WEEK #24:11 – 17 June 2018


 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Campus Updates

D. Faculty and Staff Travel

E. Classifieds (Jobs)


A. Announcements



(i) AIT remains the top-ranked international university according to latest rankings


AIT has maintained its position as the world’s top international university once again, bagging six perfect scores for the second consecutive year in the category of “International Orientation” in the latest edition of U-Multirank’s “Annual World Rankings of Universities” released on 6 June 2018.


AIT is the only university in Asia to be ranked at the global top in international orientation, and this is the third time in the past four years that AIT has achieved this impressive result.
In addition, AIT has also been rated among the world’s top 25 performing universities in the category of “Income from Continuous Professional Development,” an honour that only three Asian universities can be proud of.

In the 2018 U-Multirank findings, AIT has maintained its numero uno position in all six categories of international orientation — foreign language bachelor programs, foreign language master programs, student mobility, international academic staff, international joint publications, and international doctorate degrees. AIT is joined by 21 other universities with perfect scores in this field.

“The latest round of rankings where AIT is once again ranked as the top international university does not come as a surprise,” AIT President Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai said. Ever since its inception in 1959, AIT has served as a role model for other universities, and it occupies a unique place in the realm of international higher education, Prof. Worsak added. “AIT’s performance in continuous professional development is in tune with our vision of providing lifelong learning, where learning does not end with a students’ graduation, but continues for a lifetime,” President Worsak remarked.

Overall, AIT has 12 perfect scores, with six top positions in the categories of “international orientation”, three in “research”, and three in “knowledge transfer.” Individually, AIT also obtained the top rank in research publications (size normalised), external research income, post-doc positions, income from private sources (per full time equivalent academic staff), income from continuous professional development (per cent of total income), and graduate companies.

AIT’s performance in “Income from Continuous Professional Development” is reflective of the Institute’s offerings in continuing education. According to U- Multirank, this indicator is related to the level of knowledge transfer, and it indicates that a university is active in providing continuous professional education courses to companies and individuals by transferring knowledge to external actors.

U-Multirank is widely regarded as the largest global university ranking, and the latest set of rankings compares 1,614 universities from 95 countries.


External Links:


AIT in U-Multirank: https://www.umultirank.org/study-at/asian-institute-of-technology-ait

About U-Multirank: https://www.umultirank.org/





(ii) Acting President between 11 - 15 June 2018


Email from Office of President (8 Jun. 2018)


Please be kindly informed that the President is an official mission to Sweden during 11 – 15 June 2018.
Therefore, during the above mentioned period, Prof. Sivanappan Kumar, Vice President for Academic Affairs, has kindly agreed to serve as Acting President between 11 – 13 June 2018 and Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto, Vice President for Administration, between 14 – 15 June 2018 to take care of urgent matters related to the Office of the President.





(iii) Acting Dean SET during 11-15 June 2018


Email from Dean SET (8 Jun. 2018)

Please be informed that Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul, Dean SET, is on an official mission to Sweden during 11-15 June 2018. Prof. Pennung Warnitchai, Department Head, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering (CIE) has  kindly agreed to serve as the Acting Dean on his behalf.





(iv) 7th call for documentaries for the Visual Documentary Project (VDP)


Email from Director, Office of Academic Administration (6 Jun. 2018)


Greetings Filmmakers and Friends!

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University is calling for documentaries for the 7th Visual Documentary Project! Please circulate to all filmmakers in the region. Please help us reach out to young aspiring filmmakers in Southeast Asia!



THEME: Popular Culture and Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia: a region rich in popular cultural traditions. How do popular music, art, literature, theatre, comedy, dance, sport and film, move people in Southeast Asia?  What makes them laugh, cry and feel? Inspire us! For 2018, we open up the visual documentary project to documentaries that capture popular cultures across the region.




1. Applicants must be citizens from Southeast Asia or Japan.

2. Documentaries should be no longer than 30 minutes.

3. Applicants should make sure they have permission from any subjects that appear in the movies.

4. Documentaries should include English subtitles. Translation and subtitling is also the responsibility of applicants.

*Selected documentaries will be screened in their original languages with both Japanese and English subtitles. However, documentaries that are in English will only have Japanese subtitles added and vice versa.


DEADLINE: 31 August 2018




The Visual Documentary Project (VDP) was set up in 2012 by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS). The aims of the project are to explore and introduce the rich diversity of contemporary Southeast Asia (SEA) through the medium of documentary films and to create bridges between academia, the SEA filmmaking community and civil society. From 2014, the Japan Foundation Asia Center joins this project as co-organizer to help widely promote the richness of Southeast Asian cultures to people in Japan. As of 2016, the project has linked up with numerous film schools in the region to help strengthen the documentary filmmaking network.


