AIT as an autonomous international institute of higher learning, has been helping to meet the region’s growing needs for advanced learning in engineering, science, technology and management, research and capacity building over the last five decades. As a trendsetter of quality education in Asia through its innovative academic offerings at the graduate level and research undertakings, AIT continues to fulfill its mission, and create a niche for itself by building rapidly on its existing strengths and research infrastructure. Research at AIT is oriented towards the sustainable development of the region, strengthening the knowledge, development and business capacity of the region, and supporting communities and their economic development and integration into the global economy.
Maintaining a societal perspective on science, researchers at AIT produce knowledge for practical application with high relevance, utility and economic impacts. Research and education are managed to satisfy the needs of societal stakeholders. Research is intentional, purposive and manageable. Crucially, the agenda of the Institute and its staff is integrated with the agenda and desires of the stakeholders. In this model, researchers are both individualists (free, critical and creative thinkers) and team players.
The year saw a focused approach towards the research and development agenda that was achieved by building on AIT’s niche in thematic areas of strength. It was made possible with the whole-hearted commitment of the faculty and staff. From January to December 2016, 428 sponsored and contracted projects, with a budgeted value of 1.69 billion Thai baht, were conducted by the faculty and staff from within the Fields of Study (FoS) of the three schools: School of Engineering and Technology (SET), School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), and School of Management (SOM), as well as at AIT Extension, Internet Education and Research Laboratory (IntERLab) and Institute-wide projects.