Friday, August 27, 2010

AIT attains status of International Intergovernmental Organization

A landmark in Thailand’s higher learning was reached when the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Kasit Piromya signed the new Charter of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on behalf of the Royal Thai Government, thereby initiating the process to grant it the status of an International organization. AIT becomes the first international organization in the field of higher learning in Thailand.

H.E. Mr. Kasit Piromya signing the new AIT Charter
Signing the charter, the minister congratulated AIT and stated that “AIT is recognized as a center of excellence in research and knowledge in Southeast Asia.” The Foreign Minister stated that the Royal Thai Government fully endorses the new Charter and that the Charter will be open for signature for one year from today, and it will become effective when the fifth country deposits its instrument of ratification with the Royal Thai Government.

Today, 12 countries and one intergovernmental organization signed the new AIT Charter. They include People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Kingdom of Cambodia, Republic of India, Japan, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of Philippines, Republic of Seychelles, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Kingdom of Sweden, Kingdom of Thailand, Democratic Republic of Timor Leste and United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

Former minister of foreign affairs, H.E. Dr. Tej Bunnag, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of AIT, thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and stated that the new Charter is the most significant development in the five decade long history of AIT. Dr. Tej, said the move is the fulfillment of the dream of the founding fathers of AIT, who had envisioned the creation of an international institute of higher learning in Asia.

Prof. Said Irandoust, President AIT thanked all partners for their continuous support and stated that AIT foresees itself playing a lead role in ensuring that Thailand emerges as a top destination for international students.

News of new AIT Charter was displayed prominently in the Breaking News section in The Nation newspaper. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) of the Royal Thai Government has also prominently featured the news on their website.

News about AIT's new Charter can be found at these links:

The Nation, Thailand, Breaking News
The Nation, National Section
RYT9 English
RYT9 Thai
ASEAN Affairs
Ministry of External Affairs Sri Lanka
Associated Press of Pakistan
Business Recorder, Pakistan
The New Nation, Bagladesh
UNBconnect, Bangladesh

Source: AIT News (

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Seminar Course: Work flow of O&G Exploration and Production operation in Vietnam

This course aims to give a better understanding of the practical side of the oil and gas exploration and production operations to the students. The course will be a combination of lectures, seminars as details below. The teaching of the course is largely carried out by the invited industrial experts.

§ Lecture 01: Overview of E&P Operation: from Bidding to First Oil

§ Lecture 02: Oil and Gas Economics, Policy and Management

§ Lecture 03: Seismic Interpetation - Sequence Stratigraphy (By Ph.D Nguyen Huy Ngoc)

§ Lecture 04: Wireline Logging Operation and Petrophysics

§ Lecture 05: Petroleum System Analysis

§ Lecture 06: Integrated Interpretation of Geological, Seismic and Well Logging Data

§ Lecture 07: Drilling and Well Completion

§ Lecture 08: Reservoir Management

§ Lecture 09: Production Technology

§ Lecture 10: Future E&P Activities in Vietnam

Course description: Practical works of petroleum geology and geophysics: seismic stratigraphy; petroleum reservoir management; petroleum drilling operation; petroleum production technology; project works.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The International Symposium
Hanoi Geoengineering 2010
"Urban Geoengineering, Earth Resources and Sustainability in the Context of Climate Change"
22-23 November 2010
Le Van Thiem Conference Hall
Vietnam National University, Hanoi
19 Le Thanh Tong, Hanoi, Vietnam


  • Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU)
  • Asian Insitute of Technology (AIT)
  • Kyoto University (KU)
  • International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC)
  • Vietnam Petroleum Institute (VPI), PetroVietnam


With the support and collaboration of:

  • Global Center of Excellence (GCoE) Kyoto-AIT
  • Vietnam Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (VSSMGE)
  • Vietnam-Norway Co-operation Programmme on Geohazards (VINOGEO)
  • Vietnam Geotechnical Institute (VGI)
  • AIT Center in Vietnam (AITCV)
  • Asian Technical Committee, ATC 12, ISSMGE
  • The Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP)
  • Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)
  • Hanoi University of Mining and Geology (HUMG)
  • Hanoi Water Resources University (HWRU)
  • Vietnam Association of Egnineering Geology and Environment (VAEGE)
  • Vietnam Association of Geophyscists (VAG)

