Athlone Institute of Technology Emerges as ‘Top 25 Performing Universities in the World’ for Interdisciplinary Research

Athlone Institute of Technology named U-Multirank's 'Top 25 in the World' for interdisciplinary research for the second consecutive year

Athlone Institute of Technology has been awarded U-Multirank ‘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 3 last year).

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.

“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,” Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, President of Athlone Institute of Technology, said.

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

An educational powerhouse defined by a commitment to academic excellence, rigour and applied education, Athlone Institute of Technology has enjoyed a year of considerable success, most notably being named ‘best in class’ for research across Ireland’s technological higher education sector. Further solidifying its reputational prowess, the institute was recently awarded ‘Best Academic Partnership’ at the prestigious national Education Awards for its part in developing SURE, Ireland’s first academic network dedicated to promoting undergraduate STEM research across the technological higher education sector. These accolades build upon the institute’s success in winning the Sunday Times Good University Guide ‘Institute of Technology of the Year’ award in 2018.

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