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AIT’s international orientation on display on Orientation Day

AIT’s international character was at display on the occasion of the Orientation Day organized at the Institute on 6 January 2017, when 197 students hailing from 23 countries enrolled for pursuing studies at Asia’s premier institute of higher education.

Coming from all over the world ranging from Colombia in South America to Timor-Leste in Southeast Asia, the new batch of AIT students were introduced to the myriad range of offerings at AIT. The largest cohort in the January 2017 semester comes from India, with 109 out of the 197 students joining the Unified International Bachelor-Master program. Nineteen students are on an exchange program, while nine are enrolled in Doctoral studies. A little over quarter of the enrolled studies are female.

In terms of numbers, India with 117 students is followed by France and the Philippines (11 each); Thailand (10), Nepal (8), Bangladesh (6); Myanmar and Timor-Leste (4 each); Afghanistan and Indonesia (3 each); Bhutan, Cambodia, Finland, Germany, PR China, Sri Lanka and Vietnam (2 each); and Colombia, Lao PDR, Nigeria, Pakistan, Spain and Taiwan (1 each). South America, Europe, Asia and Africa are represented in this batch.

AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai welcomed the new students and introduced them to AIT’s unique character. Stating that AIT seeks to produce "globally responsible citizens", he enumerated the key characteristics of AIT including international perspective, regional orientation, multidisciplinary approach, cross-national solutions, relevant research and political neutrality. Global citizens should take local actions based on international perspectives, appreciate diversity in culture and religion, act in an environmentally responsible manner, and actively engage in issues involving entire humankind, he added.

Vice Presidents Prof. Sivanappan Kumar and Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto; Deans Prof. Rajendra Shrestha of School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), and Prof. Lawrence S. Abeln of School of Management (SOM); Acting Dean Dr. Matthew Dailey (on behalf of Dean Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul of School of Engineering and Technology (SET)); and AIT Students’ Union President Ms. Piraya Lueprasitsakul addressed the students.

Ms. Laarni Roa, Director, Office of Student Affairs was the Master of Ceremonies during the morning session, while Dr. Tenzin Rabgyal, Coordinator, Admissions and Scholarships Unit,was the emcee during the afternoon session. The afternoon session introduced students to Code of Conduct and Ethical Behavior, Anti-Harassment Policy, Student Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards, Academic Requirements, Languages and Student Welfare, Academic Requirements and Practices, Language Center Services and the English Language Requirements, Student Welfare, Placement and Counseling Services, Use of Student Information System (SIS), Computing and Network Facilities/Services and Internet Ethics, and Student Accommodation and Facility Management.

A photo gallery from the event is available on Facebook at this link: https://goo.gl/QlI2Ol