AIT welcomes its newest undergraduates


One hundred and fourteen undergraduates from six countries joined the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) officially at its Orientation held on 3 September 2012.

This year's newest freshmen hailed from Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Nepal.

A large number arrived from two prominent partner institutions, with 78 entering AIT from Sri Lanka's South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) and 16 coming from the MCC Training Institute in Myanmar.

In a warm gesture, Prof. I. M. Pandey, Vice President - Academic Affairs, opened the orientation program by encouraging the new students to smile at their peers as after all Thailand is known as the "Land of Smiles".

He recounted the story of AIT's foundation 53 years ago and emphasized how AIT is a place where the convergence of scientific thinking and the philosophy of multiculturalism is possible. "AIT is a natural place to develop an open mind and become truly international," he added.

Dr. Nitin Tripati, Associate Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology (SET) challenged the newcomers not only to listen and write but more importantly to speak out and make the most out of the connections they can make while at AIT.

Dr. Matthew Dailey, Director of the Undergraduate Programs, provided an overview of the undergraduate program and academic requirements. He also gave valuable tips on how to become a successful undergraduate student at AIT. Dr. Dailey advised the new students to be responsible for their success, "Take an active role. Get involved."

Dr. Louis Hornyak, Director, Center for Learning, Innovation and Quality (CLIQ), was the Master of Ceremony, while Dr. Sanggam Shrestha from the Civil & Infrastructure Engineering program and Mr. Rajeev Sinha, President, AIT Student Union, also addressed the students.

Sessions on code of conduct and ethical behavior, academic requirements, student welfare, placement and counseling, visa services and laptop subsidy were also delivered during the afternoon session.