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Professional Development Needs Assessment workshop commences at AIT

The four day Professional Development Needs Assessment (PDNA) workshop for the Asian Project Management Support Programme (AFMAS) got off to a start at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) with the AIT President Prof. Said Irandoust stressing that such initiatives would help project management skills in the region.

Professional Development Needs Assessment workshop commences at AIT

Prof Said Irandoust, Dr. Kyoko Kusabake, Dr. Mokbul Morshed Ahmad, Ms. Ayurzana Puntsagdavaa and Dr. Sundar Venkatesh

“This is a platform which fosters interaction and networking combined with a professional development approach,” the AIT President said. Prof Irandoust hoped that the combination of work related knowledge of the participants and the scientific knowledge of AIT could be used for preparing better graduates of the future. He thanked AIT alumna Ms. Ayurzana Puntsagdavaa of IFAD for enabling AIT and IFAD to work together. “I am sure the PDNA workshop will help in enhancing capacity in the Asian region,” the AIT President remarked.

AFMAS is an initiative of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and AIT Extension has been tasked to hold the four-day PDNA workshop.

Dr. Faiz H. Shah, Head, Development Management, AIT Extension revealed that participants include project managers from 28 IFAD projects from four different countries – Cambodia, India, Lao PDR and Vietnam. The projects range from livelihood enhancement to biodiversity conservation and agricultural development.

APMAS seeks to equip participating project units and local training providers with specific skills that can help improve management of IFAD projects in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and in India. These projects are helping communities adapt to climate change through improved marshalling of natural resources and better risk management.
At AIT, the project involves collaboration between the School of Management (SOM), Rural Development and gender programs at School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) along with AIT Extension.
Apart from the AIT President, the inaugural plenary session saw participation from Dr. Mokbul Morshed Ahmad, Associate Dean, School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD; Dr. Kyoko Kusakabe, Coordinator, Gender and Development Studies at SERD; and Dr. Sundar Venkatesh of SOM.

Participants at the PDNA workshop at the AIT Conference Center.