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City of Moscow officials and Russian Embassy visit to explore partnerships in Tech and Education 

27 Mar 2024
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By AIT Public Affairs

On 27 March 2024 the Asian Institute of Technology hosted a senior-level delegation from the Government of Moscow for partnership discussions between Moscow’s Department of External Economic and International Relations, Russian higher education institutions and AIT. 

Organized by representatives from the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Thailand and the Russian Federation Trade Commission to Thailand, the visit was aimed at fostering collaboration across sectors such as education technology, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, digital innovation, smart administration and digital transformation.

The meeting brought together AIT officials and representatives of the Russian government, and academic and business sector representatives, including LLC Foxford, Moscow Metropolitan Governance University, and Synergy Corporation. 

Led by Mr. Vyacheslav Manuylov, Deputy Head of the Department for External Economic and International Relations of the City of Moscow, the 11-member delegation toured AIT’s labs and facilities and concluded with talks with senior AIT administration and academic officials.

Highlights included exposure visits to AIT intERLab, the Computer Science and Information Management (CSIM) – AIT Brain Lab, AI Center, and the Smart Greenhouse, where the delegates were introduced to ongoing initiatives in technology and applied engineering for sustainable development.

AIT Vice President for Academic Affairs Prof. Nitin Kumar Tripathi and Vice President for Administration Mr. Russell Rein welcomed the delegation to a concluding meeting to discuss possibilities for cooperation. The visit was organized by Emerging Markets and International Cooperation / OIPA in liaison with Dr. Kamonkanok Kiatisakchai, Assistant Dean, AIT School of Management. Discussions focused on partnership possibilities, particularly in the fields of online education and digital technology. 

Officials expressed the view that technology is developing so fast it is potentially leaving governance and education behind. Innovation in the delivery of education is the key, experts believe.

The Russian visitors expressed keen interest in working closer with AIT and plan to propose some collaboration ideas to grow Thai-Russia friendship and cooperation through higher education. 

The visit culminated with some AIT representatives attending a business conference in Bangkok titled “Innovations in Education: A View from Moscow and Bangkok.”  Organized by the City of Moscow, the conference focused on Thai-Russia education cooperation, showcasing Russian research and networking opportunities that promise to bridge the gap between academic research and industry.

The AIT delegates to the conference – Karma Rana, Chalita Lertwinyu, Danielle Duan, Sanjeet Amatya, Alistina Shrestha, Kamonkanok Kiatisakchai and Shawn Kelly – had the opportunity to meet with H.E. Evgeny Tomikhin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of Thailand.