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116 students from three continents join AIT

One-hundred and sixteen students hailing from 16 countries spread across three continents were welcomed on the occasion of the Orientation Day on 5 January 2016 organized at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). The day marked the beginning of the January semester, with the incoming students being acquainted to the premier postgraduate institute.

Students who have joined AIT in January 2016 are from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, PR China, Sri Lanka, Thailand, USA, and Vietnam. Eighty percent of the students enrolled in the January 2016 semester have joined the Master’s program, while the remaining students are enrolled in Doctoral and other special programs. Three-quarters of the new students have joined the School of Engineering and Technology (SET), while the remaining are enrolled in School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), and School of Management (SOM).

Prof. Sivanappan Kumar, Vice President for Academic Affairs, welcomed them at AIT and traced the history of the Magsaysay award winning institute. “The mission of AIT is capacity building of young professionals for sustainable development of the Asia-Pacific region and beyond,” Prof. Kumar told the new students. He mentioned how AIT alumni have excelled in governments, businesses, universities and the non-governmental sector. An alumnus of AIT is now the Premier of Taiwan, Prof. Kumar added.

Prof. Kumar also informed the students of AIT’s performance in international rating and rankings stating that while Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) had rated AIT with five stars in the three categories of internationality, teaching, and facilities; it also awarded the Institute a four star in its overall ratings. Similarly, U-Multirank gave the top score to AIT for its International Orientation, making it the only university in Asia to achieve this score. The Vice President also asked students to maintain ethical standards in both academics and in personal conduct at AIT. “Please remember that you are the brand ambassador of your country and AIT,” he added.

The students were acquainted by the three Deans to their respective schools — Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul, Dean, School of Engineering and Technology (SET); Prof. Rajendra Shrestha, Dean, School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD); and Prof. Nazrul Islam, Interim Dean,School of Management (SOM). President of the AIT Students Union (AITSU), Mr. Jayasingam Adhuran informed the students about the activities of AITSU.

Later, students were also briefed about various services offered at AIT including Language Center Services and the English Language Requirements, Campus wide IT Services, Student Code of Conduct, Ethical Behavior and AIT Anti-Harassment Policy, Academic Requirements and Practices, Student Welfare, Placement, Counseling and Medical Services, Educational Visa and Government Relations Services, and Student Accommodation and Facility Management. Mr. Laarni Roa, Head, Student Office, and Dr. Tenzin Rabgyal, Coordinator, Admissions and Scholarship Unit, conducted the day’s proceedings.

New students along with senior officials of AIT pose in front of the AIT Globe.