Please send enquiries to

The Workshop Secretariat HANOIGEO2010
Department of Geotechnics & Geoenvironment
Hanoi University of Science, HUS-VNU
334 Nguyen Trai, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: +84-4 5587060; Fax: +84-4 5571347


Dr. Pham Huy Giao
P. O. Box 4, Klong Luang
Pathumthani 12120, Thailand.
Tel. 66-2 524 5529, Fax 662- 254 5509


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

VPI and AIT to offer Professional Master's in Geoexploration and Petroleum Engineering

Vietnam Petroleum Institute (VPI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) to develop and offer a one year year Professional Master’s program in Geoexploration and Petroleum Engineering (GEPG). The MOU was signed by Prof. Said Irandoust, President, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and Dr. Phan Ngoc Trung, General Director of VPI on 15 June 2010.

VPI and AIT to offer Professional Master's in Geoexploration and Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Phan Ngoc Trung and Prof. Said Irandoust

The program will be offered at the premises of VPI in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The two institutes will provide international training, education and research to PetroVietnam and other interested parties. They will also participate in graduate education, short courses and training as well as joint research and will enhance collaboration in education and research in oil and gas exploration and production between the two institutes.

VPI is a research and development institute and a member of the Vietnam National Pil and Gas Group (Petrovietnam). It was founded in 1978 to carry out scientific and technologies studies application, basic surveys and scientific consultancies and training in the field of petroleum exploration, production, transportation, storage, distribution, processing, safety, environment, economics and management for Petrovietnam and other organizations related to petroleum industry in Vietnam and the region.

Delegates from VPI included Dr.Nguyen Hong Minh, Director of Science and Technology Strategy Division of VPI. Representatives from AIT included Dr. Nitin V. Afzulpurkar, Dean, School of Engineering and Technology (SET); Dr. Pham Huy Giao, SET; Ms. Tiamkare Thitithamtada, Program Officer, ERCO and Ms. Tripti Rajbhandari, Program Officer, SET.

From left to right: Dr. Nitin V. Afzulpurkar, Dr. Phan Ngoc Trung, Prof. Said Irandoust, Dr.Nguyen Hong Minh and Dr. Pham Huy Giao.

Source link:

Monday, June 28, 2010

PME-GEPG intake 2010

General Information

The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in collaboration with AIT Center in Vietnam (AIT-VN) offers the Professional Master Program in Geoexploreation & Petroleum Geoengineering (PME-GEPG) in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for staffs, who are working in the oil and gas exploration and production industry, where the demands in highly-qualified HR of interntational standard are increasing. Students will be provided with the most neccesary and updated knowledge in geoexploration, reservoir engineering and management, production and drilling technology, projects and risk management for O&G industry.

The Professional master program in Geo-Exploration and Petroleum Geo-Engineering (PME-GEPG) of AIT has been offered beyond the Bangkok campus in cooperation with the AIT-Vietnam (AITVN) as an application-oriented and flexible program. The instructors are Professors from AIT, and other well-known universities and intitutes in the world as well as the oil and gas companies operating in Vietnam.

Program structure

AIT Professional Master Program is planned to complete in minimum one year. Students will take 33 credits, consisting of 24 credits of course work and 9 credits of research. In the first two semesters (8 months), the student will take courses equivalent to 24 credits. In the remained months student will carry out a research project equivalent to 9 credits.

Program curriculum:

  1. Fundamentals of Geosystem Exploration 3(3-0)
  2. Petroleum Reservoir Engineering 3(3-0)
  3. Decision Analysis and Risk Management for O&G Industry 3(3-0)
  4. Drilling and Well Completion Operation 3(3-0)
  5. Exploration Geophysics 3(2-3)
  6. Petrophysics 3(2-3)
  7. Production Technology 3(3-0)
  8. Petroleum Geochemistry 3(3-0)
  9. Workflow in Oil and Gas E&P Operations in Vietnam (a seminar course)

Teaching Schedule

The students need to spend about two weeks per month to attend two the classes as scheduled below:

