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Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

, Thailand

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

Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Specialzation:

Department:
School of Environment, Resources and Development
Degree Type:

Website:
http://www.serd.ait.ac.th/pages/fos.php?fos=ccsd
Language:
English
Description:

CCSD is a key element of maintaining sustainable livelihoods and economies in Asia. Given the enormous cultural, social, political, and biophysical diversity across Asia, the climate change and sustainable development professionals need a strong working knowledge of several interrelated sciences. Through teaching, research and outreach activities, the CCSD program at AIT seeks to develop professionals who can contribute to address issues of the climate change impacts and sustainable management of resources, through a curriculum and research program that exposes the students to a wide range of contemporary topics.

Keywords:
climate change,mitigation,adaptation,renewable energy,water,agriculture,food security

Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation And Management

Specialzation:

Department:
School of Environment, Resources and Development
Degree Type:

Website:
http://dpmm.ait.ac.th/wp/
Language:
English
Description:

Recent intense occurrences of disasters all over the earth leading to massive loss of life and destruction of infrastructure have grabbed the attention of the world. Receiving less attention is disaster risk management ? the know-how to prepare for such disasters and to reduce their effects. The academicians and practitioners at AIT, and its partner institutions are determined to contribute more toward bringing this know-how to disaster managers and engineers.The aim of this academic program is to instill the necessary interdisciplinary capacities to manage and minimize the effects of disasters in people on the front lines of disaster response and preparedness. Courses are designed to accommodate applicants with engineering, architecture, natural and social science, as well as management backgrounds.

Keywords:
disaster management,tsunami,droughts,coastal resiliency,health,energy technologoies,climate prediction

Energy and Environment

Specialzation:

Department:
School of Environment, Resources and Development
Degree Type:
Masters
Website:
http://www.serd.ait.ac.th/pages/fos.php?fos=ee
Language:
English
Description:

This program has been developed to promote AIT and University Sriwijaya (UNSRI) in Indonesia, and will prepare trained professionals in the Energy and Environment field who will be conferred master's degree by the two institutions. The dual degree master's program is offered in the interdisciplinary field of Energy, and Environmental Engineering and Management at AIT's School of Environment, Resources and Development and at UNSRI's graduate school, starting from 2009.

Keywords:
energy,climate change,low carbon,environmental management

Environmental Engineering and Management (EEM)

Specialzation:

Department:
School of Environment, Resources and Development
Degree Type:

Website:
http://www.serd.ait.ac.th/pages/fos.php?fos=eem
Language:
English
Description:

Environmental Engineering and Management (EEM) at AIT began in 1964 with the need for sanitary engineering to address the problems of providing adequate water supplies and sanitation facilities. The overall program looks for solutions to environmental problems including wastewater treatment and disposal systems; air pollution engineering and management; solid and hazardous wastes; waste minimization and life cycle assessment; environmental impact assessment and management; and environmental toxicology. The three major focal areas are Environmental Technology and Management (ETM); Environmental Toxicology, Technology and Management (EETM); and Water and Wastewater Engineering (WWE).

Keywords:
water ,mitigation,environmental toxicology, waste recycling

Gender and Development Studies (GDS)

Specialzation:

Department:
School of Environment, Resources and Development
Degree Type:

Website:
http://www.serd.ait.ac.th/pages/fos.php?fos=gds
Language:
English
Description:

In the current context of rapid social, economic, technological and environmental changes in Asia, it is imperative to understand the effects of change on various sub-groups: women, men, indigenous peoples, different classes, and other social groups. Gender and Development Studies (GDS) highlights both the need for specialized academic degree awarding studies in gender and development, and the integration of gender analysis and gender relation perspectives in AIT's other fields of study. GDS offers graduate level courses and provides substantial input to student's masters and PhD dissertation research. Short courses and workshops are also offered on gender planning and gender analysis in various development fields.

By functioning as an academic arm of community-based efforts for the advancement of women and sustainable development, GDS aims to work as a regional center of excellence in the field of gender, technology and development studies, and to integrate gender as a key intellectual perspective and ethical concern in AIT as well.

Keywords:
sustainable development , gender

Regional and Rural Development Planning

Specialzation:

Department:
School of Environment, Resources and Development
Degree Type:

Website:
http://www.serd.ait.ac.th/pages/fos.php?fos=rrdp
Language:
English
Description:

The RRDP focuses on rural poverty, improvement of the quality of life and social and economic development of rural areas. Practice oriented rural-regional planning is carried out regularly at district and sub-district levels following a participatory and integrated approach. Attention is paid to management of development institutions, infrastructure and physical resources. Sectoral and spatial planning is equally emphasized along with the management of rural development programs and local development projects to strengthen rural communities for sustainable development. Selected areas of concern are: poverty analysis; concepts and processes of rural and regional development; community development planning; agricultural development and planning; planning and management of rural development programs and projects; regional planning techniques; rural-urban relations; NGO management policy and development administration; sustainable development theories and practices; and decentralization and governance.

Keywords:
sustainable development

Greater Mekong Subregion Academic and Research Network

Website:
http://www.gmsarn.org
Area / Region:
Asia & Pacific 
Description:

GMSARN is composed of eleven top-ranked academic and research institutions from the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) consisting of Cambodia, China (Yunnan and Guanxi Provinces), Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. GMSARN is actively involved in the dissemination of information and intellectual assets generated within the GMS to ensure that these knowledge and assets are developed and shared by organizations within the region. The development of GMSARN was initiated during the GMS Development Workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand on November 1999. The establishment of the network was formalized on January 2001 among the founding GMS country institutions. 

Activities:
GMSARN undertakes several activities focusing on human resources development, joint research in environment and other issues, and information generation and dissemination. Some activities in the past included: Environmental Workshop on GMS Capacity Building for Sustainable Development held on April 3-4, 2003 in Thailand; GMS Environmental Forum for Sustainable Development, held on November 22-23, 2001; publication of the GMSARN Newsletter since June 2002; publication of the GMSARN International Journal since June 2007. The Fourth GMSARN International Conference 2009, Energy Security and Climate Change: Problems & Issues in GMS, November 25-27, 2009, Ha Long City, Vietnam 
Members:

Asian Institute of Technology, Hanoi University of Technology, Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Institute of Technology of Cambodia, Khon Kaen University, Thailand, Kunming University of Science and Technology, China, National University of Laos, Thammasat University, Thailand , Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Yangon Technological University, Myanmar , Yunnan University, China 

The University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research

Website:
http://cecar.unu.edu/
Area / Region:
Asia & Pacific | Africa 
Description:

UN-CECAR was established in 2009 by leading universities in the Asia Pacific region to strengthen the higher education sector to respond effectively to climate and ecosystems change. 

Activities:
 
Members:

Asian Institute of Technology, Australian National University, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Gadjah Mada University, Ibaraki University, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Institute of Engineering, Nepal, Integrated Research Systems for Sustainability Science, Keio University, Kyoto University, National Univeristy of Malaysia, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, University of Tokyo, Tsinghua University, United Nations University, University of Peradeniya, University of Philippines, Viet Nam National University, Waseda University, Yeungnam University 



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