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AIT and Siam University sign MoU

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and Siam University (SU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote academic cooperation. The MoU was signed by Dr. Pornchai Mongkhonvanit, President, Siam University, and Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, President AIT.

Signing the MoU on 11 May 2017,  Dr. Mongkhonvanit expressed his delight at welcoming the AIT delegation, adding that both SU and AIT can offer top quality joint international engineering programs.

Prof. Worsak suggested that the partnership can be accelerated by introducing the Unified Bachelor-Master degree program. While stating that the faculty members of AIT and SU can work together, Prof. Worsak also welcomed SU faculty members to join AIT to upgrade their academic qualifications. SU wishes to launch International Programs in Engineering and Technology, and the AIT President offered help in designing a curriculum fitting for international students. “Mentoring new universities of the region has always been a mission of AIT,” Prof. Worsak added.

The AIT President also congratulated  Dr. Mongkhonvanit on his election as Vice President of the International Association of Universities (IAU). AIT is also a member of IAU.

The MoU signing was witnessed by Cyril Ritchie and Dr. Liberato C. Bautista, President and former President of the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the Conference of Non Governmental Organizations (CONGO), an international umbrella organization of NGOs; and U Tin Win Aung, Chairman of MCC Group, Myanmar.

Siam University has a fair share of AIT alumni among its faculty members, and attending the partnership signing ceremony were Dr. Vanchai Rijiravanich; Dr. Rathavoot Ruthankoon, Vice Dean of Engineering Faculty, Head of Civil Engineering Department; Dr. Duminda Jayaranjan; and Pheerawat Plangoen; and Thakonlaphat Jenjiwattanakul of Department of Civil Engineering.

Joining the event from Siam University were Dr. Saravudh Varasmanta, Dean of Engineering; Prof. Bongkosh N. Rittichainuwat, Program Director, Hotel and Tourism and Service Industry Management; Prof.Dhirayos Wititsuwannakul’ Dr. Maruj Limpawattana, Assistant President for International Affairs; Ms. Yhing Sawheny,  Lecturer and Assistant Director, International Affairs;

AIT was represented by Prof. KazuoYamamoto, Vice President for Administration;Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul, Dean of School of Engineering and Technology (SET); Mr. Shawn P. Kelly, Director of Office of External Relations (OEXR); Mrs. Wannapa Pliansri, Coordinator, OXER; and Dr. Tenzin Rabgyal, Coordinator, Admissions and Scholarships Unit.