Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand Saida Muna Tasneem was unanimously elected as a member of the Board of Trustees of Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok today. Bangladesh’s nomination was proposed by Chairman of the Board of Trustees of AIT and former Foreign Minister of Thailand Subin Pinkayan and seconded by India, Pakistan, Nepal, Vietnam and other members. Ambassador Tasneem was also made Chairperson of the newly formed five-member ‘Taskforce on Campaign for AIT Funding’ which also comprises Professor Emeritus and former Deputy Prime Minister and Interim Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand Sahas Bunditkul.
AIT established in 1959, now ranks number two in among Thai Universities, within top ten among Asian universities and within top Two hundred and fifty in world ranking. Nearly One thousand and one hundred Bangladeshi students have graduated in engineering, technology, environment, energy, IT, banking and management and gender studies from AIT in graduate, post graduate and PhD studies. Around four thousand civil servants, bankers and professionals from Bangladesh have also participated in the short-term training courses in AIT.
In the Trustees meeting Bangladesh Ambassador reaffirmed the commitment of the present government of Bangladesh to engage more proactively with AIT including efforts to increase the number of Bangladeshi students in exchange and integrated graduate and post-graduate programmes between AIT and different Universities of Bangladesh.