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TRACER STUDY OF AIT GRADUATES 2003 - 2008. Punya Prasad Regmi Consultant / Researcher. PRESENTATION HIGHLIGHTS. Tracer Studies in AIT Tracer Study of AIT Graduates (2003 to mid 2008) Research Methodology Results and Discussions Key Findings and Recommendations. TRACE STUDIES IN AIT.

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Tracer study of ait graduates 2003 2008

TRACER STUDY OF AIT GRADUATES2003 - 2008

Punya Prasad Regmi

Consultant / Researcher


Presentation highlights

PRESENTATION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tracer Studies in AIT

  • Tracer Study of AIT Graduates (2003 to mid 2008)

    • Research Methodology

    • Results and Discussions

    • Key Findings and Recommendations


Trace studies in ait

TRACE STUDIES IN AIT

  • Enquiry into the Whereabouts of AIT Graduates (unpublished survey, 1971).

  • Questionnaire to the AIT Graduates (unpublished survey, 1973).

  • Alumni Tracer Study and Employer Survey (covering the years of graduation from 1961 until 1976; published in 1978).

  • Revised Tracer Study on Alumni from 1976 -1979 and Alumni Directory 1961 - 1979 (published in 1980).

  • Tracer Study and Directory of Alumni for the Period 1961 - 1981 (published in 1982).

  • Tracer Study 1961 - 1984 Alumni (published in 1985).

  • AIT Alumni 1961 - 1987 Tracer Study (published in 1990).

  • 1990 Alumni Tracer Study (published in 1991)

  • AIT Alumni 1961 - 1990 Employer Study. Interim Report on Preliminary Findings (published in 1992).

  • AIT Women Graduates Tracer Study, 1961 - 1990 (Asian Women and Technological Careers, 1992).

  • AIT Alumni Tracer Study (published 1993).

  • Tracer Study of AIT Alumnae and Alumni with German Scholarship or Fellowship, 1972 - 1999 (published in 2002).

  • Tracer Study: Urban Environmental Management Graduates, 1998 - 2005 (published in 2006).

  • Tracer Study of AIT Graduates, 2003 - Mid 2008 (published in 2009).


Tracer study of ait graduates 2009

TRACER STUDY OF AIT GRADUATES 2009

  • Two Separate Reports

    • Overall Graduates

    • Graduates with Norwegian Scholarship

  • Objectives

    • To find out the effectiveness and relevance of AIT degree as a resource and credential for employment/job placement upon graduation from AIT; employment opportunities for graduates – for both men and women,

    • To find out the relevance of AIT courses/curricula and research to the current job function and professional development in respective fields, and furthering academic/scientific pursuits,

    • To find out the professional status and ranks of the AIT graduates in their respective employments,

    • To assess the level of networking among AIT graduates and recommendations to strengthen the existing network among them,

    • To assess the gender awareness of AIT graduates in their respective professions, and

    • To assess the contribution of AIT graduates in the development of their home countries and of the region; including contribution to poverty alleviation and to fulfill AIT’s mission.


    Organizational structure tracer study of ait graduates 2009

    ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE - TRACER STUDY OF AIT GRADUATES 2009

    • Pre-introduction (title page, foreword, preface, acknowledgement, executive summary, table of contents, list of abbreviations)

    • Main body [ 1. Introduction, 2. Research Design,3. AIT Graduates, 4. Graduates before Studies at AIT, 5. Studies at AIT, 6. Feedback on Teaching, Research and Services, 7. Career Decision and Employments, 8. Relevancies and Effectiveness, 9. Developmental Activities and Networking, 10. Partnerships and Suggestions, 11. Perspectives of Employers and Peers on AIT Graduates, and 12. Key Findings and Recommendations]

    • Appendices (appendix tables, coordination schema, questionnaires, and list of respondents)


    Target and respondent graduates

    TARGET AND RESPONDENT GRADUATES

    • Conducted in 2008/09 targeting recent past graduates (2005 to mid 2008)

    • Target Population: 3996 ( 2491 males and 1505 females) from 60 countries and territories

    • Respondent Graduates: 1121 (676 males and 445 Females) or 28.05% of the Target Population.

      • 600 (54%) - sent email

      • 426 (38%) - submitted through online

      • 95 (8%) - sent by post / hand delivery


    Ait graduates by countries from where completed questionnaire received

    AIT Graduates by Countries from where Completed Questionnaire Received


    Research methodology

    RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

    • Approach

      • Census survey of AIT graduates (2003 -2008)

      • Survey of Employers

      • Survey of Peers

    • Survey Organization

      • Updating Contact Details (PS, MC, NC, FP)

      • Coordination Schema

      • Developing Questionnaires (three sets)

      • Data Collection

        • Mail Questionnaire ( by Post, Email, Online)

        • Personal Interview (by Researcher, Project staff, Focal person, Research assistant

        • Country Visits by Researcher (Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar)

        • Requesting and Reminding Time to Time

    • Data entry and Analysis (Defining variables, Defining variable labels, Defining values, Data cleaning, Data Validating and Analysis in SPSS)

    • Report Writing (Two Separate Reports)


    Target and respondent graduates1

    TARGET AND RESPONDENT GRADUATES

    Graduates by Region


    Target and respondent graduates2

    TARGET AND RESPONDENT GRADUATES


    Target and respondent graduates3

    TARGET AND RESPONDENT GRADUATES


    Respondent graduates before ait

    RESPONDENT GRADUATES BEFORE AIT


    Respondent graduates before ait1

    RESPONDENT GRADUATES BEFORE AIT


    Respondent graduates before ait knowing about ait

    RESPONDENT GRADUATES BEFORE AIT(Knowing About AIT)


    Work experience before enrolling in ait

    Work Experience before Enrolling in AIT


    Tracer study of ait graduates 2003 2008

    Individual main function at work: Out of 816 respondents, 41 % reported project implementation, management (28%), teaching (22%), research analysis / policy inputs (21%) and knowledge and information dissemination (19%).


    Job position before ait by gender

    Job Position before AIT by Gender

    Job Position before AIT by Economic Categories


    Salary before ait by gender

    Salary before AIT by Gender


    Salary before ait by gender economic categories and region us month

    Salary before AIT by Gender, Economic Categories, and Region (US$/Month)


    Studies at ait

    Figure 5.1: Target Graduates by Schools and Graduation Year

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    2003

    2004

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    Studies at AIT


    Studies at ait1

    Studies at AIT


    Feedback on teaching in ait

    Feedback on Teaching in AIT

    Reasons of the poor and very poor ratings: weak practical aspects, inadequate facilities, less cooperating and less helping in thesis supervision, high course fee but poor learning materials, high politics among instructors, and heterogeneity in the background of the students and diversity in teaching that had to be compromised.


    Feedback on thesis research in ait

    Feedback on Thesis Research in AIT


    Feedback on dissertation research in ait

    Feedback on Dissertation Research in AIT


    Reason for rating low and very low by research aspects

    Reason for Rating “Low and Very Low” by Research Aspects


    Rating on ait services

    Rating on AIT Services


    Reason for rating as low and very low on ait services

    Reason for Rating as “Low and Very Low” on AIT Services


    Suggestions for strengthening ait

    Suggestions for Strengthening AIT


    Decision immediately after graduation from ait

    Decision Immediately after Graduation from AIT


    Rejoining the previous job employer

    Rejoining the Previous Job / Employer


    Duration taken for the first job after graduation from ait

    Duration Taken for the First Job after Graduation from AIT


    Current involvement of ait graduates

    Current Involvement of AIT Graduates


    Job positions of ait graduates

    Job Positions of AIT Graduates


    Age and current job position

    Age and Current Job Position


    Main employer type

    Main Employer Type


    Type of individual main function at work

    Type of Individual Main Function at Work

    Compared with the last job before AIT, an upward shift was found for management (28 to 36 percent) and for research analysis / policy inputs (21 percent to 27 percent).


    Salary level

    Salary Level


    Anova based on age categories 3 categories and salaries

    ANOVA based on Age categories (3 Categories) and Salaries


    Salary level by graduation year

    Salary Level by Graduation Year

    ANOVA Results for the AIT Graduation Year (6 Categories) and Salaries


    Job position and salary income by gender

    Job Position and Salary Income by Gender

    Wilcoxon Signed Ranks and Pearson Chi-Square Tests for Job Ranks and Gender


    Job relevancy of ait studies in current involvement

    Job Relevancy of AIT Studies in Current Involvement

    Employment History and Job Relevancy of AIT Studies


    Usefulness of ait studies in current involvement

    Usefulness of AIT Studies in Current Involvement


    Overall benefit gained from ait studies

    Overall Benefit Gained from AIT Studies


    Impact of ait studies in scientific and educational fields

    Impact of AIT Studies in Scientific and Educational Fields


    Involvement of ait graduates in developmental activities

    Involvement of AIT Graduates in Developmental Activities


    Contributed development projects research studies

    Contributed Development Projects / Research Studies

    Altogether 289 respondent AIT graduates provided the list of 757 development projects / research studies in which they had significantly contributed after graduation from AIT.


    Involvement of ait graduates in professional and social networks

    Involvement of AIT Graduates in Professional and Social Networks

    • Altogether 243 respondents, the highest proportion (45%) of them indicated as the member of AITAA national chapters and related organizations, 33 percent for professional organizations, 16 percent for international/regional organizations, and 7 percent for local non-governmental organizations.


    Partnership to support ait

    Partnership to Support AIT


    Suggestions

    Suggestions

    Suggestions for Generating More Resources and Financial Viability

    Suggestions for the Future Direction of AIT

    Suggestions for Strengthening Relation / Partnerships with Alumni


    Suggestions on strengthening ait targeting its future graduates

    Suggestions on Strengthening AIT Targeting its Future Graduates


    Suggestions on adding new courses in ait

    Suggestions on Adding New Courses in AIT


    Perspective of employers

    Perspective of Employers

    • Background Information of Employers

    Nationality: the largest number (31) was constituted by Thai nationals followed by Cambodian (11), Vietnamese (10), Nepali (7) and 4 each from Lao PDR, Sri Lanka, and USA

    Job Position: working as Manager and Director (23), Professional (17), Head of the units (10), Deputy Director (7), Dean (4), President (2) and each 1 for Rector, Vice President, Vice Dean, Deputy Head and Captain


    Perspective of employers1

    Perspective of Employers

    • Duration of Supervision


    Perspective of employers2

    Perspective of Employers

    • Priority in Recruiting AIT Graduates


    Perspective of employers3

    Perspective of Employers

    • Rating on Job Performance of AIT Graduates


    Perspective of employers4

    Perspective of Employers

    Prospects of AIT Graduate in Job Markets as Perceived by Employers


    Perspective of employers5

    Perspective of Employers

    • Strength and Weakness of AIT Graduates

    Strength: ability to work under pressure, to work in a multicultural environment, capacity to grasp new issues quickly, curiousness and creative, trustworthy, good command in English language, good attitude, and confidence in assigned responsibility, having good knowledge and skills, self-motivated, having related work experience, research ability, and ability to work in a team.

    Weaknesses: low level of leadership quality, lack of attention to details, lack of management skills, over smart, over confidence, domineering: too focused doing it my way, and too fast in responding to unhappy things.


    Perspective of employers6

    Perspective of Employers

    • Prospects of Supporting AIT and Suggestions


    Perspective of employers7

    Perspective of Employers

    • Suggestions to AIT

      • Dealing with the weak points of students

      • Focusing on management of skills

      • Identification of the current development needs at regional level

      • Improvement in teaching quality

      • Placement or internship in relevant organization

      • Focusing on technical expertise and sustainable development,

      • Recruitment of outstanding students

      • In-house management in AIT

      • Developing common research programs with companies

      • Improving industrial collaboration

      • Setting up more professional environment for trainees.


    Perspective of peers

    Perspective of Peers

    • Background Information of Peers

    Job positions: ranging from Teaching Assistant to Head of the Department in the academic institutions and officer level to Manager or Director Levels including Pilot and Nurse.


    Perspective of peers1

    Perspective of Peers

    • Duration of Working Together


    Perspective of peers2

    Perspective of Peers

    • Rating on Job Performance of AIT Graduates by Peers


    Perspective of peers3

    Perspective of Peers

    • Strength:

    • Good command in English language

    • Good in computing

    • Commitments / dedication to the community transformation

    • Comprehensive knowledge, positive thinking, reliable and sincere

    • Higher research ability, self-confidence, seriousness in work

    • Ability to teamwork, communication skills and interactive

    • Eager to learn more, straight forward, with positive attitudes, and

    • High level of problem solving skills.

    • Weaknesses:

    • Giving little time to family and family matters

    • Put high pressure on works and colleagues

    • More sensitive, talkative, quick decision taker

    • Too emotional, sometimes stubborn, aggressive

    • Easy to lose temper, lacks in critical thinking

    • Inadequate knowledge on social research

    • Lacks in practical experiences, and weak in policy analysis.

    • Strength and Weakness of AIT Graduates as Perceived by Peers


    Perspective of peers4

    Perspective of Peers

    • Suggestion to AIT by Peers

    • Course should be interdisciplinary

    • Direct collaboration with regional GOs, and NGOs

    • Enroll students giving priority to needy countries

    • Developing practical field based curriculum

    • Run programs that promote technical aspects and behavior changes

    • International exchange of academic ideas

    • Start internship programs

    • Follow strict rules for selection procedure while allocating full scholarships

    • Strengthen research skills particularly in social field focusing on sustainable community development.


    Key findings and recommendations

    Key Findings and Recommendations

    The first tracer study was done in 1971. The periodic tracing of AIT alumni focuses on updating the alumni directory and gathering certain information required for the improvement of AIT curriculum, teaching, research, extension, and networking. As of January, 2009, altogether 14 AIT Alumni tracer studies have been conducted, including this one.

    • Trace Studies in AIT

    RECOMMENDATION

    Regularly in an annual basis individual tracer study by each field of study and a comprehensive tracer study by AIT in every five year is recommended.

    A partial tracer study of all AIT graduates in view of the potential senior graduates’ influential position to assist to their Alma Matter. A two step survey will be more appropriate. In the first step a census survey based on one page questionnaire for the current contact details and current job profile and based on this the second step a sample survey of the most representative and potential for the partnerships with AIT is recommended.


    Key findings and recommendations1

    Key Findings and Recommendations

    The target population was 3996 constituted by 62 percent males and 38 percent females. Although these graduates represented 60 countries more than 53% percent belong to Thailand and Vietnam. The other countries with large number of target graduates are India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, China, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Pakistan, France, Bhutan, Philippines and Korea. Altogether 1121 submitted the completed questionnaires among them 445 (40%) were female respondents. The respondent graduates were from 22 countries and mainly from East Asia and Pacific and South Asia regions. Majority (59%) of the respondent graduates was from LIC followed by 41 percent from LMC.

    • Tracer Study of AIT Graduates (2003 to mid 2008

    RECOMMENDATION

    AIT graduates in LIC and in Asia have positive impacts in natural resource management, poverty alleviation, gender empowerment, energy, environment, infrastructure and communication sector and in turn sustainable development. Therefore, AIT should further intensify its roles mainly targeting to produce more capable human resources for LIC and Asia to meet their educational and development needs.


    Key findings and recommendations2

    Key Findings and Recommendations

    The research method followed a kind of census survey targeting all the 3996 AIT graduates (2003 to mid 2008). Out of total respondent graduates, 600 (54%) sent the completed questionnaires by email as an attachment files, 426 respondents (38%) submitted through online, and remaining 95 respondents (8%) sent by post or in person to the researcher during personal interview. The quality of response is better in the questionnaires received from the personal interview. AIT Alumni National Chapters were mainly constituted by the most senior ones and there was a gap between seniors and juniors which posed some difficulties in approaching recent ones through seniors.

    • Research Methodology

    RECOMMENDATION

    The quality of response found better in personal interview methods. At least 25 percent of the response should be constituted by the personal interview in futures while doing similar research. The response rate also higher in countries where visits were made by the researcher. Therefore more number of visits with more time in the fields will increase response rate and quality of the responses.

    The recent contact details would help to get better rate of response and also save the time as well cost of the research. Therefore, AIT should update contact details regularly.

    A substantial proportion (38%) of the respondents AIT graduates submitted questionnaires through online. Most of them suggested for the easy access to the AIT Website. Therefore, AIT should consider this issue so that this approach can be used more effectively in futures.

    AIT database system has to be improved so that some of the key information such as scholarship types, number of head counts and degrees (some has got more than two degrees), and current contact details of alumni should be readily available. Therefore the proposed field of study level tracer study will be helpful in many ways.


    Key findings and recommendations3

    Key Findings and Recommendations

    The effectiveness and relevance of AIT degree was viewed as a resource and credential for employment/job placement upon graduation from AIT. Immediately after graduation from AIT, 95 percent of Thai and 85 percent of Non-Thai respondent graduates chose to remain in or return to own countries, respectively. A vast majority (85%) of the actual responding graduates reported that they are employed in various jobs at present and 8 percent were found involved in study programs for their further academic career advancements. A large majority in both gender (34 percent of males and 30 percent of females) indicated that their jobs were confirmed even before graduation from AIT. As indicated, AIT studies have been exactly related for a large majority of them (57%) followed by partly related for 39 percent

    • Relevancies and Effectiveness of AIT Degree

    RECOMMENDATION

    The AIT degree have contributed significantly in getting new jobs even confirmed before graduation for a substantial proportion of the respondent AIT graduates. This seems that AIT degree has been very effective for employment and job placement; however, from the relevancy point of view AIT should consider to increase the proportion for “exactly related” as 39 percent of the working AIT graduates had indicated that the AIT degree is “somewhat/partially” related.


    Key findings and recommendations4

    Key Findings and Recommendations

    The comparison of professional status and ranks of the AIT graduates was made considering the last job before AIT and the current job after graduation from AIT. The junior level of position was found predominant for the last job before AIT as 75 percent males and 80 percent females indicated for the same. However, the middle level was found in largest proportion for the current job positions of both gender (73 percent males and 71 percent females). This clearly indicated that AIT studies have significantly contributed in job status/ranks. A large majority (39%) of the AIT graduates was receiving salaries in the range of 201 to 500 US$/month for the last job before AIT. In contrast, for the current job, majority (33%) respondents indicated salaries in the range of 501 to 1000 US$/month. This means the AIT degrees have enormous contribution in both job ranks as well salary levels.

    • Professional Status and Ranks of the AIT Graduates

    RECOMMENDATION

    The AIT studies have contributed significantly in getting new jobs with higher ranks and higher salaries for both male and female AIT graduates. AIT should develop a network with the better ranked and high salary receiving graduates soon so that the scope of job market of the AIT graduates could be further widened. The proposed partial tracer study to all AIT graduates will be helpful for this matter.


    Key findings and recommendations5

    Key Findings and Recommendations

    The substantial proportion of AIT graduates has got higher and better paid as well as international positions. Out of the 963 responding AIT graduates, 72 percent indicated that knowledge and skills gained from the course works have been highly and very highly useful. Similarly, the knowledge and skills gained from the AIT research, workshops/field visits; staying at multicultural / international environment; networking with peers, professors, and staff; and by overall program has been reported as highly and very highly useful by 71 percent, 61 percent, 70 percent, 63 percent, and 73 percent, respectively. Amongst 777 responded AIT graduates, 222 (29%) reported about their further studies after graduation from AIT. The overall scenario of the contribution of the AIT graduates in the scientific, educational and professional fields is encouraging, particularly in research and publication, membership in the professional organizations, consulting works, participation and paper presentations in the international conferences and seminars. The remarkable contributions are visible from the list of their contributions in various scientific and educational fields.

    • Relevancy of AIT Courses/Curricula and Research to Current Profession

    RECOMMENDATION

    Since majority of the AIT graduates are involved in academic institutions and contributing a lot in various scientific, educational, and professional field; AIT should develop a mechanism to get their copies of publications for AIT Library and look at the different possibilities of research collaboration with them.

    Comparing the influential position of jobs before AIT and after AIT, a substantial proportion has moved to the international / regional organizations which have enormous contribution to AIT’s mission. AIT should take initiative to foster partnerships with such graduates.


    Key findings and recommendations6

    Key Findings and Recommendations

    The target AIT graduates were requested to list professional and social networks including AITAA. Altogether 243 respondent AIT graduates reported professional and social networks in which they were involved or affiliated. Only 110 (45%) indicated their affiliation with AITAA and related organizations. Majority of the respondent AIT graduates (54%) has networks in the national level followed by global level (27%) and regional level (19%). Ninety-one percent indicated that their membership type in the professional or social networks is general and 9 percent reported as executive types. The degree of involvement varies among different members of the social and professional networks. The higher proportion (36%) indicated as medium level of involvement followed by high level (24%), low level (20%), very high level (13%) and very low level by 7 percent of the responding AIT graduates.

    • Networking

    RECOMMENDATION

    AIT should take an initiative to strengthen the AITAA National Chapters so that all the AIT graduates could get membership and participate in any activities related to AIT and AITAA. Only 45 percent indicated their affiliation with AITA which indicate that the network of AITAA is not strong. The Association needs to do more in strengthening relationship among members so that they can perceive its value.

    The National Chapter committee should select /elect at least one AIT graduate from each graduation batch as a coordinator of that particular batch for their national chapter so that s/he will be responsible to bridge the present gaps between senior and junior alumni.


    Key findings and recommendations7

    Key Findings and Recommendations

    When the frequencies of major foci of the contributed projects or research studies were analyzed, 16 percent of the respondent AIT graduates reported their contribution in gender awareness and application. Thus the involvement of AIT graduates in gender and development projects and research studies seems very low which is obvious due to the fact that a vast majority of them had AIT degrees from other than related field of study. The employers and peers of the AIT graduates were requested to judge the level of gender awareness and application of the AIT graduates including their other aspects of the works. The very high and high levels of ratings was done by the 79 percent of employers and 84 percent of the peers. It indicates that even if their academic degree is not from the related field of study, AIT graduates are aware and contributing for gender and development.

    • Gender Awareness and Application

    RECOMMENDATION

    Certainly the gender awareness and application is necessary for the sustainable and equitable development, it is recommended that student undergoes some sort of training, either a course or short training or inclusive of thesis/dissertation research so that future AIT graduates can make more contribution on gender and development matters.


    Key findings and recommendations8

    Key Findings and Recommendations

    Majority (55%) of the AIT graduates had an impression that the teaching quality in AIT is very good followed by good (29%) and excellent (15%). Seventy-percent and 72 percent indicated as high and very high level of flexibility in choice in masters’ research topic and doctoral dissertation topic, respectively. Eighty-four percent of employers rated as very high and high levels of performance on knowledge and technical skills on given task. Same levels of performances were indicated by 92 percent of the employers on positive attitude of AIT graduates towards sustainable development. Fifty-five percent considered as high, 28 percent for medium, 16 percent for very high and 1 percent for low on English proficiency of the AIT graduates. Eighty-eight percent of the respondent employers considered very high and high levels of job performance on team work. Ninety-two percent of the respondent employers found job performance as very high and high on ability to interact with expatriate. The very high and high levels of ratings was done by 96 percent of responding employers on commitment/dedication to the work, 92 percent indicated on work efficiency, 90 percent for work competency, and 79 percent on gender awareness and application. Regarding the prospects of AIT graduates in the job markets, 81 percent of the responding employers considered that there is a high and very high prospect.

    • Relevancy and Flexibility of AIT Courses/Research

    RECOMMENDATION

    The AIT graduates have shown their concern with the quality of teaching and research at AIT and provided valuable suggestions for strengthening AIT targeting its future graduates. Their suggestions are related to teaching, course, research, management and consulting works which have to be well considered by AIT.


    Key findings and recommendations9

    Key Findings and Recommendations

    Altogether 289 respondent AIT graduates provided the list of 757 development projects / research studies in which they had significantly contributed after graduation from AIT. Out of these 289 responding graduates 232 had involved in two projects, 133 had contributed for 3 projects, 61 had worked for 4 projects and 42 had even contributed significantly for 5 projects after graduation from AIT. The major foci of the contributed projects or research studies were found to environment as indicated by 66 percent of the respondent graduates followed by infrastructure / transport / communication (59%), natural resource management (38%), policy analysis (37%), economics / marketing / management (34%), poverty alleviation (34%), energy (32%), capacity development (25%), agriculture / rural development (18%), gender awareness and application (16%), and human rights / peace building and health including HIV/AIDS (3%). The respondent AIT graduates were also inquired for their types of contribution to projects or research studies in terms of design, implementation, supervision, and monitoring and evaluation. Multiple responses were received since same person could contribute in only one type or more than one types. The highest proportion of them (88%) was found for project implementation followed by project design (77%), and 56 and 54 percent for project supervision and monitoring and evaluation, respectively.

    • Development Contribution

    RECOMMENDATION

    Although, one can not deny the high demand and importance of environment, information technology, infrastructure development, and business management; at the same time, more focus on poverty alleviation, agricultural/rural development, gender awareness and application is to be given. To fulfill this gap, it is recommended to lunch a strong integrated and interdisciplinary program by AIT.


    Tracer study of ait graduates with norwegian scholarship

    Tracer Study of AIT Graduates with Norwegian Scholarship

    • The population of this tracer study constituted by the entire AIT graduates between 2005 and mid-2008, which total 82 (M : F = 29 : 53). These graduates are from 9 countries, namely, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. Considering a census survey, this study aimed at getting completed questionnaires from all. However, slightly more than 80 percent of the target respondents returned their completed questionnaire


    Tracer study of ait graduates with norwegian scholarship1

    Tracer Study of AIT Graduates with Norwegian Scholarship


    Tracer study of ait graduates with norwegian scholarship2

    Tracer Study of AIT Graduates with Norwegian Scholarship


    Tracer study of ait graduates with norwegian scholarship3

    Tracer Study of AIT Graduates with Norwegian Scholarship

    Salary of the job before AIT

    Table 4.1: Type of Main Function at Work before AIT

    Salary of Current Job


    Feedbacks on teaching in ait

    Feedbacks on Teaching in AIT


    Feedback on thesis research in ait1

    Feedback on Thesis Research in AIT


    Rating on ait services1

    Rating on AIT Services


    Whereabouts of ait graduate

    Whereabouts of AIT Graduate

    Returnee and Non-returnee Respondents by Country


    Career decision

    Career Decision


    Job position

    Job Position

    38 percent of the AIT graduates had middle level of job positions for the last job before coming, which increased to 67 percent for the same level of position in case of the current job


    Usefulness of ait studies in current job

    Usefulness of AIT Studies in Current Job


    Overall benefit gained from the ait studies

    Overall Benefit Gained from the AIT Studies


    Impact of ait studies in scientific and educational fields1

    Impact of AIT Studies in Scientific and Educational Fields


    Involvement of ait graduates in development activities

    Involvement of AIT Graduates in Development Activities


    Significantly contributed development projects research studies

    Significantly Contributed Development Projects / Research Studies


    Significantly contributed development projects research studies1

    Significantly Contributed Development Projects / Research Studies


    Involvement of ait graduates in professional and social networks1

    Involvement of AIT Graduates in Professional and Social Networks


    Partnership to support ait1

    Partnership to Support AIT


    Suggestions for strengthening ait targeting its future graduates

    Suggestions for Strengthening AIT Targeting its Future Graduates


    Contribution to ait mission concluding remarks

    Contribution to AIT Mission: Concluding Remarks

    • The overall findings based on the empirical evidences of this trace study provide a valid and solid ground that AIT has been producing highly qualified and committed professionals required to play leading roles in the region's sustainable development and its integration into the global economy. In other words, it was found very high to high level of relevancy and effectiveness of AIT course/curricula, research, and academic degrees to fulfill the AIT mission at large. The very high and high levels of work efficiency and competency of the AIT graduates as indicated by their employers as immediate supervisors and peers also provide an additional validation on this matter. The periodic tracer study of AIT graduates and due consideration of the suggestions made by the respondent AIT graduates, their employer and peers would further help AIT and its mission.


    Tracer study of ait graduates 2003 2008

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