Donation Converts “CREATOR SPACE” in AIT Entrepreneurship Center to Smart Modified Classroom (August 2020)
A group of Sri Lankan AIT Alumni in Australia has generously donated AUD 6,818 towards the
upgrading of the CREATOR SPACE facility at the AIT Entrepreneurship Center (EC) into a
Smart Modified Classroom (SMC).
This enhancement of the CREATOR SPACE into an SMC will equip the facility with the latest
technology allowing the EC to conduct all its events in the hybrid mode, including its flagship
Distinguished Entrepreneur Talk Series and other mentorship workshops like Experts Talk,
which can be attended by both on-campus and online audiences. It will help the Entrepreneurship
Center to reach out and interact with participants from around the world.
AIT President Dr. Eden Woon expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to these Sri Lankan
AIT Alumni in Australia for their support to the Institute. President Woon said “Given the
current situation, this upgrade will surely have a large impact on AIT’s mission to transform
itself to be a more innovative institute in education and research. And we are always grateful to
our alumni who remember their Alma Mater. This contribution from a group of Sri Lankan AIT
Alumni in Australia is deeply appreciated.”
AIT Receives Support from Dr. Anat Arbhabhirama towards Master’s Degree Scholarship (August 2020)
Dr. Anat Arbhabhirama (WRE’62), AIT alumnus, from Water Resources Engineering, signed an agreement with Dr. Eden Woon, AIT President on 30 July 2020, at Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company Limited, granting a scholarship in an amount of 464,000 Thai Baht towards a 24 credits tuition and the registration fees for a master’s student of any nationality enrolled in Water Engineering and Management (WEM), School of Engineering & Technology for August 2020 intake.
Dr. Anat is currently the Chairman of the Management Committee & Member of Advisory Board at Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company Limited, and the Vice Chairman of AIT Board of Trustees. He had an outstanding academic career at AIT as a former professor, former Division Chairman of Water Resources Engineering, and former Vice President for Academic Affairs. He has since served in both the public and private sectors in high level positions.
President Woon expressed his appreciation and thanked Dr. Anat for his support to the Institute, and further stated that scholarships are one of the important components for AIT, as every scholarship that AIT receives will help to attract bright and highly qualified students to the Institute.
Dr. Anat expressed his hope that his donation will demonstrate the spirit of giving back to one’s Alma Mater and will help promote the pay-it-forward frame of mind.
AIT receives support towards One Full Master’s Scholarship and One Standard Smart Modified Classroom for Hybrid Instruction (July 2020)
Ms. La-ead Kovavisaruch (IE&M’87) & Mr. Chaiwat Kovavisarach (IE&M’91), AIT alumni from Industrial Engineering & Management, jointly agrees to support AIT in the amount of THB 1.2 million towards one Full Master’s Scholarship in honor of their parents, Mr. Boonkiat & Ms. Jintana Kovavisaruch, 60th Wedding Anniversary. In addition, Mr. Chaiwat also agrees to support one Standard Smart Modified Classroom for Hybrid Instruction.
On 9th July 2020, at AIT campus, both agreements were signed by Ms. La-ead Kovavisaruch, Mr. Chaiwat Kovavisarach, and Dr. Eden Y. Woon, AIT President. The first agreement is a scholarship for a Thai student to be enrolled in the Master’s degree program in the field of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME), School of Engineering & Technology for August 2020 intake. The second agreement is towards sole naming of one Smart Modified Classroom for Hybrid Instruction through the generous support by Mr. Chaiwat Kovavisarach.
Ms. La-ead Kovavisaruch is the Chief Investment Officer at Dusit International, Thailand, and Mr. Chaiwat Kovavisarach is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Bangchak Corporation Public Company Limited. He is the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Asian Institute of Technology, as well as a member of AIT’s Board of Trustees.
President Woon stated that scholarships are a very important component for AIT in attracting academically qualified students to study their postgraduate degrees at AIT. He further stated that for this Fall semester 2020 and beyond, AIT will use the Hybrid Mode of Instruction to provide effective delivery of instruction and interaction, irrespective of student location. In addition, they will be used continuously in the future as we incorporate more innovation into our teaching. Therefore, President Woon is grateful to Ms. La-ead & Mr. Chaiwat for their respective donations.
Ms. La-ead & Mr. Chaiwat both mentioned that they valued the scholarships that they received to study at AIT, which enabled them in enhancing their respective careers. Thus, they had the calling to give back to their Alma Mater.
Also attending the signing ceremony were Mr. Boonkiat & Ms. Jintana Kovavisaruch, parents of Ms. La-ead & Mr. Chaiwat. And, Dr. La-or Kovavisaruch, their sister.
Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand signs a Memorandum of Agreement to support 10 I-EA-T employees to study Master’s Degree program at AIT (July 2020)
The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (I-EA-T) will support ten scholarships for their employees to pursue Master’s degree program at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed by Dr. Somchint Pilouk (EEM’17 & ETM’03), AIT Alumnus, and Governor of I-EA-T; and Dr. Eden Y Woon, President of AIT, on 22 July 2020 at AIT campus.
This MoA is valid for five years from the date of signing and will support a total of ten qualified I-EA-T employees who fulfill the AIT admission requirements to pursue their Master’s degree program at any of the three schools: School of Engineering and Technology (SET), School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), and School of Management (SOM).
President Woon stressed the importance of AIT’s close relationships with the Government sector, and with industries and private enterprises as such relationships serve as an important component for AIT’s commitment to self-transformation and relevance. President Woon also discussed with I-EA-T the possibility of AIT serving as a resource for the I-EA-T network of industries located in the 61 industrial parks.
Dr. Somchint stated that this MoA will strengthen the capacity of the I-EA-T workforce. I-EA-T is looking forward to more collaborations with AIT in the future including student internships, company visits and executive education programs.
Also present at the signing ceremony were Mr. Vitoon Uthim, Deputy Governor; Mrs. Panudda Rungraungsri, Assistant to Governor; Ms. Subhamas Suddhiputra, Division Director of Human Resource Development; Ms. Darunee Suwanchatree, Director of Legal & Land Proprietary Division; Mr. Chane Katechrat, Legal Officer; Miss Nicha Krutklom, Secretary; and Ms. Pantip Tripunya, Human Resource Development.
AIT Received Donations to Help Create Smart Modified Classrooms for Hybrid Instruction (July 2020)
AIT received a large number of donations to support the creation of 18 Smart Modified Classrooms (SMCs)
which are being used to deliver the Hybrid Instruction System in the Fall 2020 semester to both on-campus
and online students. The system will be used also in the future as AIT incorporates more innovation into its
AIT President Eden Woon said: “These SMCs ensure that online students can fully interact with their in-
class students and faculty regardless of their location, thereby delivering as near a face-to-face experience as
possible. This is particularly urgent this semester as many of our overseas students are unable to travel to
Thailand on time because of Covid-19 restrictions. But beyond this semester, these rooms will also be
extremely useful as we gradually incorporate more innovation into our teaching. These SMCs allow us to be
more flexible to delivering instruction in both academic and continuing education programs. We are very
grateful to our donors who have been so generous to AIT at this Covid-19 crisis time. Their timely
contribution is helping AIT provide quality education ‘without missing a beat.’ ”
Within 6 weeks of launching this campaign, AIT received a tremendous response from alumni and friends,
and achieved its target of finding sponsorship for every one of the 18 SMC’s. Their generosity are marked by
plaques at the doors of the rooms they helped create. We would like to acknowledge and express our
gratitude to the following donors for their generous support to the Institute for the SMC campaign.
· AITAA Malaysia Chapter – Enhanced Smart Modified Classroom
· Mr. Pote Narittakurn Lee (STE’87) – Enhanced Smart Modified Classroom
· Dr. Naveed Anwar (SE’04 & ’88) – Enhanced Smart Modified Classroom
· Dr. Prasarn Trairatvorakul (IE&M’76) – Standard Smart Modified Classroom
· Mr. Chaiwat Kovavisarach (IE&M’91) – Standard Smart Modified Classroom
· Mr. Chaovalit Ekabut (IE&M’82) – Standard Smart Modified Milton E. Bender Auditorium
· Mr. Spencer Deng – Standard Smart Modified Classroom
· BCPG Public Company Limited – Standard Smart Modified Classroom
· Dr. Chainarong Na Lamphun (WRE’80) – Standard Smart Modified Classroom
· Mr. Preecha Ekkunagul (IE&M’81) – Standard Smart Modified Classroom
· Mr. Bhargab Mohan Das (SE’05) – Standard Smart Modified Classroom
· AITAA Nepal Chapter – Standard Smart Modified Classroom
· Mr. Ebenezer J. David (MOT’93) – Standard Smart Modified Classroom
· Mr. Kee Book Hee (EE’82) – Standard Smart Modified Classroom
· Ms. Samantha Kulasinghe (IE&M’94) – Standard Smart Modified Classroom
· AITAA Australia Chapter – Standard Smart Modified Classroom
· Siam Pacific Electric Wire & Cable Co., Ltd. – as a Patron for Standard Smart Modified Classroom
· Prof. Rasaratnam Logendran (IE&M’80) – as a contributor for Standard Smart Modified Classroom
· Dr. Iwan Benjamin Santoso (GTE’82) – as a contributor for Smart Modified Classroom in honor of Dr. Krishnamurthy Ramanathan
· Mr. Fang Xiangming (MOT’97) – as a contributor for Smart Modified Classroom in honor of Dr.
