

To register and access the conference:  https://www.wuri.world/the-wuri-conference

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