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Research and Outreach Centers

Centers of Excellence located in AIT and at its three schools.

SDCC: Center of Excellence on Sustainable Development in the Context of Climate Change

The new Center of Excellence on Sustainable Development in the Context of Climate Change launched on the 24th of September 2009 aims to consolidate the Institute’s research efforts and broaden the networks and partnerships by providing a platform to discuss and launch shared initiatives and pool resources to effectively address issues and challenges in sustainable development and climate change.

ARCMDG: ASEAN Regional Center of Excellence on Millennium Development Goals

Following the ASEAN Regional Roundtable on “ECOSOC’s Promotion and Achievement of Millennium Development Goals through Education and Outreach” during 24 and 25 March 2008 held at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok and through declaration made by the participants, ASEAN Regional Center of Excellence on MDGs(ARCMDG) was created to promote, educate and train on MDGs through out the region in close collaboration with the stakeholders in the field. This has been endorsed by the UN Secretary-General as the world’s first Regional Center of Excellence on MDGs for its establishment and functioning at AIT. The center was established and made functional since 1 May 2008.

Visit ARCMDG: http://www.arcmdg.ait.asia

School of Engineering and Technology

SET has a wealth of innovative and untapped knowledge database from its masters and doctoral research activities. Many outreach and research centers are set up to transform the knowledge into industrial needs. These centers also serve to transfer the practical aspects and the society impacts of the knowledge and technology back to the class room.

ACECOMS: Asian Center for Engineering Computations and Software

The prime mission of ACECOMS with 29 satellite centers in 21 cities in Asia and other regions carries out research in engineering computations, develops computer software tools for engineering applications, and conducts training in the effective use of latest computing technology.
Visit ACECOMS: http://www.acecoms.ait.ac.th/

ACSIG: Asian Center for Soil Improvement and Geosynthetic

Asian Center for Soil Improvement and GeosyntheticACSIG provides a strategic location for advanced technological education, researches and outreach activities on the application and effective utilization of ground improvement techniques.
Visit ACSIG: http://www.set.ait.ac.th/acsig/

ACTS: Asian Center for Transportation Studies

Asian Center for Transportation StudiesACTS activities include modules on intelligent transportation systems, traffic simulation, freight transport, urban road safety and road safety audit.
Visit ACTS: http://www.set.ait.ac.th/acts/

Geoinformatic Center

Geoinformatic CenterGeoinformatic center is dedicated to development and promotion of remote sensing research and activities in Asia-Pacific by sharing satellite data, research results and experiences with researchers in the region.
Visit Geoinformatic Center http://www.geoinfo.ait.ac.th/

Habitech Center

HabitechHabitech activities include research and outreach activities such as training in production and construction, provision of services associated with projects implemented by various organizations, agencies or the private sector.
Visit Habitech: http://www.habitech.ait.ac.th

International Ferrocement Information Center

International Ferrocement Information CenterIFIC coordinates the activities of the International Ferrocement Society (IFS) including publication of "Journal of Ferrocement", conducting continuing education courses and sponsored research projects in low-cost construction.
Visit ACRoRS: http://www.set.ait.ac.th/ific/

Regional Network Office for Urban Safety

The Regional Network Office for Urban SafetyThe Regional Network Office for Urban Safety (RNUS) is a collaborative center jointly operated by the AIT and the University of Tokyo for the promotion of urban safety engineering utilizing advanced engineering technologies including remote sensing and GIS.
Visit RNUS: http://www.set.ait.ac.th/rnus/


Thailand Accident Research Center

The Accident Research Center is an offspring of MOTC's Road Safety Master Plan acknowledging the lack of information on accidents in Thailand and the need to establish TARC. TARC provides academic back up and a base for road safety research.
Visit TARC: http://www.tarc.ait.ac.th; http://www.tarc.or.th/

AIT Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology

NANOThe Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology is jointly supported by Thailand’s Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC) and AIT, to cultivate and foster multidisciplinary activities including research and education in the applications of Nanotechnology in Developing World.
Visit RNUS: http://www.nano.ait.ac.th

