WEEK #19: 7 – 13 May 2018
In this issue:
(i) Thank You: Visit of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to AIT, 27 April 2018 - Opening of the Modernized AIT Library - AIT Campus Renaissance
Email from President (4 May 2018)
Dear Members of the AIT Community,
The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) was blessed with auspicious Royal Patronage when Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn formally inaugurated the modernized AIT Library, the AIT Clock Tower, and the new AIT Gate on 27 April 2018. On behalf of the Institute, I would like to convey my sincere thanks to all faculty and staff members, and students, who were able to join us on this very special occasion, and celebrate in the renaissance of the Institute.
We especially thank the AITIS pupils and teachers, who highlighted the international character of our Institute during Her Royal Highness Princess’ visit. Donned in their national attires, they welcome HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and her motorcade’s entry to AIT. They also served as happy foregrounds at the AIT Main Gate and AIT Clock Tower when Her Royal Highness officially inaugurated the AIT Modernized Library, the Institute’s Gate and Clock Tower, which were installed as part of the rehabilitation process after the 2011 flood.
The inauguration of the modernized Library was an important milestone for AIT, since the entire ground floor facilities had been inundated by the ravaging flood of 2011. The drive to create a new Library received Royal Patronage in January 2015, when HRH Princess Sirindhorn blessed the campaign and provided seed money of 1 million THB to launch the campaign. HRH also graciously accepted to serve as the Honorary Chair of International Advisory Committee of the AIT Library Modernization, and the Library Fundraising campaign ultimately emerged as the most successful fundraising event in AIT history, collecting nearly 80 million Thai Baht. The day marked the grand finale when HRH Princess Sirindhorn also honored major donors in the fundraising campaign, awarding certificates to individuals and corporates that had donated at least 1 million Thai Baht each.
Throughout the two-hour event, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was in blithe spirit and joyful disposition while witnessing the developments at the modern AIT Library and renaissance of the whole campus. Like other alumni, Her Royal Highness was also very concerned about the crisis AIT faced after the disastrous flood in 2011.
The visit of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, which was attended by 15 ambassadors and a large number of dignitaries, was widely reported on national television channels and other media. The event, showcasing AIT’s rise again, and the ensuing coverage and publicity, greatly enhanced the image and reputation of the Institute among the civil servants and the general public of our host country Thailand and beyond.
A video titled “AIT rises again,” which shows the journey from the flooded campus to a modernized Library, was especially prepared for the occasion and can be viewed at:
The video recording of the Royal Visit is available at the below link:
Once again, I wish to convey my gratitude to all members of the AIT community, who have rendered their full support to AIT and continue to reach out in different ways and means. Our tasks and responsibilities will continue as we share the same aim to move forward for the betterment and brighter future of the institute.
Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)
(ii) AIT Newsletter: May 2018
April of 2018 will remain etched in our memory for a long time, when the AIT campus was blessed with a Royal Visit. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn inaugurated the modernized AIT library and unveiled two new landmarks — the AIT Gate and the Clock Tower. The day marked the grand finale of a process of rejuvenating the AIT Campus.
The May 2018 edition of the monthly Newsletter shares the story and photographs from the event, and links to the video titled "AIT Rises Again."
(iii) Confirmed Notes AIT Management 29 March 2018; and Revised P&P PA-4-1-1
Email from Director, Office of Academic Administration: 4 May 2018
At its meeting yesterday, the AIT Management confirmed the notes of its 29 March 2018 meeting, which are now Intranet-published at AIT Management Confirmed Meeting Notes, as well as attached herewith for easy reference.
Through the endorsement of the AIT Management, the President approved the following revised Institute Policy and Procedure (P&P) Statement, with immediate effect:
§ (revised) PA-4-1-1 Faculty Status
Added new stipulations for clarifications:
III (Visiting Faculty), 3., 5. and 6.;
IV (Adjunct Faculty), 6. and 7.; and
VI. (Remuneration Guidelines) for AIT employees, 1.
This revised P&P statements are Intranet-published under (PA) Personnel Affairs for easy reference.
(iv) The AIT-Tiger Leong International Innovation and Leadership Camp: Call for Application
Call for Application: Open until 15 May 2018.
