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AIT Library Donation campaign kick starts with Myanmar donation

The campaign for fund collection for rebuilding the AIT Library got off to a start with the donation of USD 3900 being handed over by the AIT Alumni Association (Myanmar chapter) to Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, Interim President, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).

 AIT Library Donation campaign kick starts with Myanmar donation

AITAA (Myanmar Chapter) donates for AIT library.

“This is one of the first donations and it should lead to more contributions for rebuilding the AIT library,” Prof. Worsak remarked while expressing his gratitude after receiving the donation. Prof. Worsak remarked that the AIT alumni in Myanmar are a “great community” and a closely-knit group, and that this gesture reflects their love for their alma mater. The AIT President said that when the library building is fully renovated, everyone should join hands to formally open the library.

The donation was handed over to Prof. Worsak and H.E. Dr. Sahas Bunditkul, former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and member of AIT Board of Trustees on 29 January 2014.

Mr. Soe Myint, President, AIT Alumni Association (Myanmar Chapter) stated that they are keen to assist in the AIT Library rebuilding plans. “As soon as we learnt that a plan to rebuild the AIT library had been formulated, we got together to contribute,” he added. Former President of the Association, Ms. Alice Khin Aye Aye Mon remarked that the AIT library was a part of the lives of all AIT students, and alumni have fond recollections of the times spent in the library.

The surprise donation came up during the visit of Prof. Worsak to Myanmar for the official launch of the 2014 Myanmar scholarships provided by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for students to study at AIT.

Later, the AIT President also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoA) with the AIT Alumni Association, which formalizing the role of AITAA (Myanmar Chapter) towards the National NMFA-AIT Scholarship Secretariat for 2014. With the MoA, AIT has nominated the AITAA Myanmar Chapter to set up a “National Scholarship Secretariat for Norwegian Scholarships in Yangon for Myanmar Nations.” The MoA was signed by Prof. Worsak and Mr. Soe Myint on the occasion of the AIT Promotional Event organized at the Myanmar Engineering Society Auditorium for potential applicants to AIT. One hundred students from various parts of Myanmar attended the event where Prof. Worsak and Dr. Gabrielle Groves of External Relations and Communications Office (ERCO) fielded questions from potential students.

A photo album from the event can be viewed at these links:

Prof. Worsak Kano-Nukulchai at the Myanmar Engineering Society auditorium elaborating about AIT.