AIT and its recent initiatives and achievements have been noted in several newspapers and Web sites recently. From its recent 3R Knowledge Hub announcement this week, in which AIT teams with the Asian Development Bank, UNEP and UNESCAP to spread the environmentally sound theories of “reduce, reuse and recycle,” to announcements of the new center in Indonesia and scholarships from Pakistan, word of AIT is spreading.
Here is a roundup of recent mentions of the institute:
The Nation newspaper, Thailand, 9 August 2006: “Bangkok poised to be knowledge hub” – Story documents the launch of a knowledge hub supporting “reduce, reuse and recycle,” or “3R.”
Scoop Independent News Web site (www.scoop.co.nz), New Zealand, 8 August 2006: “UN joins forces with Asian institutions to launch environment initiative” – Story documents launch of 3R Knowledge Hub.
NewsBlaze Web site (www.newsblaze.com), U.S.A., 8 August 2006: “UN joins forces with Asian institutions to launch environment initiative” – Story documents launch of 3R Knowledge Hub.
Harold Doan and Associates Ltd. Web site (www.harolddoan.com), Canada, 7 August 2006: “Partnership launched to create ‘3R’ Knowledge Hub in Bangkok” – Story documents launch of 3R Knowledge Hub.
Balita Web site (www.news.balita.ph), Philippines, 7 August 2006: “ASEAN-wide green project benefits Cebu” – Story documents the Southeast Asian Environmental Management Applications (SEA-UEMA) Project’s focus on solid waste management programs, specifically with regard to its work in the Philippines.
Cool Avenues Web site (www.coolavenues.com), India, 7 August 2006: “Placement 2005: IMI placements on a roll” – Story documents MBA graduate placement at India’s International Management Institute, mentioning AIT as a partner.”
The Times of India newspaper, India, 5 August 2006: “60 already ... Yet going stronger” – A story about the 60th anniversary of the Agharkar Research Institute discusses its work in the field of nanotechnology and mentions its partnership with AIT.
Kom Chud Leuk newspaper, Thailand, 4 August 2006: “Pakistan contributes 47.9 million baht scholarships to send their students to further their master's degrees in engineering in Thailand” – (Translation of first two paragraphs) Pakistan invested in human resource development in engineering by contributing 47.9 million baht. to send 60 Pakistan students to further their master's degree in engineering at AIT, Thailand.
Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi, executive director of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), said HEC and AIT signed an agreement recently to provide 60 scholarships for Pakistan students to further their studies at AIT in the next three years.
Matichon newspaper, Thailand, 3 July 2006: “AIT opens a center in Indonesia” – (Translation of first paragraphs) Prof. Said Irandoust, AIT president, disclosed recently that he and H.E. Ir. Djoko Kirmanto, Indonesia's minister of Public Works signed an agreement to open an AIT center in Indonesia or AIT-CI (Asian Institute of Technology-Center in Indonesia) in Bandung, Indonesia, providing human resource development that will facilitate research and development, consultancy, professional training and higher education.
The opening of the AIT Center in Indonesia signals a strengthening in the relationship between AIT and the people of Indonesia, and this can bode well for all parties involved.
"We hope the center will contribute to science and technology in the Asia-Pacific region and produce people with the skills to strengthen the construction industry and public works infrastructure in Indonesia.
This is AIT's second international center. The institute has run a center in Vietnam, with locations in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, since 1993. Through training and education in such fields as Transportation Engineering, Regional and Rural Development Planning, Urban Environmental Management, Agricultural Systems and Engineering and Water Engineering and Management, the leaders of tomorrow will be better prepared to address the practical needs of Indonesia. They will have a world-class, international education earned in their own back yard.