AIT will organize the AIT-Tiger Leong International Innovation and Leadership Camp from 16 – 26 July 2018. The camp was launched in 2017 by AIT in collaboration with its alumnus Ir. Tiger Leong, President, Ellipse Enterprise Malaysia.
The camp brought together bright and talented undergraduate students from top universities in the Asia who were selected based on their leadership potential and excellent academic performance. The camp seeks to emerge as a premier leadership camp for promising students.
Interested persons can visit the website to apply below.
(v) Vacant Seats Available for Staff Vans
Email from Office of Human Resources Services (9 Jan. 2018)
Kindly be informed that the available seats for AIT Staff Vans are indicated as follows:
Route 1: Latplakaow - Ramintra - Sapanmai - Phaholyothin km. 27 - AIT, still has 3 seats available (from 4 seats left 1 seat for relaxing space)
Route 2: Sathorn - BTS Morchit - Vibhavadi - AIT , still has 2 seats available (from 3 seats left 1 seat for relaxing space )
Route 3 : Nonthaburi - BTS Ministry of Public Health - Pongpetch - Laksi - Vibhavadi - AIT, still has 3 seats available (from 4 seats left 1 seat for relaxing space)
Route 4: Thonburi- The Mall Tha-pra - Pinklao Intersection- Rama VII Bridge -Vibhavadi - AIT, still has 4 seats available (from 5 seats left 1 seat for relaxing space)
For further communication and reservation, please contract Khun Jirada at ext.5018 or email@example.com.
(a) AIT’s 129th Graduation
AIT’s 129th Graduation will be held on 18 May 2018 at the Robert B Banks Auditorium, AIT Conference Center.
(ii) LECTURES / SEMINARS / CONFERENCES
(a) Seminar-Workshop to Empower Structural Engineers: 31 May – 2 June 2018
AIT Solutions will organize Seminar-Workshop to Empower Structural Engineers from31 May – 2 June 2018 for Visionary Event and Technical at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok.
A Dinner Talk with Ashraf Habibullah will also be held on 31 May as part of the event.
For more details, please visit: www.solutions.ait.ac.th
(b) IASC Meeting on Redefining Diversity and Dynamism of Natural Resource Management in Asia: 13 – 16 Jul. 2018
The Asia Region Biennial International Association for the Study of Commons (IASC) meeting on "Redefining Diversity and Dynamism of Natural Resource Management in Asia" will be organized at AIT from 13-16 July 2018.
The event is jointly organized by AIT, Chiang Mai University (CMU), Thailand, Ostrom Center for the Advanced Study in Natural Resource Governance (OCeAN), and the International Association for the Study of Commons (IASC).
More details are available at this link: http://ocean.ait.ac.th/ocean-2018/
(c) ICUE 2018 on Green Energy for Sustainable Development: 24 – 26 Oct. 2018
AIT will organize ICUE 2018 on Green Energy for Sustainable Development from 24 – 26 October 2018 at Thavorn Palm Beach Resort, Karon, Phuket, Thailand.
The organizer has received almost 300 abstracts so far from over 40 different countries.
Still many requests for extension are coming and so the deadline is further moved to 15 May 2018. New submissions can either be abstracts or full papers.
Notification of acceptance for the new submissions will be by 31 May 2018.
Conference Secretariat at email: firstname.lastname@example.org
More details: http://eecc.ait.ac.th/events/icue-conference-2018/
(d) 7th Asia Conference on Earthquake Engineering
Seismic Resilience for Safer Cities and Infrastructures: 22-25 Nov 2018
Urbanization is one of the major global challenges of this era. To address the issues related to safety of cities and infrastructure, the 7th Asia Conference on Earthquake Engineering (7ACEE 2018) is being jointly organized by AIT and Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT) in collaboration with the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines Inc. (ASEP), from 22 - 25 November 2018 in Bangkok.
Engineers, architects, professionals, students, institutes, universities, and organizations are invited to submit abstracts and share their experience under the theme Seismic Resilience for Safer Cities. Download Abstract Template
All who are submitting Abstracts or papers are also requested to provide a short biography (no more than 100 words) and recent photo that will be published in both the conference program and the conference proceedings.
