The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok ranks 15th in the world in the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2021 for its work to end poverty, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal: SDG1 – No Poverty. Work on four other SDGs also positions the institute in the global top 100.
The THE Impact Rankings measure how universities worldwide are performing against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With over 1,200 universities from 98 countries participating, the overall results place AIT in the global top 101-200, with five individual goals in the top 100, as follows:
15th for SDG1 No Poverty – for its research on poverty, number of financial aid provided, anti-poverty program at university level, and anti-poverty program at community level. For this specific goal, AIT has long been recognized for providing education to students from countries where poverty is an issue and of its success in producing graduates who return home to help eradicate poverty in their countries. (Last year, the institute ranked 19th in the world for SDG1.)
58th for SDG17 Partnership for the Goals – scoring top marks for its relationships cultivated through collaborations with global partners to support and achieve the goals and publication of SDG reports, the institute is also recognized for its research and education for the SDGs. This goal is compulsory for inclusion in the overall rankings.
64th for SDG14 Life Below Water – in recognition of AIT’s support on aquatic ecosystem education, support on aquatic ecosystem action, SDG14 research, local ecosystem maintenance, and water-sensitive waste disposal.
67th for SDG2 Zero Hunger – part of the global effort to ensure food security, AIT is recognized for its number of graduates in agriculture, programs to eliminate student hunger, SDG2 research, programs to eliminate national hunger, and its management of campus food waste. Last year, the institute ranked 86th for this goal.
80th for SDG 15 Life on Land – notable for the institute’s support on land ecosystem education, land-sensitive waste disposal, support on land ecosystem action, and SDG15 research.
In addition, AIT also ranks in the top 200 for its work on Clean Water and Sanitation/SDG6; Affordable and Clean Energy/SDG7; and Sustainable Cities and Communities/SDG11.
In the latest QS Global MBA Rankings 2021, released on September 23, the AIT Master of Business Administration (MBA) program ranks #14 in Asia and #1 in Thailand.
Featuring over 250 business schools in 40 countries, the prestigious QS Global MBA Rankings 2021 provides a comprehensive list of the best academic institutions in the world to study for an MBA degree.
The QS rankings are based on five indicators: Entrepreneurship and Alumni Outcomes, Return on Investment, Thought Leadership, Employability, and Diversity. Of these, the AIT MBA ranks #7 in Asia in Diversity and #18 in the World in Return on Investment.
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.”