AIT ranks top in four engineering areas on research in Thailand, study says

A recent study by Thai Research Fund (TRF) on the research output of Thai universities confirms that Thailand-based Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) excels in all engineering subject areas that it offers.

This is the first time AIT participated in Thailand’s nation-wide evaluation, based on the research output of 2007-2008.

In the recent official report received from TRF, AIT was rated the highest among all Thai universities in these four engineering subject areas: (1) Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, (2) Information and Communications Technology, (3) Environmental Engineering and Management, and (4) Industrial systems engineering.

The TRF Rating is based on the weighted average varied from 5 to 1 of the following four factors: (1) Equivalent international journal papers per faculty member (30%), (2) Journal impact factor per faculty member (20%), (3) Total equivalent international journal papers for the entire subject cluster (30%), and (4) Total journal impact factors for the entire subject cluster (20%).

AIT stands out in all "per-head" categories, i.e., (1) and (2), and this implies the highest order of research efficiency and quality of individual faculty members of AIT. Even based on TRF criteria, AIT’s engineering fields still receive the highest overall rating, despite the disadvantage of (3) and (4). As AIT is a post-graduate institution offering only Master’s and Doctoral Degrees, its faculty size and thus its overall research production cannot be as large as a comprehensive university.

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