Athlone Institute of Technology in Top 25 in the World again

AIT secures honour in interdisciplinary research category

Athlone Institute of Technology has been named U-Multirank’s Top 25 Performing Universities in the World in the category of interdisciplinary research for the second consecutive year.

The U-Multirank university rankings, which show how Irish colleges are performing in comparison to their international counterparts, use five key metrics to determine a college’s performance: teaching and learning, knowledge transfer, regional collaboration, research, and international orientation. Of this, Athlone Institute of Technology has a performance profile rating of five ‘A’ scores (up from three last year ).

Dr Niall Seery, vice president of academic affairs and registrar, said; “At AIT, we are knowledge creators, innovators, and leaders. Receiving this award for the second consecutive year further solidifies our status as a fulcrum of research and development and is a testament to the world-class research being carried out across our three research centres and two technology gateways. We are firmly committed to further developing our world-leading applied research activities which enrich civic, social and cultural engagement, and continuing to be a catalyst for positive social change within our community.”

The award-winning institute is one of only two Irish higher education institutes to make this year’s Top 25 list in the area of interdisciplinary research, which is predicated on the number of times an academic publication of one discipline refers to another from a different field of science. The greater the distance between the two fields, the higher the degree of interdisciplinary research at a higher education institute. Given that the frontiers of research are often at the edge of disciplines, the interdisciplinary nature of research is also reflective of its innovative, cutting-edge character.

Firmly committed to driving Ireland’s knowledge economy forward by engaging in collaborative, high-TRL research, Athlone Institute of Technology addresses international, national, and regional research priorities through its three research centres - Materials Research Institute, Bioscience Research Institute, and Software Research Institute, and two Enterprise Ireland-funded Technology Gateways - APT and COMAND. The institute is finely attuned to the needs of industry and has in place conduits to transfer knowledge and technologies in a manner that supports entrepreneurs, innovators, SMEs, and industry partners.

U-Multirank is an independent ranking prepared with seed funding from the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme.

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