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  1. 1. 1 Asian Institute of Technology AUGUST 2012 HRH Princes Maha Chakri Sirindhorn with AIT President Prof. Said Irandoust at Chitralada Palace. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn grants Royal Audience to 49 AIT studentsH er Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn granted a Royal Audience to 49students of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) of the Higher Education Commission, Royal Thai Government, expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the gracious grant of the Chitralada Palace in Bangkok, Thailand on 2July 2012. The students are scholarship recipients In the years 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, a total of 69of His Majesty King’s Scholarship, Her Majesty students received these scholarships. ScholarshipQueen’s Scholarship, and GMS Scholarship for the recipients included students from 12 countriesyears 2010-2011, and 2011-2012. including Thailand (31), Nepal (9), India (6), Bangladesh (5), Sri Lanka (4), Cambodia (3),Institute officials led by AIT President Prof. Said Myanmar (3) Vietnam (3), Indonesia (2), Lao PDRIrandoust, students, and administrators of the Office (1), Pakistan (1) and, the Philippines (1). INS I DE I S S UE . . . Recent News / Happenings at AIT................................................. 2-5 People........................................................................................... 5 Backpage...................................................................................... 6
  2. 2. RECENT NEWS / HAPPENINGS AT AITAUGUST 2012 2AIT alumnus honored by HRH Princess Maha Chakri SirindhornHer Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, as theRepresentative of His Majesty the King Bhumibol of Thailand,conferred the National Outstanding Person (Science andTechnology) pin to Prof. Somchai Wongwises, an alumnus ofAIT.Prof. Somchai, who completed his Master’s in Energy Technology HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn honoringfrom AIT in 1984, is one among four National Outstanding Persons Prof. Somchai Wongwises.who was conferred the award by HRH Princess Sirindhorn at were presented a plaque by Deputy PrimeChitralada Palace. Later, at a press conference held on 12 July 2012 Minister (Security Affairs) Generalat the Government House, Prof. Somchai and other award recipients YuthasakSasiprapha.Nepal PM reaffirms support to AIT Council,says country is proud to be a memberPrime Minister of Nepal H.E. Rt. Hon. Dr. Baburam Bhattarai reaf-firmed Nepal’s support and commitment to the AIT Charter, andstated that Nepal was proud to be a member of AIT Council. ThePrime Minister said that Nepal was keen to strengthen the Intergov-ernmental AIT Charter in every manner. Prof. Said Irandoust (left) with H.E. Dr. Baburam Bhattarai.The Prime Minister made these remarks in a meeting with AITPresident Prof. Said Irandoust in Kathmandu. Prime Minister Bhat-tarai also stated that as a symbolic contribution on the part of Nepal, geted countries. Nepal welcomes this idea,the government will set aside a number of scholarships for Nepalese the Prime Minister said, assuring AIT ofnationals to study at AIT. The Prime Minister also welcomed the the government’s full help in implementinginitiative of setting up of satellite campuses in a number of tar- such plans.40 Myanmar students arrive at AIT under Norwegian scholarshipForty new postgraduate students from Myanmar under a landmarkscholarship program of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs(NMFA) kicked-off their academic careers at AIT by attending aspecial orientation program on 16 July 2012. The enthusiastic stu-dents were welcomed by senior AIT officials, who saw the unveil-ing of the program as an historic occasion which would help AITstrengthen its ties with Myanmar, particularly in the field of educa- Myanmar students attend the orientation program.tion, research and outreach. wegian Government, the program will runThe NMFA scholarship at AIT is one of the largest scholarship pro- for three years. The Government of Nor-grams benefitting students from Myanmar at any institute in the way will provide 30 million NOK (aroundworld. Funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Royal Nor- 160 million THB) for these scholarships.
