The Asian Institute of Technology supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and the continuous sustainable development of Asia. The institute aligns with the SDGs through its teaching, community engagement, and operational practices.
The primary objective of AIT within the evolving context of Asia is to cultivate exceptionally skilled and dedicated professionals who will assume pivotal roles in facilitating the sustainable advancement of the region and its integration into the worldwide economy.
Our curriculum has direct application to the SDGs, and is integrated across the institute. A prime example is our School of Environment, Resources and Development which stresses meaningful education on SDGs by offering a broad range of academic programs designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to sustainability across sectors and professions.
The Department of Development and Sustainability employs an interdisciplinary approach to train and produce highly skilled professionals in the fields of Gender and Development Studies, Natural Resources Management, Regional Rural Development Planning, Urban Environmental Management, and Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management.
As a technology-focused postgraduate institute, AIT recognizes that science, research, and innovation are key engines for tackling the complexity of today’s global challenges and making faster progress on the SDGs. AIT graduates commonly populate academia, governments, enterprises, international research institutions and non-governmental organizations, as well as international organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank.
We also stress the importance of partnerships to accelerate social impact through active engagement with academic institutions, the private sector and civil society actors at local, national, regional and global levels, and by aligning our activities to ensure that the exchange of knowledge and best practices on SDG-related work also informs international level policy development.
AIT works in tandem with its partners to achieve the SDGs in Asian countries through joint capacity building, research, and consulting projects, and by implementing interventions in line with national development plans. We also encourage our students to get involved in social entrepreneurship and innovation outreach initiatives in line with our emphasis on supporting the SDGs.
The annual Sustainable Development Goals Fair organized by the Student Union, is a student-centered and transformative extracurricular program designed to empower young leaders – such as social development professionals and policy practitioners – to champion the SDGs and drive positive change in AIT students’ home countries and local communities.
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