School of Environment Resources and Development


Urban Environment Program-Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

The Urban Management Programme (UMP) is a global technical cooperation Programme of the United Nations, aimed at strengthening the capacity of cities in developing countries in addressing the challenges of urbanization.  It is executed by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), with core funding from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and several bilateral agencies. Visit their website at: http://www.serd.ait.ac.th/ump/

SMIs in Asia:
Energy, Environment and Climate  Interrelations

Small and medium scale industries (SMIs) constitute a major part of the manufacturing establishments in Asia. They play an important role in income and employment generation. However, these industries often lack investment capacities, skilled personnel and awareness of energy efficient equipments and hence use excessive energy and generate pollution, causing environmental degradation.www.serd.ait.ac.th/smi2/smi/roadmap/index.html

WHO Collaborating Center

The Urban Environmental Engineering and Management program has been re-appointed by the World Health Organization as a WHO Collaborating Center in the field of Water Supply and Waste Disposal for a period of four years.www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/about/en/index2.html

Center for Energy-Environment Research & Development


Asian Regional Research Program on Environmental Technology (ARRPET)

ARRPET was initiated to conduct a study to assess  the growing concern on environmental degradation in Asia by a working group, each tackling a specific problem in a structured manner.

Funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida and co-ordinated by Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), ARRPET involves  National Research Institutions (NRIs) from 8 Asian countries namely, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.

ARRPET I which commenced from January 1, 2001 was completed on June 30, 2004. ARRPET I aimed at conducting research on environmental issues relevant to Asia  in the fields of wastewater, solid waste, air pollution and hazardous waste.

ARRPET II aims at application of results from ARRPET I at pilot scale . The activities in ARRPET Phase II will be carried out from January 1, 2004 – December 31, 2007.www.arrpet.ait.ac.th/


Asian Regional Research Programme in Energy, Environment and Climate (ARRPEEC)

The Asian Regional Research Programme in Energy, Environment and Climate (ARRPEEC) is organised as a regional network involving a number of national research institutes (NRIs) from several countries of Asia. ARRPEEC is funded by the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida) and co-ordinated by the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). The first and second phases of ARRPEEC started in 1995 and 1999, respectively.www.arrpeec.ait.ac.th/

AQUA Outreach Program (AOP)

The AARM AQUA Outreach Program (AOP) is part of the AARM within the School of Environment, Resources, and Development. Outreach is a unique type of network to promote development through aquaculture. The aim of the Outreach Program is improve the livelihood for the poorest groups in rural areas with access to an aquatic resource through the strengthening of the national development institutions in Indochina which work towards promoting sustainable aquatic systems management on a long-term basis.

Southeast Asia Urban Environmental Management Applications (SEA-UEMA) Project

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) have entered into a contribution agreement on urban environmental management.This is in the form of Southeast Asia Urban Environmental Management Applications (SEA-UEMA) Project, which aims to improve the Urban Environmental Management (UEM) policies and good practices in the region.    http://www.sea-uema.ait.ac.th/

School of Management

Corporate Relations and Executive Development Services (CREDS)

Corporate Relations and Executive Development Services (CREDS) function is established as an integral part of the School of Management (SOM).  It is the research, consultancy, and executive development arm of the School.  SOM’s non-degree academic activities and programs are organized in project format under CREDS, which complement SOM’s degree programs and other related activities of SOM.  It facilitates the linkage between SOM, AIT and the business community and public sector in Asia.

The objectives of CREDS:

To establish closer links between the business community/public sector and SOM through executive education programs and consulting in the areas of Management of Technology, International Business, Service Marketing and Technology, and International Public Management.

To facilitate the development of research projects which are both of high practical value to the business community/public sector and academically rigorous.

To facilitate research and consulting activities among SOM faculty members.

CREDS activities include:

·        Corporate relationship management

·        Executive development programs

·        Organizing executive forums, workshops, seminars, and conferences

·        Other activities contributing to CREDS and SOM’s objectives