By Office of Public Affairs
30 September 2022 – H.E Ambassador Mr. Pavel Pitel, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Thailand, visited the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and met with President Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto.
Accompanied by Mr. Michal Sveda, Deputy Head of Mission, the Ambassador met with the President and AIT officials. The purpose of the visit was to discuss bilateral cooperation between the Czech Republic and AIT.
In its current capacity as EU President, the Czech Republic is co-organizing an event named “The benefits of the EU Space Programme and 3SOS” in Bangkok on 11 October 2022. The event will be dedicated to highlighting the benefits that the EU Space Programme can bring to the local communities and actors. particular focus will be placed on the topics of climate change, emergency response capabilities, and 3SOS (Space Safety, Security, and Sustainability of Outer Space).
During the meeting, HE Ambassador Mr. Pavel Pitel expressed interest in collaborating with various institutions in Southeast and South Asia and in developing and strengthening relations with AIT. He noted, “We have been collaborating with various educational institutions for research. I see this as a good opportunity to be connected with AIT and understand the institution for future collaborations”.
AIT President Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto expressed delight in having the delegates at the institute. He noted, “AIT is a multicultural community with faculty and alumni from different parts of South Asia. We will be interested in supporting the embassy to collaborate with various institutions in the South Asian arena and strengthen the connection”. Stressing on the importance of deeply understanding the 3 SOS (Space Safety, Security, and Sustainability of Outer Space), he also pointed out that AIT has a strong Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing program. He added, “There is a lot of potential for collaboration with different institutions in the Czech Republic, and we look forward to the collaboration.”
The Ambassador was briefed about AIT, the schools, departments, and academic programs, and AIT’s research in the field of space technology, geo-informatics, and remote sensing and geographic information system.
The meeting was also attended by Prof. Vilas Nitivattananon, Dean, School of Environment, Resources and Development; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sarawut Ninsawat, Director, Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems Program; Mr. Shawn Kelly, Director, Office of International Affairs; Mr. Syams Nashrrullah, Program Specialist, AIT Geoinformatics Center (GIC); Dr. Gopi Krishna, Coordinator, Sponsored and Contracted Projects Unit, Mr. Sanjeet Amatya, Deputy Director, Office of Public Affairs and Ms. Kritagya Regmi, Office of Public Affairs.