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					AIT: A Regional Hub for Sustainable
Development Capacity Building in the Asia Pacific




S. Kumar and C. Visvanathan



UNEP-Tongji University Brain Storming Meeting

Beijing, 17-18 September 2003
ASIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

• Founded in 1959 as
 SEATO Graduate School
 of Engineering

• Transformed in 1967
 into the Asian Institute
 of Technology

                AIT’s mission
“To develop highly qualified and committed
professionals who will play a leading role in
the sustainable development of the region
and its integration into the global economy"
PRESENTATION OBJECTIVES and OUTLINE

To share
• experiences related to the implementation
of education for sustainable development at
AIT, and

• strengths of AIT, particularly covering
inter-disciplinary and applied approaches
regarding sustainable development
        AIT Facts and Figures




Alumni (1961-   Number of countries: 71
August 2003)    Number of alumnus: 12,508

                Number of countries: 28
    Faculty     Number of faculty: 162

    Trustees    Number of countries: 21
                Number of trustees: 30
AIT Facts and Figures

  Recipient of the
1987: Science and Technology for
     Development    Award     by
     USAID and NRC, USA

1989: Ramon Magsaysay Award for
     International Understanding

1995: Asian Development Management Award by the Asian
     Institute of Management and the Far Eastern
     Economic Review

2000: 3rd best Executive MBA in Asia (Asia Week, May 2000)

2003: Member, Global Network on Energy for Sustainable
      Development (GNESD)
            Facts about AIT
                                        SCE
  SERD




Asia’s pioneer institution for advanced education
and research in engineering, technology, science,
           planning and management


       Students (September 2003):
                   1,850

 SAT
                                        SOM
SCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENT RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT


                    Master’s program: 4 semesters
    Academic      Doctoral program: 6 semesters (min)
                           Sponsored Research
     Others       Training, Demonstration and Outreach


                      SERD FOCI



     Poverty            Energy and       Sustainable
    Alleviation         Environment      Development
Categories of services on Sustainable
         Development at AIT
                       Certificate
 Formal   Training    Diploma
                       Masters
                       Doctoral
                       (Course work & Thesis)


                      Trainings
 Professional
                      Workshops
  Training Programs
                      Student Exchange
                      Programs
 Research and
  Consulting          Regional Projects
                        - Networking
                        - Capacity Mobilisation
                      National Projects
        Master’s degree
 Students admitted according to fields of study (fos)
 Total credits required = 48
 Minimum GPA = 2.75
 Courses from other fos and schools encouraged
Thesis option (26-32 credits of coursework)
 Research study option (38 credits of course work)

         Doctoral degree
 Total credits required = 84
 Minimum GPA = 3.5
 Publication in an International Refereed Journal
 Dissertation
Offerings related to Sustainable Development

  Agriculture                      Technology

  Aquaculture
  Energy
                                               Management
  Natural Resource Management
  Environmental Engineering and    Planning
  Management
  Urban Environment
  Rural Development and Planning
          Others       Cleaner Production
      Remote Sensing  Integrated Tropical Coastal
      GIS                  Zone Management
                       Climate Change (tbi)
Concepts related to Sustainable Development
      Resources
        Energy, water, …
      Applications
        Industry, transport..
      Planning Tools
        Project evaluation, …
      Efficient Resource Consumption
        Quality,….
      Technologies
        Renewable energy, …
     Monitoring
Strength of AIT: Unique Courses
• Relevant and diversified academic programs with
  outstanding research capability and experience
• Development of Interdisciplinary Concepts

                 IWC (Semester System):
                 Sustainable Development: Issues and
                 Options: 2 (2-0)
                  Catalog Description: Introduction,
                  sustainable energy issues and option,
                  sustainable agriculture/forestry issues and
                  options, sustainable water resources issues
                  and options; policy options for sustainable
                  development
Strength of AIT: Willing to Innovate

 Relevant and diverse academic programs with
 outstanding research capability and experience in
 the fields related to sustainable development

               • Courses with faculty from different
                 areas of specialisation
               • Autonomy, openness and
                 flexibility, allowing quick responses
                 to emerging regional needs.
               • External resource persons


               Example: Program on Cleaner Production
 Strength of AIT: International
 Environment for Exchange of information
• International students, faculty and staff, often
cited as probably the most diverse and
heterogeneous grouping in Asia.
• Exceptional network of regional and global
contacts through donors, partners and alumni


             • Students from all over the world (89
               countries, as of September 2003)

             • Student exchange program with many
               European Universities

             • An International faculty
Strength of AIT: State of the art
learning environment and research




