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  1. 1. DECEMBER 2012 1 Asian Institute of Technology DECEMBER 2012 AIT Welcome Show showcases Institute’s tremendous diversity and talentT he Asian Institute of Technology’s cultural rock music, acoustic music, drama, traditional dance, richness was on display at the AIT Welcome contemporary dance, and a talent show. Organized by Show 2012 organized on 9 November by the AIT Student Union (AITSU), and led by its PresidentAIT Student Union. The seven-hour extravaganza, Mr. Rajeev Sinha, and Ms. Suby Anthony, Chair-which continued into the wee hours of the morning, saw person, Culture and Gender Committee, along withstudents showcase their performing talents on an open- scores of student volunteers, the event witnessed par-air stage at the mini football field of the AIT campus. ticipation from students of various countries includ- ing Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia,The new venue was the stage for events which in- Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Sricluded “Mr. and Ms. AIT”, classical music renditions, Lanka and Thailand. Photo feature on page 5>> INS I DE I S S UE . . . Recent News / Happenings at AIT................................................. 2-3 People........................................................................................... 4 Photo Gallery................................................................................. 5 Backpage...................................................................................... 6
  2. 2. RECENT NEWS / HAPPENINGS AT AITDECEMBER 2012 2School of Management ranked 2nd in Thailand, 22nd in Far East Asia &146th in the WorldAIT’s School of Management (SOM) was one of two businessschools in Thailand to crack the global top 200 in a newlyreleased ranking of the world’s best 1000 business schools in154 countries. In the Eduniversal Worldwide Business SchoolRanking 2012 announced in Paris on 24 October 2012, SOM wasplaced 146th globally, and second in Thailand. It ranked 22nd ofall graduate business schools in the Far East Asia geographicalregion. Dean of the School of Management Dr. Barbara Igel said:“Faculty, students and staff at AIT’s School of Management arevery proud of having yet again achieved recognition for beingwell known internationally.AIT’s Yunus Center features at the Global Social Business SummitYunus Center at AIT (YCA) featured front and center at theFourth Global Social Business Summit 2012 held at Vienna from7-10 November 2012. YCA was one of only six key presenters,both in the academic session, and at the main plenary gracedby Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain, and state representativesfrom Austria, Bahrain, and Brazil. The Summit also provided anopportunity to YCA to re-launch and introduce its new initiatives.Dr. Faiz Shah, Director, YCA presented the six thematic areas of AIT delegates with Nobel Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunnus (center).YCA’s newly launched program at the plenary session.A record-breaking 38 companies join November Career Fair 2012A record-breaking 38 companies participated in the AIT CareerFair on 7 November 2012. The event offered fair-goers a full rangeof job placement availabilities, internship opportunities, as wellas information on long-term career prospects, on-the-job training,research partners, and opportunities for networking with attend-ing company representatives. An IELTS Preparation Workshopwas also organized.Ten companies conducted on-the-spot interviews on the sidelinesof the event. Overall, the fair was dominated by a large number ofThai firms who set-up employee recruitment booths on the groundlevel of the AIT Conference Center.
  3. 3. RECENT NEWS / HAPPENINGS AT AITDECEMBER 2012 3 SEMINARS BNF is the key of future Green Climate change and disasters Revolution in Africa: Expert impinge on water and waste Biological Nitrogen Fixation (BNF) is the key to management issues African food security, human nutrition and health. Climate change, extreme climatic events and disas- It acts as a unifying system contributing to soil ni- ters are greatly influencing water and waste man- trogen economy, aids soil fertility, helps stimulate agement issues, and researchers and policy makers plant and animal protein production, and increases can no longer afford to ignore them during project the legume and cereal crop yield. This was stated by management and policy formulation. Traversing Prof. Felix Dapare Dakora of Tshwane University through the challenges confronting the water and of Technology, South Africa, while delivering a lec- sanitation sector, Prof. Guéladio Cissé of the Swiss ture on “Challenges on food security in poverty al- Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), leviation” on 2 November 2012. Prof. Dakora, who Switzerland, spoke about management trends, on- is the recipient of the ‘UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea going works, and the relationship of sanitation and International Prize for Research in Life Sciences’, hygiene with the Millennium Development Goals regretted that not enough young scientists were be- (MDGs) in a special lecture on “New trends and ing groomed in Africa, while the senior batch of sci- challenges in waste management” organized at AIT entists are gradually fading away. on 12 November 2012. Prof. Felix Dapare Dakora Prof. Guéladio CisséUniversiti Teknologi Petronas desires partnership with AIT Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), Malaysia has expressed its desire to partner with AIT. A UTP del- egation led by Prof. Khairun Aziz Bt Azizli, Direc- tor, Sustainable Resources, and including Dr. Nasir Shafig and Dr. Mohamed Hasnain Isa, which visited AIT on 27 November 2012, identified environmental engineering, water engineering, disaster management,Universiti Teknologi Petronas delegation at AIT. offshore technology, and sustainability studies as po- tential areas of partnership.
