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New students welcomed at AIT on Orientation Day

Over 400 students from Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America were welcomed at the Orientation Day program organized at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on 4 August 2015. Hailing from 28 countries, these 421 students form the latest batch of students who are now beginning their postgraduate studies in the institute rated among the world’s best for its international orientation.

In his welcome address, AIT Vice President for Academic Affairs Prof. Sivanappan Kumar congratulated the August 2015 Semester incoming class for gaining acceptance to AIT over many other applicants. The vice president provided a brief introduction of AIT’s significant impact on society since its inception in 1959, and emphasized its leading role to address many challenges facing the Asia Pacific region in the 21st century.

Prof. Kumar noted the institute’s influential status amongst universities in the region, in particular its 2015 ranking as the top international university in the world, according to U-Multirank. “AIT’s success is measured by the great success of our alumni, and what you too will achieve in your careers,” he said, recounting the storied achievements of AIT’s 21,000-plus grads across industry, academia, government and international organizations, to name a few.

“You are a brand ambassador for your country,” said the vice president, stressing the need for AIT students to hold themselves to the very highest standards of personnel and academic ethical contact.

The new students were also introduced to AIT by Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto, Vice President for Resource Development; and to its three schools by Prof. C Visvanathan, Dean, School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD); Prof. Nitin Kumar Tripathi, Acting Dean, School of Engineering and Technology (SET); and Dr. Yuosre F Badir representing the School of Management (SOM). Also welcoming them was Mr. Muhammad Imran, President, AIT Students’ Union.

Guided by Ms. Laarni B. Roa, Head, Student Office and Dr. Tenzin Rabgyal, Coordinator, Admissions and Scholarships Unit, students were also introduced to AIT the Language Center, English language requirements, academic requirements, student code of conduct, student welfare, student code of conduct, ethical standards, placement and counseling services, medical services, IT services, educational visa, government relations services, student accommodation, and facility management.

Students assemble in front of the AIT globe to post for an "AIT photograph."