AIT participated for the first time in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings, which looks at global universities’ commitment and performance in furthering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over 850 universities from 89 countries participated in this ranking exercise by submitting input during 2019, and the results were just published on April 22, 2020 by THE.
AIT ranks #19 in the world for SDG1—No Poverty, which indicates a well-deserved recognition of AIT’s work in providing education to students from countries where poverty is an issue, of our research on poverty issues, and of our success in producing graduates who go back home to help their countries eradicate poverty.
AIT ranks #86 in the world for SDG2—Zero Hunger, which indicates a recognition of our education and research on food and food security. In addition, AIT finished in the Top 200 in the world in three other SDGs: SDG6—Clean Water and Sanitation, for how we use water on campus and our research in all aspects of water from resources to engineering to waste; SDG14—Life Below Water, which measures our research on life below water and education on and support for aquatic ecosystems; and SDG15—Life on Land, which measures AIT’s research on life on land and our education on and support for land ecosystems. AIT submitted data for 13 of the 17 SDGs for this Ranking and placed in the 301-400 group for overall impact.
President Eden Woon said: “To be #19 in the world in SDG1—No Poverty in this prestigious Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020 on sustainability work and commitment by top global universities is a tribute to the dedication of our students and faculty and staff to address the poverty issue in Asia. I am also pleased with the good recognition we received in several other SDGs, but we will review all the results humbly and strive to do better next time.”