About the School

The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is an autonomous, international institute established in 1959 to help meet the growing need for advanced engineering education in Asia. Since that time, AIT has become an active partner in the promotion of technological change and development in the region. Academic programs at AIT are conducted at the doctoral, master, diploma and certificate levels by three schools: the School of Engineering and Technology, the School of Environment, Resources and Development, and the School of Management.

School of Engineering and Technology (SET) is the synergistic integration in November 2005 of the two former Schools, namely, the School of Civil Engineering (SCE) and the School of Advanced Technologies (SAT). Historically, these two schools came into existence only in January 1993 when the Institute reorganized the need to reform its academic structure from smaller-sized units called "Divisions" to larger bodies named "Schools".

The School of Civil Engineering (SCE) represents the legacy of AIT when it was established with a single field of study in Hydraulics Engineering. Subsequently, other civil engineering fields of study were launched to assist the recovery from the ravages of the Second World War. SCE emphasized on a learning process that combines theoretical problem-solving and real life application of engineering principles. Its research orientation was outward-looking, addressing the actual and anticipated needs of the built environment.

The School of Advanced Technologies (SAT) consisted of fields of study that were launched in response to the needs of the regional industrialization in the second and third decades of AIT's existence. The School was committed to being international, multidisciplinary centers of excellence in Information, Communications, Industrial Systems, and Space Technologies through education, research and outreach.

The new School of Engineering and Technology amalgamating the School of Civil Engineering (SCE) and the School of Advanced Technologies (SAT) will strive to create synergies between the activities of the two former schools to build up world-class multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary education, research and outreach activities across the boundaries of traditional fields of knowledge. More interdisciplinary programs shall be launched so faculty members can work effectively across the disciplinary walls. The new school will enhance its academic portfolio by emphatically injecting the "5I" features namely internationality, innovation, integration, information technology and industrial partnership.

Awards and Recognition

The Thailand Research Fund awarded certificate to the three thematic groups of SET for receiving 5 star ratings(excellent rating) in evaluation of academic research in Thai Universities in 2009.


In line with the mission of the institute, the mission of the School of Engineering and Technology is:

To develop highly qualified engineers and technologists who play leading roles in promoting the region's industrial competitiveness in its integration into the global economy.


The School of Engineering and Technology aims

To become a unique and prestigious multicultural hub of higher learning in engineering and technology, offering state-of-the-art multidisciplinary programs and cutting-edge research in partnership with the industries for sustainable growth of the region.


Reflecting the uniqueness of AIT, the following core values are advocated:

  • Excellence in teaching / learning: Enhance the teaching effectiveness with full participation of students in the learning process.
  • Excellence in research: Support faculty members to reach their highest potential in research in partnership with the related industries.
  • Transparence of administration: Enhance the participation of faculty and staff in the decision-making process of the School.
  • Quality assurance: Establish the quality assurance system of all academic activities.
  • Unity in Diversity: Dedicate to the value of diversity among individuals and encourage individual growth through nurturance, service and fairness.
  • Culture of Collaboration: Value the synergy that results from collaboration, which enhances the learning, discovery and engagement mission of the School.


The following shared principles shall serve as the foundation of commitments of the School of Engineering and Technology:

  • SET shall focus on long-term sustainability, by enriching academic reputation and international dimensionality.
  • SET shall promote, widen, and diversify income sources.
  • SET administration should be lean, minimize personal conflict and induce productivity.
  • SET shall be prudent in faculty recruitment, and prepare future leaders.
  • SET must uphold the student admission standard, without jeopardizing long-term sustainability.


Based on the results of SWOT analysis, the School of Engineering and Technology positions itself as

  1. A trailblazer in advanced technological education in the region, with leadership in industrially oriented multidisciplinary programs.
  2. A leader in professional development of technologically competent world citizens who play creative roles in regional and transnational projects, with awareness of environmental and societal implications of technologies.
  3. A hub for implementing cutting edge research in partnership with the industries, and in networking with academic and research institutions of the region and the world.
  4. A financially viable, self-sustaining responsibility management center with good governance and strong leadership.


Strategic Goal 1.
Increase the visibility and social impact of the School regionally and internationally, as a hub for state-of-the-art learning and cutting edge research.
Strategic Goal 2.
Maintain high quality and diverse faculty, staff and students.
Strategic Goal 3.
Cultivate strategic alliances with partnered universities and major industries in the region.
Strategic Goal 4.
Expand financial resources of the School by diversifying revenue sources with more industry-driven research, training and consultancy.
Strategic Goal 5.
Promote technology innovation and entrepreneurship leadership.