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AIT Newsletter: July 2012

  1. 1. Asian Institute of Technology July 2010HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to presideover AIT Day 2010 hailand’s beloved princess, announced. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Spearheading the fundraising campaign, Prof. Worsak Sirindhorn, has graciously consented said his goal was to build up a structure and culture of to preside over “AIT Day 2010,” a fundraising at AIT. The seven-year campaign to last from first-of-its-kind event planned for 7 2010 to 2017 has a goal to raise over 1,000 million Baht. September 2010 to honor AIT’s alumni. All funds raised will go towards supporting world-class HRH will also witness the kick-off visiting scholars to come to AIT each year and scholar- of AIT Endowment Fund Campaign ships for top students in Asia to attend AIT. The Institute and hand over awards to selected se- is in the process of requesting that the visiting scholars be nior alumni to be inducted into AIT’s honored as “Princess Sirindhorn Scholars”. Hall of Fame, AIT Vice President for Resources Development, Prof. The celebration on 7 September 2010 will take place at Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, recently AIT’s home campus. INSIDE ISSUE.. . Recent News / Happenings at AIT........ 2 People & New Programs ...................... 5 Opinion................................................. 4 Backpage.............................................. 6
  2. 2. Recent News / happenings at AIT www. a i t . a s i a AIT ranks top in four engineering areas on research in Thailand, study says A recent study by Thai Research Fund (TRF) on the re- search output of Thai universities confirms that Thai- land-based Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) scored the highest rating in four engineering subject areas. This is the first time AIT participated in Thailand’s na- tion-wide evaluation, based on the research output in 2007- 2008.Iraq Ministry officials benefit from In the recent official report received from TRF, AIT wasAIT program rated the highest among all Thai universities in these four engineering subject areas: Civil and InfrastructureEleven participants from the General Directorate of Engineering, Information and Communications Tech-Human Resources (GDHR) of the Ministry of Mu- nology, Environmental Engineering and Management,nicipalities and Public Works (MMPW) of Govern- and Industrial Systems Engineering.ment of Iraq benefited from a training program onManpower Planning organized at AIT Extension. The TRF Rating is based on the weighted average varied from ‘five’ to ‘one’ of the following four factors: Equiv-According to Mr. Voravate Chonlasin, Senior Pro- alent international journal papers per faculty membergram Specialist, Public Sector Capacity Building at (weightage of 30 per cent); Journal impact factor perAIT Extension, the training program is a part of a faculty member (weightage of 20 per cent); Total equiv-series of courses to be conducted for UNICEF-Iraq. alent international journal papers for the entire subject“It is expected that 121 GDHR staff will participate cluster (weightage of 30 per cent); and Total journal im-in training programmes at AIT from May to August pact factors for the entire subject cluster (weightage of 20 per cent).2010,” he added. Based on the above TRF criteria, AIT’s engineeringThis program follows the European Union funded fields of study still received the highest overall ratingEnabling Environment for Enhanced and Sustained in comparison with those programs in Thai universities.Water and Sanitation Services in Iraq project, which This is despite the disadvantage of AIT’s limited facultyseeks to organize human resource training programs size as a postgraduate institution.for senior officials from MMPW, Government ofIraq. The General Directorate of Human Resourc- The details reveal that in all cases AIT stands out ines (GDHR) under MMPW is a key component of the two “per-head” factors, implying the highest orderthe project which responsible for HR personnel to of research productivity and quality of its individualMMPW staff. faculty members. Norway compliments AIT’s performance The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has ex- pressed its appreciation to the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and has complimented its performance. This was con- veyed by Mr. Chatri Moonstan, Senior Programme Officer, Royal Norwegian Embassy during the annual consultation ofMr. Chatri Moonstan and Ms. Emilie the Norwegian MFA and AIT held on 9 June 2010. Mr. ChatriNaerum Everett , Political Officer, Royal stated that the association of Norwegian government and AITNorwegian Embassy dates back to 1978 and that the cooperation is “very special”.
