Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) has produced over 500 graduates (MSc & PhD) in the field of aquaculture / fisheries, and trained over 1,000 government officials and private
    company managers / entrepreneurs from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and several others from African, American, Australian and
    European countries. The short-term training courses offered by AIT help update knowledge on recent developments in the field and provide opportunities to acquire specialized skills.
    A wide range of training courses are taught by the experts in the field of Aquaculture, and also external resource persons who have experience of over 20 years or so. The following
    courses are offered occasionally which are listed below:

    Course 1: Recent Advances in Tropical Aquaculture (Apply now? - Click here)
    This training course provides basic principles of aquaculture, its role in rural development, food security and income generation. In addition, gives a lot of ideas about where and how
    a person can set-up a fish farms as a business. This course is suitable for beginners who have simple biology or agriculture background and want to start farm immediately. The
    topics include:
              Lecture 1 - Role of aquaculture
              Lecture 2 - History of aquaculture
              Lecture 3 - Aquaculture and rural development
              Lecture 4 - Integrated aquaculture systems
              Lecture 5 - Green water aquaculture
              Lecture 6 - Intensive commercial aquaculture
              Lecture 7 - Site selection and planning
              Lecture 8 - Environment impact assessment (EIA)

    This course includes a 2-3 hr lecture each day followed by 3-4 hrs hands-on practice on producing millions of high quality tilapia fry and table fish. In addition, it gives a lot of ideas
    about where and how tilapia farming can be applied. This course is suitable for those who want to start tilapia business / farm immediately or who want to provide consultancy to
    others. Using the technology, some of the farmers in Thailand have produced over 30 million fry per month i.e. 1 million a day (which is over 10,000 USD/day revenue). Many people
    say its hard to believe but this is happening in Thailand. Only those who join the training will know it and feel its value. Topics include:
    Lecture 1: AIT Hatchery Technology
    Lecture 2: Fisheries / Aquaculture: Global Perspective
    Lecture 3: Tilapia Farming: Status and Trends Worldwide
    Lecture 4: Farm / Hatchery Design and Layout
    Lecture 5: Tilapia Grow-out Systems
    Lecture 6: Water Quality Monitoring and Management
    Lecture 7: Feeds & Feeding Management
    Lecture 8: Economics and Marketing
    Lecture 9: Health Management & Bio-security
    Lecture 10: Fish Processing, Food Quality & Safety
    Lecture 11: Tilapia Hatchery / Farm Business Plan
    Practicals: Brood preparation, harvest, cleaning, weighing,
    incubation, MT feed preparation, feeding, nursing, grading, conditioning, packing & selling          

    Course 3: Shrimp / Prawn Farming (Apply now? - Click here)
    Thailand is no. 1 in shrimp export in the world. Every year Thailand earns US$ 2-3 billion. Production ranges from 6-10 tons per hectare. When price was good, last year a farmer in
    Surat Thani showed the calculation of US$45,000 net profit from a hectare pond. So managing a few ponds would sufficiently give good income. But training is necessary to make that
    happen. We offer the following lectures and farm visits:
    Lecture 1 - Biology of shrimp / prawn
    Lecture 2 - Broodfish maturation and breeding
    Lecture 4 - Larval rearing
    Lecture 5 - Nursing techniques
    Lecture 6 - Grow-out methods
    Lecture 7 - Nutrition and feeding management
    Lecture 8 - Health management
    Lecture 9 - Integration/rotation with other species
    Lecture 10 - Post harvest and processing
    Lecture 11 - Certification and food safety
    Lecture 12 - Marketing and value chain

    Course 4: Catfish / Pangasius Culture (Apply now? - Click here)
    The hatchery where our trainees are taken for practice produces and sells over 5 million catfish fry in a single day. The Manager says, demand reaches up to 10 million a day but that
    is too much work to do. Its again hard to believe but this is happening in Thailand. Our trainees inject the fish, and assist in stripping several kilos of eggs; and will have no question
    on how manage such a large scale hatchery. The major training topics include:
    Lecture 1 - Biology, and production status & trend
    Lecture 2 - Broodfish maturation and breeding
    Lecture 4 - Egg Incubation and larval rearing
    Lecture 5 - Nursing techniques
    Lecture 6 - Grow-out methods
    Lecture 7 - Nutrition and feeding management
    Lecture 8 - Health management and bio-security
                          Practice: Hormone injection, stripping, incubation etc.

    Course 5: Farm Design and Planning (Apply now? - Click here)
    Lecture 1 - Site selection
    Lecture 2 - Lay-out and designing structures
    Lecture 3 - Tank / Pond Construction and preparation
    Lecture 4 - Hapa set-up, cleaning and maintenance
    Lecture 5 - Biological and slow-sand filters
    Lecture 6 - Pumps, aerators and other equipment
    Lecture 7 - Water supply and drainage canals
    Lecture 8 - Safety and maintenance

    Course 6: Asian Seabass / Baramundi Breeding, Nursing & Grow-out (Apply now? - Click here)
    Lecture 1 - Background
    Lecture 2 - Breeding method
    Lecture 4 - Nursing & grading
    Lecture 5 - Grow-out systems
    Lecture 6 - Nutrition & feed formulation
    Lecture 7 - Marketing, Processing & Cooking
    Practice & field visit in Private farms

