Sustainability Workshop 2017

We are pleased to organize the first Sustainability Workshop “MANAGEMENT OF AIT CAMPUS FOREST FOR ECOSYSTEM SERVICES” to give opportunity for students to present their papers and for non-AIT students to learn how AIT students did their research. Date for this year is 16 May 2017.

Date: 16 May 2017 from 9:00 am – 12:20 pm
Venue: ROOM B202, AITCC


Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) campus forest is important for all residents and students living on campus because of the forest’s ability to provide fresh air, regulate micro climate, recreational activities, and other cultural services. These ecosystem services are well recognized globally but locally such services are overlooked. This workshop is organized to provide a forum for discussions on the management of urban forest ecosystem (i.e. university campus forests) for various ecosystem services for better living environment and low-carbon society. Four talks will be delivered by NRM faculty and graduate students followed by breakout session. A breakout session is organized to brainstorm the opportunities for achieving long-term carbon neutral sustainability at AIT campus.

This 1/2 day workshop will contribute to the AIT’s sustainability action.

Tentative Program

8:00-8:30 Registration
8:30-8:35 Introduction to workshop by Dr. Nophea Sasaki
8:35-8:40 Welcome remarks by Prof. Rajendra Shrestha, SERD Dean
Group Photo
8:40-9:05 Management of Forest Ecosystem for Carbon Emission Reductions in AIT Campus
Vasan Narang

9:05-9:30 Management of Forest Ecosystem for Bioenergy Generation in AIT Campus
Wu Szukuang

9:30-10:55 Resident Perceptions toward Forest Ecosystem Services in AIT Campus
Nophea Sasaki

10:55-11:20 Geospatial Applications for AIT Campus Forest
Manjunatha Venkatappa

11:00-11:20 Coffee Break

11:20-12:20 Breakout Session on AIT Sustainability Planning
Chair by Prof. Sivanappan Kumar, VPAA

12:20 Lunch and End

We still have more spots for presentation. If you are interested in giving a presentation, please send us the title of your talks with abstract of 100-150 words by 1 May 2017.

To help us arrange the classroom and coffees, we ask that you kindly register here

Thai students may use this opportunity to seek advice on how to apply for AIT admission under the RTG scholarships for August 2017 intake.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at AIT Conference Center.

Nophea Sasaki
Organizing Committee

KURITA Scholarships for NRM for August 2017 Intake

Deadline: 21 April 2017

Kurita Water and Environment Foundation (KWEF) is a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation under the Japanese Law. KWEF was established on 12 March 1997 aiming to contribute to the development of new technologies of water conservation and environmental protection. KWEF has approved with its research grant program indented to support academic researchers in such field of technologies.

Master Degree for August 2017 Intake in the following fields:

Water Engineering and Management (WEM), School of Engineering and Technology (SET)

Environmental Engineering and Management ( EEM), School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD)

Natural Resources Management (NRM), School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD)
Selection Criteria

Nationalities: All Asian Countries

Applicant with physical impediment is encouraged to apply

Applicant must fulfill the AIT Entry Requirements:

Four years of undergraduate degree or equivalent;

Two letters of recommendations;

English Proficiency Requirement: TOEFL (Computer based: 210 or iTOEF: 76) or IELTS: 6 (writing and overall) or AIT-EETscore of 6 or equivalent

Kurita Scholarship covers the tuition and registration fees, provides bursary and accommodation allowances, medical insurance, visa renewal fee, research grant, and round trip air ticket fare from home country. In addition, the selected candidates may have opportunity to join a short term internship at Kurita Water Industries Ltd., Japan during their study at AIT.

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

Application deadline: 21 April 2017

For further enquiry, please contact:

Admissions and Scholarship Unit, Office of Student Affairs at or Office of External Relations at

NRM Seminar Series 2017

You are cordially invited to attend an special talk, NRM Seminar Series 2017

Title: Telecouplings in the East-West Economic Corridor
Speaker: Dr. Stephen J. Leisz, Associate Professor of Geography, Colorado State University, USA.

Date: 3rd March 2017
Time: 14:00-15:00
Room: S101 SERD Building
Registration at

The conceptual framework of telecoupling seeks to explicitly link land changes in one place, or in a number of places, to distant, usually non-physically connected urban, and in some cases rural, locations. This conceptual framework is offered as a new way of understanding land changes; rather than viewing land-use and land-cover change through discrete land classifications that have been based on the idea of land-use as seen through rural-urban dichotomies, path dependencies and sequential land transitions, and place-based relationships. Focusing on the land-use and land-cover changes taking place along the East-West Economic Corridor that passes from Dong Ha City in Quang Tri, Vietnam, through Sepon District, Savannakhet, Laos, this presentation makes use of data gathered from fieldwork and remote sensing analysis to examine telecouplings between sending, receiving and spill-over systems on both sides of the Vietnam-Laos border.

