Setting research priorities for cities and climate change: AIT’s Dr Shobhakar Dhakal publishes in Nature

Setting research priorities for cities and climate change: AIT’s Dr Shobhakar Dhakal publishes in Nature

Cities must address climate change, and there is a need for a “long-term, cross disciplinary studies to reduce carbon emissions and urban risks from global warming.” Setting the agenda and six research priorities in the latest issue of “Nature” are Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal and 10 other leading scientists who have co authored an article of “Six research priorities for cities and climate change.

Tracing the history of AIT, and envisioning the future of higher education in the region

Tracing the history of AIT, and envisioning the future of higher education in the region

Tracing the history of the establishment of the SEATO Graduate School of Engineering and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), and envisioning the future of the Institute in the context of global and regional changes in the landscape of higher education was the theme of two lectures organized by AIT in February 2018.

Setting things in motion at AIT on 20 February 2018 was the Milton E. Bender Jr. Lecture and Public Discussion, where Dr. Adrian Ray Chamberlain, former President of Colorado State University (CSU), spoke on “SEATO-GSE AND AIT: Beginnings and Visions for the Future.

AIT auditorium is now Robert B Banks Auditorium

AIT auditorium is now Robert B Banks Auditorium

Among the pioneers who left their home countries and moved to Asia in the second half of the twentieth century to work towards the cause of higher education were a galaxy of leaders who arrived at Thailand. And within few decades they had achieved what was then considered a dream —  creating an international level postgraduate institute in the region.

How to Groom Intellectuals?

How to Groom Intellectuals?

Find out more from this article in Financial Times (Sri Lanka). The article draws heavily on AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai's address before the Royal Society of Thailand. The title of Prof. Worsak's address was ‘Grooming the Intellectuals to be Global Citizens in the 21st Century’. This is the first part of a column by the writer W A Wijewardana, and it exclusively deals with Prof.