Month: June 2016

Trip to Strengthening Cooperation with Cambodian Institutions

At the invitation of Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC), Prof. Rajendra Shrestha and Dr. Nophea Sasaki visited Phnom Penh on May 27-28, 2016 to promote the AIT educational and research activities and to strengthen research collaboration between AIT and institutions in Cambodia. In addition to introducing AIT’s education and research excellence, we discussed the possibility of having a unified-degree, dual-degree, joint-degree, and two-stage degree programs with top private universities in Cambodia. These universities include Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (PUC), Phnom Penh International University (PPIU), and Asia-Europe University. We also discussed the research collaboration with the Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC), Ministry of the Environment (MoE), and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF). All parties have generally agreed to further collaboration through the signing of MoUs and followed by MoA for specific activities subject to detailed agreement.

1) NRM-AIT delegates met with the President of the Royal Academy of Cambodia (H.E. Dr. Khlot Thyda) and her staff

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2) NRM-AIT delegates met with the Secretary General ( H.E. Dr. Tin Ponlok) of the National Council for Sustainable Development and staff of the Ministry of Environment Secretary General

 

 

 

 

3) NRM-AIT delegates met with the Under Secretary of State (H.E. Sao Vannsereyvuth), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

 

 

 

 

 

4) NRM-AIT delegates met with the Deans of the Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) NRM-AIT delegates met with the Deans of the Phnom Penh International University

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specialized REDD+ Training Course in 2016

Natural Resources Management field of study will organize a specialized training course at the Asian Institute of Technology. Please circulate this information to your networks. Thank you.

Title: Accounting for Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals through REDD+ Activities
Training Date: 27 November – 4 December 2016
Training Venue: AIT Conference Center
Training Capacity: 25 Trainees

Click here for more information about the training and how to apply.

What is is REDD+? Watch this video to find out.

RTG scholarship for Thai Students

RTG scholarship is available for full support to all qualified Thai students at Master’s and PhD levels in all fields of study at the Asian Institute of Technology. Students with grade point of more than 3.0 out of 4 from top ranked national universities of Thailand and more than 3.5 grade point from rest other universities can get full fellowships (means all tuition fee is free) for studying at the Asian Institute of Technology. Students whose GPAs are less than 3 or 3.5 can also get 75% and 50% fellowship depending upon the grade point of the students. Students wishing to join natural resources management field of study (NRM), please read the NRM introduction below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join the Winning Team at Natural Resources Management!

Natural resources are the basis of livelihoods and economies of every nation in Asia. Given the rich cultural, social, political, and biophysical diversity across Asia, the professionals working in natural resources management need a strong working knowledge of interrelated sciences. NRM is designed to train the professionals in contemporary topics related to terrestrial and coastal resources, ranging from their stocktaking, sustainable use and governance to climate change mitigation and adaptation through interdisciplinary approaches. Through teaching, research and outreach activities, the NRM FoS seeks to develop professionals who can contribute to the conservation and sustainable management of natural resources, including terrestrial and coastal resources.

The complex nature of NRM issues requires a broad range of skills and techniques ranging from the social to the physical sciences. The NRM field of study therefore specializes in areas as diverse as community-based natural resources management, forestation and forestry, integrated land management, biodiversity conservation, climate mitigation/adaptation, and the valuation of ecosystem services. We provide education and research opportunities leading to Master and Ph.D. degrees in NRM. NRM also provides training, outreach and capacity-building opportunities to a growing number of partners on many NRM related areas. In addition to providing training, we have assisted universities in Nepal, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Vietnam, Cambodia and other countries to develop their capacity to implement academic programs related to natural resources management.

AIT has unique multicultural environnent. We have awarded M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees to students from most South and Southeast Asian countries as well as from beyond this region. As an institute, AIT has an alumni body of over 15,000 from more than 80 countries/territories and more than 23000 short-term trainees from over 70 countries/territories. The current student body is dynamic and highly diverse representing more than 40 counties/territories. The faculty body is composed of 130 world class faculty from over 20 countries.

NRM FoS alone has its alumni body of more than 20 Doctoral and 360 Master’s degree graduates from more than 20 countries in last 15 years. Managing natural resources requires interdisciplinary competency and hence NRM curriculum at AIT is uniquely designed by integrating different sciences (biophysical, spatial, political and socioeconomic) to provide necessary skills and tools needed for the Natural Resources Manager. We expect our graduates to be able to i) assess the natural resources and the environment through inventory, mapping and monitoring techniques; ii) analyze the problems, potentials, and perspectives through a broad spectrum of analytical methods from physical, social, economic, and political sciences; and iii) Develop and apply the solutions and alternatives through planning and management by integrating disciplines, spatial and time scales and stakeholders.

To Apply for NRM, please contact:

Yupa Katchasuwanmanee
Secretary
Natural Resources Management Field of Study
School of Environment, Resources and Development
Asian Institute of Technology
P.O. Box 4, Klong Luang, Pathumtani 12120, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 524-6387, Fax +66 2 524 6431
Email: nrmcoordinator@ait.asia with copy to chaven@ait.ac.th

All information related to requirement for this fellowship program is given here.

