The Asia-Pacific region can benefit from Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is helping shape PPP as a key conduit for greater infrastructure investment. Sharing the PPP scenario in the region was a two-member team from the ADB team at a PPP interaction session organized at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on 16 February 2017.
It is important to engage in lifelong learning and to acquire knowledge at every stage in life. Lifelong learning has assumed increased importance since what we learn today may no longer remain relevant in the next four to five years. This was the message of AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai on the occasion of “Open House” organized at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on 17 February 2017.
Simplicity and elegance were the hallmark of the soft opening of the modernized AIT library on 20 January 2017, with AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai unveiling the facilities for use by the AIT community.
The concept of industrial partnership with the academia came to fruition with the opening of IDEA R&D Center at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on 20 January 2017. The new “IDEA R&D Center” and “IDEA-EEM Laboratory” was formally inaugurated by Mr. Hideo Fukushima, Minister, Embassy of Japan in Thailand; Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, AIT President; and Dr. Toru Matsumura, Executive Director, IDEA Consultants (IDEA).
A new flagship international leadership and innovation camp aimed at creating global leaders has been launched by the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). Focused on young students who exhibit leadership potential, the two-week long program seeks to emerge as a premier leadership camp for promising students from all over the world.
US President Barack Obama has named AIT alumnus, and member of the Institute Level Advisory Board (ILAB), Dr. Tissa Illangasekare, as member of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (NWTRB). He is among the 11 experts named by President Obama on 6 January 2017 for key administration positions.
AIT’s international character was at display on the occasion of the Orientation Day organized at the Institute on 6 January 2017, when 197 students hailing from 23 countries enrolled for pursuing studies at Asia’s premier institute of higher education.
The lush grounds of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) were host to Women’s Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament played from 25 November-4 December 2016, making history in the cricketing world. The final match between India and Pakistan was telecast live, and Thailand became the first country to live telecast a game of Women's Asia Cup.
AIT alumni continued their contributions towards the development and welfare of the Institute with the AIT Alumni Association (Thailand) organizing a mega CSR event in December, and two individual alumni making individual and group donations.
Eastern University, Sri Lanka has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) for furthering academic collaboration. The MoU was signed by the Vice Chancellor of Eastern University, Dr. Thangamuthu Jayasingam, and the AIT President, Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai on 8 December 2016.
Two billion people, both in urban and rural areas, rely on groundwater for their daily needs, and groundwater constitutes nearly one-third of the total global drinking water supply. These crucial facts were discussed and deliberated at the two-day workshop on “Adapting groundwater of Asian cities to climate change: bridging the science and policy interface” organized at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on 13-14 December 2016.
It is graduates that are a true measure of the quality of a university rather than ranking systems. Addressing graduands on the occasion of the 126th graduation of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on 15 December 2016, Prof. David Carmichael stated that while ranking systems provide for good measurements, they are not suitable while comparing universities. It is the students that are a true reflection of the quality of a university, he said in his graduation address.
While carbon may be the key to mitigation, the name and essence of climate change adatpation is water. This was the central theme of the Seventh AIT Distinguished Adjunct Faculty (DAF) Faculty Seminar Series delivered by Prof Janos J Bogárdi at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on 2 December 2016.
Kurita Water and Environment Foundation (KWEF) will grant three full scholarships to pursue a Master’s degree program at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). The scholarship program will run every year for a period of five years.
A new academic administrative structure has been announced at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) by President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai.
The email by Prof. Worsak announcing the structure is as follows:
Modelled as a forum where students can offer their suggestions for betterment, the Institute Forum organized on 1 December 2016 had seven students hailing from different countries present their recommendations on how the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) can move ahead.
Horasis partnered with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) to bring together highly influential groups of business leaders to discuss collaborative approaches for addressing sustainable growth. The Horasis Asia Meet held in Bangkok on 27-28 November 2018 had AIT playing the role of an academic partner for the annual gathering of business leaders from emerging markets and their global counterparts.
Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) was co host of the 15th General Conference of the International Association of Universities (IAU), an event that was presided over by Her Royal Highness Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The Conference, which was jointly organized along with by Chulalongkorn University, Siam University and Suranaree University of Technology from 13-16 November 2016, also commemorated 100 years of University System in Thailand.
A researcher working at AIT’s GeoInformatics Center (GIC) has bagged the young author award at the Eighth International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Kaleidoscope Academic Conference held at Bangkok between 14-16 November 2016. While Biplov Bhandari, Research Associate, GIC , won the young author award, the paper also won the best paper award at the Conference.