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  1. 1. APRIL 2013 1 Asian Institute of Technology APRIL 2013 “Rainbow of Life” Culture Show epitomizes AIT at its bestA fitting title for a memorable night of varsity dents to strut their stuff on stage and share their culture spirit, performance excellence and national and talents with their peers. Together, they captivated a pride, the “Rainbow of Life” January Semester standing-room only crowd at the AIT Conference Cen-Culture Show held on 22 March 2013 epitomized what ter auditorium on a Friday night with a marathon of per-makes AIT a truly special international institute. formances in traditional dance, classical music, drama, non-traditional dance, talent show, and non-classicalOrganized by a legion of AIT Student Union volunteers music.and led by SU President Ms. Saeng Srisopaporn, theshow once again proved a magnet for talented AIT stu- Photo feature on page 5>> INS I DE I S S UE . . . Recent News / Happenings at AIT................................................. 2-4 Photo Gallery..................................................................................5 Backpage...................................................................................... 6
  2. 2. RECENT NEWS / HAPPENINGS AT AITAPRIL 2013 2 AIT alumnusBill and Melinda Gates Foundation floats is Minister inidea of AIT as Creative Platform for Nepal’s interimsanitation R&D government The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have indicated interest in AIT becoming a creative plat- form for research on sani- tation and the development of evidence-based policy to impact developing coun-Dr. Thammarat Koottatep (left) and Dr. Alix tries in the region.Zwane. Madhav P Ghimire Visiting AIT on 21-22 March 2013 for exploratory Mr. Madhav P. Ghimire, andiscussions with officials of Environmental Engineering and Management alumnus of AIT, has been ap-field of study led by AIT’s Dr. Thammarat Koottatep, Dr. Alix Zwane, Se- pointed as Minister of Homenior Program Officer, Global Development, BMGF, said the Seattle-based Affairs and Minister of For-foundation would like to partner with AIT in a way that matches each eign Affairs in Nepal’s interimother’s strategic visions. She also delivered a special lecture at AIT titled government.“Strategy and efforts to develop markets and policies for new sanitationproducts.” He assumed office on 14 March 2013 as Minister, in the interim government, which isProf Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai is Acting headed by the Nepal Supreme Court Chief Justice KhilrajPresident Regmi. Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, Vice Presi- The Minister enjoys a very dent for Resource Development, has been ap- strong association with AIT, pointed as Acting President of the Asian In- having graduated with a Mas- stitute of Technology (AIT). According to a ter’s in Human Settlements and communiqué from the AIT Board of Trustees, Development from the School Prof. Worsak’s appointment is effective from of Environment, Resources 1 April 2013. and Development (SERD) inProf. Worsak Kanok- 1992. Along with Prof. Max E. His appointment follows the resignation ofNukulchai Weber, he is the co-editor of a Prof. I M Pandey, Vice President for Academic book titled “Bibliography on Affairs, who served as Acting President since Environmental Studies” pub- 4 March 2013. lished by AIT in 1993. He was awarded the best alumni awardDetails of the appointment are available at this link: in 2005 by the AIT Alumni As- sociation at its annual metingnukulchai-is-ait-acting-president/ held in Indonesia.
  3. 3. RECENT NEWS / HAPPENINGS AT AITAPRIL 2013 3AIT is one of the best: Mysore CommissionerAIT is one of the best-known institutes globally and we arehappy to participate in a specialized training program. This wasthe remark of Dr. C. G. Bettsurmatt, Commissioner, MysoreUrban Development Authority (MUDA), India at the launch ofa one-week long training course on 18 March 2013.Accompanying him, Mr. Akram Pasha, Joint Director, Direc-torate of Municipal Administration, Bangalore, also from theIndian province of Karnataka, remarked that capacity build-ing has been incorporated at all levels of civil service in their From left: Dr. Amararatne Yakupitiyage, Dr. C. G.province. He added that more officials would be deputed by the Bettsurmatt, Prof. Sivanappan Kumar, Mr. Akramprovincial government to receive specialized training at AIT. Pasha, and Prof. Jayant Kumar Routray.25 participants from 18 international organizations join TSF training Twenty-five participants from 18 inter- International Medical Corps (IMC), national organizations joined the training Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), program ‘Information and Communica- Save the Children); Bangladesh (Action tion Technology training for emergency Aid, Action Contre la Faim); India (Ad- responders in Asia’ organized by Télé- ventist Development and Relief Agency coms Sans Frontières (TSF). The training India); Indonesia (Mercycorps, Croix program was conducted at AIT from 18- Rouge); Nepal (CARE, Plan, Save the 23 March 2013. Children); Pakistan (ACTED, Interna- tional Rescue Committee (IRC), Nor- TSF, a partner of AIT, is training 100 wegian Refugee Council (NRC), Mé- international emergency responders in decins du Monde, UNHCR, Save the telecommunications and information Children); Philippines (Plan, Save the technology, and this is the first round of a Children); Sri Lanka (Norwegian Refu- year-long training program. gee Council (NRC); and Myanmar (In- ternational Rescue Committee (IRC), Participants came from nine Asian coun- Solidarités International). tries including Afghanistan (Concern,AIT’s Professor Emeritus co-authors ADB reportGreenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in in South Asia,” which has been recentlyfive South Asian countries – Bangla- published by the Asian Developmentdesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal and Bank (ADB).Sri Lanka – could be reduced by one-fifth by 2020 at a reasonably low cost in Prof Shrestha was the lead consultant tocase they adopt clean technologies. This ADB in conducting the study under theis a finding of a study co-authored by first part of the Bank’s regional technicalAIT’s Professor Emeritus Ram Mano- assistance project titled “Regional Eco-har Shrestha titled “The Economics of nomics of Climate Change in South AsiaReducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (RECCSA)”.