  4. 4. PEOPLEDECEMBER 2012 4AIT student bags top paper award AIT alumnus presented A paper authored by Outstanding Academic AIT’s doctoral stu- Staff award, honored dent has been selected by Deputy Prime among the top five Minister journal review articles of the year 2011 by the journal ‘Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.’ The paper is authored by Mr. GhafarMr. Ghafar Ali Ali, a doctoral candi- date of Urban Environ-mental Management, School of Environment, Resources andDevelopment (SERD), and coauthored by Dr. Vilas Nitivat-tananon, Associate Professor, SERD.Kevin Mauritson joins AIT InternationalSchool as Principal Dr. Assadej Vanichchinchai (left) with H.E. Mr. Phongthep Thepkanjana. Mr. Kevin A Maurit- son has joined the AIT Dr. Assadej Vanichchinchai, an AIT International School as alumnus from the Shool of Manage- its new Principal with ment was presented the prestigious effect from 5 Novem- “Outstanding Academic Staff Award ber 2012. Prior to join- 2012 of Association of Private Higher ing AIT, Mr. Mauritson Education Institute of Thailand” by worked as Executive Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Principal of Sampoerna and Minister of Education, H.E. Mr. Academy Bogor in Bo- Phongthep Thepkanjana on 18 No- gor, Indonesia. vember 2012.Mr. Kevin A MauritsonAIT’s Abha Mishra gets best paper awardAIT’s Dr. Abha Mishra has been conferred the SAWADA Prizefor the best paper published in the journal ‘Paddy and WaterEnvironment Engineering’ for the year 2012. The award wasgranted during the International Society of Paddy and WaterEnvironment Engineering (PAWEES) 2012 Conference titled‘Challenges of Environment and Water Management in Mon-soon Asia’ held from 27-29 November 2012 at the Royal Irriga-tion Department, Pakkred, Thailand. Dr. Abha Mishra (left) with Prof. Tai-cheol Kim.
  5. 5. PHOTO GALLERYDECEMBER 2012 5 AIT Welcome Show 2012
  6. 6. BACKPAGE DECEMBER 2012 6 Afghanistan wishes to send 100 undergraduate students Islamic Republic of Afghanistan wishes to send one hun- dred students to pursue undergraduate programs at AIT. Further it wishes to join the AIT Council. This was stated by H.E. Prof. Obaiddullah Obaid, Minister of Higher Education (MoHE), Afghanistan, during a visit to AIT. The Minister conveyed his greetings from President of Afghanistan, H.E. Mr. Hamid Karzai to the AIT Presi- dent Prof. Said Irandoust. The Minister stated that previ- ous batches of students who have graduated from AIT had expressed extreme satisfaction and happiness at their H.E. Prof. Obaiddullah Obaid (left) and Prof. Said Irandoust. studies and stay at AIT, and this has encouraged the Min- istry to send more students to AIT. “AIT and Afghani- is scope for sending another 100 students in undergradu- stan have a relationship that began in 1970, and we will ate courses, the Minister said. Since the undergraduate make all steps to enhance the relationship,” he added. intake is in August, Afghanistan can send these students Currently Afghanistan has 50 students at AIT, and there for a bridging program as early as January, he added. Coming News up! Who will control the Internet? AIT Graduati You Media has been abuzz over reports about possibilities of take- Decembe on r 18 Can over of the Internet ahead of the International Telecommuni- cation Union (ITU) meet in December to be held in Dubai. Use The New York Times had a news report debuking claims of an Internet takeover: internet-takeover.html Editor: Bajinder Pal Singh The Register mentioned the EU vote: Designer: Nadhika Mendhaka Photos: Google too jumped into the fray: Paitoon Tinnapong For feedback, contact regulations-meeting-by-un-26258275/Media and Communications Unit at AIT BBC reported of US attempts to resist the move: Follow AIT at • Facebook • Youtube • Twitter • Google+