AITM News and Events >> Chairman of NEF-CCN visits AIT, Thailand

Prof. Sriram Bhagut Mathe, Chairperson of NEF-CCN and AITM, visited Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand and made a presentation on NEF-CCN, its colleges, and the ongoing 2-stage programs to the senior management of AIT, Thailand. During two-days of visit, Prof. met and discussed with Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, the President of AIT, Dr. Donyaprueth Krairit, Interim Dean of School of Management, and Dr. Sundar Venkatesh, Advisor to Executive Director of AIT Extension, Prof. Nitin Tripathi, Director of Special Degree Programs, among others.

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NEF – CCN Chairman seeks ‘win-win’ partnership with AIT

Prof. Sriram B. Mathe, Chairman of Nepal Education Foundation – Consortium of Colleges, Nepal (NEF – CCN), this week visited the Asian Institute of Technology for two-days of frank discussions on his group’s partnership with the institute which began in 2011.


Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulcha (left) with Prof. Sriram B. Mathe.

At a meeting chaired by Interim President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai on 30 June 2014, Prof. Mathe presented an overview of the ongoing two-stage MBA and two-stage undergraduate programs jointly offered by AIT and NEF—CCN.

“We are in this partnership for the long term,” Prof. Mathe said. Still, for the current arrangement to work it must achieve “win-win” results for both partners, he told senior administration officials.

The consortium of four colleges he represents in Nepal has heady ambitions, he announced. After informing AIT that NEF – CCN recently applied to become one of the country’s national universities, he said the consortium intends to develop its research and consultancy capabilities, and will launch a school of public policy.

Currently, Nepalese graduates make up the third largest segment of AIT alumni by nationality. Commenting on the strong imprint AIT has made in his country, he said the institute’s good reputation is buoyed by the numerous graduates who have achieved high levels of professional success in their private and public sector careers.

Prof. Mathe also elaborated on the lucrative market for Nepal students searching for their higher education opportunities abroad, particularly in countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and India.

Though Nepal ranks as a least developed country, it continually produces large numbers of students studying overseas. But the recent appreciation of the US dollar against the Nepali rupee has impacted the demand for educational offerings priced in dollars, he said.

AIT can be a strong option for these prospective students, he explained, provided costs and student tuition levels can be made more affordable, and arrangements can be struck that satisfy both parties, he said.

One reason NEF – CCN struck its partnership with AIT originally was to promote a satellite campus on modern new facilities in suburban Lalitpur, Nepal, that were secured through heavy investments, he said. “AIT needs to push ahead with establishing a satellite campus, said Prof. Mathe, as he tabled a number of proposals for moving the existing partnership forward.

President Worsak recommended re-visiting the terms of the original agreements for the two-stage programs, in light of recent developments. He also explained that the situation of AIT undergraduate programs would be known in the near future, and that any decision on operating an AIT satellite campus in Nepal would be a matter for the AIT Board of Trustees to decide.

Later, Prof. Mathe held detailed talks with Dr. Donyaprueth Krairit, Interim Dean, AIT School of Management, and followed up by meeting with Dr. Sundar Venkatesh of AIT Extension. On July 1, Prof. Mathe conducted a series of meetings with AIT’s Prof. Nitin K. Tripathi, Dr. Matthew Dailey and Dr. Naveed Anwar.