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AIT and CSII Explore Academic Collaboration for Mutual Growth and Innovation

05 Sep 2023
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By AIT Public Affairs

5 September, 2023 – The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the Chulalongkorn School of Integrated Innovation (CSII) are exploring avenues for long-term alliance, leveraging AIT’s acclaimed legacy with CSII’s cutting-edge approach.

On 5 September, a delegation from AIT, led by President Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto, visited the CSII campus and engaged in a meeting with CSII representatives, led by CSII Executive Director Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai. The discussion encompassed the possibility of establishing a joint Bachelor-Masters program, strengthening student exchange initiatives, expanding internship opportunities, organizing joint boot camps, and initiating faculty-guided projects and capstone endeavors.

Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto emphasized that AIT has a strong legacy and brand name, and its mission is to serve the region and beyond. He further said, “AIT is committed to addressing global issues such as climate change and the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, as we remain dedicated to our mission, we recognize the need for transformation. CSII serves as an inspiring model, and I believe that by collaborating, we can amplify our impact.”

Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto, AIT President
Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, CSII Executive Director
Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, CSII Executive Director

Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai warmly greeted the AIT delegation, highlighting his strong connections with AIT, as a faculty member and President and currently serving as Institute’s Executive Committee. He underscored the comparisons between AIT and CSII emphasizing AIT’s adaptability and CSII’s innovative approach. Prof. Worsak remarked, “The AIT brand holds substantial importance within the region, while CSII embodies a dynamic ‘speedboat model’ launched by Chulalongkorn University, Thailand’s oldest and most renowned university. By harnessing the strengths of both institutions, we can lay the foundation for a enduring partnership that leaves a profound and lasting influence.” 

During the meeting, the institutions explored a joint Bachelor-Master program, with CSII offering the Bachelor’s degree and students transitioning to AIT for their Master’s. They also discussed AIT faculty advising CSII’s BAScii capstone projects. BAScii students could participate in AIT’s bootcamps and intern in AIT projects. This collaboration benefits AIT as BAScii students can pursue their Master’s programs, while CSII gains global appeal through AIT’s international student network. They focused on how the strengths of both institutions could mutually enhance one another.

The AIT delegation, included Vice President for Development (VPD) Dr. Roger Levermore; Vice President for Administration (VPA) Mr. Russell Bruce Rein; Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology Prof. Sangam Shrestha; Institute Secretary Mr. Karma Rana; Director of the Special Degree Program Prof. Nitin Kumar Tripathi; Director of the Language Center Mr. Emilio Paz Jr.; Director of Office of Thailand Affairs Ms. Chalita Letwinyu; Director of Office of President Ms. Chotiros Mongkolchorirat; Director of International Affairs Dr. Sumana Shrestha and Director of Public Affairs Mr. Sanjeet Amatya. 

CSII team included faculty members Dr. Pietro Borsano, Prof. Agachai Sumalee, Dr. Ning Li, Dr. Francis Kim, and Dr. Marko Niinimaki, along with Directors Dr. Pakjira Leelertpha and Dr. Warinya Chemnasiri, Chief Communications Officer Bajinder Pal Singh, International Affairs Officer Ms. Daria Dmitrieva, Secretary to the Executive Director Ms. Thittaya Phodhipandadhum, and Academic Affairs Officer Mr. Pachar Kititeekakul.

Group photo of the delegates from AIT and CSII