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The Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand is Asia’s leading postgraduate institute of engineering, technology, management and development. This year it celebrates its fiftieth anniversary (1959-2009).
In the 1950s, at a time when Asia was the poorest region in the world, a group of visionaries from around the world recognized the need for an institute to uplift the people and countries of the Asian region through capacity building and institution building initiatives. They therefore established the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), a unique and autonomous international institute whose reputation for
excellence has been internationally acknowledged and has endured throughout its 50-year history.
With its experience in Asia, AIT has entered Africa through its “Asia-Africa Initiative” for Higher Education in Science and Technology for Sustainable Development, which is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand. AIT’s 16,000+ alumni are located all over the world, and fifty (50) come from Africa. Today fifteen (15) African students are enrolled in our post-graduate programs, and AIT is further interested to connect with prospective students in Africa.
On the auspicious occasion of celebrating our Golden Jubilee Anniversary, we would like to invite you to join our press conference and a mini exhibition that highlights our 5 decades of achievement and our new initiatives. This is also an opportunity to learn more about AIT, our mission towards sustainable development, and our expanding role to work with the best and brightest minds in Africa for its future development.
Date: Tuesday, 6th October 2009
Venue: Sheraton Addis, The Hall
Taitu Street: Po Box 6002, Addis Ababa
Time: 14.30 – 16.30hrs.
Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand) engages Africa for a Prosperous, Sustainable and Green Future
For Immediate Release:
The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) based in Bangkok, Thailand, is one of Asia’s top postgraduate institutes of engineering, technology, management and sustainable development. This year it celebrates its fiftieth anniversary (1959-2009).
In the 1950s, at a time when Asia was the poorest region in the world, AIT was instituted to uplift the people and countries of the Asian region through capacity building and institution building initiatives. Over its half century history as a leading independent, regional developmental postgraduate institution, the Asian Institute of Technology has played an important role in the development of technologies and scientific competence and scientific capacity of the Asian region and beyond.
As it celebrates its Golden Jubilee Anniversary, and responds to the needs and challenges of our time, AIT has decided to expand its coverage to Africa. Leading a promotional visit in Addis Ababa, AIT Vice President, Prof. S. Rakshit said: “Our Institute’s international vocation and its close interactions with institutions throughout the Asia and across the world have uniquely positioned it to reach out to stakeholders at all levels in Africa.”
Specifically, AIT has now engaged Africa through its “Asia-Africa Initiative” for Higher Education in Science and Technology for Sustainable Development, which is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand. A total of 15 students from Africa are currently enrolled in AIT postgraduate programs, and the Bangkok-based institute is now interested to connect with prospective students from across the continent to join its 16,000+ alumni located all over the world, including 50 from Africa.
“By acting as a bridge between the global, the regional and the local, AIT enhances opportunities for potential partners in Africa to lift their knowledge base, raise their technological and scientific expertise, analyze needs and set priorities that would propel them into regional and global agendas,” Prof. Rakshit added.
The Vice President added that AIT excels in sustainable development work and in emerging issues such as climate change, disaster mitigation, and challenges in post conflict countries. To assist Asia (and Africa) to move forward with ecologically-friendly and sustainable solutions, AIT has embarked on four major initiatives:
AIT focuses its research on themes related to ‘’Sustainable Development in the context of Climate Change''
AIT has been designated by the United Nations as the site of the world's first Regional Centre of Excellence on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), dedicated to the promotion and achievement of the MDGs in Southeast Asia (and beyond) through education and training
In partnership with the winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, Prof. Muhammad Yunus,, AIT has established the ''Yunus Center at AIT'' to address issues of food security, social business in agriculture, applications of ICT in agriculture, and to encourage research that will have a positive impact on the lives of rural poor people
AIT this year will launch the ''Asian Center for Corporate Social Responsibility at AIT'' (ACCSR), which is a joint venture partnership between the AIT and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Asia, Hong Kong. Its mission is to advance the development and implementation of effective sustainability solutions both for and by business, and to facilitate development of the supportive framework conditions for corporate social responsibility and sustainable development.
To celebrate AIT’s fifty years of work in Asia, and to introduce its new initiatives to audiences in Africa, AIT has planned a Press Conference at the Sheraton Addis, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 6th October 2009.
Apart from the press conference, there will also be a mini exhibition of AIT’s history and achievements as well as particular focus on AIT’s relationship with Africa through its alumni and partners. For those interested to join in this event, please contact AIT’s public relations partner Outlaurs – Attn.: Ms. Sirin and / or Ms. Fang at sirin@outLaurs.net, fang@outLaurs.net.
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