About the Speaker
Stephen Leisz’s work is focused in the field of land change science. Through the use of remote sensing data, social science fieldwork, and GIS, he investigates the human-environment interactions that lead to land-use and ultimately land-cover changes over local and regional landscapes. His current research focus is on the way that changing livelihood systems in present day Southeast Asia influence land use and land cover changes at local and regional levels, and by extension how these changes influence ecosystem services (e.g. carbon sequestration, biodiversity) and local economies. In the past he has researched potential climate change impacts on biodiversity and human societies in Melanesia and investigated the relationship between land and natural resource tenure systems and land-use/cover changes in parts of Africa and Madagascar.

Call for Journal Papers

Dr. Nophea Sasaki, Prof. Rajendra Shrestha, and their colleagues around the world are calling for papers for a Research Topic of three participating Frontiers Journals below:

Research Topic: Tropical Forest Management and Climate Change Mitigation
Participating Journals:
Frontiers in Environmental Science
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Frontiers in Plant Science

For more information about this call and submission, please go here

World Bank Scholarships Program 2017

Steps to apply for this scholarship

Step 1: Apply for admission at AIT. Please apply here. If you apply for NRM, please state it clearly.
Step 2: Obtain admission letter from AIT
Step 3: Submit the scholarship applications and this Admission letter to World Bank.

Who is Eligible to Apply for World Bank Scholarship?

Details on eligibility criteria for each call for application are provided in that call’s application guidelines, and these detailed eligibility criteria are strictly adhered to. no exception is made.

Broadly speaking, developing country nationals must:

. Be a national of a World Bank member developing country;
. Not hold dual citizenship of a developed country;
. Be in good health;
. Hold a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree earned at least 3 years prior to the Application Deadline date;
. Have 3 years or more of recent development-related experience after earning a Bachelor (or equivalent) degree;
. Be accepted unconditionally to enroll in the upcoming academic year in at least one of the JJWBGSP Preferred or Partner masters degree Programs;
. Not be an Executive Director, his/her alternate, and/or staff of all types of appointments of the World Bank Group or a close relative of the aforementioned by blood or adoption with the term “close relative” defined as: Mother, Father, Sister, Half-sister, Brother, Half-brother, Son, Daughter, Aunt, Uncle, Niece, or Nephew;

Scholarship Application Deadline: 23 Feb 2017
Please apply for admission at AIT early so that you have time to submit the necessary documents to the World Bank.
More information about the World Bank Scholarship can be founded here.

Please be informed that for August 2017 Intake, following Field of Studies of AIT (SERD and SET) are listed under the JJ/WBGSP preferred university for the scholarship. Eight programs are from SERD and 1 from SET.

1. Master’s in Agricultural Systems and Engineering (ASE)
2. Master’s in Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management (AARM)
3. Master’s in Environmental Engineering and Management (EEM)
4. Master’s in Food Engineering and Bioprocess Technology (FEBT)
5. Master’s in Gender and Development Studies (GDS)
6. Master’s in Natural Resources Management (NRM)
7. Master’s in Regional and Rural Development Planning (RRDP)
8. Master’s in Urban Environmental Management (UEM)
9. Master’s in Water Engineering and Management (WEM)


RTG Fellowship for 2017

 Deadline Extended: 21 December 2016

About the Fellowship Program

The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand is offering applicants to its Master and Doctoral degree programs an opportunity to qualify for generous academic fellowships. A large number of no-bond RTG Fellowships are available for students applying for postgraduate programs offered at AIT’s School of Engineering and Technology (SET); School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD); and School of Management (SOM). As Asia’s leading international higher learning institute, the RTG Fellowships are intended to increase the number of skilled international scientists, engineers and managers required to meet the future challenges of the emerging Asian Economic Community region and beyond.
Application Deadline Extended to 10 December 2016

Eligibility requirements to be considered for RTG Fellowships

  • Thai nationals only.
  • Having English proficiency not lower than IELTS 5 or equivalent or AIT English Entry Test.For students admitted with
    IELTS lower than 6.0, they required to take English class to fulfill the Exit requirement of IELTS 6.0.
  • Priority is given to Master degree applicants.
  • A four-year Bachelor degree from a recognized university is required.
  • Applicants to MBA programs require a minimum of one-year’s relevant work experience.

RTG Fellowship

  • Full Study Cost Fellowships (752,000 Baht Award). This fellowship covers the entire study cost of a Master program. Requirement: Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • 75% Study Cost Fellowships (564,000 Baht Award). Recipients pay study cost of one semester, or 188,000 Baht. Requirement: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • 50% Study Cost Fellowships (376,000 Baht Award). Recipients pay study cost of two semesters, or 376,000 Baht. Requirement: Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Fellowships for Doctoral applicants vary depending on their academic credentials. Normally, eligible applicants should have attained a Cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their Master program and 3.0 in their Undergraduate program.

