The 50-year-old Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is now the country's newest international organization, first in the field of higher learning education.
Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya this morning signed the new AIT Charter transforming one of the region's leading science, technological and management institution into an international organization.
He said Thailand takes great pride in being the host country of AIT, which has for half a century contributed to the country's growth and development. The charter is open for signature from states and international organizations interested in AIT membership.
With the new status, AIT will be able to operate more effectively and to better serve 2,200 full time students coming from all over Asian region. It can also enhance cooperation with other new partners and stake-holders in higher learning, research and human resource developments.
Dr. Tej Bunnag, chairman of the Board of Trustees of AIT, said the move fulfills the dream of the AIT founding fathers, who envisioned the creation of an international institute of higher learning in Asia.
Prof Said Irandoust, AIT President, said the AIT mission has been to impart international level higher learning with an Asian perspective. "AIT foresees itself playing a leading role in ensuring that Thailand emerges as a top destination for international students," he said, adding that AIT provides both high quality education and research for Asian students.
The charter's signatories include Thailand, Seychelles, Cambodia, Japan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Sweden, Timor-Leste, Bangladesh, Philippines, India and the United Nations Development Fund for Women, East and Southeast Asia.