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AIT alum Pit Teong (Pote) Lee commits to help transform AIT Library into a modernized, e-learning wonder

As the AIT Library Modernization gathers momentum, AIT alumnus Mr. Pit Teong (Pote) Lee, who graduated in 1974 with a M.Eng degree in Water Resources Engineering, is an invaluable ally.

AIT alum Pit Teong (Pote) Lee commits to help transform AIT Library into a modernized, e-learning wonder

Mr. Pit Teong (Pote) Lee, right, is welcomed to the campus by President Worsak-Kanok Nukulchai

The Bangkok-based entrepreneur is the owner of the iGROUP (Asia – Pacific) Ltd – a global leader for educational information and management products, and library technology, and also a chain of talk-of-the-town restaurants - the Water Library.
On April 21, AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai invited Mr. Lee to return to the campus, where he also visited his old office at a corner of the hydraulic lab, in which he worked as a research assistant until 1981.

In his meeting with the Library Modernization Committee, Mr. Lee said flood-damaged facility can once again become a great learning facility for the institute. He believes AIT made the right decision to modernize its library rather than just repairing it, and he stands ready to help in every way possible.
Accepting to serve as a member of the International Advisory Committee of the project, Mr. Lee assured that he can personally “do a lot resources-wise and content-wise” to help the flood-damaged facility become a digital-age learning wonder.
His company possesses the very latest e-books, e-journals, and databases for universities, he said, and he was willing to purchase these resources and then personally donate large collections to the AIT library, he informed.
“We represent most publishers in the world,” Mr. Lee said, as he invited the AIT librarian to list the ways he could provide personal assistance in terms of both hardware and software automation systems.
Many great libraries in Asia have already engaged his company to modernize their facilities. In the meeting, Mr. Lee generously offered to donate a full inventory system for AIT Library using the RFID technology, which allows automatic checkout, return and sorting of all print materials, as well as the inventory of all digital devices, completely replacing the conventional bar-code system.
Born in Myanmar and now a naturalized Thai citizen, Mr. Lee brings over three decades of expertise in the field of information management services, library automation, e-book publishing and e-resources for the educational sector. As he committed to help the AIT Library regain its prestige, Mr. Lee added that he could even reach out to his contacts in US universities and in the private sector for international experts who may be willing to stay with AIT for a period of time to advise on the new operations for the modernized library.
Possessing an easy, plain-spoken manner and a more than three-decade track record of success in the industry, Mr. Lee breeds confidence in those around him. At the short meeting, he pointed out numerous ways in which the new library could stand out from the crowd, technology-wise.
Flipped classrooms now applied at Harvard University and MIT – in which students watch online lectures, and then collaborate in online discussions while engaging in concepts in the classroom with the guidance of the instructor – is something AIT might consider, he said.
“AIT has to make the library beautiful, or not do it all,” he said, inspiring members of the Library Modernization Committee to “plan steadily, step-by-step, over the next twenty-four months” to create the type of high-tech library facility that will capture people’s attention and imagination.