· Dr. Pasu Decharin – (MOT’99) – as a contributor for Smart Modified Classroom in honor of Dr.
· Mr. Palitha Gamage (MOT’93) – as a contributor for Smart Modified Classroom in honor of Dr.
· Ms. Areewan Haorangsi (MOT’94) – as a contributor for Smart Modified Classroom in honor of Dr.
· Mr. Pongsatorn Arbhabhirama (MOT’93) – as a contributor for Smart Modified Classroom in honor of Dr. Krishnamurthy Ramanathan
Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto Agrees to support AIT towards a Named 12 credits Tuition and Two Semesters Registration Fee Master’s Degree Scholarship (July 2020)
Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto, a former AIT Vice President for Administration and a former Professor at the Department of Energy, Environment, and Climate, School of Environment, Resources and Development has agreed to support AIT towards a 12 credits Tuition and two semesters registration fee Master’s Degree Scholarship in the amount 232,000 Thai Baht. This scholarship will be for one student of any nationality (non-Japanese) enrolled in Environmental Engineering and Management (EEM), School of Environment, Resources and Development for August 2020 intake.
Prof. Yamamoto is currently the Audit & Supervisory Board Member (External), IDEA Consultants, Inc.; President, Water Reuse Promotion Center; Emeritus Professor, The University of Tokyo; Professor, Research and Development Initiative, Chuo University; and Visiting Professor, Kindai University.
AIT President Dr. Eden Woon expressed his appreciation and thanked Prof. Yamamoto for his support to the Institute.
Dr. Seni Karnchanawong (M. Eng. EE’82 & D. Eng. EE‘89) Agrees to Support AIT’s Environmental Engineering and Management (EEM) Laboratory (July 2020)
Dr. Seni Karnchanawong, an AIT alumnus who graduated Master of Engineering 1982 and Doctor of Engineering 1989 in Environmental Engineering has agreed to support AIT in the amount of THB 100,000 towards student research at Environmental Engineering and Management (EEM) Laboratory.
Dr. Seni is working as Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. His field of specialization is Anaerobic Digestion of solid Waste; Wastewater Treatment by Anaerobic Process, i.e. UASB, Acidification and Water Reuse in Agriculture.
AIT President Dr. Eden Woon expressed his sincere thanks to Dr. Seni Karnchanawong for his support to the Institute. President Woon said: “Having good laboratory facilities a very important resource for students to conduct good research output”. And we are always grateful to our alumni who remember their Alma Mater. Dr. Seni’s contribution is deeply appreciated.”
School of Engineering and Technology received donations towards Student Research (July 2020)
The School of Engineering and Technology received numerous donations from individual alumni and private sector to the following laboratories:
Computer Science and Information Management (CSIM):
Prof. Djoko Santoso, an AIT alumnus who graduated Master of Science 1982 in Computer Science, and also an inductee of AIT Hall of Fame in the first batch donated 95,567.76 Thai Baht.
Structural Engineering (STE):
1. Prof. Kam Tim Chau, an AIT alumnus who graduated Master of Engineering 1987 in Structural Engineering and also an inductee of AIT Hall of Fame in the second batch donated 200,000 Thai Baht.
2. Mr. Taweesak Triloga, an AIT alumnus who graduated Master of Engineering 1999 in Structural Engineering donated 100,000 Thai Baht.
3. Mr. Sathien Vongvichien, an AIT alumnus graduated Master of Engineering 1965 in Community & Regional Development donated 50,000 Thai Baht.
4. JWS Construction Co., Ltd. donated 150,000 Thai Baht.
Water Engineering and Management (WEM):
Mr. Khandaker Mesbah Uddin Ahmed, an AIT alumnus who graduated Master of Engineering 1978 in Water Resources Engineering donated 86,792 Thai Baht.
AIT President Dr. Eden Woon expressed his sincere thanks to Prof. Djoko Santoso, Prof. Kam Tim Chau, Mr. Taweesak Triloga, Mr. Sathien Vongvichien, Mr. Khandaker Mesbah Uddin Ahmed and JWS Construction Co., Ltd. for their support to the Institute.
President Woon said: “AIT students will be able to do their research using good laboratory facilities that will enhance their quality research output”. And we are always grateful to our alumni who remember their Alma Mater. Their contributions is deeply appreciated.”
Global Power Synergy Public Company Limited offers one Full Master’s Scholarship to AIT (July 2020)
Global Power Synergy Public Company Limited (GPSC) will offer one full scholarship to a Master’s student to pursue their education at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in the amount of 1.2 Million Thai Baht. GPSC strives and persists to be the main power and utility company of PTT Group. GPSC was established in January 10, 2013 through the amalgamation of PTT Utility Company Limited (PTTUT) and Independent Power (Thailand) Company Limited (IPT). Founded to be PTT Group’s Power Flagship, GPSC operates in operating developing, and investing in power business domestically and internationally.
