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Situated just north of metropolitan Bangkok, Thailand, the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) was established in 1959, and is poised to be re-established as an intergovernmental organization. It is a leading international institution of higher learning in engineering and technology, environmental resources and development, and management. Through its extensive network of partners in the region and around the world, it promotes technological change and sustainable development in the Asia and Pacific region through higher education, research, outreach and capacity development in order to fulfill its mission: to develop highly qualified and committed professional who play leading roles in the region’s sustainable development and its integration into the global economy. Striving to be Asia’s knowledge center and thought leader in technological innovation for sustainable development, the Institute aims to foster a vibrant, prosperous Asia that leads the world in innovative responses to two of the greatest challenges of the 21st century: global climate change and poverty. In addition to its main campus in Bangkok, Thailand, AIT currently has centers in Vietnam and Indonesia. It plans to open satellite campuses in a number of countries in the region.

In addition to offering degree courses (bachelor, master’s and doctoral), the institute offers short courses / training programs and consultancy services. AIT also houses a number of research and outreach centers, such as the Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology; ASEAN Regional Center of Excellence on the Millennium Development Goals (ARCMDG); Yunus Center at AIT established in partnership with Professor Muhammad Yunus, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peach Prize; CSR Asia Center at AIT; and the Center of Excellence on Sustainable Development in the Context of Climate Change (SDCC). The institute is also home to regional offices for international organizations such as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Telecoms sans Frontières, which are actively working on various development issues of Asian countries.

• The Malaysia-Europe Forum (MEF) aims to promote Malaysia in Europe and vice versa through the exchange of views, furthering of mutual interests and enhancement of links between and among European and Malaysian business leaders, professionals, scientists, academics and humanitarians at a non-governmental level.

• One of the main aims of this not-for-profit organisation which is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur with branch secretariats in Brussels, London and Berlin, is to play a non-governmental role to forge greater understanding between Europe and Malaysia, and thereby advance Malaysia’s global agenda.

• The MEF also aims to facilitate business and professional networking opportunities between Malaysia and Europe as well as enhance international confidence in Malaysia, promote greater international understanding and clarity of Malaysia’s economic and social policies by way of dissemination of facts, and to endeavour, wherever possible, to support worthy causes that benefit Malaysia’s reputation abroad.

• Operational since 2009, the MEF has hosted and organized roundtables and conferences in Kuala Lumpur, London, Brus sels and Munich.

• The MEF provides platforms for frank and open dialogue, thus creating ideas and forging greater understanding within a civil society forum, facilitated by lively and creative people from Malaysia and Europe, covering topics such as sustainable business, transparency, good governance, environmental, education and cultural affairs and all matters affecting global citizens of today.


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