REDD+ Course for 2018 Intake

Natural Resources Management program of the Department of Development and Sustainability is pleased to announced the new course on REDD+. This course is available from August 2018 intake and Dr. Nophea Sasaki will be the instructor.

Brief Introduction to the REDD+ course

The REDD+ or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, plus Conservation of Forests, Sustainable Management of Forests, and Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks is the climate change mitigation scheme of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The entry into force of the Paris Climate Agreement further strengthens the need for the REDD+ scheme for achieving mitigation target set out in the Nationally Determined Contributions. The course objective is to provide students with most recent knowledge of the REDD+, its policy and rules; forest carbon accounting with modern technologies; methodologies for identification of the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, for introduction of the appropriate REDD+ activities for reducing the drivers, and for measurement of performance; and REDD+ development and financing.

Please come and join us.

Courses at NRM for August 2018 Semester

We are pleased to announce the courses offering for August 2018 semester at NRM academic program.

Department-wide Courses

ED52.03  (required)
Introduction to Development and Sustainability 2(2-0)
Dr. Nophea Sasaki, Dr. Vilas, Nitivatannanon, Prof. Kyoko kusakabe

ED52.9005 (required)
Introduction to Research Design 2(2-0)
Prof. Rajendra P. Shrestha, Dr. Sohee Kim, Dr Sylvia Szabo

NRM Courses

ED76.01 (required)
Ecological Principles for Natural Resources Management 3(3-0)
Dr. Nophea Sasaki

ED76.16 (required)
Land Resources Management 3(3-0)
Prof. Rajendra P. Shrestha

Natural Resources Management Issues in Asia 1(1-0)
Dr. Nophea Sasaki, Prof. Rajendra P. Shrestha, Dr. Takuji W. Tsusaka, Dr. Nicolas Faysse

Society and Natural Resource Management 3(3-0)
Dr. Takuji W. Tsusaka

Natural Resources Economics 2(2-0)
Dr. Takuji W. Tsusaka

REDD+ 3(3-1)
Dr. Nophea Sasaki and Dr. Toshiako Owari (University of Tokyo)
(Special lectures by Dr. Andreas Langner, Joint Research Centre, European Commission)

We look forward to welcoming new students to our NRM courses.

NRM’s Forestry and Agriculture Subject was ranked Top 2018

Forestry and Agriculture subject of the Natural Resources Management academic program of the Department of Development and Sustainability, Asian Institute of Technology has been ranked top among study subjects at top universities worldwide, according to the QS Top Universities 2018 Rankings by Subject, which was released on 28 February 2018.

NRM Mini Workshop 2018: GEE and Drone Applications

Applications of Google Earth Engine and Drone for Forest Carbon Measurement and Monitoring – Implications for the REDD+ Scheme

Date: 9 July 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00
Venue: Room S101, SERD at Asian Institute of Technology
Fees: No fee, no sponsor
Audiences: Anyone can participate. To allow for better arrangement of the classroom, please kindly register here.

Google Earth Engine (GEE) has been increasingly used for natural resources assessment and monitoring because of its huge data availability at no cost and tools for use at scale. Apart from GEE, drone has also been used for similar purposes as well as for biodiversity conservation. A combination of GEE and drone has been increasingly adopted for forest carbon measurement, forest carbon and health monitoring. This mini workshop is organized to introduce the latest applications of both technologies and discuss the future wider use of these applications for large-scale for in forest carbon measurement, carbon and health monitoring in the tropics. Results of the workshop could provide useful tools for monitoring REDD+ activities and accounting for carbon emission reductions and removals in tropical countries under the REDD+ scheme.

Four talks will be given followed by discussions:

A Google Earth Engine Practice for On-demand Land Cover Mapping
Speaker: Dr. Hiroyuki Miyazaki, RS-GIS, Asian Institute of Technology

Operational Forest Degradation Monitoring in Semi/Evergreen Forests using Google Earth Engine
Speaker: Dr. Andreas Langner, Joint Research Centre, Directorate D—Sustainable Resources, European Commission

Determination of Thresholds for Eight Land Use Categories in Cambodia using a Combination of Google Earth Engine and Remote Sensing Technologies
Speaker: Manjunatha Venkatappa, Dr. Nophea Sasak, Natural Resources Management, Asian Institute of Technology

Using Drone, Google Earth Engine and Remote Sensing Technologies for Forest Carbon Measurement – Results from two Case Studies in Thailand
Speaker: Dr. Nophea Sasaki, Manjunatha Venkatappa, Natural Resources Management, Asian Institute of Technology

Registration is open until 5 July 2018. Register now.