  3. 3. Recent News / happenings at AIT www. a i t . a s i a Partnership with AIT is a record of success: Ford Foundation IFP Asian Institute of Technol- ogy (AIT) has proved to be an extremely positive “destination campus” for Ford Foundation fellows, and the AIT partnership with the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Dr. Mary Zurbuchen(from left) Ms. Cynthia A. Griffin and Ms. Jennie Ness Program (IFP) is a demon- strated record of success. This was stated by Dr. MaryUS Embassy Thailand, AIT discuss Zurbuchen, Director of the Asia and Russia Program‘creative’ possibilities for the Ford Foundation IFP, during an interaction at AIT on 8 June 2010.“Forty years ago the United States helped buildbridges in Thailand. Today our aim is the help build While complimenting AIT for hosting IFP fellows,knowledge bridges and a creative economy.” she identified the “bridging program” offered at AIT as a facilitator which helps students settle in the in-These remarks from Ms. Cynthia A. Griffin, Com- stitute. Dr. Zurbuchen stated that further associationmercial Counselor, Embassy of the United States of between IFP and AIT needs to be explored, particularlyAmerica in Thailand, set the tone for a visit to the on utilizing the vast pool of IFP alumni in the region.Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) by high-rankingAmerican government officials on 15 June 2010. Ms.Griffin was joined by Ms. Jennie Ness, Regional In-tellectual Property Officer, US Patent and TrademarkOffice, Embassy of the United States of America inThailand.The two visited the campus to explore possibilities forcollaboration with AIT. The visit was a follow-up to ameeting in late March with AIT President Said Iran-doust and Mr. Vikrom Kromadit, CEO of Thailand’sAmata Corporation, in which they discussed ideas for Dr. Jean-Chalres Maillard and Prof. Said IrandoustThailand moving towards a knowledge-based econo-my through public-private partnerships in higher edu- CIRAD inks partnerships with AITcation. CIRAD (Centre de coopération internationale enPresident Irandoust welcomed the delegation and recherche agronomique pour le développement)noted how the embassy’s initiatives dovetail with the and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) have re-aspirations of the Asian Institute of Technology. Re- affirmed their partnership by signing a Memoran-minding the officials of America’s instrumental role dum of Understanding (MOU) and two Memoran-in the founding of AIT, and of its significant impact on da of Agreement’s (MOA). The agreements werethe historical development of the Institute, the presi- signed by Dr. Jean-Chalres Maillard, Regionaldent enjoined the United States to join AIT again in Director of CIRAD for Continental South Eastfull partnership. “We expect to have 18 to 20,000 stu- Asia and Prof. Said Irandoust, President, AIT.dents within 10 years,” President Irandoust said.
  4. 4. OPINION www. a i t . a s i a Student mobility and Thailand’s potential as a hubC hairman of the AIT Board of Trustees,Dr. Tej Bunnag and AIT President Professor SaidIrandoust jointly published an article in the Bangkok of the most significant trends that is altering the land- scape of education all over the world. An intensely complex process, student mobility af-Post on 11 June 2010. The article is reproduced here. fects not just the life of individuals but has helped chart Traders, warriors and missionaries are generally re- the destiny of nations.garded as the people who travelled all over the world The edifice of technological and economic prog-exploring other civilisations and cultures. They ventured ress of many nations squarely rests on the fact that itinto unknown lands looking managed to attract the bestfor avenues and paved the international students. It ispath towards a modern con- estimated that three mil-nected world. lion students study outside Others are here for an their home countries, a 40%education, too: Children of increase since 1999. ThisBurmese migrant workers number is set to cross sevengather for their lunch break million by a charity primary school Former education editorset up by migrants and monks of the US News World Re-in Ranong province, southern port, Ben Wildavsky, in hisThailand. just released book The Great In ancient times, when Brain Race: How Globaltravel was hazardous, dan- Universities Are Reshapinggerous and full of mystery and surprises, these people the World, reveals the extent of international competi-helped connect various civilisations and people. tion for the brightest minds across the globe. In this age, one can add another category to traders, His thesis is that while this “revolution” is trans-warriors and missionaries - students. forming the world of higher education, it should be wel- Students moving from one country to another and comed, not feared.travelling across the seven seas has become a normal Click to read the entire article in the Bangkok Post.dimension of modern education. Student mobility is oneThai higher education needs public-private investmentA IT President Prof. Said Irandoust and Chairman of AMATA CorpVikrom Kromadit jointly published an Today, Thailand aims to join the ranks of knowledge-based economies by transitioning from brawn to brains;article in The Nation on 4 June 2010. The from labour-intensive work to new,article is reproduced here. emerging economic activities. In a THAILAND IS, in so many ways - Thai knowledge society, many sectorsamazing. Blessed with unique intangibles will require workers with specialisedthat are renowned and embraced across the knowledge, who can use their skillsworld, the country has a magnetic pull and as a productive tool to develop, inno-a strong appeal. In a number of economic vate and create. Such a transformationsectors, such as tourism and medical care is critical to the nation’s long-termservices, agriculture and manufacturing, prosperity.the Kingdom performs at very high levels Click to read the entire article in Vikrom Kromaditand displays clear abilities to compete and The in the international arena.
