SEATO Graduate School of Engineering: a Step Towards International Programmes
SEATO is the abbreviation for the South- East Asian Treaty Organization. The Organization was founded in 1954 with the objective of preventing the expansion of Communism in South-East Asia during the Cold War. Later, there was an agreement among the allied members of the Treaty to promote collaboration in education, particularly in advanced engineering. This collaboration was not limited to academic development in engineering only but also included economic development and the development of the quality of life, which were considered to be of significance to political security and peace in society. Chulalongkorn University was chosen as the site of the SEATO Graduate School of Engineering that was established in 1959. The Master’s Degree Programme of the SEATO Graduate School of Engineering met all the standards required for an international programme making it the first international programme at Chulalongkorn University.
In 1966, the Cabinet consented to the SEATO Graduate School of Engineering changing to become an independent institute that was no longer affiliated to Chulalongkorn University. It became known as the Institute of Technology and it remained on the Chulalongkorn University campus for a further six years. The name of the institute was subsequently changed to the Asian Institute of Technology or, as it became generally known, the AIT.