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AIT’s work resonates with issues addressed by IAU: Secretary General

AIT’s work resonates with issues addressed by IAU: Secretary General

Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai (left) with Ms. Eva Egron-Polak.



Interacting with senior AIT officials on 10 June 2016, Ms. Eva remarked that internationalization of education has changed over time, and that it is increasingly becoming a revenue generating mechanism. However, IAU’s principled position is that internationalization should be pegged on the pursuance of academic goals that promote academic freedom, institutional autonomy, and social responsibility.

She also spoke about the new leadership program called Leading Globally Engaged Universities (LGEU) that has been developed to support new and future leaders of Higher Education Institutions. Another initiative by the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO) is the convening of a strategic debate on the role of higher education in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), she added.

Welcoming her, AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai stated that AIT had been championing the cause of Sustainable Development for a long time. “We focus on conducting research for mankind,” Prof. Worsak said, as he quoted examples of how AIT had contributed towards the cause of development.

Ms. Eva was accompanied by Ms. Yhing Sawheny, Deputy Director, Siam University. Besides Prof. Worsak, AIT was represented by Prof. Rajendra Shrestha, Dean, School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD); Prof. Nazrul Islam, Interim Dean, School of Management (SOM); Prof. Nitin Kumar Tripathi, Director, Special Degrees Program; Dr. Jonathan Shaw and Dr. Faiz Shah of AIT Extension; Ms. Izel Dante, Head, Administration; Mr. Shawn Kelly and Ms. Carol Guzman of External Relations and Communications Office (ERCO); and Ms. Wannapa Pliansri of Royal Thai Government (RTG) Relations.

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