    Course 7: Sustainable Fisheries: (Apply now? - Click here)
    Lecture 1 - Global Fisheries: Global and Regional Perspectives
    Lecture 2 - Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management
    Lecture 3 - Wetland Ecosystem Management
    Lecture 4 - Evolution of Aquaculture in Asia and Increasing Role on Livelihoods
    Lecture 5 - Intensive Farming: Livelihoods and the Environment
    Lecture 6 - Fish Trade, Food Safety and Certification

    Course 8: Feed Formulation and Feed Manufacture (Apply now? - Click here)
    Lecture 1 - Basic principles of fish nutrition
    Lecture 2 - Feeding behaviour of fish species
    Lecture 3 - Nutrient requirements of various species
    Lecture 4 - Feed ingredients and their composition
    Lecture 5 - On-farm feeds and feed ingredients
    Lecture 6 - Feed supplements
    Lecture 7 - Feed formulations
    Lecture 8 - Feed manufacture
    Lecture 9 - Live feeds
    Lecture 10 - Fish feeds and marketing

    Course 9: Research Design and Data Analysis (Apply now? - Click here)
    In this course, participants will have a hands-on practical session (3 hrs) after each theory session (1:30 hrs) starting from simple statistical functions in MS Excel then use of SPSS,
    MiniTab and/or other software programs. The topics include:
    Lecture 1 - Introduction and scope
    Lecture 2 - Research design (survey and experiment)
    Lecture 3 - Sampling and data collection
    Lecture 4 - Data compilation and exploratory data analysis
    Lecture 5 - Simple hypothesis testing
    Lecture 6 - Analysis of variance (ANOVA) and multiple range tests
    Lecture 7 - Simple and multiple regression, and correlation
    Lecture 8 - Multivariate analysis
    Lecture 9 - Non-parametric tests
    Lecture 10 - Writing results / scientific papers

    Course 10: Aquaculture Business Planning & Management (Apply now? - Click here)
    This course has been designed, upon request, for the Executive / Senior Managers, CEOs and Consultants with or without technical background but are planning to start aqua
    business or provide supports to others. Topics include:
    Lecture 1 - Global aquaculture business
    Lecture 2 - History and evolution of aquaculture
    Lecture 3 - Product development and quality control
    Lecture 4 - Writing aqua business plan
    Lecture 5 - Team building / Human resource management
    Lecture 6 - Supply chain management
    Lecture 7 - Marketing management
    Lecture 8 - Managerial accounting
    Lecture 9 - Business ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR)
    Lecture 10 - Writing reports / presentation

    Course 11: Re-circulatory Aquaculture System (Apply now? - Click here)
    Lecture 1 - Site selection
    Lecture 2 - Lay-out and designing structures
    Lecture 3 - Tanks, filtration system & sanitation
    Lecture 4 - Pumps, aerators and other equipment
    Lecture 5 - Fish species: marine and fresh water species
    Lecture 6 - Feeds and feeding
    Lecture 7 - Water supply & quality monitoring
    Lecture 8 - Safety and maintenance

    Course 12: Value Chain Actors in Aquaculture (Apply now? - Click here)
    Lecture 1 - Recent Advances in Aquaculture
    Lecture 2 - Evolution of Aquaculture: Subsistence to Commercial
    Lecture 3 - Feeds and Inputs Services
    Lecture 4 - Economics / Cost-Effectiveness
    Lecture 5 - Models of Aquaculture Development
    Workshop 1 - Identifying & analyzing value chain actors
    Workshop 2 - Technology, Business Plan and Implementation
    Workshop 3 -  Impact Assessments (Socio-economics & Environmental)

    Course 13: Aqua-ponics
    Lecture 1 - Principles and practices
    Lecture 2 - Suitable fish species and vegetables
    Lecture 4 - Water quality and nutrient / waste recycling
    Lecture 5 - System designing
    Lecture 6 - Energy requirements e.g. Electricity, solar power and rainwater collection
    Lecture 7 - Vegetable gardening
    Lecture 8 - Fish-Prawn-vegetable farming
    Lecture 9 - Economics and Business plan

  1. Any of the above 4 lectures + 1 field trip/practicum is equivalent to 1-week training. Depending upon the interest of the participants, they can select above lectures from any
    courses to customize the program.
  2. Each lecture of all modules will be followed by Question and Answer (Q&A) with active participation of trainees.
  3. Participants will be given field-based assignments and will be asked to practice/work in ponds, hatcheries etc.
  4. Participants will be asked to prepare and present reports at the end.
  5. Relevant field visits will be organized as a part of each module.
  6. AIT also supplies equipment (pumps, aerators etc), materials (nets and hapas) and fish (e.g. Red or Nile tilapia broodstock and sex-reversed fry).
  7. AIT also provides technical services to individuals and organizations for planning designing, setting-up hatcheries / farms, and project monitoring and evaluation.
  8. AIT also offers internship or longer term (>3 months) hands-on work experience programs in various fields.
  9. Training program is not limited to above mentioned topics, please contact us for your specific interest / need.

    Training Fees:
           1-week (US$1,000)
           2-week (US$1,500)
           3-week (US$2,000)
           4-5 weeks (US$2,500)
           6-8 weeks (US$3,000)
           9-12 weeks (US$3,500)
           6-month / Semester
  • Fees can be paid via bank transfer, credits cards and Paypal.
  • Please note that the fees do not cover the followings:
  • Airfare and visa fee (we provide only invitation letter)
  • Accommodation (varies with the type e.g. US$200 / month in student hostel to US$50/day in hotel)
  • Food (costs approx. US$2 a meal in student canteens)


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