Organized by Natural Resources Management, Asian Institute of Technology

Dr. Nophea Sasaki
Associate Professor and Chair of NRM
Asian Institute of Technology

RTG Fellowship for Thai Students for August 2018 Intake

Closing on 31 July 2018 (Apply Early is recommended)

The vision of the Royal Thai Government (RTG) is to prepare the country and its people for the emerging ASEAN Economic Community. Through its no-bond RTG Fellowships at AIT, RTG seeks to prepare her engineers, scientists and managers to become global citizens and emerge as key drivers of Thailand’s international competitiveness. The Royal Thai Government therefore offers academic fellowships to Thai students to pursue Master’s and Doctoral degree programs.


  • Thai national only
  • Having English proficiency as required by AIT
  • Four-year Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university
  • MBA applicants require an additional one-year relevant work experience

RTG Fellowships for Master Degree

Fellowship Value of Fellowship Grant Cumulative GPA requirement
100% 848,000 Baht (covers entire study cost of 4 semesters) GPA ≥ 3.00 (from top universities*)
GPA ≥ 3.50 (other universities)
75% 636,000 Baht (covers 3 semesters, student pays remainder 212,000 baht as one semester cost) GPA ≥2.75 (from top universities*)
GPA ≥ 3.00 (other universities)
50% 424,000 Baht (covers 2 semesters, student pays same amount for 2 semesters) GPA ≥ 2.75 or equivalent

RTG Fellowships for Doctoral Degree

To qualified for these fellowships, the applicants should have a Cumulative GPA of 3.50 in their Master’s degree and 2.75 in their undergraduate program from top universities *(3.00 for other universities).

(*) Universities include:

(1) Chulalongkorn University
(2) Mahidol University
(3) Chiang Mai University
(4) Thammasat University
(5) Kasetsart University
(6) Khon Kaen University
(7) King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi
(8) Prince of Songkla University

Please note: Fellowships cover tuition and registration fees, but do not cover accommodation fees or living expenses.

For more information regarding the fellowship, please contact Ms. Wilailak at 02-524-5023 or Ms. Kanchana at 02-524-6119 or send email to

Apply for RTG Fellowships Now!

Scholarships for August 2018 Intake

Students interested in applying for master or PhD degree at the Natural Resources Management for August 2018 intake should apply now. Closing for many scholarships is 31 March 2018.  Your applications will be reviewed and if admitted, you will be automatically considered for the scholarship that best matches your qualifications.

Scholarships are awarded on very competitive basis. Each scholarship award covers full tuition and registration fees plus accommodation, and a bursary for living expenses in AIT’s residential campus, for the entire period of 22-24 months (four semesters) for the Master degree program and 41 Months (7 semesters) for the Doctoral degree program depending on the scholarship criteria.

  1. HM KING’S Scholarships and HM QUEEN’S Scholarships

  2. Loom Nam Khong Pijai (GMSARN Scholarships)

  3. AIT Vietnam’s 25th Anniversary Scholarship Program 2015-2018

  4. Japanese Government Scholarships

  5. Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP)

  6. Bangchak Scholarships

  7. WE Consultant Scholarships

  8. Thai Pipe Scholarships 

  9. AIT-UNESCO-IHE programmes
  10. Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 

  11. Kurita Scholarships

  12. BRIDGEX Scholarship for Structural Engineering

  13. President Robert B Banks Scholarship

  14. INDEX International Group Co. Ltd. Bonded Scholarship

Required Documents

  • Degree Certificate and Transcript of Undergraduate Degree and / or Master’s Degree;
  • Two Letters of Recommendation;
  • English Proficiency Requirement: TOEFL (Computer based: 210) and IELTS: 6 (writing and overall) or equivalent;
  • An essay on your proposed research topic (For doctoral applicants only).


Fellowships are also offered to support the most qualified applicants depending on their qualifications and merit but they are awarded on very competitive basis. Fellowships cover a part (or full) of the credit fees (tuition) only.  Applicants should find other sources to pay for registration fees, accommodation fees or living expenses.

