WEEK #27: 2 – 8 July 2018



 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Visitors

D. Campus Updates

E. Faculty and Staff Travel

F. Classifieds (Jobs)




A. Announcements







Message from President (1 Jul. 2018)


This post is a continuation to my earlier post (link above) on the huge challenge of our present education. The static knowledges that our young students are fed today will become mostly irrelevant after a decade or two, with the exponential growth of disruptive technologies. Then I have left an open question at the end -- how do we prepare the next breed of students for the unknown future? This post and my next one will further provide some points for discussion with my friends on the same quest.

Today, top universities around the world start to recognize that a new structure of learning must be reinvented to serve the needs of their students long into the future. Several ideas are still in the early stage; however, most of them are not radical enough to be a clearcut "disruptor", e.g., with a potential to drive the traditional education system out of business.

For example, presenting the idea of "online teaching" as a disruptor in education is very much debatable. Putting information available on line may help deliver the information to a wider audience, but the traditional teacher-student hierarchy and the focus on content are unchanged.

In this post, I have illustrated 3 early-stage changes which may lie on the convergent trend towards a major disruption of the higher education.

(1) Stanford ‘Open Loop’ University.

(2) NUS Livelong Learners

(3) Open Badges Learning Network


In my next post, I will invite my friends to discuss an attempt to design of a totally new “university of the future” by forgetting the past, based on the "Three-Box Solution", a NYT best-selling book by Vijay Govindarajan.






(ii) Acting Dean SET (28 Jun. – 13 Jul. 2018)


Email from Office of Dean SET (28 Jun. 2018)


Please be informed that Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul, Dean SET is on his annual leave from 28 June to 13 July 2018.

Dr. Matthew N. Dailey and Prof. Pennung Warnitchai have kindly agreed to serve as the Acting Dean for the following periods:

• 28 June - 6 July 2018:  Dr. Matthew N. Dailey, Department Head, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

• 9 - 13 July 2018: Prof. Pennung Warnitchai,  Department Head, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering (CIE)






(iii) AIT Newsletter: July 2018


Email from OMCO (1 Jul. 2018)


The July 2018 edition of the newsletter shares AIT's performance in the recently released U-Multirank rankings, where it continues to maintain its global top rank in 'international orientation.' This is the third time in four years, that AIT has top scores in all aspects of international orientation. Further, AIT is also ranked among the world’s top 25 performing universities in the category of 'Income from Continuous Professional Development.'

Read this, and more in our newsletter. The PDF and EPUB (iOS and android) versions can also be downloaded from these links:


PDF: https://goo.gl/Gt15fk  

EPUB: https://goo.gl/oCAUDx  

MOBI: https://goo.gl/R64dg9


Happy Reading,

Office of Media and Communications | OMCO






(iv) Webometrics


Email from OMCO (28 Jun. 2018)


From a Webometrics perspective, it is important to keep our Google Scholar Profiles up-to-date. Specifically, three simple steps on our part can help AIT improve its Webometrics profile:

 (1) Make your individual Google Scholar Profile public (and not private).

 (2) Verify your account using the AIT email id (using .ac.th  is better than using .asia).

 (3) Identify your institutional affiliation as "Asian Institute of Technology."

Ever since the relaunch of the AIT website (October 2017), we have made some improvements in our Webometrics rankings. Webometrics rankings use four parameters, and this includes Google Scholar Citations (10 %) and Scimago (35%).

Please appreciate that Webometrics collects data twice a year (1-20 January and 1-20 July). Since the next round is due from the 1st of July,  it will be very helpful if we update our profiles within the next few days.






(v) Confirmed AIT Management Notes, 24 May 2018


Email from Director, Office of Academic Administration (28 Jun. 2018)


At its meetingon 28 June 2018, the AIT Management confirmed the notes of its 24 May 2018 meeting, which are now Intranet-published at AIT Management Confirmed Meeting Notes .






(vi) Online Performance Appraisal 2018 (covering the period 1 July 2017-30 June 2018)


Email from OHRS (2 Jul. 2018)

To all concerned immediate supervisors and Unit Heads of direct-hire (centrally-funded) staff members,


Please be informed that the online performance appraisal for this year 2018, covering the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 is now open. The annual online performance appraisal process was implemented since July 2014 following the approval of the AIT Management.

The online system can be accessed through the “PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL” link in the HRIS menu (https://hris.ait.ac.th ).  The immediate supervisors can complete the individual Performance Appraisal Reports for all the employees under their supervision, and individually (electronically) submit them.  The Unit Heads shall then review and endorse all completed Performance Appraisal Reports not later than 18 August 2018.


The online / web-based system archived the appraisal results since year 2014 (“Appraisal History” link in the HRIS menu) and will build up annual data that will be available to unit heads / immediate supervisors and AIT Management.  The process will be carried out in conjunction with the annual budget process.  Based on the annual performance appraisal results, which will be used for the purpose of determining the annual salary adjustment and staff training and development needs, financial implications can be taken into consideration in the following fiscal year’s budgets.  Please note that those with no performance evaluations will not be considered for any performance-based merit payments and/or salary increments.

Should you encounter technical problems, please report them to Helpdesk (helpdesk@ait.asia).  Please convey other feedback to HRO (hro@ait.asia).






(vii) Condolence: Passing away of the mother of Mrs. Manyuda Udomvatvhararasamee, Admin. Staff in AFE


Email from OHRS (27 Jun. 2018)


We have learned with deep sorrow the passing away of Mrs. Boonkerd Hongthong, mother of Mrs. Manyuda Udomvatchararasamee, Administrative Staff in FABS, School of Environment, Resources and Development, on 26 June 2018.