  3. 3. RECENT NEWS / HAPPENINGS AT AITAUGUST 2012 3I still follow AIT’s mission: distinguished alumnusDistinguished alumnus and AIT Hall of Fame inductee Mr.George S.Y. Chen stated this month that he still continues tofollow AIT’s mission and vision. Visiting the Institute on 12July 2012 in connection with his study on developments in ur-ban transportation in Asia, Mr. Chen is exploring a possiblecollaboration with AIT.Mr. Chen, an alumnus of 1972, who is the Division Convenor,Sustainable Development Division, National Policy Founda-tion, Taiwan, is undertaking a transportation survey and urban Mr. George S.Y.Chen (left) and Prof. Saiddevelopment in various Asian cities. The study, while gathering Irandoust.information on Asian urban transportation development, willalso prepare an information database and a comparative analy- Welcoming the distinguished alumnus,sis. “I wish to share all this work throughout Asia, which is in AIT President Prof. Said Irandoust de-tune with AIT’s mission,” he remarked during his visit to his scribed Mr. Chen as an “inspiration” foralma mater. everyone. A mother’s gratitude to her son’s TIS launches training alma mater program on instructional design Tata Interactive Sys- tems (TIS), India, has launched a training program on instruc- tional design to help development of online courseware. Inaugu- From left: Dr. Tien Le Hoang, Prof. Worsak Mr. Vinay Kumar rating the three-day Kanok-Nukulchai, Mrs. Chomchai Morya, and Mr. Vishwanath Kriengsak Morya. workshop on 16 July 2012, Executive Di-Among the touching stories in AIT’s post-flood recovery was rector, AIT Extension, Dr. Jonathan Shawone on 18 July 2012, when a proud mother of an AIT alumnus remarked that the workshop would pave thearrived at the AIT campus with a 100,000 THB donation to help way for more e-learning initiatives.the Institute. Leading the workshop was Mr. Vinay Ku-Ms. Chomchai Morya, mother of Mr. Kewin Morya, a gradu- mar Vishwanath, Senior Specialist, Instruc-ate from Energy Technology (1998) who is currently working tional Design, TIS, who traced the outlinein Brunei, made the donation on behalf of her son to give to of development of e-courseware. Dr. Sun-his alma mater. “I asked my son to do something for AIT,” the dar Venkatesh, Advisor, AIT Extension saidproud mother recalled. The Institute needs help and it is time to that while the training is a part of the onlinetake action, she averred. Mr. Kewin, who too had been thinking course development for the Professionalabout AIT, expressed his gratitude to his alma mater crediting it Master’s in Banking and Finance (PMBF),for his successful career. “I do not want my school to be forgot- the workshop seeks to train everyone in var-ten,” the son told his parents as he pledged a donation. ious aspects of instructional design.
  4. 4. RECENT NEWS / HAPPENINGS AT AIT AUGUST 2012 4AIT and CSR Asia renew partnership United Groupfor ten more years students at AIT for two-week summer Hong Kong based CSR Asia Ltd. and AIT have agreed to training program extend their existing partner- ship for the next ten years. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed on 25 July 2012 by CSR Asia Chairman Prof. Richard Welford and AIT Presi-Prof. Richard Welford (left) with Students from United Group at AIT.Prof. Said Irandoust. dent Prof. Said Irandoust facili- tates the continued joint delivery Forty-four students from two in- of graduate degree programs, stitutes run by the United Group ofresearch and consultancy services and continuing professional education in Institutions, India, arrived at AIT forcorporate social responsibility (CSR). a two-week summer training pro- gram beginning 10 July 2012. TheSigning the MoU at the AIT main campus, President Irandoust said he looked students, who belong to computerforward to the next phase of partnership which began with the launch of the science and management streams,joint venture CSR Asia Center at AIT in March 2010. A highlight of the re- came from the United College ofnewed agreement is the continued delivery of the Professional Masters Pro- Engineering and Research, Noida,gram in CSR (PMCSR) at the CSR Asia Center at AIT. and United Institute of Technology, Allahabad, both located in the Indian province of Uttar Pradesh.University of North Texas to open office in Addressing the students, Dr. Nitin VBangkok, seeks partnership Afzulpurkar, Dean, School of Engi- neering and Technology (SET), stat-University of North Texas will be opening an office in Bangkok in January ed that AIT and Thailand offer a lot2013. Given UNT’s foray into Thailand, it seeks to partner with AIT, par- to learn for the visiting students. Theticularly in the field of engineering and management. On a visit to AIT on students visited the National Sci-3 July 2012, Prof. Kuruvilla John, Associate Dean of Research and Gradu- ence and Technology Developmentate Studies, and Prof. Marilyn K. Wiley, Senior Associate Dean, College of Agency (NSTDA), Kung KrabeanBusiness, UNT, stated that they were keen to initiate exchange programs Bay Royal Development Study Cen-involving both student and faculty, besides double degree, collaborative and ter, National Science Museum, andsandwich programs. the Grand Palace.NUST for joint programs with AIT National University of Sciences and Technology Dr. Khan said that both institutes (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan wishes to launch joint can contribute towards betterment programs with AIT, particularly in the field of Geo- of Pakistan and Asia as a whole. He graphical Information Systems (GIS), disaster man- stated that discussions for a joint agement, business administration, and in the field program in GIS are at an advanced of professional development. This was stated by Dr. stage. Dr. Khan also offered to send Ashfaque H. Khan, Director General and Dean, NUST students to AIT’s School of Man-Dr. Ashfaque H. Business School, in a meeting with senior AIT officials agement (SOM) for periods rangingKhan on 5 July 2012. between one to two semesters.
