WEEK# 19, 10 - 16 May 2021
In this issue:
1) Update on Positive Cases of Contractor Staff and Other Updates from the AIT COVID-19 Task Force
Email from Director, Office of Academic Administration on 7 May 2021.
Dear Members of the AIT Family,
We hope that all of you are keeping well and staying safe in the midst of the fierce third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. As you must have been following in the news, COVID-19 is raging in Greater Bangkok, including several crowded communities in the capital. The number of COVID-19 cases in Greater Bangkok has now surpassed those in 73 provinces combined. As conveyed in our earlier message, Pathum Thani – where AIT is located, has been categorized as a dark red zone and designated as “Maximum and Strict Controlled Area” with almost daily new cases, so we must all take extra precautions to keep ourselves and the AIT campus safe.
Positive Cases of Contractor Staff – We would like to provide an update of the positive cases of contractor staff. In our 30 April message we had reported that three technical contractor staff who work at OFAM and reside off-campus tested positive for COVID-19. Two more technical contractor staff and one janitorial contractor OFAM staff, all of whom reside off-campus, have also tested positive for COVID-19—the most recent one on 2 May. All six of these contractor staff are undergoing treatment in hospitals.
All five technical contractor staff work in the building maintenance section. Based on their work timeline, these staff mainly worked outdoors on their own and some had very limited interaction with the AIT community aside from their team. The persons who were in contact with these staff have stopped working, are under self-isolation, and have all tested negative for COVID-19.
The janitorial contractor staff works in the clothing store area and is a relative of one of the technical contractor staff who tested positive for COVID-19. She is not a campus cleaning staff. The janitorial contractor has conducted a rapid test (blood check) for all the rest of the 66 janitorial staff with no antigens detected in any of them.
As a precautionary measure, OFAM has sanitized and deep cleaned the areas where these staff visited. OFAM has also warned other contractors in OFAM to be aware of the situation and to take extra precautions. The contractors have been told to limit their work on campus to the most essential and emergency in nature, and to inform their staff to minimize their contact with others—whether with other contractors or AIT staff or faculty or students, and to not socialize or wander around campus. We will continue to update the community. Our thoughts are with these staff and we wish them a speedy recovery.
Face-to-Face Meetings – AIT is in a WFH mode until further notice. Everyone is discouraged to meet, visit or talk with others in person. This includes students’ consultations with faculty advisors and other staff members. These should take place online. If extremely necessary, please always observe proper social distancing and wear face masks.
Contact Sports – Although outdoor team sports—non-contact—are still allowed, please be reminded that this applies for AIT community members only. No non-AIT players and no spectators are allowed and all indoor playing areas like the China Center are currently closed.
The Task Force reminds all players to exercise judgement, and maintain a high level of precautionary measures, like washing your hands before and after play, avoiding high fives, handshakes, fist bumps or hugs, covering your coughs and sneezes, and not spitting.
The outdoor sports fields and other sporting facilities are RESTRICTED for use by the AIT community only. NO outside visitors will be permitted to use these facilities until further notice
Visitors / Guests – NO overnight visitors are allowed on campus, even at the AIT Conference Center Hotel. International visitors/guests are NOT allowed on campus
As communicated in the 7 April TF message, all visitors / guests – including day visits – will only be given access when an AIT resident host signs them in. Contractors, vendors, and service personnel will be signed in by OFAM. Other casual day visitors (e.g. to buy take-out food, coffee, etc.) will have to make arrangements with the concerned establishment, which are allowed to ONLY make deliveries at the Main Gate.
Golf Course – The TF has decided to keep the Golf Course open with strict hygiene and sanitation standards.
Please check with the Task Force if you have any queries and also visit the Intranet page where all COVID-19 related information and updates from the Task Force are available. We urge you to continue to maintain a high level of safety and hygiene measures, avoid large crowds, and please visit the AIT Medical Center if you feel unwell. A final piece of advice, if you feel unwell but it is judged that you do not need to take a COVID test, you should stay in your quarters and minimize contacts for seven days if at all possible.
We thank you for your continued cooperation.
Please take care and stay safe.
AIT COVID-19 Task Force
2) AITE Webinar on Global Supply Chain Outlook Post Covid-19
Date: Tuesday 11th May 2021
Time: 10:00 AM Thailand Time
Speaker: Dr. Nick Vyas, Executive Director of the USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management, USC Marshall School of Business
Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/5342p8x4
Webinar link: https://extension.ait.asia/node/1173
3) AIT-TusPark WHA Webinar on Deep Tech in Thailand's New S-curve Industries: Opportunities in Thai Market.
Date: 13 May 2021
Time :14:00- 16:00 Bangkok Time
4) AIT Extension in collaboration with Asia Pacific Telecommunication will be organizing a webinar on "5G and IoT Applications and Policy Solutions” on May 17th, 2021 (Monday).