A formal signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) by Mr. Chawalit Tippawanich, President and CEO of GPSC and Dr. Eden Y. Woon, President of AIT took place on 22 June 2020 at GPSC. This scholarship is for any nationality in the fields of Data Science and AI, School of Engineering & Technology (SET) or Energy, School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) and also offers opportunity for the recipient to get employment at GPSC after completing the studies at AIT.
Mr. Chawalit was delighted with this collaboration and stressed the fact that this will be the first important step for a further collaboration between GPSC and AIT. GPSC strives to be innovative not only in the power sector but also in the renewable energy. He said that this MoA will mark up a key collaboration amongst the PTT group and AIT.
President Woon thanked Mr. Chawalit and is grateful for this scholarship to help AIT. He also mentioned that since GPSC is also focusing on innovation, and this donation also matches what AIT is trying to do in its vision of I2E2S2. He explained: This particular donation brings several things together, namely, financial support, helping students, research and education, and relations with private sector. And finally, this relationships benefits both parties.
Also attending the signing ceremony from GPSC were, Mr. Laksanapreecha Krutkuntode, Vice President, Energy Disruptive Innovation, Ms. Narisa Tumma-Upakorn, Ms. Mantana Kunakorn, Ms. Anchana Tisadeekun, Human Resources Development and Mr. Somchai Klinsuwanmalee CSR Division. Representing AIT were Mr. Sanjeev Jayasinghe, Director of Advancement and Alumni Affairs, Ms. Sitahng Puttha, Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs Officer.
AIT Campus Community Received 20,000 Face Mask Donation from AIT Belt and Road Research Center (29 April 2020)
AIT Chairman Dr. Tongchat Hongladaromp (STE’62) and AIT Alumni at King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) donate for Renovation of Student Village 1 dorms. (22 January 2020)
AIT Alumnus Mr. Rathawit Na Lamphun, Assistant CEO, Index International Group Co., Ltd. donates 500,000 THB for renovation of AIT Student Dormitory. (13 December 2019)
Agreement Signing between Asian Institute of Technology and Eastern Star Real Estate Public Company Limited on 15th November 2019. Dr. Torsak Lertsrisakulrat, Managing Director of Eastern Star Real Estate Public Co. Ltd. , presented a donation cheque of 200,000 Thai Baht to AIT President Dr. Eden Y. Woon for upgrading campus facilities (student dormitory). (15 November 2019)
Agreement signing between Asian Institute of Technology and Dr. Varaporn Jaovisidha, an alumna from Systems Engineering & Management (1973), on 15th November 2019.
Dr. Varaporn is currently working as Director at Toyota Tsusho (Thailand).
Dr. Varaporn presented a donation cheque 1.2 Million Baht to AIT President Dr. Eden Y. Woon toward full scholarship for a Master’s Student.
Alumni Rafiul Ahad and Frances Kasala Ahad (AIT alum, 1980) Donate 1 million THB towards Student Exchange Scholarship Program on the occasion of AIT’s 60th Anniversary. (23 October 2019)
AIT Alumni Association (Sri Lanka Chapter) donates 12-credits tuition fellowship for Master’s student from Sri Lanka on the occasion of AIT’s 60th Anniversary. (23 October 2019)
AIT Alumni Association (Bangladesh Chapter) donates Master’s tuition fellowship for a student from Bangladesh. The donation was made to commemorate AIT’s 60th Anniversary. (23 October 2019)
Alumnus Mr. Susanto Halim (Systems Engineering & Management, 1973)) donates seven Library study chairs on the occasion of AIT’s 60th Anniversary celebrations. (23 October 2019)
Alumnus Mr. Chen Ren Chung (School of Civil Engineering, 1972) donates eight Library study chairs on the occasion of AIT’s 60th Anniversary celebrations. (23 October 2019)
AITAA Hong Kong & Macau Chapter Donations (23 October 2019)
AIT Chinese Alumni in Thailand donates Student Exchange Scholarship Program on the occasion of AIT’s 60th Anniversary celebrations. (October 2019) (16 October 2019)
Dr. Yanyong Phataralaoha (IE&M ’86) donates 500,000 Baht for Student Exchange Scholarship Program and 500,000 Baht for Updating of Student Village 1 (25 September 2019)
AITAA ROC Chapter Donations (6 September 2019)
Dr. Subin Pinkayan Student Exchange Scholarship Program (2 August 2019)
INDEX International Offers Three Scholarships to AIT Students (21 March 2019)
CSI Donates Two Million Baht toward Disaster Relief (17 January 2019)