  5. 5. www. a i t . a s i a PEOPLE APPOINTED: Professor Joydeep APPOINTED: Dr. Sun Sayamipuk Dutta has been appointed as AIT is the new Head of Contract Man- Vice President for Academic Affairs agement Office (CMO) at the Asian (VPAA). The appointment was made Institute of Technology (AIT). An from 1 June 2010 and shall last until AIT alumnus (M.Sc. in 1995 and 30 June 2013. He took over from the Ph.D. in 2000), Dr. Sun has worked outgoing Vice President Prof. Peter F. at AIT since May 1996 in various Haddawy. capacities. APPOINTED: Dr. Naveed Anwar APPOINTED: Dr. Hoang Le Tien has been appointed the first CEO / has been appointed as Head of the Director of AIT Consulting. Dr. Nav- AIT Alumni Office. The decision to eed is currently serving as Director establish a full –fledged AIT Alum- of the Asian Center for Engineering ni Office follows discussion on Computations and Software (ACE- strengthening the Alumni Relations COMS) in the School of Engineering Unit of the External Relations Technology. Communications Office (ERCO). FAREWELL: Well-known all across Awards/ Recognition: For- campus, Ms. Marie-France Cham- mer AIT faculty colleague Prof. pagne has left AIT and will take up Ram M. Shrestha and Dr. Shobha- residence in Yaounde, Cameroon kar Dhakal (an AIT alumnus) were with her children and husband, Jean- Guest Editors. of a Special Issue Philippe Thouard (another former on “Carbon Emissions and Carbon AIT notable). She became known to Management in Cities” of the En- so many because she was involved in ergy Policy Journal. a multitude of AIT activities. She first arrived at AIT’s Language Center on 3 November 1993.New PROGRAMSUnified BBA-MBA Professional Master’s in Geoexploration andprogram Petroleum EngineeringUniversity of Econom- Vietnam Petroleum Institute (VPI) has signedics and Business (UEB), a MOU with to develop and offer a one yearVietnam National Uni- year Professional Master’s program in Geoex-versity and Asian Insti- ploration and Pe-tute of Technology (AIT) troleum Engineer-today signed an agree- ing (GEPG). (left) Prof. Phung Xuan Nha,ment for the launch of a President UEB, Prof. Saidunified BBA-MBA pro- (left) Dr. Phan Ngoc Irandoust, President AIT andgram. The unified pro- Trung, General Dr. Barbara Igel, Dean, SOM,gram, the first of its kind Director and Dr. AITat the School of Manage- Nitin Afzulpulkar,ment (SOM) at AIT will students already enrolled at Dean, School ofaccept the first batch of UEB from August. Engineering and Technology, ait
  6. 6. BackPAGE www. a i t . a s i a Fish release ceremony, essay competition mark World Environment Day celebrations at AIT “You may think it is OK. It is not. Earth is a special plan- et. You have to keep it clean, green and beautiful.” These beautiful words were among the prize-winning entries of the essay competition organized at the Asian Institute of Technology One Future.” (AIT) by AIT/ United Nations En- Dr. Suvit Yodmani, former Minister of Tourism and Sports, Royal Thai vironment Programme UNEP Re- Government, former Regional Director UNEP, and former Vice President gional Resource Centre for Asia for Development at AIT, presided over the function. and the Pacific (UNEP.RRC.AP) Children of AIT International School also released 300 fish in the AIT to mark World Environment Day pond. AIT’s Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Development in the 2010. The theme of the celebration Context of Climate Change (SDCC) and TEAM Consulting were co- was “Many Species, One Planet, sponsors of the program. Changing Font to Save Ink Changing Font to Save Ink The University of Wisconsin Century Gothic uses Green Bay has decided to go about 30 percent less gothic, but not in a medieval ink than the old Arial or ghoulish kind of way. The setting used for email. school changed the font in its However there is a email system, saying the move note of warning. Since could save thousands of dol- the font is a bit larger, lars in printer ink. It found a it would actually take News new way to cut costs with e- up more space. So oc- mail — by changing the font. casionally, you might Yo u It switched the default font on need more paper for its e-mail system from Arial to a printout if it pushes Editor: Can Bajinder Pal Singh Century Gothic. The university the document over a Media Specialist, AIT says the change sounds minor, page. Use but it will save money on print- For feedback, contact er ink when students print out Source: NPR and Wash-Media and Communications e-mails in the new font. ington Post Unit at AIT