• Excellent infrastructure, with state-of-the-art
  research laboratories, a well-equipped library,
  international standard conference facilities and
  information systems.
• Information resources using in-house databases
  and other sources
• Research relevant to the region
                                                            PARTICIPATING
                                     Photovoltaics
                                      Bangladesh             INSTITUTIONS
     Renewable Energy                 Grameen Shakti
    Technologies in Asia:             Centre for Mass Education in Science
                                      Cambodia
  A Regional Research and             Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy
 Dissemination Programme              Lao PDR
                                      Science, Technology & Envir. Agency
       (RETs in Asia)                 Nepal
                                      Centre for Renewable Energy
                                      Vietnam
                                      Solar Laboratory, Institute of Physics
 OBJECTIVE                           Solar Drying
                                       Cambodia
To promote the diffusion of           Cambodia Institute of Technology
selected mature/ nearly               Nepal
                                      Res. Centre for Applied Science & Tech
mature Renewable Energy               Philippines
Technologies in six Asian             University of the Philippines
                                     Biomass Briquetting
countries through the                  Bangladesh
adaptation of the technologies        Bangladesh Institute of Technology
to local conditions.                  VietNam
                                      Institute of Energy
• Phase I: 1997-98 (2 yrs)            Nepal
                                      RONAST
• Phase II: 1999-2001 (3 yrs)
                                     Overall Coordination
• Phase III: 2002-2004 (2 yrs)        AIT, Thailand
                    Funded by Sida
                      (RETs in Asia Activities)
                                                      Demonstration and
Adaptive research of PV systems and
                                                       performance
accessories, renewable energy based
                                                       monitoring of PV,
drying and
                                                       drying and briquetting
biomass
                                                       systems/briquette
briquetting.
                                                       stoves
  PV in Bangladesh




                                  Dissemination of PV,
                                   solar drying and
                                   briquetting systems/
                                   briquette stoves to
                                   policy-makers,
                                   entrepreneurs and                Biomass stoves in VietNam
                                   others
Renewable energy drying system                            http://www.retsasia.ait.ac.th/
at AIT
    Selected ASIAN COLLABORATING INSTITIONS
                    (RESEARCH)

 NEPAL: CRE, RECAST,                          CHINA: CRED, ERI, CESTT
      RONAST
                                                   JAPAN: FUJI, IGES
INDIA: IISc, IIT, CEA,
      IGIDR, PSG                                       LAOS: STEA


                                               CAMBODIA: ITC, MIME

                                                 VIETNAM: IE, NEDCEN,
                                                   DOSTE, SOLARLAB
SRI LANKA: UM, SLEMA,
       CEB, ISB                           PHILIPPINES: UP, ITDI, SATMP
                                                    MALAYSIA: FRI



BANGLADESH: BIT, GS
             THAILAND: NEPO, DEDP, SIIT   INDONESIA: CU, FIIEE, ITB
  Strength of AIT: Regional Networks
SMI in Asia: Energy, Environment and Climate
Interrelations, ARRPEEC - Sida
                                               Partner
                                               organisations

   Partner
   organisations                                 China                                      Partner
                                           Centre of Environmentally                        organisations
                                           Sound Technology
                   Vietnam                 Transfer
                                                                           India
              The Non-State                                              PSG College
              Economic                                                       of
              Development Centre                                         Technology
                                                 AIT
                                         Overall Coordination
                                                                                           Partner
  Partner                                        and                                       organisations
  organisations                             Management
                     Sri Lanka                                         The Philippines
                    Industrial Service                             Industrial Technology
                    Bureau of                                      Development Institute
                    Northwestern
                    Province
  Recent Activities on SD at AIT
• LEAD International Workshop on Sustainable
  Development, 15 September, 2003.
• Seminar: Energy for Sustainable Development:
  Access to information resources, 2 July and 9
  September 2003 (EPPO).
• International Energy Journal: Special issue on CP in
  the Asia Pacific, June 2003 (AIT).
• Environmental Workshop on GMS Capapcity Building
  for sustainable development, April 3-4, 2003.
• Curriculum Building on CP: Sri Lanka and Vietnam
  (UNIDO)
  Recent Activities on SD at AIT
• Promoting E3ST in Small and medium           scale
  industries in 5 Asian countries (Sida)


• Short term course (4 weeks) on Sustainable
  Development by AIT- UNU.


Publications:
• Thesis,
• Booklets,
• Technology fact sheets,
• Journal/conference articles.
         AIT’s Pivotal Role in SD Promotion
Private Sector,
 Financial
 Institutions,
 Govt. Officials

                 Executive Level
                    Seminar
               (National/Regional)


                                     Formal Post
                                      Graduate
                                       Training

                   Professional
                    Programs

                                                   Researchers,
 Middle Level/                                     Engineers,
 Universities
 Technology                                        Entrepreneurs
IN THE FUTURE….

• Curricula:

   •Formal structured courses on Sustainable Development
•Types:
   • Master’s/Ph.D (Junior)
   • Short term (Senior, executives)
• Target groups:
   • Government, University, NGOs
                 AVAILABLE DOCUMENTS
 Introducing AIT
 School Documents
  • SERD Profile 2003 – 2004.
  • SERD Research Report 2001-2002.
  • SERD Faculty Profile, 2003.
   Field of study Brochures
    • Energy
    • Environmental Engineering and Management
    • Natural Resources Management
    • Regional and Rural Development Planning
    • Gender and Development Studies
    • Urban Environmental Mangement
 Projects
   • RETs in Asia, ARRPEEC, ARRPET, GNESD
 Others
   • CP special issue, SERD curriculum
For Further Information on SD at AIT,
Please visit:

                http://www.serd.ait.ac.th




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