United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)


United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) is a United Nations initiative which was formed on 18th November 2010. UNAI is an initiative that engages institutions of higher education with the United Nations in supporting and contributing to the realization of the Organization's purposes and principles, including the promotion and protection of human rights, access to education, sustainability and conflict resolution. Since 2010, UNAI has created a vibrant and diverse network of students, academics, scientists, researchers, think tanks, institutions of higher education, continuing education and educational associations. There are over 1,600 member institutions in more than 150 countries that reach over 25 million people in the education and research sectors around the world representing a global diversity of regions and a thematic wealth of disciplines.


Viswajyothi College of Engineering and Technology has become a member of United Nations Academic Impact in June 2017. ASPIRE chapter of VJCET started functioning from November 2017. The activities of UNAI were coordinated by the governing body consisting of faculty members and students from all the departments. Governing body is led by Dr. K K Rajan, Principal VJCET.

UNAI Vision

Brilliance in social activities and research that promotes prosperity and economic opportunity, greater social well-being, and protection of the environment.

UNAI Mission

  • To offer state of art, path forward for improving the lives of nearby people.
  • To undertake collaborative projects with government for the welfare of the society.
  • To instill ethical, social and environmental perspectives for the sustainable development of the community.
  • To nurture imagination, Intellectual social responsibility and interpersonal skills among students
  • To promote technical knowledge sharing culture and coordinate humanitarian relief operations

The participating institutions are expected to support one of the 10 UNAI principles.

The Ten Principles

  1. A commitment to the principles inherent in the United Nations Charter as values that education seeks to promote and help fulfill.
  2. A commitment to human rights, among them freedom of inquiry, opinion, and speech.
  3. A commitment to educational opportunity for all people regardless of gender, race, religion or ethnicity.
  4. A commitment to the opportunity for every interested individual to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for the pursuit of higher education.
  5. A commitment to building capacity in higher education systems across the world.
  6. A commitment to encouraging global citizenship through education.
  7. A commitment to advancing peace and conflict resolution through education.
  8. A commitment to addressing issues of poverty through education.
  9. A commitment to promoting sustainability through education.
  10. A commitment to promoting inter-cultural dialogue and understanding, and the unlearning of intolerance, through education.

17 SDG Goals

In 2015, the United Nations set a number of ambitious goals to be achieved in the next 15 years to make our world a better place for everyone: end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. The UN Sustainable Development Goals, a collection of 17 global goals set by the UN’s member countries, are a roadmap on how to transform our planet where everyone can live in peace, prosperity, and dignity.

The 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to transform our world:

  • GOAL 1: No Poverty
  • GOAL 2: Zero Hunger
  • GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
  • GOAL 4: Quality Education
  • GOAL 5: Gender Equality
  • GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
  • GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • GOAL 13: Climate Action
  • GOAL 14: Life Below Water
  • GOAL 15: Life on Land
  • GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
  • GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal


Action by Students to Promote Innovation and Reform through Education (ASPIRE)

ASPIRE, which stands for Action by Students to Promote Innovation and Reform through Education, is a student driven initiative uniting to promote United Nation’s Academic Impact’s vision of institutions of higher education and research. ASPIRE embodies UNAI’s ten basic principles within student communities around the globe and brings out the innovative ideas. Operating locally within their communities, the activities of each ASPIRE group contributes to UNAI’s overall message of unity and action to address global challenges. Since 2010, UNAI has created a vibrant and diverse network of students, academics, scientists, researchers, think tanks, institutions of higher education, continuing education and educational associations. Since its inception some thirty international networks of universities and other institutes of higher education and research have endorsed UNAI and encouraged their members to join, representing a global diversity of regions and a thematic wealth of disciplines. ASPIRE personifies the saying, “Sharing a Culture of Intellectual Social Responsibility.” It connects student organizations and individuals to global opportunities through the United Nations, educational and academic institutions, and civil society groups that focus on the UNAI principles. ASPIRE groups are directly affiliated to UNAI, and when their institution is a UNAI member, to it as well. ASPIRE priorities above all else, activism and action by students to promote and support the ten universally accepted UNAI principles.

ASPIRE groups are encouraged to:

  • Reinforce, suggest or initiate activities that actively support one or more of the ten UNAI principles
  • Participate in UNAI activities and initiatives, for example, the Classroom Conversation seminar series, and the “Unlearning Intolerance” discussion series.
  • Participate in conferences organized by UNAI and UNAI member institutions.
  • Contribute to the promotion of the ten UNAI principles via social media and UNAI platforms


Governing Body

Dr. K. K. Rajan   Principal/Head of Institution
Ms. Smitha Cyriac ECE UNAI Focal Point 1
Ms. Cini K EEE UNAI Focal Point 2
UNAI-ASPIRE Executive Committee                    
Jifi Jimmy S7 ECE Student Coordinator
Anand  P Sasidharan S7 IT Joint Student Coordinator
Anusree Vijay S5 CG KFUNAI Student Council Member
Ans Maria Jomy S5 CG KFUNAI Joint Student Council Member
Teena Vithayathil S5 CS Head Documentation Committee
Jessa Maria Joby S5 CS Joint Head Documentation
Bhavana Nair S5 CS Member Documentation Committee
Jisha Maria Joseph S5 CS Member Documentation Committee
Aminul Ansha Noushad S7 ECE Head Programme Committee
Arun Simon S5 CG Joint Head Programme Committee
Anns Sarah S3 CS Member Programme Committee
Mohit Manoj S3 AD Member Programme Committee
Edwin VInu S3 AD Member Programme Committee
Bastin George S5 AD Head Finance Committee
Muhammed Ashfaq S3 IT Joint Head Finance
Cyriac Paul Pullan  S3 AD Head Logistics Committee
Abin Regi Kurian S3 AD Joint Head Logistics Committee
Abdulla Abdul Assis S5 CS Head Design Committee
Amala Mary Saji S5 ECE Joint Head Design Committee
Avin Suresh K S S3 EEE Member Design Committee
Hanna Salam S5 CS Member Design Committee
Deliz Sunil S5 IT Content Creator


UNAI Annual Report:

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