  1. RTG Fellowship
  2. AIT Fellowship

NRM Welcomes New Faculty, Dr. Takuji Tsusaka

Dr. Takuji Tsusaka is an economist specialized in agriculture, poverty, social capital, technology adoption, and impact assessment. At NRM, he is expected to teach the following courses:

Natural Resources Economics (ED76.20)
Society and Natural Resources Management (ED76.14)
Quantitative Research Methods II (ED52.00XX)
Development Economics (ED52.00XX)

Dr. Tsusaka will also supervise Master and Ph.D students. Please come and join him.

Special Talk by Prof. Hosang Kang


You are cordially invited to special talk to be delivered by Dr. Hosang Kang, Research Professor, National Instrumentation Center for Environmental Management (NICEM), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea.

Title: ASEAN-Korea Environmental Cooperation Project as a Successful Model of Regional Cooperation for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development

Registration: (for the purpose of room arrangement)

Date: Thursday, 23 November 2017
Time: 13:30 – 14:30 pm
Venue: S201
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ho Sang Kang

Prof. Kang got Ph.D. in Seoul National University in the field of forest ecology and silviculture. He worked as Global Forest Information Service Regional Coordinator for Asia and Russia. He was a Project Manager (Capacity Building of School of Environmental Conservation and Ecotourism Management in Indonesia) of KOICA from 2007-2009 and Secretary General of AKECOP from 2009 to 2016.
At present, he has several international cooperation projects including East Asia Biodiversity Conservation Network in the Northeast Asia and Center for Combat Desertification in Arid and Semi-Arid that is to establish cooperative network and development of capacity building programs for combating desertification and land degradation in arid and semi-arid areas in Asia and Africa.
He has also involved to establish Asia Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO), a inter-governmental organization in Korea and now supporting the survey of plant biodiversity in Lao PDR and Myanmar.

Abstract: The ASEAN-Korea Environmental Cooperation Project (AKECOP) as a catalyst for attaining sustainable natural resources management in the region became prominent and relevant. Being a regional collaborative partnership it supports ASEAN Member States in generating scientific knowledge, sharing information and experiences, and enhancing human and institutional capacity through the phased steps since 2000.
The main goal of the AKECOP Project was to enhance the capacity of AMS in managing and conserving the rich biodiversity and natural ecosystems in a sustainable manner through the collaborative research partnership, capacity building, and scientific and technical information sharing in the ASEAN region.

Please contact for more information. Thank you.

Confirmed recipients for August 2017

The confirmed recipients for August 2017 intake are:
1. Ms. Oum Somaly for Kurita Scholarship
2. Ms. Laxmi K.C. for ADB-JSP scholarships
3. Ms. Proranee Maneechot for Her Majesty the Queen’s Scholarships

More are coming. Welcome to NRM!

President Robert B. Banks Scholarship 2017

Deadline: 15 June 2017 for August 2017 Intake

The family of the late Prof. Robert B. Banks has announced the creation of a new perpetual annual master’s scholarship to be awarded to a most deserving applicant, in memory of the late AIT President. Prof. Robert B. Banks had served as AIT’s third President from 1977 to 1983. The scholarship awardee is expected to have the highest academic credentials and financially deserving, and the award will commence in 2017, so that the first recipient can join in August 2017. The scholarship is open to all academic programs of all the three schools at AIT.

This following are the details regarding the criteria and selection procedure for the scholarship.
Name of the scholarship: : President Robert B. Banks Scholarship

Number of scholarships per year: One

Scholarship details:

The scholarship generously funded would include:
Full tuition (48 credits) and registration fee for 4 semesters (Baht 848,000)
Monthly Bursary (including accommodation) (Baht 15,000)
Medical insurance, Visa fees, Student Union fee, Book allowance
Research Support (Baht 40,000)

The applicant should first meet all theAIT criteria for master’s admission for scholarships including English language requirement. The scholarship is open to all candidates:

regardless of the academic program.
from any nationality, and of any gender.
with high academic performance in their Bachelor’s studies.
All applicants should provide a personal statement (one to two pages) of why they are choosing the specific academic program, and what they hope to achieve upon graduation.

The applicants should also provide details regarding their financial status.

Apply for admission at AIT to be considered for this scholarship through:

Application deadline for August 2017 intake: 15 June 2017