The world faces many common challenges: sustainability, water, energy and climate change, polution, demographic shifts and ageing populations, pandemics and public health, inequality and poverty, governance, natural disasters, and education. Universities have important roles to act and contribute to deal with the challenges. The world is changing the face of higher education and research. Major public investment in university systems has seen the emergence of highranking institutions and new flows of talented faculty and students across the world. UI GreenMetric World University Rankings Networkis poised to offer global leadership as the leading network of sustainability architecture for higher education, research and action.