By Sanjeet Amatya – Office of Public Affairs
AIT maintains its position as a leader in addressing sustainable development and social impact in the region by meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Despite the increasing number of competing universities from 1,107 in the previous year, AIT maintained its overall rank of 100-200 out of 1,406 universities from 106 countries/regions.
“AIT’s remarkable performance in THE Impact Rankings 2022 is a testament to the hard work and dedication of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partners who inspire to help build a better future,” said Dr. Eden Woon, President of AIT. “The UN has 17 global sustainable development goals for 2030. This year AIT participated in 13 of them and ranked in the Top 100 in 4 and 100-200 in 6. Out of all participating universities, AIT is placed in the Top Worldwide band in 9 SDGs this year, up from 6 last year. AIT’s overall ranking has gone up every year,” he added.
How is the ranking calculated?
The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings consider factors such as research, stewardship, outreach, and teaching to determine the rank of each institution. THE Impact rankings include tables for each individual SDG, as well as an overall ranking – drawn from universities’ performance in their best three individual SDG categories, combined with their performance in the compulsory category of SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals.
AIT’s overall score has gone up to 82.5 this year, ascribed to its increased collaborations with governments, NGOs, and international organizations, impactful research projects, policies to support its diverse community, and its Sustainability Report.
AIT’s efforts on sustainability resulted in several top rankings:
SDG1: No Poverty – Rank 43
SDG2: Zero Hunger – Rank 86
SDG10: Reduced Inequalities – Rank 68 (Top in Thailand)
SDG16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions – Rank 72 (Top in Thailand)
President Woon said, “This Impact Ranking echoes AIT’s commitment and ability as a leading institution in the region to tackle the UN SDGs. AIT will continue contributing to achieving the SDGs to build a better future.”