CONTACT: Visual Documentary project vdp@cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp





(v) Knovel Ambassador Program at AIT for 2018


Email from AIT Library (25 May 2018)


Elsevier in co-operation with AIT Library is recruiting 1-2 student ambassadors to promote Knovel at AIT.  We are looking for students with the following profiles:


·         Basic Engineering Education Background

·         Postgraduate

·         Able to commit about 10 – 15 hours per month to support Knovel engagement activities including library Knovel training with the engineering community

·         Conduct small-scale Knovel sharing session with his peers & teaching staff


The program will start in July 2018.  Pre-training will be provided by Knovel team.  Promotional Materials including small give-away will be provided to support the ambassador with their engagement activities.

Interesting students can apply for this post from today until 15 June 2018.  Please send your curriculum vitae / resume to the Library at library@ait.ac.th .





(vi) Join “Emerald Quiz – the Year of the Dog” today and have a chance to win an Apple Watch


Email from AIT Library (31 May 2018)


AIT Library would like to invite you all to join an online quiz organized by Emerald. If you have FOUR quiz questions answered correctly before 30 June 2018, you will be entered for a lucky draw to win an Apple Watch. Winner of the quiz will be contacted directly by Emerald. Click www.bit.ly/EmeraldQuiz   to find the details and to start the quiz right away!





(vii) Reminder of visa and work permit issues


Email from GRU (21 May 2018)


Dear non-Thai Faculty, Staff, and Students


According to an ongoing crackdown on illegal immigrants named "X-Ray Outlaw Foreigners”, police are focusing on schools and universities.  Please be reminded of the followings:


1.      Visa extension form along with related document must be submitted to GRU at least 2 months before the expiration date in order to avoid being subject to an overstayed fine. The same criteria also apply to your dependants (if any).

2.      Using a wrong visa category is illegal.  For example, a dependant visa cannot be used for purposes of working. 

3.      Make sure that your work permit is still valid and be extended before the date of expiration.


If you have any queries, please contact Government Relations Unit (GRU) at tel. ext. 5022, or via e-mail: gru@ait.ac.th .





(viii) AC unit cleaning service for SERD Building


Email from OFAM (22 May 2018)


Please be informed that technicians will enter SERD Building for unit cleaning as a part of our preventive maintenance routine from Wednesday, 23 May – Friday, 22 June 2018
It is advisable for the tenants to store their valuables away in a safe place to prevent them from being misplaced or damaged during the process of maintenance.

For AC units cleaning; if any of the tenants find the mentioned schedule to be inconvenient, please contact call center office at 5800 to arrange for another time.


PM Plan for A/C Cleaning


Monday, 11 June: SERD E119-E123, E131


Tuesday, 12 June: SERD E 109, E112-E115, E117


Wednesday, 13 June: SERD E105-E107, E110, E111


Thursday, 14 June: E101-E104, E108


Friday, 15 June: SERD W128-W133, W135


Monday, 18 June: SERD W127, W130, W131, W136-W139


Tuesday, 19 June: SERD W101-W104, W132


Wednesday, 20 June: SERD W117-W120


Thursday, 21 June: SERD W121-W126


Friday, 22 June: SERD W109-W115


Remark: The cleaning time can vary





(ix) AIT Vehicle Registration for new automated system at Main gate


Email from OFAM (6 Jun. 2018)


Please be informed that a new automated gate system at the main entrance has been recently installed. The gate system has two channels to enter or leave AIT. Channel 1 is designed for AITians, where the system will recognize the registered vehicles and command the barrier to open automatically. Channel 2 is for outsiders or guests, where the driver will need to exchange ID card.

Therefore, we request all the faculty, staff, students, residents, contractors and concessionaires to register your vehicle by filling up this form through the link below. The data collected through this form will be incorporated into the new gate system to enable the vehicle plate number to be recognized.


For English version form use the link below



For Thai version form use the link below

Kindly return this form by 20 June 2018, as we want to exercise this system by the end of this month. For those vehicles that are not registered, can enter through channel 2 only and have to exchange their ID card same as an outsiders.

• Please note that the survey form requires you to attach copy of vehicle registration blue book (ทะเบียนรถ)

• If online form cannot be accessed, please visit Call Center, adjacent to Accommodation Office at Physical plant building to fill in the manual form and please also submit the copy of vehicle registration blue book (ทะเบียนรถ).






(x) 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 3 seats available  (from 4 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 jirada@ait.asia .



























B. Events





(a) Workshop on "Microalgae and Wastewater Treatment": 12 Jun. 2018


Environmental Engineering and Management (EEM)’s BIIC@AIT project will host a day seminar - "Microalgae and Wastewater Treatment" on 12 June 2018, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  at S101-SERD Seminar room.


The seminar aims to bring Thai and international researchers to discuss the latest solutions and optimization approaches in the field.


The AIT community are invited to join this seminar that will make you engage with other like-minded researchers and sharing the perspectives and experiences that will contribute to solving the diverse issues from coupling wastewater treatment and microalgae.





