• Wed. Jul 24th, 2024

IIT Guwahati Achieves Global Recognition in Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024, Excels in Achieving Multiple Sustainable Development Goals

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati has achieved a significant milestone by securing the 87th rank globally in SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure) in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024. Additionally, the Institute has shown notable improvements in its overall rankings for SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 4 (Quality Education), and SDG 6 (Clean Water & Sanitation). These rankings assess universities worldwide based on their contributions to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations Member States in 2015, outlines 17 integrated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets aimed at addressing global challenges such as poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice.

Among these, IIT Guwahati has gained rank 87 among the World’s top 200 universities for SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure). Among with this, IIT Guwahati has remarkably improved its rankings in the following SDGs:

·         SDG 1 (No Poverty): 401–600 band, improved from 601–800 last year.

·         SDG 4 (Quality Education): 201–300 band, improved from 601–800 last year.

·         SDG 6 (Clean Water & Sanitation): 101–200 band, improved from 301–400 last year.

Overall, the Institute has retained its position in the 401–600 band for 2024.

Congratulating the Institute on its performance, Prof. Devendra Jalihal, Director of IIT Guwahati, said, “We are thrilled with our Institute’s achievements in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024. The marked improvements in SDG1, SDG 4, SDG 6, and SDG 9 reflect our steadfast commitment to providing high-quality education and promoting sustainable development. These results highlight the dedicated efforts of our faculty, students, and staff who have tirelessly worked to foster innovation and uphold rigorous academic standards.”

Highlighting the importance of SDGs, Prof. Jalihal mentioned, “The SDGs represent a global call to action. It is imperative that we educate our students about the principles of inclusive and sustainable growth. At IIT Guwahati, we strive to create an environment that not only values academic excellence but also deeply understands sustainability and social responsibility. Through various initiatives, such as interdisciplinary research projects, community engagement, and partnerships with industry and government, we aim to provide our students with the knowledge and skills required to tackle the complex challenges of today’s world. Our mission is to cultivate future leaders who excel academically and are dedicated to making a positive impact on society and the environment.”

The 2024 edition of THE Impact Rankings is the sixth of its kind, featuring 2,152 universities from 125 countries/regions. The rankings are based on carefully calibrated indicators across four broad areas: Research, Stewardship, Outreach, and Teaching, providing a comprehensive and balanced comparison of universities worldwide.

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