Paying her maiden visit to the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Ambassador of Finland to Thailand, H.E. Mrs. Satu Suikkari-Kleven sought to revitalize the relationship between the two, and stated that AIT’s work and Finland’s priorities sync with each other.
“We had an excellent tradition of cooperation between Finland and AIT, and we are now looking at innovative ideas for renewed cooperation,” she remarked during her visit to AIT on 12 October 2017. Expressing her happiness that AIT had signed three agreements with Finnish entities in 2016, the Ambassador added that the Embassy could facilitate “matchmaking” between AIT and organizations in Finland.
“The Embassy of Finland concentrates on three areas — providing support to citizens and consular services, reporting on developments, and promoting Finnish business, knowledge, and expertise,” the Ambassador said. Within the arena of promoting Finnish expertise, she identified cooperation in education, teacher education, clean technologies, and waste to energy initiatives as key focus areas.
The Ambassador also invited AIT to participate in a special seminar being organized at Educa2017 titled “Change is possible - through Finnish innovations in pedagogy.”
She was accompanied by Ms. Katarina Tapio, First Secretary and Deputy Head of Mission; and Mrs. Susanna Eltvik, Education Advisor to the Embassy of Finland.
AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai welcomed the delegation and briefed them about AIT’s history, mission and vision. AIT was represented by President Worsak, Vice Presidents Prof. Sivanappan Kumar and Prof.Kazuo Yamamoto; Prof. Rajendra Shrestha, Dean, School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD); Dr. Matthew N. Dailey, Head, Department of Information and Communication Technologies, School of Engineering and Technology (SET); Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal, Department Head, Energy, Environment and Climate Change, SERD; Dr. Attaphongse Taparugssanagorn of Telecommunications, SET; Mr. Shawn Kelly, Director, Office of External Relations (OEXR) and Ms. Piyapat Kallaya, Senior Program Officer, OEXR.