The religious rites was held from 26-30 June 2018 at her house in Nakorn Pathom province. The cremation took place on 1 July 2018 at Wat Tha Le Bok, Nakorn Pathom province.

We express our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

Office of the Human Resources Services






(viii) Innovative Market Place | Idea Competition for Students



Email from AIT Solutions (28 Jun. 2018)

We are pleased to announce the Innovative Market Place, an idea competition supported by Dr. Bindu N. Lohani, Member, AIT Board of Trustees, Distinguished Adjunct Faculty, AIT and Former Vice-President, Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development.

The Innovative Market Place aims to motivate students to think creatively and be innovative. It is a competition open to all students who have creative ideas that can provide innovative solutions to the global issues by using green and clean technology, but are not yet commercialized.

Those who want to join can form a group of 3-5 students, make 3-4 slides presentation about your idea (What is it, Who is it for, How to implement/develop it), and register online at: 


from 1-15 July 2018.

Get ready to pitch your idea in front of the panel of judges on 25 July 2018.

The winning team will receive 10,000 THB and 2 runners-up will receive 5,000 THB each.






(ix) 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






(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


(i)    EVENTS



(a) Orientation for New Students: 3 Aug. 2018


An orientation program will be organized on 3 August 2018 for new students enrolled in the August 2018 semester.


More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/orientation-new-students/








(a) NRM Mini Workshop on GEE and Drone Applications: 9 Jul. 2018


Natural Resources Management Program, School of Environment, Resources and development, will organize a workshop on “Applications of Google Earth Engine and Drone for Forest Carbon Measurement and Monitoring – Implications for the REDD+ Scheme”.


Date: 9 July 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00

Venue: Room S101

Fees: No fee


Audiences: Anyone can participate. To allow for better arrangement of the classroom, please kindly register here. (currently, we have received 16 registrations)

See More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/mini-workshop-gee-drone-applications/

Registration is open until 5 July 2018. Register now.






(b) 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.







(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.

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/





(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/








(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) 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) 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






(d)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. Visitors / MoU



• Delegation from Hong Kong “Belt and Road Pioneer” Competition for the Secondary School Students, led by Mr. Sunny CHAU, Director, Thailand & South Asia of HK trade Development Council and Dr. Wilson CHAN, Chairman of Belt and Road Pioneer / 6 Jul. 2018 / to view a presentation on “Development of Pan-Asian Railway, especially Thailand-China Railway” and “Thai infrastructure development related to the B&R (including innovation)” by Dr. Surachet Pravinvongvuth and a presentation on “Digital Belt and Road” by Dr. Wenchao Xue.






















D. 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.

















E. Faculty and Staff Travel 


 Ms. Rowena Alcoba / Seoul, South Korea / 28 – 31 May 2018*

Dr. Thi Phuoc Lai Nguyen / Rome, Italy / 17 June – 9 July 2018

Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Myanmar / 20 June 2018*

Dr. Djoen San Santoso / Myanmar / 20 June 2018*

Prof. Lawrence Stephen Abeln / Boston and New York, USA / 23 June – 2 July 2018

Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut / Paris, France / 24 June – 11 July 2018

Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam / Vietnam / 26 – 27 June 2018*

Ms. Thaniya Jirasathitpornpong / Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Indonesia / 26 – 30 June 2018*

Prof. Manukid Parnichkun / Chiang Mai, Thailand / 27 – 29 June 2018*

Ms. Narumon Wangnai / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 27 June – 1 July 2018*

Dr. Djoen San Santoso / Slovania / 28 June – 8 July 2018

Dr. Jai G. Singh / India / 29 June – 5 August 2018

Mr. Lyan B. Villacorta / Songdo, Korea / 30 June – 6 July 2018

Mr. Syed Muntasir Husain Bokhari / Sydney, Australia / 30 June – 8 July 2018

Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh / San Francisco, California, USA / 30 June – 13 August 2018

Dr. Pisut Koomsap / Istanbul, Turkey and Bologna, Italy / 1 – 9 July 2018

Dr. Anil Kumar Anal / Songkla and Trang, Thailand / 2 – 6 July 2018

Ms. Piyapat Kallaya / Granada, Spain / 2 – 6 July 2018

Dr. Loc Thai Nguyen / Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand / 3 July 2018

Mr. Sanjeev Pradeep Jayasinghe / Columbo, Sri Lanka / 4 – 11 July 2018

Mr. Ashok Dahal / Enschede, The Netherlands / 7 – 27 July 2018


*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)





















F. Classifieds (Jobs)



Position: Faculty Position (Assistant Professor or Associate Professor) (School of Engineering & Technology)

Ref. No. Fac 02/18
Deadline: 31 July 2018



Position: Technical Staff (Lab Technician) (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 32/18
Deadline: 31 July 2018



Faculty Position: Associate/Assistant Professor (School of Engineering & Technology )
Ref. No. Fac 04/18
Deadline: 17 August 2018



Dual position for Director of the Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology (COEN) and faculty member (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. Fac 06/18
Deadline: 30 August 2018



Faculty Position: Assistant Professor (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. Fac 03/18
Deadline: 31 August 2018



Position: Director/PRINCIPAL for AIT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (AIT International School) (AIT International School)
Ref. No. 31/18
Deadline: 31 August 2018