WEEK #2: 8 – 14 Jan. 2018


 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Visitors

D. Campus Updates

E. Faculty and Staff Travel

F. Classifieds (Jobs)


A. Announcements



Email from President: 8 Jan. 2018

Dear AIT Faculty and Staff Members,

First of all, let me thank you for the outstanding job you have done last year in support of our Institute, our students, our research endeavors, and our outreach mission. As you have no doubt seen in the last 4 years, AIT has gradually recovered from its worst financial crisis, mainly because of our real actions and team work. As we are about to celebrate AIT’s 60th Anniversary in 2019, all of us want to see AIT on a strong footing to allow it rising to a new height.  

I believe that new year is an auspicious time to communicate the good news to you. It’s about how AIT would like to take better care of your health and welfare, as a way to show its appreciation for your never-giving-up on AIT. Aside from the new salary system based on a fair and transparent campus-wide evaluation, the AIT Management Team has endorsed the following new-year presents for my approval to you.

(1) Better Welfare and Benefit

A bold initiative was to look at the entire package and tried to ensure the effectiveness of our hard-earned resources to benefit our employees at large. By reorganizing the half-emptied commuters' buses into vans, we were able to save as much as 1.6 million Baht, which could be used to enhance our health care.
The Office of Human Resources Service (OHRS) then invited 4 health insurance companies to propose a group health insurance policy for our 633 employees and 544 dependents. After many rounds of presentation, the Finance and Resources Committee finally recommended for a higher coverage, which will cost AIT of 6.88 million Baht in premium, more than twice the total cost of 3.17 million Baht that AIT paid last year under the currently lower coverage.
Soon the OHRS will issue to you your health insurance card with full details of the coverage as summarized in Attachment 1. For example, each member is entitled to 35 OPD Visits @ 1,000 Baht ceiling, compared with currently 30 OPD Visits @ 400 Baht ceiling.

(2) More Incentives for Attracting Sponsored Projects (see revised P&P PA-4-1-2 Engagement of Faculty and Staff beyond the age of 60).

Currently, a part of the approved budget for sponsored projects is allocated as Professional Development Fund (PDF Fund 50), which can be accumulated and used for professional activities of the Principal Investigators. Upon retirement, the faculty will have no claim on the residual of the PDF as it will be taken over by School. The AIT Management Team (AMT) has endorsed for my approval that half (50%) of his/her accumulated unused PDF will be disbursed as retirement fund to the retired employee at the time of his/her retirement. The other half (50%) will be credited to his/her Responsibility Center to support the professional development of new faculty members.  
In addition, the AMT also endorsed for my approval to allow faculty members to use of his or her PDF to pay for the business-class upgrade of air tickets in any official trip longer than 5 hours.

(3) Allowing Faculty to become Distinguished Adjunct Faculty / Professor (DAF/DAP) upon his or her retirement (P&P PA-4-1-1).

To allow for professional continuity, current faculty members meeting the eligibility criteria will be offered appointments as Distinguished Adjunct Faculty / Professor (DAF/DAP) six months prior to their mandatory retirement from the Institute after reaching the age of 60 years.
(4) Restoring Employee Students (P&P AA-8-8-2).

Employees with at least five (5) years employment with AIT, can/may register as part-time students in AIT’s masters or doctoral degree programs, subject to the approval of their immediate work supervisors. The said employee must be academically qualified first and receive approval from his or her immediate work supervisor(s) and Deans / Directors with special arrangement for the working time used for study. The same admissions standards that apply to full-time students will apply to employee-students on part-time status. The part-time employee students will be waived from tuition throughout the course of study, but they must pay the total registration fees (normally paid by full-time students) upfront at the beginning of the program. This upfront payment of registration fees (4 terms@20,000B for master’s degree and 7 terms@20,000B for doctoral degree) is used to confirm his or her seriousness.

(5) Fellowship for Children of current AIT regular employees (P&P AA-8-8-2).

Children of current AIT regular employees, who are employed with AIT for at least five (5) years, will be provided fellowship equivalent to 25% discount on tuition fees (on top of other merit fellowships) of AIT’s masters or doctoral degree programs.
Let me end this email by wishing you and your family a Happy New Year 2018, for my last time as AIT President.

With regards,
Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
AIT President

(ii)    Winners of Auxiliary Services Concessionaires Survey 2017 Raffle Email from Auxiliary Services: 4 Jan. 2018

We would like to thank the AIT Community for providing us your valuable inputs & suggestion by participating in the Auxiliary Services Concessionaires Survey during December 2017.

As a gesture of appreciation to those who took their time in participating in this survey, a raffle draw was held and the winners are as follows:
1st Prize 2 (Two) Winners of a Power Bank

2nd Prize 2 (Two) Winners of a Bluetooth Speaker

3rd Prize 2 (Two) Winners of a 64 GB Thumb Drive

4th Prize 3 (Three) Winners of 32 GB Thumb Drive

Consolation Prices 10 (Ten) Winners of Hom Krun Coffee Beverage coupon for 2 persons

May we request the winners to claim their prizes at the following:
Office: Office of Facilities and Asset Management (OFAM)
Building: Physical Plant (2nd Floor)
Room: 207
Contact Person: Ms. Churairat #5026
Period of claiming: 8- 19 January 2018 only
Time : Office hours only    

(iii)    ERP Offline
Please be informed that ERP is offline every day, January 2-31, 2018
From 11:30 - 13:00 during offline period finance has to process the transaction
of Y2017 (Due to Year-end closing).