§ Monday: 18h00 – 21h00

§ Tuesday: 18h00 – 21h00

§ Wednesday:18h00 – 21h00

§ Thurday: 18h00 – 21h00

§ Friday:18h00 – 21h00

§ Saturday: 09h00 – 12h00 & 13h00 – 16h00

Study place:

§ Hanoi: B3 Building, University of Transport & Communications

§ Ho Chi Minh City: 45 Dinh Tien Hoang, Dist 1, CMARD2 B uiliding


The faculty are professors from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and well-known universities in the world, i.e., Oklahoma (USA), Herriot-Watts (UK), Clausthal (Germany), ITC (Netherland), Kyoto (Japan), KIGAM (Korea), Chulalongkorn (Thailand), as well as experts from O&G companies operating in Vietnam. AIT Faculty's profile can be seen at

The Professional master program in GEPG at AITCV, HCM City had successfully started in August 2008, with the students from various oil and gas companies in Vietnam such as Cuu Long JOC, Hoan Vu JOC, Thang Long JOC, Lam Son JOC, Con Son JOC, Phu Quy POC, Truong Son JOC, Chevron, Nippon Oil, Salamander Energy, Pearl Oil, etc.

Teaching Language: English

Entry requirement:

To be eligible for admission to the AIT Professional master's program, an applicant must:

  • Hold a Bachelor degree (normally from a four-year program), or its equivalent, in an appropriate field of study.
  • Have undergraduate grades significantly above average.
  • Have good command of English
  • At least three year of working experiences
Application form can be downloaded at . Application submission fee: 20 USD. This fee is paid to AITCV when applicants submit the application documents.

English Entry Requirement: AIT is an international institute with English as the sole language of instruction. Admission to AIT requires proof of English language proficiency which may be satisfied in any of the following:

  • IELTS (4.5)
  • TOEFL (Paper -based: 500; Computer - Based:173; or Internet - based: 61)
  • AITEIT (4.5). Applicants can apply for English Test offered by AIT at AIT-VN. English Test fee: 20 USD.

English Training Program:
AIT-VN will conduct 7-week intensive English Training for those who need more English and Academic Skills before joining the program. The English Training Program also guide participants how to conduct AITEIT.

Admission schedule :

Intake: August

First Deadline for application (for those who needs English training): 30 May

First Entrance Test and Interview for admission to the Master Program: 2 - 13 June

Intensive English training: 15 June - 31 July

Second Deadline for application submission (for those who do not need more English training): 30 July

Second Entrance Test and Interview for admission to the Master Program: 1 - 6 August

Start of class: August/September

Fee & Scholarships:

Total tuition fee is $US 13,800 including fee for an international field trip. Tuition fee is paid for 3 installments as below:

  • 1st installment: Registration fee: 500 USD & Tuition fee: 350 USD X 12 credits = 4,200 USD
  • 2nd installment: Tution fee: 350 USD X 12 credits = 4,200 USD
  • 3rd installment: Tuition fee: 350 USD X 9 credits = 3,150 USD

International trip fee is $US 1,750 including air ticket (round trip), travelling, and accommodation. This fee can be used for the trips of students to AIT, Bangkok, Thailand for proposal defense and final exam of research study or a study trip to another country in the region.

Contact person :

Ha Noi

Ms. Kieu Phuong Ly
AIT-Viet Nam
Building B3, University of Transport and Communications, Lang Thuong Ward, Dong Da Dist, Ha Noi.
Tel: (84-4) 37669493 (ext. 131)
Fax: (84-8) 37669492

Ho Chi Minh

AIT-Viet Nam
Program Associate
3rd Floor, CMARD 2 building, 45 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Ben Nghe Ward, Dist 1, HCMC
Tel: (84-8) 3910 7423 (ext.113)
Fax: (84-8) 3910 7422

Tuition and Fee for 2-stage PhD program in Vietnam as approved by AIT and practiced by AITVN

Tuition and Fee Structure: 6 semesters, 84 credits (36 months)

(Fixed Rate in USD$ with exchange rate 1 USD$ = 33 Baht at the time of announcement)

Study Cost

Two Stage Doctoral Program

AIT Regular Doctoral Program

First stage in AITCV Vietnam (waive 5 credits)

Second Stage in AIT (waive 12 credits)

6 semesters with 84 credits

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