NRM students win International Forests Debate

Students from the Natural Resources Management field of study, School of Environment, Resources, and Development of the Asian Institute of Technology have won the annual debate organized on the occasion of the International Day of Forests for the third successive year. The three-member team of Mr. Vasan Narang, Ms Ngoc Han and Ms. Sobia Asghar defeated their rival Kasetsart University at the competition held on 21 March 2016.

The debate was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) along with RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), at the FAO premises in Bangkok.

Debating on the proposition “Investing in forest restoration reduces the cost of providing clean water to people,” the AIT team spoke in favor of the motion. The AIT team reasoned that forest restoration curtails soil erosion and nutrient runoff, enhances clean groundwater infiltration, thus reducing the use of chemicals in water treatment and prolonging the life of treatment facilities.

This year’s winning team members hail from three countries — Vasan is from Thailand, while Ngoc Han is from Vietnam, and Sobia is from Pakistan. While Sobia is a Doctoral candidate, both Vasan and Le Truong are Master’s students — all three being enrolled in the Natural Resource Management (NRM) field of study in AIT’s School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD).

In her welcomes remarks, Kundhavi Kadiresan, Assistant Director-General and FAO Regional Representative stated that “The ‘Forests and Water’ theme is particularly relevant this year, as we are reminded every day in the news about the ongoing and intensifying drought, the farmers who are suffering from lack of water for their crops, and even potential water shortages in urban areas.” “I want to say how great it is to see all of you, the students and teachers from the participating schools and universities for your participation. This event is about you and for you,” Kadiresan added.

The three judges were Mr. Patrick Durst, Senior Forestry Officer, FAO; Mr. Ronnakorn Triraganon, Manager, Capacity Development and Technical Services (CDTS), RECOFTC; and Ms. Keiko Numara, Programmer Officer,UN-REDD, UNEP.

Eight participating teams were divided into four categories. Apart from AIT, the other three winners are Panyarat High School, Garden International School, and Anglo Singapore School.

This is the third successive win for AIT students. In 2014, AIT students Sam Chanthy from Cambodia, Rehan Ul Haq of Pakistan, and Aung Kyaw Naing from Myanmar had debated on the topic  “The best way to conserve forests is to keep people out of the forests,” and won. The following year Katika Punbuatoom from Thailand, and Sumitra KC and Pradeep Baral from Nepal, won the debate while speaking on the proposition “That climate change means we should spend more money on protecting forests.”

More details are available at the FAO website: http://www.fao.org/asiapacific/news/detail-events/en/c/394620/

Trip to Strengthening Cooperation with Cambodian Institution

On invitation of Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC), Prof. Rajendra Shrestha and Dr. Nophea Sasaki visited Phnom Penh on May 27-28, 2016 to promote the AIT educational and research activities and to strengthen research collaboration between AIT and institutions in Cambodia. In addition to introducing AIT’s education and research excellence, we discussed the possibility of having a unified-degree, dual-degree, joint-degree, and two-stage degree programs with top private universities in Cambodia. These universities include Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia (PUC), Phnom Penh International University (PPIU), and Asia-Europe University. We also discussed the research collaboration with the Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC), Ministry of the Environment (MoE), and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF). All parties have generally agreed to further collaboration through the signing of MoUs and followed by MoA for specific activities subject to detailed agreement.

1) NRM-AIT delegates met with the President of the Royal Academy of Cambodia (H.E. Dr. Khlot Thyda) and her staff

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2) NRM-AIT delegates met with the Secretary General ( H.E. Dr. Tin Ponlok) of the National Council for Sustainable Development and staff of the Ministry of Environment Secretary General

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) NRM-AIT delegates met with the Under Secretary of State (H.E. Sao Vannsereyvuth), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) NRM-AIT delegates met with the Deans of the Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) NRM-AIT delegates met with the Deans of the Phnom Penh International University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full Scholarship for Thai Students for August 2016 Intake

Deadline: 30 June 2016

Click here for information in Thai.

About the RTG Fellowship

The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand is offering generous academic fellowships to Thai students to pursue Master’s and Doctoral degree programs at its pristine campus.

It is vision of the Royal Thai Government (RTG) to prepare the country and its people for the emerging ASEAN Economic Community. Through its no-bond RTG Fellowships at AIT, it seeks to prepare its engineers, scientists and managers to become global citizens and emerge as key drivers of Thailand’s international competitiveness.

Recently granted 5-Star Rating by QS for its internationality, teaching and facilities, AIT invites applicants to postgraduate programs in its three schools – School of Engineering and Technology (SET); School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD); and School of Management (SOM).

Eligibility requirements for master degree
Thai national only.
TOEFL score of 210 (computer-based) or AIT English Entry Test  or equivalent or AIT English Entry Test
Four-year Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university is required.
MBA applicants require an additional one-years relevant work experience.

Eligibility requirements for doctoral degree
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).

For more detailed information, please visit AIT Scholarship

Please note:
Fellowships cover tuition and registration fee, but do not cover accommodation fees or living expenses.
The final decision of grant of RTG Fellowships rest with the Selection Committee.
Interested applicants may apply here or contact the AIT Admissions Office at
Phone: 02-524 5032, 02-524 5033
E-mail: admissions@ait.asia

For the RTG Fellowship detail, please contact
Khun Wannapa
Tel. 02-524-5071 or
Khun Wilailak
Tel. 02-524-5023 or
Email: rtg@ait.asia