Open for Abstract Submission - Mar 1, 2018
Deadline for Abstract Submission - Apr 15, 2018
Registration Deadline - Aug 31, 2018
More details: http://acee2018.org/
(iii) COURSES, TRAININGS
(a) Thai Reading and Writing Course for Beginners: May-June 2018
The Language Center will organize a course, “Reading and Writing Thai for Beginners”.
Reading and Writing Thai for Beginners (8 May – 26 June 2018)
• Tuesday and Thursday from 17:00 – 18:30, 2 times/week, Total 20 hours
• Course Fee: 2,000 baht
• Class Size: 15 persons
Register now at the Language Center, Room 216
(b) Chinese Course for Beginners: May-July 2018
The Language Center will organize Chinese Course for Beginners as follows:
Chinese Course for Beginners (15 May – 3 July 2018)
Tuesday and Thursday from 17:00 – 18:30, 2 times/week, Total 20 hours
The course fee is 1,000THB due to the kind support of the Chinese Government through the Confucius Institute. (Refunds are not available.)
Class Size: 15 persons
Register now at the Language Center, Room 216
(c) Thai Language Reading and Writing Course for Beginners: June – July 2018
The Language Center will organize Thai Language Reading and Writing Course for Beginners as follows:
Thai Language Reading and Writing for Beginners
Duration: 5 June – 19 July 2018
Dates: Tuesday and Thursday from 17:00 – 18:30 hrs., 2 times/week, Total 20 hours
Course Fee: 2,000 baht
Class Size: 15 persons
Interested persons please register now at the Language Center, Room 216
• MoU Signing between AIT and SATEL and DNWP / 15 May 2018 / SATEL and DNWP will sponsor advanced standardized equipment for the new laboratory which will be named, “Advanced Telecommunications Laboratory sponsored by SATEL and DNWP”
(i) Korea House Renovation
Email from OFAM (22 Mar. 2018)
Please be informed that renovation of the Korea House has started from Monday, 26 March 2018 and is expected to be ready by mid of May 2018.
- Mr. M. Zia Islam / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 12 – 17 April 2018*
- Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Nuku’ Alofa, Tonga / 23 – 26 April 2018*
- Dr. Sohee Minsum Kim / Jeju, Korea / 24 – 26 April 2018*
- Dr. Djoen San Santoso / Myanmar / 26 April 2018*
- Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Myanmar / 26 – 29 April 2018*
- Qing Xia / Bonn, Germany / 27 April – 12 May 2018
- Alla Metellitsa / Bonn, Germanay / 27 April – 12 May 2018
- Mr. Lyan B. Villacorta / Bonn, Germany / 27 April – 12 May 2018
- Prof. Nitin Kumar Tripathi / Malabe, Sri Lanka / 3 – 5 May 2018*
- Prof. Mukand Singh Babel / Bahir Dar, Ethiopia / 3 – 6 May 2018*
- Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai / Shanghai and Beijing, China / 6 – 13 May 2018
- Mrs. Wannapa Pliansri / Shanghai and Beijing, China / 6 – 13 May 2018
- Ms. Chotiros Mongkolchotirat / Shanghai and Beijing, China / 6 – 13 May 2018
- Mr. Qi Xinjian / Shanghai and Beijing, China / 6 – 13 May 2018
- Ms. Phyu sin / Kanchanaburi, Thailand / 8 – 9 May 2018
- Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Phuket, Thailand / 9 – 11 May 2018
- Mr. Songpon Saengpun / Phuket, Thailand / 9 – 12 May 2018
- Ms. Worawan Sumroetrum / Phuket, Thailand / 9 – 12 May 2018
- Prof. Barbara Igel / Hanoi, Vietnam / 11 – 19 May 2018
- Dr. Ram C. Bhujel / Zurich, Switzerland / 12 – 16 May 2018
- Takuji w. Tsusaka / Mandalay, Myanmar / 13 – 19 May 2018
*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)
Administrative Staff (Admin & Finance Officer) (Asian Center of Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture)
Ref. No. 21/18
Deadline: 15 May 2018
Faculty Position (Assistant Professor or Associate Professor) (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. Fac 02/18
Deadline: 31 July 2018