(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) AIT-Tiger Leong International Innovation & Leadership Camp: 16 – 26 Jul. 2018


The AIT-Tiger Leong International Innovation and Leadership Camp was launched in 2017 by the Asian Institute of Technology (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.

As part of AIT’s commitment to promote and train the new generation of students as future innovative leaders, the camp aims to nurture the entrepreneurial skills of young people and encourage them to be innovative through increasing their capacity and knowledge to become leading citizens. Students can gain new knowledge, skills through a combination of workshops, seminars, motivational talks, and site visits to pioneering industries in Thailand. The camp is facilitated by the Innovation Lab at AIT Solutions, a creativity hub dedicated to bringing together students, industries, researchers to develop innovative solutions addressing important social and economic challenges.






(d) 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.

For further information, please contact visit our website:

www.icue2018.ait.ac.th  and www.icue.ait.ac.th/2018

or contact:

Conference Secretariat at email: icue2018@ait.ac.th

More details: http://eecc.ait.ac.th/events/icue-conference-2018/





(e) 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/







(a) LC Bridging Program 2018: 18 June – 26 July

Please be informed that the start of the Bridging Program for this year has been postponed with two weeks to allow more students to enroll. It was noted that for some departments the start of the program comes too soon and that they are still in the process of nominating students.


The updated program dates:

18 June - 26 July (30 hrs of study per week)

Fee: 50,400 THB.

Department 1/2 fee scholarship:

Please note that the AIT-MT has endorsed the opportunity for departments to sponsor students with academic potential with a half fee scholarship. (i..e, the candidate pays 50% and the department sponsors 50% of the fees).


In brief, the program aims to assist those students with academic potential who do not meet the AIT English language requirements to be ready for admission by August. Candidates eligible to join the program are currently at a level of AIT-EET 4.5 or IELTS equivalent.


Results from the past:


Results from the past have shown that students can make great progress in the development of their English skills over the course of the program and that they feel more confident and better prepared to start their course work in English. Over the years, the LC has been able to prepare all candidates joining the BP to be ready for admission. On average students improve with 0.5 - 1.0 band on the AIT-EET scale / IELTS equivalent.


More info:

Please contact us at languages@ait.ac.th for more information or visit our website http://www.languages.ait.asia/bridging-program/





(b) 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





(c) 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




(d) Chinese Course for Beginners: 5 Jun. – 19 Jul. 2018


The Language Center will organize Chinese Course for Beginners as follows:

Chinese Course for Beginners (5 June - 19 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





(e)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























C. Campus Updates


(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 soon.



















D. Faculty and Staff Travel 


Prof. Nitin Kumar Tripathi / Delhi, India / 2 – 5 June 2018*
Dr. Philippe Doneys / Yangon, Myanmar / 3 – 8 June 2018*
Dr. Joyee S. Chatterjee / Yangon, Myanmar / 3 – 8 June 2018*
Ms. Rowena Alcoba / Manila, Philippines / 3 – 15 June 2018
Mr. SK Shahin Hossain / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 7 – 9 June 2018*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Myanmar / 8 – 11 June 2018
Dr. Yuosre Badir / Hanoi, Vietnam / 8 – 16 June 2018
Dr. Pham Huy Giao / Copenhagen, Denmark / 10 – 16 June 2018
Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai / Gothenburg, Sweden / 10 – 16 June 2018
Mr. Sanjeev Pradeep Jayasinghe / Gothenburg, Sweden / 10 – 17 June 2018
Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon / Nan, Thailand / 11 – 12 June 2018
Dr. Sangam Shrestha / Siem Reap, Cambodia / 11 – 14 June 2018
Mr. Karma Rana / Gothenburg, Sweden / 11 – 16 June 2018
Prof. Weerakorn Ongsakul / Sweden / 11 – 17 June 2018
Dr. Mokbul Morshed Ahmad / Italy / 12 – 16 June 2018
Dr. Anil Kumar Anal / Paris, France / 12 – 17 June 2018
Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh / Marseille & Pau, France / 13 – 23 June 2018
Mr. Thaung Htut Aung / Singapore / 14 – 18 June 2018
Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto / Hanoi, Vietnam / 16 – 17 June 2018
Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Chiang Mai, Thailand / 17 – 18 June 2018
Ms. Warindhorn Wachirasiri / Chiang Mai, Thailand / 17 – 18 June 2018
*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)































































E. Classifieds (Jobs)


Position: Administrative Staff (Senior Librarian) (AIT Library)
Ref. No. 12/18
Deadline: 15 June 2018
Position: Administrative Staff (Library Assistant) (AIT Library)
Ref. No. 13/18
Deadline: 15 June 2018
Position: Administrative Staff (Program Officer) (AIT Extension)
Ref. No. 30/18
Deadline: 25 June 2018
Faculty Position (Assistant Professor or Associate Professor) (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. Fac 02/18
Deadline: 31 July 2018
Faculty Position: Assistant Professor (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. Fac 03/18
Deadline: 31 August 2018