  4. 4. RECENT NEWS / HAPPENINGS AT AITAPRIL 2013 4DUPC team visits AITA two-member external review team of DGIS (Dutch Develop-ment Cooperation) - UNESCO-IHE Programmatic Cooperation(DUPC) visited AIT on 11-12 March 2013 to review the educa-tional and research programs and projects implemented by AITand UNESCO-IHE.The team comprised of Mr. John Krijnen of Krijnen Consulting - Mr John Krijnen (left) and Ms Anne Stannveld.Geneva (KCG) and Ms. Anne Stannveld of CERES Consultants,and it was accompanied by Prof. Stefan Uhlenbrook of UNESCO- agement for Enhanced Land and WaterIHE. The delegation held deliberations on three joint educational Productivity (AWM) and Environmentalprograms between UNESCO-IHE and AIT – Urban Water En- Technology for Sustainable Developmentgineering and Management (UWEM), Agricultural Water Man- (ETSuD).REC, Bhutan seeks partnership with AIT Royal Education Council (REC), Min- pation in joint projects. Bhutan is trying to istry of Education, Bhutan has sought capitalize on the concept of Gross National a partnership with AIT. A delegation Happiness, while at the same time focus- from REC, led by its Director, Dr. So- ing on capacity development. nam Wangyel, while expressing admi- ration for AIT, stated that AIT enjoys The delegation informed AIT that the enormous goodwill in Bhutan. King of Bhutan established REC in 2007, but since then it has been transferred to theDr. Sonam Wangyel Dr. Wangyel stated that REC is inter- office of the Prime Minister. The mandate ested in teacher’s training, enhancing of REC is a focus on innovation, and intro-ICT skills, developing agriculture business programs, and partici- duction of reforms in the education sector.Two alumni appointed Vice RectorsTwo AIT alumni, Dr. Hoang Nam and Dr. Vu The Dung havebeen appointed Vice Rectors of the Ho Chi Minh City Universityof Technology (HCMTU), Vietnam.Dr. Hoang Nam has been appointed Vice Rector of Resource De-velopment, and Dr. Vu The Dung is the Vice Rector for Develop-ment and Quality Assurance. The appointments have been madefor the term 2012-2017.Dr. Hoang Nam received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Dr. Vu The Dung (second from left) and Dr. Hoang Nam (center) at the inaugurationStructural Engineering from AIT in 1998 and 2004 respectively. ceremony.Dr. Vu The Dung received his Master’s in Business Administra-tion (International Business) from AIT in 1999, and Doctorate inBusiness Administration (Marketing), College of Business andPublic Administration, Old Dominion University, USA.
  5. 5. PHOTO GALLERYAPRIL 2013 5 AIT Cultural Show 2013
  6. 6. BACKPAGE APRIL 2013 6 Women’s Day honor: AIT’s Veronique Morin is Canadian Woman of Innovation Ms. Veronique Morin, a doctoral student at AIT has been recognized among “Canadian Women of Innova- tion” – an initiative of Canada Science and Technol- ogy Museums Corporation (CSTMC) and Engineers Canada. “Canadian Women of Innovation” is a virtual exhibi- tion whose opening coincided with International Wom- en’s Day. Ms. Veronique is among the six Canadian women who were highlighted as those who changed the face of science. She finds herself in the company of five other women whose achievements are listed in the timeline zone beginning 1981 onwards. News Finland has an education system You the US should envy – and learn from Can The Guardian states that “Finland’s test scores top global charts, but the country Use doesn’t obsess about tests like the US, and it pays teachers adequately.” It adds, “A book has attracted much interest in the Washington DC, especially on Capitol Hill, Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn From Educational Editor: Change in Finland?. The book arrives after Finland scored first in science and Bajinder Pal Singh second in reading and math on the standardized test administered by the Pro- gram for International Student Assessment (PISA).” Designer: Nadhika Mendhaka Photos: Read more at this link: Paitoon Tinnapong For feedback, contact lessons-from-finlandMedia and Communications Unit at AIT Follow AIT at • Facebook • Youtube • Twitter • Google+