  5. 5. RECENT NEWS / HAPPENINGS AT AIT/PEOPLEAUGUST 2012 5 Insurance Co to PEOPLE release Bt. 217.4 Million to AIT Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal joins AIT for flood- Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal has joined the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) as Associate Professor. He damaged will be working in the Energy field of study at buildings AIT’s School of Environment, Resources and AIT will receive Baht 217.4 Development (SERD). Million (approximately U.S. $ 7 million) in flood Dr. Dhakal was Executive Director of the Global Dr. Shobhakar compensation from Dhipa- Carbon Project, an international scientific program Dhakal ya Insurance Public Co. hosted by the National Institute for Environmental Ltd. by September 15 this Studies (NIES) in Japan (2006-2012) and a Senior Policy Researcher year, almost eleven months and the Project Manager of Urban Project of the Institute for Global after the campus was inun- Environmental Strategies (IGES) Japan (2001-2006). dated on October 21, 2011. Book by Dr. Siddharth Jabade AIT received the first in- stallment of Bt. 30 million A book coauthored by Dr. Siddharth K. on July 15. The Institute is Jabade, AIT’s Director of Innovation and still waiting for settlement Intellectual Property Rights, has been released on its claim for damages to by CRC Press. Titled “Nanotechnology equipment. Intellectual Property Rights: Research, Design, and Commercialization,” the book The financial settlement on dwells on the evolving patent landscape in AIT’s flood claim will be Nanotechnology. disbursed in monthly pay- Dr. Siddharth K. Jabade ments in July, August and With three dozen case studies, the book September and is to be analyses trends in Europe, United States, spread across five install- United Kingdom, Australia, Japan and India. The book also includes a ments. case study from the Asian Institute of Technology on nanotechnology development in antimicrobial paints. Ahmed Amjad Ali is new Head, ERCO “Coming up” Mr. Ahmed Amjad Ali, an officer of the Foreign • August 6 Service of Pakistan has been appointed as the new Inter Semester Head, External Relations and Communications Graduation Office (ERCO). He assumed office on 10 July 2012. • August 10 Prior to this assignment, Mr. Ali was serving as Deputy Orientation for Chief of Mission, Head of Chancery, and Deputy Incoming Class Mr. Ahmed Amjad Permanent Representative to UNESCAP of Embassy of 2012, August Ali of Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Thailand. Semester
  6. 6. BACKPAGE AUGUST 2012 6 You AIT Story Everyone, they say, has a story to tell. To reach out and connect AIT students, the media team of the AIT Student Union has just launched a new initiative called Your AIT Story. Every week SU staffers roam the campus on the lookout for interviews to shine a spotlight on their fellow students. The first story published on 3 July 2012 was about Ms. Ploy who “fought as a Thai warrior in the cultural show and is fascinated about skydiving.” The second story is about Mr. Poorna who is “cute in a serious way.” Read all stories at these links: or News Education Indicators in Focus You = 40 percent of young postsecondary degree-holders in leading countries Can will come from China and India by 2020. The United States and Euro- pean Union countries will produce about 25 percent. Use = Across 25 OECD countries, the long-term economic advantage to an individual of having a tertiary degree instead of an upper secondary de- gree is over USD 175 000 for a man and USD 110 000 for a woman. Editor: = The net return to taxpayers on the public costs of supporting a man in Bajinder Pal Singh higher education is over USD 91 000, and the return for supporting a woman in higher education is over USD 55 000, on average across Designer: Nadhika Mendhaka OECD countries. Photos: Paitoon Tinnapong Read more in Education Indicator Focus released by OECD For feedback, contactMedia and Communications cus_22267077 Unit at AIT And if you wish to know how education pool in 2020 will look like, take a look at this graphic pool-look-like.html Follow AIT at • Facebook • Twitter • Youtube