Seven AIT students representing 7 Asian countries recently returned to Thailand from Daejeon, Republic of Korea (ROK) after completing a prestigious one-month internship with the Korea Water Resources Corporation, or K-water.
The students participated in the K-water Global Internship Program 2015, which was organized from June 22 – July 24, 2015. The program also attracted international student interns representing their home countries from a number of Korean universities. K-water is a governmental agency for comprehensive water resource development in South Korea.
AIT’s international contingent was made up of Siwaporn Suwanate (Environmental Engineering and Management, EEM) from Thailand, Wutyi Naing (Environmental Engineering and Management, EEM) from Myanmar, Tith Nhim (Water Engineering and Management, WEM) from Cambodia, Raihan Sharif (MBA) from Bangladesh, Nguyen Vu Minh (Water Engineering and Management, WEM) from Vietnam, Niraj Bhujel (Information and Communications Technologies, ICT) from Nepal, and Muhammad Shafiq (Industrial Systems Engineering) from Pakistan.
On arrival at K-water headquarters, the group was welcomed by the corporation’s CEO and other high ranking staff members. Each intern met their mentor and was assigned their work place. All were assigned to complete a series of reports, including a group project.
Teaming up with three students from universities in Korea, AIT students Mr. Muhammad Shafiq and Mr. Raihan Sharif Jewell won the award for Best Group Project for their report titled ‘Assessment of Business Opportunities in Lao PDR for K-water.’
Mr. Shafiq said: “We focused on introducing the country, its culture, hydropower opportunities, laws and regulations, competitors, planned and in-process projects, situation analysis, industry analysis, competitor analysis, SWOT analysis, limitations, and recommendations. We tried to be objective, precise and brief, which might be the reason why we won the award.”
“Right from our first meeting, all the interns were motivated to do their best to maintain the high repute and prestige of AIT. Everyone tried their best and completed the tasks. It was really a proud moment for us to represent AIT in receiving the award,” he said.
On a study tour, the interns learned about bottling drinking water, water treatment and filtration technologies, and management of the Daecheong dam. They also experienced traditional Korean culture, such as pottery making and visiting a model traditional village.
During farewell and awards ceremony, Mr. Shafiq communicated a message of thanks on behalf of AIT and his fellow interns. He urged for the continuity of collaboration between the Asian Institute of Technology and K-water.