March 6, 2015
On March 2, the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES) team – Dean Prof. Shigeo Fujii, Vice-dean Prof. Shiya Funakawa, Prof. Yoshizumi Kajii and postdoctoral researcher Dr. Habuer, Vice-dean of GS of Agriculture Prof. Eiji Nawata from Kyoto University (KU), together with Dean and Associate Professor of the School of Environmental Science and Technology (INEST) Prof. Huynh Trung Hai from Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) – visited the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand and made a courtesy call on President Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai and Vice President Kazuo Yamamoto.
AIT is a graduate school established to provide higher education to talented students from a number of mainly Asia Region countries. It has produced a significant number of graduates who have gone on to become cabinet ministers in Asian nations, including Premier Mao Chi-kuo of Taiwan. Each year, a small number of AIT master’s program graduates are enrolled in a KU doctoral program. To date, four AIT graduates have been enrolled at GSGES, three of whom have graduated.
Following a video presentation introducing AIT, President Worsak gave a welcome address. The visiting team members introduced themselves and expressed their gratitude. This was followed by a lively discussion about collaboration on research and education between KU and AIT. The meeting closed with presentation of “thank you” gifts by President Worsak and a group photograph.
While at AIT, the visitors also had an interview with the Dean of the School of Environment, Resources and Development Prof. C. Visvanathan, engaged in student exchange discussions with an agricultural group, toured the laboratories of the Department of Environmental Technology Management, and conducted interviews with prospective enrollees for the KU doctoral courses.