(iv)    AIT Official Holiday 2018

Email from Office of Human Resources Services: 23 Nov. 2017

AIT Management Team has approved AIT Official Holiday 2018 as follows:

1    Mon    New Year's Day

1    Thu    Makha Bucha Day

6    Fri    Chakri Memorial Day
13    Fri    Songkran Festival
16    Mon    Substitute for Songkran Festival

1    Tue    National Labor Day
29    Tue    Visakha Bucha Day

27    Fri    Asalaha Bucha Day
30    Mon    Substitute for H.M. the King's Birthday

13    Mon    Substitute for H.M. the King's Mother Birthday

15    Mon    Substitute for H.M. late King Bhumibol Memorial Day
23    Tue    Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

5    Wed    Birthday Anniversary of H. M. late King's Bhumibol
25    Tue    Year-End Break
26    Wed    Year-End Break
27    Thu    Year-End Break
28    Fri    Year-End Break
29    Sat    Year-End Break
30    Sun    Year-End Break
31    Mon    Year-End Break

(v)    Student contest: The Trail by VINCI Construction

Email from AIT Solutions: 22 Nov. 2017

We are delighted to announce the launch of a student contest The Trail by VINCI Construction “Imagine tomorrow's construction industry.”

 Innovate in one of these three fields:

·         The construction site of the future
·         Sustainable construction and resilience
·         Cities above and under cities

This competition has 2 phases:

Part 1: an online challenge on Agorize platform to attract students and where they can submit their innovative projects “Imagine the construction industry of tomorrow”

Part 2: an outdoors sports challenge to take place in Annecy, France


Online Challenge (Ideation):          20 Nov 2017 - 18 Mar 2018

Voting:                                        20 Mar 2018 - 03 Apr 2018

Local awards:                              04 Apr 2018 - 04 May 2018

The local ceremony for Asia will be organized in Singapore and will gather the 3 best Asian teams.

 Please check out the website for more information:


If you are interested to join, let Innovation Lab [ilab] help you. You can send us your presentation before you submit online and our experts can give you feedback. Kindly send to ilab.solutions@ait.asia












B. Events



(a)    Thanat Khoman Lecture Series: 20 – 22  Feb. 2018
Tue Feb 20th 11:00am - 4:00pm

Thanat Khoman Lecture Series will be organized in February 2018. It will be delivered by Dr. A R Chamberlain, Former President, Colorado State University (CSU).
The first lecture will be held at the AIT Auditorium on 20 February 2018, followed by two lectures on 21 February 2018 at the Chulalongkorn University, and on 22 February 2018 in Bangkok.


(a)    Training Programme on Economics of Climate Change Adaptation: 12 – 23 Mar. 2018
The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific at the AIT, in cooperation with UNDP and USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific, will organize the second run of the training course on the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation under the Climate Change Asia initiative from 12 – 23 March 2018 in Bangkok (exact location to be confirmed)
More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/events/





C. Visitors

•    Delegation from Watson School, Binghamton University, New York, USA / 9 Jan. 2018 / to develop collaboration and academic cooperation in Engineering and Applied Science related fields

•    Delegation from KU Leuven University, Leuven, Belgium / 10 Jan. 2018 / to discuss on collaboration between KU Leuven University and AIT.




D. Campus Updates


(i)    New AITCC Annex & renovation of car park near Arcade

A new AITCC Annex building will be constructed opposite to AIT swimming Pool/AIT Solutions. The construction work will start from 1 October 2017 and expected to be completed by April 2018. To prepare the area for construction, the car park area opposite to swimming pool/AIT Solutions will be demolished partially and a new sewage line will be laid from Arcade area.

During the process of this work, the area will be barricaded and there might be some disturbance as well as noise.

Please be also informed that currently partial section of car park area opposite to Arcade is being renovated. It may take a week to complete the work and the area will be closed.


E. Faculty and Staff Travel

Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe / Trat and Rayong, Thailand / 12 – 15 December 2017*
Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe / Kampot Province, Cambodia / 27 – 31 December 2017*
Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh / Louisiana and San Francisco, USA / 11 December 2017 – 22 January 2018
*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)





F. Classifieds (Jobs)


Position: Administrative Staff (Webmaster) (Office of the Media & Communications)
Ref. No. 51/17
Deadline: 15 January 2018

Position: Administrative Staff (Social Media and Promotions Coordinator) (Office of the Media & Communications)
Ref. No. 52/17
Deadline: 15 January 2018

Position: Director/PRINCIPAL for AIT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (AIT International School)
Ref. No. 50/2017
Deadline: 31 January 2018

Position: Administrative Staff (Accommodation Manager) (Office of Facilities and Assets Management )
Ref. No. 53/17
Deadline: 31 January 2018

Position: Administrative Staff (Accommodation Clerk/Assistant Accommodation Officer) (Office of Facilities and Assets Management )
Ref. No. 54/17
Deadline: 31 January 2018

Position: Administrative Staff (Cafeteria Supervisor) (Office of Facilities and Assets Management )
Ref. No. 55/17
Deadline: 31 January 2018

Position: Receptionist / Operator (Office of Facilities and Assets Management )
Ref. No. 56/17
Deadline: 31 January 2018

Position: Technical Staff (Technician) (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 45/17
Deadline: 31 January 2018

Faculty Position (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. 04/2017
Deadline: 15 February 2018