Fellowships cover tuition and registration fee, but do not cover accommodation fees or living expenses.

Please be informed that the above scheme is to be used as guidelines of the Selection Committee, but not necessary means that every applicant with the required GPA will receive the corresponding amount of the fellowship. The final decision will rest totally with the Selection Committee.

Fellowships cover tuition and registration fee, but do not cover accommodation fees or living expenses.

Please be informed that the above scheme is to be used as guidelines of the Selection Committee, but not necessary means that every applicant with the required GPA will receive the corresponding amount of the fellowship. The final decision will rest totally with the Selection Committee.

For more information please visit Admissions Website. Interested applicants may apply here or contact the AIT Admissions Office at Tel: 02-524 5032, 02-524 5033 E-mail

Information about applying for admission at NRM, please contact or click here to apply now!

RTG Scholarship 2016: Deadline extended

หมดเขตสมัครรับทุน วันที่
23 กรกฎาคม 2559


สนับสนุนโดยรัฐบาลไทย โดยไม่มีข้อผูกมัดใดๆ เพื่อเปิด โอกาสให้นักศึกษาไทยได้ร่วมศึกษาในระดับปริญญาโทและปริญญาเอก กับนักศีกษานานาชาติ จุดประสงค์ เพื่อการผลิต วิศวกรและนักวิทยาศาสตร์ ให้มีมวลวิกฤติ แบบเร่งรัด เพื่อตอบสนองปัจจัยสำคัญในการพัฒนาเศรษฐกิจของประเทศไทย อย่างยั่งยืน และเตรียมความพร้อมในการเปิดประชาคมเศรษฐกิจอาเซียน (AEC)เงื่อนไขของทุน ผู้สมัครจะต้องจบการศึกษาระดับปริญญา ตรีด้วยคะแนนสะสม และมีความสามารถในภาษาอังกฤษตาม กำหนด รายละเอียดของทุน มีดังต่อไปนี้

  • ทุนอุดหนุนเต็ม (752,000 บาท) มูลค่าเท่ากับค่าเล่าเรียน ทั้งหมดสำหรับการศึกษาในระดับปริญญาโท โดยผู้สมัคร จะต้องมีคะแนนสะสมในระดับปริญญาตรี ไม่ต่ำกว่า3.0 สำหรับมหาวิทยาลัยอันดับ 1000 ของโลก* และไม่ต่ำกว่า 3.5 สำหรับมหาวิทยาลัยอื่นๆ
  • ทุนอุดหนุน 75% (564,000 บาท). มูลค่าเท่ากับค่าเล่า เรียนสามภาคการศึกษา โดยนักศึกษาชำระค่าเล่าเรียนภาคการศึกษาแรก เป็นเงิน 188,000 ยาท โดยผู้สมัคร จะต้องมีคะแนนสะสมในระดับปริญญาตรี ไม่ต่ำกว่า2.75 สำหรับมหาวิทยาลัยอันดับ 1000 ของโลก* และไม่ต่ำกว่า 3.0 สำหรับมหาวิทยาลัยอื่นๆ
  • ทุนอุดหนุน 50% (376,000 บาท). มูลค่าเท่ากับค่าเล่า เรียนสองภาคการศึกษา โดยนักศึกษาชำระค่าเล่าเรียนสอง ภาคการศึกษา เป็นเงิน 376,000 ยาท โดยผู้สมัครจะต้องมี คะแนนสะสมในระดับปริญญาตรี ไม่ต่ำกว่า2.75 สำหรับมหาวิทยาลัยอื่นๆ

 Apply for admission here.

For advice to apply for NRM, please contact:

Yupa Katchasuwanmanee 
Secretary of Natural Resources Management FoS
School of Environment, Resources and Development
Asian Institute of Technology
Phone: (02)524-6387 (can talk in Thai)
Email: with copy to

AIT’s Key Facts and Figures
สถาบันเทคโนโลยีแห่งเอเชีย (AIT)

  • 3 Schools, SET, SERD, SOM
  • 2000+ Students from 49 Countries/Territories
  • 20,941 Alumni from 100 Countries/Territories
  • 98 World Class Faculty from 25 Countries
  • 1,000+ Graduate Courses
  • 32 Fields of Study
  • 15 Research and Outreach Centers
  • 100+ Research Staff
  • 500+ Support Staff
  • 400 Research & Outreach Projects
  • 330 Partners world wide
  • 33 Board of Trustees from 19 Countries

 Please note that English is the official instruction language at the Asian Institute of Technology. During study programs at AIT, students with low English score are required to take the English course, which is provided by the AIT Language Center. 

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







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.