“Each and Every Moment is Special”: Prize Winning Student Blog Post

Blog Post by Way Way Hlaing*

“It’s hard to be away from the ones you love,

And the days seem to slowly drift by…”

I whispered these lines from a song as soon as I woke up on my very first morning at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). Because of my late arrival and tiredness after a long journey, against my curious nature, I fell asleep in the strange room without noticing the time of night or my new environment.

A Higher Vision: President Woon tells the Bangkok Post

"A Higher Vision" is the title of the interview of AIT President Dr. Eden Y Woon in the Bangkok Post published today (26 February 2019).
The interview can be read at this link:

It is also reproduced here:
A Higher Vision

AIT's president wants the university to be an academic player regionally and worldwide.

Why does Pollution Peak during Winter Months?

Come winter, Bangkok suffers from a pollution onslaught. As the Air Quality Index plummets, face masks become ubiquitous, and “PM2.5” enters our daily lexicon. It is time to ask: Why is the period from December to February the most toxic? Why is it that Bangkok, which is known for its tropical climate, suddenly emerges on the global pollution radar as a pollution hotspot?

The answer may well lie not in the stars but in meteorology and seasonal emission sources.

Dr. Bonaventura H W Hadikusumo Promoted to the Rank of Professor

Dr. Bonaventura H. W. Hadikusumo has been promoted to the rank of Professor. This follows approval by the Board of the Trustees at its meeting held on 31 January 2019.

Dr. Hadikusumo joined AIT as an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering and Technology (SET) in July 2002 and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in April 2009.

He obtained his Ph.D. in Construction Management from the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong in 2001. Dr. Hadikusumo graduated from AIT in 1998, during which he earned his Master of Engineering (M.Eng.

Dr Shobhakar Dhakal Promoted to the Rank of Professor

Dr Shobhakar Dhakal has been promoted to the rank of Professor. This follows approval by the Board of the Trustees at its meeting held on 31 January 2019.

Dr. Dhakal joined AIT as an Associate Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) in July 2012.

He obtained his Ph.D.  (Energy Management and Mitigation of Urban Heat Island) from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 2000. Dr. Dhakal took his Master of Engineering (M. Eng.

Three AIT Vice Presidents Approved by the Board of Trustees

On January 31, 2019, the AIT Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of the three new Vice Presidents.  The three new VP’s are:

— Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), Professor Deepak Sharma.  Professor Sharma has been Director of the Center for  Energy Policy and Professor of Energy Planning and Policy at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).  He has been a UTS faculty member ever since receiving his PhD at AIT in 1991.  He also received his master's degree at AIT. The new VPAA will oversee the Schools and will work with Deans and faculty to inject more innovation into our research and teaching, and to ensure the implementation of our internationalization and more relevant education agenda.

AIT Partners in two UKRI-funded Global Research Hubs

The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is partnering in two global research hubs funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). These interdisciplinary hubs will work across 85 countries together with governments, international agencies, the private sector, and NGOs with the aim of developing creative and sustainable solutions that will help make the world safer, healthier, and more prosperous.