AIT inks partnership with two Cambodian Universities
The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) has signed a partnership with two Cambodian Universities — the Phnom Penh International University (PPIU) and the Asia Euro University. The MoU was signed by the AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai with Mrs. Tep Kolap, Rector of PPIU, and Dr. Chea Sopheap, Rector, Asia Euro University, respectively.
The partnership provides for exchange of faculty members and students, joint academic and research activities and seminars, conducting unified degree, dual degree, joint degree and two-stage programs, and sending students and staff to pursue Master’s and Doctoral programs at AIT.
Signing the agreements on 29 March 2017, President Worsak stated that though AIT is hosted in Thailand, the Institute serves the entire region. Describing the MoU’s as a first, but giant step towards greater cooperation with Cambodia, Prof. Worsak asked the two universities to engage with AIT in upgrading the educational qualifications of their faculty members at AIT. Stating that 70 per cent of AIT’s students come from overseas, he described the Institute as an ideal platform for international cooperation.
Mrs. KY Ravikun, Vice Rector, PPIU, stated that PPIU is a private university in Cambodia that was established in 2002. Accredited by the Accreditation Committee of Cambodia (ACC) of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) of the Royal Government of Cambodia, PPIU offers Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degree programs.
Introducing Asia Euro University (AEU), Dr. Chea Sopheap stated that AEU was founded in 2002, and that it offers Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degree programs. The university currently has 15 departments and a student body of 10,000.
Also participating in the ceremony was Ms. Choup Vannak, First Secretary and incharge of educational affairs, Embassy of Cambodia to Thailand. The visiting delegation included Mrs. Tep Kolap and Mrs. KY Ravikun of PPIU; and Dr, Chea Sopheap, Mr. Sot Samnang and Mr Sun Setha (Vice Rectors) of AEU.
AIT was represented by Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto, Vice President for Administration; Prof. Rajendra Shrestha, Dean, School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD); Dr. Nophea Sasaki of SERD; Mr. Shawn Kelly, Director, Office of External Relations (OEXR), and Ms. Wannapa Pliansri, Coordinator, OEXR.