114 undergraduates from SAITM joined the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) officially at its Orientation held on 2nd September 2013.

One hundred and fifty-five students hailing from six countries attended the Orientation Program for undergraduate classes at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on 2 September 2013.

Welcoming the students, Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Prof. Sivanappan Kumar stated that the new batch joins the over 400 students who have enrolled in AIT in August 2013 in postgraduate and doctoral programs.

AIT is international not just in name, but also in spirit, Prof. Kumar said, as he mentioned that barring Australia, AIT has students from all continents. Prof. Kumar added that AIT alumni are occupying senior positions in the public sector, private sector, academic and international organizations all over the world. He stated that the success of AIT is measured by the success of its students, as he asked them to take full advantage of AIT's expertise.

The 155 students come from Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bhutan, India, Japan and Thailand. Out of them, 114 have already completed their first two years at the South Asian Institute of Medicine (SAITM), Sri Lanka, and they will attend the third year of their undergraduate program at AIT. Another 30 students come from Myanmar Computer Company (MCCi), Myanmar. One exchange student is joining from Japan. A quarter of the incoming students are female.

Addressing the students, Dr. Sangam Shrestha, Associate Dean, School of Engineering and Technology (SET) stated that there is a growing demand of engineers in the region, as youngsters of today are being called upon to offer solutions to emerging global problems. He added that AIT has always remained at the forefront in technology, and that the first “dot th” domain name was registered at AIT. AIT's Vice President for Research, Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut has recently been inducted in the Internet Hall of Fame, he added.

Mr. Ko Ko Lwin, Student Union President highlighted the activities of the AIT Student Union and asked incoming students to participate in all AIT activities. Prof. Louis Gabor Hornyak, Director, Center for Learning Innovation and Quality (CLIQ) was the Master of Ceremonies during the morning session.

Incoming students were also introduced to Undergraduate Programs and Academic Requirements by Dr. Matthew N. Dailey, Coordinator, Undergraduate Program. Dr. Dailey and Dr. Teerapat Saengudomlert introduced the students to Information and Communication Technology, Telecommunication, Computer Science and Information System Programs; while Dr. Huynh Trung Luong introduced the students to Mechatronics, Electronics and Industrial Engineering Programs. Dr. Sangam Shrestha introduced the students to Civil and Infrastructure Engineering Programs.

The afternoon session witnessed presentations on “AIT No Harassment Policy” by Dr. Donyapruet Krairit, Chair, Gender Equality Committee and Acting Dean of the School of Management. Mr. Thomas Hamilton, Acting Head, Language Center informed the students on Language Center Services and the English Language Requirements. Prof. Hornyak introduced the students to Academic Quality, while Dr. Agus Harianta of IT Services informed students about the “Use of SIS.” Ms. Laarni B. Roa, Head, Student Office spoke about Student Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards, while Ms. Joan Carla Gonzales, Coordinator, Student Affairs Unit and Career Center informed the students from Student Welfare, Placement and Counseling Services and Medical Services. Ms. Suda Inta, Administrative Officer, Government Relations Unit spoke about Educational Visa and Government Relations Services, while Ms. Napha of Sodexo spoke about Student Accommodation and Facility Management. Mr. Tenzin Rabgyal was the Master of Ceremonies for the afternoon session.

A photo gallery from the event can be viewed at these links:

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