AIT’s multicultural environment2,300+ Students from 50+Countries /Territories18,000+ Alumni from 70+Countries/Territorie...
Cost Per Program*Study CostDoctoral Program6 Semesters(84 Credits)36 MonthsMaster’s Program4 Semesters(48 Credits)22 Month...
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Accepting of Applications to the Regional and Rural Development Planning Field of Study at AIT

  1. 1. AIT’s multicultural environment2,300+ Students from 50+Countries /Territories18,000+ Alumni from 70+Countries/Territories28,000 Short-term Trainees from70+ Countries/Territories120 World Class Faculty from 20+Countries33 board of trustee membersfrom 19 countriesSchool of Environment, Resources and DevelopmentRegional and Rural Development PlanningThe Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is an independent, international autonomousinstitution based in Thailand, promotes technological change and sustainable developmentin the Asian-Pacific region through higher education, research and outreach. Established in1959, AIT has become a leading regional institution and is actively working with public andprivate sector partners throughout the region and with some of the top universities in theworld.School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD)A key strength of AIT is its ability to respond to regional needs by mobilizing and enhancingcapabilities for socially, economically and environmentally development through SERD. TheSchool emphasizes on thematic areas including Bio-resources, Energy and Environment,Development Studies, and Interdisciplinary that integrates technology and natural andsocial science knowledge in its academic, research and training activities.REGIONAL AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING (RRDP)The RRDP focuses on rural poverty, improvement of the quality of life and social andeconomic development of rural areas. Practice oriented rural-regional planning iscarried out regularly at district and sub-district levels following a participatory andintegrated approach. Attention is paid to management of development institutions,infrastructure and physical resources. Sectoral and spatial planning is equallyemphasized along with the management of rural development programs and localdevelopment projects to strengthen rural communities for sustainable development.Selected areas of concern are: poverty analysis; concepts and processes of rural andregional development; community development planning; agricultural developmentand planning; planning and management of rural development programs and projects;regional planning techniques; rural-urban relations; NGO management policy anddevelopment administration; sustainable development theories and practices; anddecentralization and governance.Coursework and ResearchThe curriculum offered by the RRDP program includes courses in: Rural and Regional Development Agricultural Development Planning Sustainable Development Theories and Practices Rural-Urban Relations Community Development Planning NGO Management Policy and Development Administration Decentralization and Governance Social Research Methods in Development Planning Regional Planning Techniques Project Planning and Management Research Design and Methods Rural-Regional Planning Workshop Civil Society and Globalization Adaptation, Coping & Community Resiliency andNatural Disaster Management CommunityDevelopment and Participation Decentralized Planning (Local DevelopmentPlanning and Governance) Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Agriculture Regional and Rural Development PlanningInclusive of Methodology, GIS Applications andEvaluation of Projects Rural Urban Relations Watershed ManagementOur approach to learningProfessionalism across DisciplinesIndividualized Academic AdvisingFlexible CurriculaReal-Life Development Problemsand Industrial PracticeSmall Class Sizes in MulticulturalEnvironmentGlobal Network of ColleaguesOpportunity for Student Exchangeand Double-Degree Programs
  2. 2. Cost Per Program*Study CostDoctoral Program6 Semesters(84 Credits)36 MonthsMaster’s Program4 Semesters(48 Credits)22 MonthsDiploma2 Semesters(24 Credits)12 MonthsCertificate1 Semester(12 Credits)5 MonthsRegistration Fee @20,000Baht per Semester120,000 Baht 80,000 Baht 40,000 Baht 20,000 BahtTuition Fee @14,000 Bahtper Credit1,176,000 Baht 672,000 Baht 336,000 Baht 168,000 BahtTOTAL 1,296,000 Baht 752,000 Baht 376,000 Baht 188,000 BahtHow to ApplyMaster Degree programTo be eligible for admission to the degree and non-degree programs, a candidate should: Hold a bachelor’s degree (normally from a four-year program) or its equivalent in anappropriate Engineering or related field asspecified by the fields or area of study Hold the degree from an institution ofrecognized standing Have undergraduate grades significantly aboveaverage Have satisfactory physical and mental health topursue academic studies at the graduate level Possess an acceptable level of English languageproficiency.Doctoral Degree ProgramTo be eligible for admission to the regular Doctoraldegree program, an applicant must: Have strong academic records (bothundergraduate and graduate) and normally holda four-year bachelors degree Have a Masters degree, preferably with acombination of course and thesis workDocuments to Submit (Master) AIT application form Two letters of recommendation An official transcript of undergraduate degree TOEFL (internet-based: 61; computer- based:173; paper-based: 500)/ IELTS (4.5) or AIT-English Test (4.5).Documents to Submit (Doctoral) AIT application form Two letters of recommendation An official transcript of both undergraduateand graduate degrees TOEFL (internet-based: 76; computer- based:200; paper-based: 537)/ IELTS (5.5) or AIT-English Test (5.5) Submit a brief outline of dissertation researchproposal including the required researchfacilities, if necessaryApplication & Scholarship Deadlines January Semester: November 1st August Semester: May 1stDownload application materials: orapply online: for GraduatesJob opportunities for graduates of RRDP cover many areas of regional andrural development planning focusing on poverty alleviation, rural institutions,community participation, regional planning and project planning,implementation, monitoring and evaluation at international, national andlocal levels both for government and non-governmental organizations.Financial SupportAIT offers a limited number of financial awards in the form of scholarship i.e. QueenScholarship, SIDA NORAD, ASEAN Foundation, Japanese Scholarships, etc. and fellowships forthe master’s and doctoral programs, on the highly competitive basis, and for those who canshow proof of financial need during their study at AIT.For details, please contact:CoordinatorRegional and Rural Development PlanningSchool of Environment, Resources and DevelopmentTel: (66) 2524 6387; 524 5610, Fax (66) 2524 6431Email:, of completed application forms withsupporting documents to:Admissions and Scholarships UnitAsian Institute of TechnologyP.O. Box 4, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, ThailandE-mail: (66) 2524-5031-33, Fax: (66) 2524-6326*Excluding living cost, which varies from 8,500-11,500 Baht/month depending upon student life style