from Professor Jean-Louis Armand
As a small
token of gratitude and appreciation to the Chairman of its Board of Trustees,
the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is proud and honoured to have been able
to offer its services in the development of this website dedicated to H.E. Mr.
Anand Panyarachun. The purpose of the web site is to share with the public the
life-long achievements and contributions of H.E. Mr. Anand Panyarachun in both
the government and private sectors.
Mr. Anand Panyarachun was elected to the Chairmanship of the AIT Board of Trustees
in September 2001, succeeding the late M. L. Birabhongse Kasemsri, former Principal
Private Secretary to His Majesty the King of Thailand. H.E. Mr. Anand is the sixth
Chairman of the Board of AIT; preceding him were H.E. Dr. Pote Sarasin, Professor
Puey Ungpakorn, Professor Oscar Mapua, H.E. Dr. Thanat Khoman, now Chairman emeritus,
and M. L. Birabhongse Kasemsri.
Mr. Anand has long been associated with AIT, going as far back as 1958 when the
Institute was first conceived as the SEATO Graduate School of Engineering. Over
all these years, he has kept abreast of the running of the Institute. His agreeing
to get involved in the affairs of the Institute, despite his numerous commitments
in Thailand and abroad, will strengthen the integrity, reputation and academic
excellence of AIT, by working with everyone involved. AIT must aim for excellence,
both in academic and administrative spheres, and will strive to become a leading
and unique regional multicultural institution of higher learning, offering the
best education, research and training in technology, societal development and
management. It will achieve this vision by working together with its international
partners and international faculty and staff, at its main campus, satellite campuses
in the region, and partner institutions.
the Chairmanship of H.E. Mr. Anand the Institute's Board of Trustees has been
restructured and in its present composition reaffirms AIT's international character
and is in line with the origins of AIT when in 1961 the Foreign Affairs Ministers
of the eight founding member countries, which established the AIT, attended the
first graduation ceremony. As an independent regional institution of higher learning,
the Asian Institute of Technology puts great emphasis on technological change
and its management for sustainable development of the region. AIT's mission is
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. AIT's renewed strategy is to position itself as an academic hub
between the region and some of the most advanced institutions worldwide, with
an emphasis on the actual needs of the region and on technology transfer. With
a multinational faculty of 200 and a student body of 1,500, AIT is part of an
international academic network through exchanges of faculty and students, offering
dual degree programs with top institutions worldwide.
Institute has experienced impressive growth and achieved a proud record of service
given to much of Asia over the past four decades, a period during which the shape
of most Asian economies has changed almost beyond recognition. It is to AIT's
credit that it has kept pace with this transformation and has remained a credible
and viable institution, relevant to the needs of the region. Time and again, AIT
has demonstrated its capacity to meet new challenges and to evolve in line with
the rapidly changing technological landscape. The Institute's future role, direction
and priorities must be defined in relation to the broader scenario of technology
education in the region, in particular to the emergence of other high quality
universities and institutions. This changing landscape provides us with welcome
opportunities to work in strong partnership with some of them towards goals of
importance to the region.
marked growth of AIT's teaching, research and outreach programs is complemented
by a significant expansion of its geographical coverage. Since the first graduation
of eight students in 1961, to date AIT has produced more than 10,000 alumni, the
majority of whom occupy senior positions in government, industry and academe.
AIT takes much satisfaction from the fact that more than ninety per cent of its
graduates are living and working in Asia.
concluding, and on behalf of the Asian Institute of Technology, I would like to
take this opportunity to renew our pledge to follow the path traced by our chairman,
at the service of Thailand and the region.
Asian Institute of Technology