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AIT joins the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, NBTC and ITU to mark “Girls in ICT Day Thailand 2024”

25 Apr 2024
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By Danielle Duan

The opening ceremony of Girls in ICT Day Thailand 2024 Photo credit: Royal Thai Government 

Girls in ICT Leadership 2024

The Asian Institute of Technology on April 25 participated in the Opening and Launching Ceremony of the “Girls in ICT Day Thailand 2024,” co-organized by National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC), Ministry of Digital Economy and Society of Thailand, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). 

International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated worldwide every year on the 4th Thursday of April, for girls and young women to see and be exposed to the benefit of ICT in enabling their careers and aspirations. The theme for International Girls in ICT Day in 2024 is “Leadership”, emphasizing the need for strong female role models and empowering girls and young women for leadership roles in STEM

Dr. Atsuko Okuda, Regional Director for ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and Prof. Emeritus Dr. Pirongrong Ramasuta, Commissioner, National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission addressed the event.

Despite women filling 40% of high-skill occupations globally, their participation in ICT-related fields remains low, with a notable absence in software development, engineering, and technology research, ITU reports. The leadership gender gap is most pronounced in STEM fields, with women often occupying junior or support roles and facing limited advancement opportunities. 

“Think big and aspire to all kinds of possibilities”

AIT’s Dr. Chaklam Silpasuwanchai, Program Head of Computer Science and faculty of Data Science and A.I., delivered a speech in the panel session titled “Leadership in Digital Transformation – Talking tech with UN Agencies and Intergovernmental Organizations.” 

He reported that girls and female students have been making remarkable academic and research strides at AIT’s Computer Science, Data Science and AI, ICT, Telecommunications, Remote Sensing and GIS, and Information Management and IoT programs. He noted that over 40% of ICT postgraduate students at AIT are female.

Following his showcasing of the pedigree of AIT’s academic offerings, as well as notable ongoing research projects, Dr. Chaklam called on young girls watching from across Thailand, including those from remote areas of the country – “to think big and aspire to all kinds of possibilities.” 

AIT works with ITU on various frontiers in closing the “digital divide”

As the newest academic member of ITU, AIT is also working with ITU and NBTC on impactful empowerment activities aligned with the goals of Girls in ICT Day 2024 that specifically benefit girls and young women in Thailand, especially those living in rural areas. 

A series of hands-on training sessions are being developed and will be delivered in May. Participants will gain insights into the importance of leadership in ensuring a safe and inclusive digital environment, as well as acquire soft skills and digital skills, enabling young women to navigate and succeed in the evolving technology landscape, ITU organizers said. 

Prior to the 2024 event, AIT actively participated in regional and global campaigns led by ITU, such as Partner2Connect Digital Coalition, Regional Development Forum for Asia-Pacific, ASEAN Girls in ICT Day, ITU community workshops and study groups, and International Young Leadership Camp, and shared its expertise and experiences on topics such as Digital Infrastructure Development, A.I. and The Potential Gender and Social Biases, Policy and Regulatory Environments to Accelerate Digital Transformation, Digital Innovations for Sustainable Development in LLDCs (Landlocked Developing Countries), and more.

AIT works with ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific on various frontiers in closing the “digital divide” and has gained recognition for its contributions. It benefits from sharing and increased exposure among impactful stakeholders. Membership also offers students and researchers the most relevant knowledge and resources emerging from the global community.


Danielle Duan is Head of Emerging Markets International Cooperation, Office of International and Public Affairs, AIT