Date: 17 May 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 (GMT +7) Bangkok Time
For more information and registration, please visit our website: https://extension.ait.asia/course/1172
5) Online Launch Event - Circular Economy and Sustainable Lifestyles Course
Training Courses/ Conferences/ Workshops
1) Online Professional Development Course on: Managing Organization change: Integrating Agile for Transformation (Batch 1 )
Online Professional Development Course on: Managing Organization change: Integrating Agile for Transformation (Batch 1 )
Date : 08 - 25 May 2021
Date: 10 - 28 May 2021
Time: 14:00 - 16:00 hrs. (Bangkok time)
Learn from practitioners on how to develop M & E pathways that foster measurement of results and respond to current changes of M&E contexts. Broadening perspectives for innovative ways to develop tools and reporting mechanisms that help to make decisions for project implementation.
Aims of the program
Enhance practical knowledge and scope for M&E approach and practices during COVID-19.
Be acquainted with appropriate research design and data collection tools.
Apply M &E concept to create information sharing and reporting strategies.
For more information and registration pls. visit https://extension.ait.ac.th/course/1127
4) Online Course "Certification Course on Lean Six Sigma Green Belt"
Date 23rd June- 31st July 2021
This Lean Six Sigma Green Belt course will dive deeply into the universally practiced process improvement methodologies of Lean Six Sigma, with both theoretical and practical components. This course will first teach participants the Lean Six Sigma methodologies, then have the participants successfully implement process improvement on live projects they bring to the course. With the instructors' guidance, students will use data collection and analysis skills and enact quantifiable improvements for their chosen projects.
For more information and application: Please visit the link
Participants will receive discount
Use Promo Code AIT to get a 15% discount!!
We are pleased to announce that AIT Extension in collaboration with The Tanoto Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies, HKUST, Hong Kong is about to organize Two Day International Workshop on " Asian Family Business and Family Office.
Prof. Roger King, Senior Advisor & Founding Director, Tanoto Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies at HKUST.
Prof. Winnie Qian Peng, Director for Tanoto Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies at HKUST.
Mr. Isara Vongkusolkit, Honorary Chairman of Mitr Phol Sugar Group
Ms. Angel Young, Founder, and CEO of Harmony Advisors Ltd, Hong Kong.
Tuition Fee (Early Bird, offer expires 31th May): 200.00 USD
Tuition Fee THB : B6,000.00
Saturday, 12th June 2021 (09:00-11:30 Bangkok Time)
Saturday, 19th June 2021 (09:00-12:30 Bangkok Time)
For more information and registration, please visit our website: https://extension.ait.ac.th/course/family-Business-Workshop
9) 2nd International Symposium on Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development (DRSD)
We are happy to announce the "2nd International Symposium on Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development” from 24 -25 June 2021 scheduled to be held at Asian Institute of Technology, THAILAND (In-person and Virtual) [www.disaster-sustainability.org]. The “2nd International Symposium on Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development” organized by the Asian Institute of Technology brings together discussion on various dimensions of higher education systems in the Asia-Pacific region with a focus on Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development. The International Symposium will focus on various dimensions of existing and future risk scenarios and concerted efforts of the scientific communities to find new adaptation methods.
The international symposium will be organized from 24 -25 June 2021 in hybrid mode. The program will include keynote speeches, panel discussions, technical sessions, poster presentations, and academic exhibitions. The Symposium is one of the initiatives of ProSPER.Net project “Disaster Education for integrating SFDRR and SDG in Asia” lead by the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand along with the partner universities in the Asia Pacific Region.
The symposium will also provide an opportunity to develop a Higher Educational Institution Platform on DRR to address the cross-cutting issues on Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development and also understanding regional challenges that result from complex problems generated by natural hazards and human-induced threats.
On behalf of Organising Committee DRSD-2021, I would like to invite your valuable participation and interaction with Global Resilience and Sustainability Experts.
CALL for ABSTRACT is open
10) 100 Innovations x Entrepreneurs : What Drives the Future?
WHAT DRIVES THE FUTURE?
The first 100 Innovations x Entrepreneurs (100X) event was organized by the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in 2019 as Southeast Asia’s first Research-to-Commercial conference to bridge the gap between academia and industry. The event also served as the venue to launch AIT’s Entrepreneurship Center, a breeding ground for future business leaders as well as a learning center with the ultimate goal of enhancing economic and social development. As our signature annual event, this year also AIT is organizing the second 100X in a new normal hybrid mode, a combination of online and in-person to also reach out to more people from different parts of the world. The theme for this event is What Drives the Future with a mindset to rethink our future by focusing on how we can improve the basic human needs such as Food, WellBeing, Living, Education, and Communication in context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).We believe that collaboration among different stakeholders: University, Industry, Government, and Civil Society is the key to safeguard our future and each stakeholder has a critical role to play in achieving the SDGs. Through this event, AIT, as one of the stakeholders, is reaching out to the Government, Industry and Civil Society to collaborate with us as co-organizer, partner, and participants.
C. Classifieds (jobs)
Position: Assistant/Associate Professor, School of Environment, Resources, and Development (DDS/UIS)
Ref. No. 4/21
Deadline: 30 June 2021
Position: Assistant/Associate Professor, School of Engineering & Technology (ISE-MEC)
Ref. No. 06/20
Deadline: 31 July 2021
Position: Director, Language Center
Ref. No. 20/21
Deadline: 31 May 2021
Position: Laborer, Structural Engineering Laboratory
Ref. No. 13/21
Deadline: 31May 2021
Position: Civil Engineer, Structural Engineering Laboratory
Ref. No. 12/21
Deadline: 31 May 2021