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Prospective students get a flavour of AIT’s internationality, excellence

Prospective postgraduate students from all over Thailand sampled a flavour of AIT’s internationality, academic and research offerings, and its facilities at the Open House organized on 11 March 2016.



One-hundred-and sixty-seven undergraduate students, including a large contingent of 107 Chinese students currently studying in Thailand, were welcomed at the verdant campus of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Pathumthani province.
 
“AIT’s internationality is unique, and it cannot be found anywhere else,” Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto, AIT’s Vice President for Resource Development (VPRD) told the visiting students. Prof. Yamamoto, who has recently been ranked as the '6th Top Global Thought Leader' in Water Industry by the Water & Wastewater International Magazine, spoke about the benefits that students gain while studying at AIT.
 
Also addressing the gathering was special guest speaker Mr. Trai Suntivish, 25, a recent Master’s alum (2014) from Construction Engineering and Infrastructure Management. Mr. Trai now heads a construction development team at the headquarters of Thailand’s PTT Public Company Limited. He credited his AIT education for enabling him to gain entry to the company, which has highly exacting standards for all new employee recruits, he explained.
 
Mr. Trai mentioned that in his class of 15 students he was the only Thai national. “I learnt about different cultures, and picked up Chinese language while playing basketball, and Khmer, Myanmar and Bahasa Indonesia during my group work,” he added.
 
Informing about AIT’s latest achievements in national and global rankings was Shawn Kelly, Acting Head, External Relations and Communications Office (ERCO), who highlighted how AIT was rated the global best in internationality, according to U-Multirank “Our academic programs are ranked among the top 151-200 of the world in ‘Civil & Structural Engineering’ and ‘Environmental Science,’ he added, referring to the QS 2015 ranking of universities by subject. 
 
Mr. Kelly also informed that a seven AIT disciplines were rated highest in Thailand for their overall research impact, according to Thailand Research Fund (TRF), which announced its latest findings on March 1. Five AIT disciplines received perfect scores of five, the most perfect scores of any university in Thailand, he said. Ms. Wannapa Pliansri of ERCO spoke about the various scholarships and fellowships available at AIT.
 
Open House participants later visited AIT’s three Schools — School of Engineering and Technology (SET); School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD); and School of Management (SOM), where they interacted with faculty and staff members. Interested candidates also took the English language entry test conducted by AIT’s Language Center.



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