Celebrating its fortieth birthday in 1999, the AIT originated in 1959 to help meet the growing need for advanced engineering education in Asia. In November 1967, under its present name of the Asian Institute of Technology, the Institute became an autonomous international institution empowered to award degrees and diplomas. AIT is located 42 km. north of Bangkok (16 km. north of the Airport) on Phaholyothin Road in Klong Luang, Pathumthani.