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A Global Reunion at the 52nd AITAA Governing Board Meeting held at AIT

26 Nov 2023
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By AIT Public Affairs

November 26, 2023: The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) campus buzzed with energy and nostalgia as it welcomed its alumni for the 52nd AITAA Governing Board Meeting. Hosted by the AITAA South East Asia Chapter from November 24 to 26, this event marked a significant gathering under the theme ‘Move Forward AIT,’ emphasizing the alumni’s role in shaping the institute’s future.

The event saw over 45 official delegates from 18 countries, including Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, India, Japan, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan ROC, Thailand, the USA, and Vietnam. This diverse attendance highlighted the global reach and impact of AIT’s alumni network.

Day 1: Reconnecting with Roots

The event kicked off on November 24 with the arrival of delegates, followed by a campus walking tour, allowing alumni to revisit and reminisce about their time at AIT. The day concluded with a welcome dinner at the AIT Conference Center, setting the stage for days of fruitful discussions and reunions. Honorable Dr. Subin Pinkayan, AIT Alum and former AIT Board of Trustees Chairman welcomed all the delegates to AIT Thailand. Dr. Pinkayan is one of the first graduates of AIT after completing his Master’s in Hydraulics in 1961. He has attended several GBMs in many countries.

Dr. Subin Pinkayan
Visiting AIT School of Management

Day 2: Inaugural Ceremonies, Discussions and Election

November 25th began with the official opening of the Governing Board Meeting. Highlights of the day included the welcome address by Dr. Duminda Jayaranjan, President of the AITAA SEA Chapter, and Mr. Taweechai Termkunanon, President of AITAA. 

A welcome message from AIT President Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto emphasized alumni’s importance in shaping AIT’s future. He said: “As we move forward, the insights and experiences of our alumni are invaluable. Together, we can elevate AIT to greater heights in research, innovation, and global impact.” 

Dr. Anat Arbhabirama

Dr. Anat Arbhabirama, Chairman of the AIT Board of Trustees, also addressed the gathering, underlining the institute’s commitment to excellence and innovation. He emphasized that the strength of AIT lies in its diverse and dynamic alumni network. Their contributions and ongoing engagement are vital in steering AIT towards new horizons of excellence.

The day was filled with activities, including chapter reports, networking breaks, a session dedicated to the AITAA’s business affairs, and an election in which Dr. Donald M. Ugsang from the Philippines was elected as the new AITAA President.

Gala Dinner and Awards

One of the event’s highlights was the gala dinner, where seventeen distinguished alumni awards were presented, along with an honorary member recognition. These awards celebrated the achievements and contributions of AIT’s alumni to their respective fields and communities.  Among the 17 awardees were the AIT Faculty and Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology, Prof. Sangam Shrestha, Executive Director of the Office of Alumni and Advancement Affairs, Mr. Sanjeev P. Jayasinghe, and Business Development Director of AIT Extension, Dr. MD. Zakir Hossain. Details of the awardees can be found on the AITAA website here.

The reunion was not just an occasion for formal meetings but also an opportunity for alumni to reconnect with their alma mater and each other. Attendees shared stories, visited their old schools, and relived cherished memories, rekindling connections and reinforcing the sense of community within the AIT family.

The success of the event was not just in its turnout but also in the enthusiasm and engagement of the alumni. Their continuous support is crucial for the advancement and enduring legacy of AIT. As the institute looks forward, the role of its alumni in driving growth and innovation remains pivotal.

As this year’s meeting concluded, the baton was passed to the Laos PDR Chapter, which will host the next AITAA Governing Board Meeting in 2024. This announcement was met with anticipation and excitement, promising another eventful reunion for the AIT alumni community next year.

The AITAA Governing Board Meeting stands as a testament to the enduring bonds and collective aspirations of the AIT alumni. As they departed from their beloved alma mater, they carried with them not just memories but also a renewed commitment to ‘Move Forward AIT‘ into a bright and impactful future.