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US describes AIT as a “world class” institute

H.E. William J. Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs has described the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) as “world class”. He stated this while delivering a talk, “A Renewed U.S.-Thai Alliance for the 21st Century” at Chulalongkorn University on 16 July 2010.

US describes AIT as a “world class” institute

H.E. William J. Burns

While describing his visit to Bangkok as “a part of a larger effort by the Obama administration to enhance and deepen our engagement in the Asia-Pacific, and in particular, in Southeast Asia and with ASEAN,” the distinguished diplomat made a special reference to U.S.-Thai Creative Partnership. “We believe that, by connecting our greatest minds -- our best scientists, engineers, artists, and entrepreneurs -- with Thailand’s most talented and entrepreneurial thinkers, we can sync business and government efforts; create linkages between universities; and build bridges between universities and businesses,” he remarked.

In the context of U.S.-Thai Creative Partnership, H.E. Burns stated that “Western Digital’s work with the world-class Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand to develop degree programs in Information Technology is just one example of the type of cooperation we want to expand under this Creative Partnership.”

H.E. William J. Burns holds the highest rank in the United States Foreign Service, Career Ambassador, and became Under Secretary for Political Affairs, the highest career position in the State Department, in May 2008. He is the US Department's third-ranking official and its senior career diplomat. The Under Secretary serves as the day-to-day manager of overall regional and bilateral policy issues, and oversees the bureaus for Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, the Near East, South and Central Asia, the Western Hemisphere, International Organizations and International Narcotics and Law Enforcement.

The entire text of the speech can be read at this link .