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AIT held in 'highest esteem' in Bhutan : Ambassador

The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is held in “highest esteem” in Bhutan, and is regarded as a Center of Excellence. This was stated by the Ambassador of Bhutan to Thailand, H.E. Mr. Kesang Wangdi, during his visit to AIT on 26 August 2014.

AIT held in 'highest esteem' in Bhutan : Ambassador

Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai (left) with H.E.Mr. Kesang Wangdi.

Describing himself as an “admirer of AIT,” the Ambassador remarked that AIT’s vision of sustainable development of the region matches with the requirements of the global economy. As the world is seized of the discourse on post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), AIT’s vision becomes more relevant, he added.

The Ambassador complimented AIT for contributing towards international understanding and friendship among nations. As a student of diplomacy, I can say that the role played by AIT in creating harmony is admirable, he added.

Congratulating Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai on his appointment as AIT President, Ambassador Wangdi hoped that AIT’s growth would acquire a steeper trajectory.

Prof. Worsak thanked the Ambassador for his appreciation, and mentioned the historic role that AIT had played in capacity building in Asia. AIT played a significant role in enhancing knowledge and human resources in Taiwan, China and Vietnam, when these countries starting opening up, Prof. Worsak said. AIT continues to perform the same role for students from Afghanistan, Nepal, Timor Leste, Laos, and Cambodia. After the turbulence in Sri Lanka, AIT has engaged itself in capacity building in the island nation, and it is now working along with the Government of Norway to help Myanmar, the AIT President added.

Ambassador Wangdi also stated that the Royal Bhutanese Embassy is considering appointing a point person for AIT affairs, and that it would like to play a greater role in AIT affairs. This will help Bhutan engage with AIT in a cogent, coherent and enhanced manner, he added.

The Ambassador was introduced to AIT, and acquainted with the wide range of offerings of its constituents including the School of Environment, Resources and Development represented by its Interim Dean, Prof. C. Visvanathan; School of Management (SOM) represented by Prof. Nazrul Islam; School of Engineering and Technology represented by Dr. Bonaventura H.W. Hadikusumo; AIT Habitech Center represented by its Interim Director Mr. Gyanendra Sthapit; AIT Extension represented by Dr. Fazle Karim; and AIT Consulting represented by Mr. Thaung Htut Aung.

Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut, Interim Vice President for Research; Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto, Interim Vice President for Resource Development; Mr. Karma Rana, Institute Secretary; Dr. Gabrielle Groves, Head, External Relations and Communications Office (ERCO); Ms. Sumana Shrestha, Program Officer, ERCO; and Mr. Md. Zia Islam, Senior Academic Officer, SOM, also attended the meeting.