When Sabeethan Kanagasingham and Saw Htet Shein were delivering a presentation in Lithuania, they were doing something very unique. Two students, one from Sri Lanka and one from Myanmar, were addressing representatives from over a dozen countries from both Europe and Asia; and they were informing them about the culture and traditions of a third country — Thailand. For a passive bystander, this was an interesting moment. But for Sabeethan and Saw, this was just another event in the life of an AIT student.
As a postgraduate institute, the Asian Institute of Technology is not eligible to participate in the World Ranking of Universities. However, during the previous two years, AIT has been ranked globally according to individual subjects.
Changes in lifestyle, greater consciousness and a participatory approach can contribute towards wildlife conservation. This was stated by Dr. Klairoong Poonpon, Director, Division of Administrative Services, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, while delivering the keynote address on the occasion of the World Wildlife Day celebrations organized at AIT on 1 March 2017.
The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) has signed an agreement with the Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) to collaborate on improvements in traffic management. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by CIFS Director General, Mr. Somn Promaros and AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai on 27 February 2017.
After suffering from the devastating effects of the flood and numerous crises, AIT is now in a state of normalcy, and things have started to look up. This was stated by AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai in his report to the AIT Board of Trustees held on 16 February 2017 at the AIT Conference Center.
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.