Franklin University Switzerland placed 41st in the top 100 of the World’s Universities with Real Impact (WURI) Ranking 2021.

2021 marks the second year of the World Universities with Real Impact (WURI) ranking, and enthusiasm was in the air at Franklin University Switzerland on Thursday, June 10, when our community joined in on the 2021 WURI Online Conference to witness the new award rankings.

This year Franklin placed 41st in the top 100 most innovative universities, moving up 15 positions since 2020. Our university also received 3 additional recognitions in other specialty top-50 rankings. Respectively, these are #4 in the Crisis Management category, a new entry for this year evaluating responsiveness to the Covid-19 global pandemic and technology breakthroughs, #5 in Ethical Value, and #22 in Industrial Applications.

In his congratulatory remarks during the online conference, President Greg Warden stated: “Today’s event is a great example of what collaboration can achieve on a global scale, and we are especially appreciative because we are a small yet global institution. Our university connects the traditions of the Liberal Arts with the values of Switzerland. Universities must be about values. We generate research and knowledge, and also produce a generation of educated individuals, but both of these products need to have impact. This impact must be ethical, sustainable, and responsible, and the WURI ranking knows exactly how to capture that impact.” He continued: “The Taylor Institute’s official statement is quite explicit: We embrace the values of Switzerland, civil discourse and sustainable solutions for future peace and prosperity. We create leaders who are responsible, compassionate and collaborative. These are the values we aspire at Franklin, and today’s event is a great example of those same values and what can be achieve through global collaboration.”

What is special about the WURI ranking for innovative universities is that it is designed to highlight universities’ efforts in preparing for the future, but how they serve society and the industry today. It acknowledges the challenges of creating new roles and responsibilities in leading and catalyzing change and impact, towards economic prosperity and social harmony. Lastly, it also wants to promote cross-learning and innovation among all universities.

The WURI committee is made up of a task force that on a yearly basis, starting from 2018, evaluates universities worldwide on metrics of innovation, performance, and contribution to society and environment. This year’s online conference was organized by the Institute for Policy and Strategy on National Competitiveness (IPSNC) and sponsored by 4 global institutions: