The School of Environment, Resources, and Development (SERD) established in 1993 by amalgamating the Divisions of Agriculture and Food Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Human Settlements and Energy Technology, is now composed of ten fields of study - Agricultural Systems and Engineering, Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management, Food Engineering and Bioprocess Technology, Energy, Environmental Engineering and Management, Pulp and Paper Technology, Gender and Development Studies, Natural Resources Management, Regional and Rural Development Planning and Urban Environmental Management.
AIT's mission is "to develop highly qualified and committed professionals who will play a leading role in the sustainable development of the region and its integration into the global economy". AIT will serve the human resource development needs of developing countries in Asia taking into account their specific development priorities, gender issues, and social values.
SERD activities and function will be within this framework, as a majority of its graduates return and participate in the development goals of their countries. Those who pursue their doctoral degrees increase their professional skills and qualifications.
SERD responds to regional needs by mobilizing and enhancing capacities for socially, economically and environmentally sound development in partnerships with public and private sectors. The School's interdisciplinary approach integrates technological, natural and social sciences.
- will continue its leadership role in offering excellent academic programs relevant to regional needs and responsive to students' interests.
- the research will be concentrated toward focal areas and are to be conducted by core teams.
- outreach will be community-service-oriented.
- will be consolidated and financially viable. The School activities including the students, staff, faculty, and curricula, will be subject to quality assessment.