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SCG supports 10 million Baht for the AIT Library Modernization Fundraising Campaign

Continuing with a concerted push into tapping resources from the private sector, the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) has been successful in engaging SCG, ASEAN’s leading business conglomerate. In its meeting on 28 January 2015, the SCG Board has approved a donation of 10 million Baht towards the fundraising campaign for the modernization of the AIT Library. The donation from SCG, catapults the Library fundraising into big leagues, and brings good cheer in the New Year.

SCG supports 10 million Baht for the AIT Library Modernization Fundraising Campaign

Architect's rendition of the modernization of the AIT library.

Mr. Kan Trakulhoon, President and CEO of SCG, had pledged the 10 million THB to AIT President, Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, on 13 January 2015 during the meeting at SCG Headquarters arranged by Mr. Chavalit Ekabut, Vice President – Finance and Investment & CFO of SCG, and also former President of the AIT Alumni Association. On the AIT side were Chairman of AIT’s Executive Committee, Dr. Sahas Bunditkul, AIT President Prof. Worsak, and Dean of School of Engineering and Technology, Prof. Voratas Kacitvichyanukul.

“AIT is focusing on cementing ties with the private sector, particularly where AIT alumni have risen to the upper echelons,” Prof. Worsak remarked as he thanked SCG for its gesture. It is indicative of the path that AIT wishes to traverse, not only in raising resources, but also in bringing corporates closer to the Institute, President Worsak added.

President Kan expressed his admiration of the strategic role played by AIT in the development of human capital in the region, and especially in Thailand during its 55 years of existence. “SCG has conducted business following sustainable development principles and good corporate governance. We believe in the value of the individuals as stated in one of its four business philosophies and we have witnessed that human capital development is the key of the Group’s success over the past 100 years. We are committed to develop individuals especially of the younger  generation, who will be a key driving force for prosperity of Thailand and ASEAN region in particular. SCG is extremely happy to support the AIT library modernization campaign, and we hope that this 10 million THB will act a good starting point, and the modernization of the AIT library will become a reality this year in order to leverage the better condition of learning and studying for Asian students,” he said. The President and CEO of SCG added that he was delighted to learn from Vice President Chaovalit that SCG has so far employed the most number of AIT alumni among all private organizations in Thailand, and perhaps in the world.

AIT and SCG have been strategic partners since 2007, when the two signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), aimed at strengthening human capital development in Thailand and the region. Under President Kan’s leadership, SCG has operated with a strong sense of societal responsibility, with an emphasis on education.

In the meeting, President Worsak reported that the AIT Campus was inundated by the great Thailand flood in October 2011 for over two months which caused tremendous damage to the campus including the AIT Library. In order to revive the facilities of the library, AIT has planned to renovate as well as modernize the library with state-of-the-art facilities. With this planned modernization, AIT would create a full-fledged contemporary library for its international students, which will act as a showpiece in the region as a world-class learning facility. In the 21st century, libraries are no longer mere places to refer to books or to complete assignments, but they are also meeting and learning spaces with multimedia centers, digital repositories, and wonders of modern architecture, design and technology, Prof. Worsak added.

In order to achieve the above objective, Dr. Subin Pinkayan, AIT’s Board Chair, advised that AIT needs to improve its infrastructure by incorporating impeccable services and technology, and also create spaces for students to study and meet. Integrated Technology will be used to equip the multimedia stations as well as the online repositories containing e-books, subscription to online databases, online journals, and open-access publications. In this regard, AIT invited SCG to be one of the supporters to AIT’s library modernization campaign which aims to raise the required fund of 50 million THB.

Dr. Sahas thanked Mr. Kan for his generous support. “This would help strengthen the important role of AIT in the globalization age,” Dr. Sahas remarked. He also praised the business philosophy of SCG which is based on its strong belief that human capital being its most valuable asset. This philosophy has been proven correct courtesy of the competence of its employees which has propelled the rapid growth of SCG in the international arena in recent years.

For further inquiries about the AIT Library Modernization Project and offer to donate, please contact:
Ms. Chalita Lertwinyu, Assistant to the President.
Email: chalita@ait.asia or Call 081-813-0535, or Visit www.modernlibrary.ait.asia

From left: Prof. Voratas Kacitvichyanukul, Dr. Sahas Bunditkul, Mr. Kan Trakulhoon, Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, and Mr. Chavalit Ekabut.