WEEK #31: 30 July – 5 August 2018
In this issue:
(i) We are with Lao People !
Message from AIT President (25 Jul. 2018)
I am greatly saddened by the dam break disaster in the southern Laos province of Attapeu on the evening of Monday, July 23.
When the dam burst, massive amount of water was suddenly released on many unsuspecting villages that lay directly in its path on the plains below.
This impacted area is a very rural, remote and poor part of the country. Sadly, reports are coming in of the great scale of human and physical suffering and loss. So far there are thought to be many hundreds of victims and many thousands of people have been displaced and lost their homes and dwellings by the enormous flood waters. The losses are expected to rise dramatically in the coming days, as the water recedes. It is a terrible disaster for our partner the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
On behalf of Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the people and government of the Lao PDR. AIT stands ready to partner with Laos and others to assist rebuilding efforts of communities so devastated by this disaster.
How can you help?
The Embassy of the Lao PDR in Bangkok, Thailand, has established an online bank account for those who wish to donate financially to support Laos’ rehabilitation and relief efforts.
LAOS DAM DISASTER DONATION
Bank Name: Krungsri
Account Name: The Embassy of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in Bangkok, The Kingdom of Thailand.
Account Number: 214 – 001 - 7291
Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
(ii) Accident at the Swimming Pool
Email from AIT President (25 Jul. 2018)
Dear Members of the AIT Community
It is with deep sorrow to inform you that Mr. Md. Rashedul Basher, a professional master student in Banking and Finance of the School of Management (SOM) drowned and died due to muscle cramp while swimming at the AIT swimming pool on July 24, 2018. The incident occurred around 5:45 pm.
AIT has informed the officials of the Bangladesh Embassy as well as the elder sister of the student in Bangladesh. The institute will arrange all formalities for the transfer of his body to Bangladesh in coordination with the Bangladesh Embassy at Bangkok.
I was reported that this tragic accident happened despite the attendance of the Life Guard at the swimming pool. The Life Guard, several staff and an AIT’s nurse have tried to rescue the victim without success. Nevertheless, I have asked the Director of OFAM to investigate and submit a report on how we can prevent this kind of accidents in the future.
On behalf of the entire AIT community, I would like to extend our sincere and heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends and wish his soul to rest in peace.
Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
(iii) Revised P&P on Faculty and Staff Official Travel (PA-4-1-1)
Through the endorsement of the AIT Management, the President approved the revised Institute Policy and Procedure (P&P) Statement on Faculty and Staff Official Travel (FB-4-1-1), with effect from 1 August 2018:
[III.A.4] Travel by faculty members is limited to a maximum total duration of two weeks (10 working days) per semester.
[V.B.] The use of Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) rate for each country in lieu of per diem and maximum hotel accommodation expenses allowed for reimbursement for official travel.
[V.B.] For project-funded travels, when deemed necessary, voluntary reductions in DSA may be allowed for projects to remain competitive with clients / sponsors.
This revised P&P statement is Intranet-published under (FB) Financial and Business Affairs , as well as attached herewith, along with the associated forms, for easy reference and perusal.
Please be guided accordingly.
(iv) SOM Welcomes New Visiting Faculty: Prof. Jeffrey Towson and Dr. Somboon Kulvisaechana
Email from Dean SOM (30 Jul. 2018)
AIT’s School of Management (SOM) is pleased to welcome Prof. Jeffrey Towson and Dr. Somboon Kulvisaechana, International Visiting Faculty members who will be teaching this August 2018 Term at Asoke Campus on 15th Floor, The Column Tower Bangkok.
Prof. Jeffrey Towson, a Doctor of Medicine from Stanford University School of Medicine, California (1999) completed his MBA in 2005 from Columbia University Business School, New York, U.S.A. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Biophysics and Mathematics at Karolinska Institute, Solna, Sweden.
Dr. Jeffrey Towson is Professor of Investment, Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, China and a best-selling author. He is a specialist in global and cross-border investing, and is Managing Partner of the Towson Group, an investment firm based in New York, Dubai, and Shanghai. He previously served as Head of Direct Investments for Middle East North Africa and Asia Pacific for Prince Waleed, arguably the world’s first private global investor and nicknamed the “Arabian Warren Buffett” by Time Magazine. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topic of global investing (www.jeffreytowson.com). His latest books are the One Hour China Book, the One Hour China Contrarian Book and the One Hour China Consumer Book. All were (are) Amazon best-sellers.
Prof. Jeffrey Towson will teach course “SM80.9058 Private Equity Investment and Deal Committee” during August 2018 in SOM at Asoke Campus on 15th Floor, The Column Tower Bangkok. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
Dr. Somboon Kulvisaechana obtained his PhD and MPhil degrees from Cambridge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK in 2005 and 2000 respectively
Asst. Prof. Dr. Somboon Kulvisaechana is a faculty member at Department of Organization, Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Management, Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Thammasat University since 1999. He served as Director of International Affairs of the Faculty and Head of Department (2011-2015) and Associate Director of the Center for Corporate Communication and International Affairs (2009-2011).
Dr. Somboon Kulvisaechana will be teaching course “SM80.1705 Leadership and Organization Management” to MBA Evening Program (18:00-21:00 hrs.) this term. He can be contacted by emails: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
(v) Dr. Chuenchom Chueluecha (Rehabilitation Physician) will be on leave this Friday, 3rd August 2018
Email from AIT Medical Center (31 Jul. 2018)
Please be informed that Dr. Chuenchom Chueluecha (Rehabilitation Physician) will be on leave this Friday, 3rd August 2018. For those who have an appointment with the doctor during this period, please re-schedule your appointment.
(vi) Global Youth Climate Video Competition! Application Deadline - 31 August 2018!
Email from AIT Career Center (20 Jul. 2018)
Are you 18-30 and taking part in activities to fight climate change?
Send a 3 minute video for a chance to be a youth reporter at the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland in December.
The two themes of the 2018 Global Youth Video Competition are:
• Sustainable Consumptions and Production
• Green and Climate-friendly Jobs
For further information and application, click here.
Deadline for application: 31 August 2018
The Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change is co-organized by the UNFCCC secretariat and the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme.
For more details, please contact:
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
Please do not miss this opportunity and apply now!
(vii) New Trial Databases : eBook Academic Collection and eBook Business Collection
(viii) Online Performance Appraisal 2018 (covering the period 1 July 2017-30 June 2018)
(ix) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
(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/
(ii) LECTURES / SEMINARS / CONFERENCES
(a) Conference on Enhancing International Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation for Addressing Wildlife and Forest Crimes and Attaining SDGs: 28 – 29 Aug. 2018
AIT solutions will organize a Conference on Enhancing International Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation for Addressing Wildlife and Forest Crimes and Attaining SDGs at AIT on 28 – 29 August 2018.
More details at this link http://solutions.ait.ac.th/eicsti2018/
(b) 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:
Conference Secretariat at email: email@example.com
More details: http://eecc.ait.ac.th/events/icue-conference-2018/
(c) 7th Asia Conference on Earthquake Engineering
Dr. Jai G. Singh / India / 29 June – 5 August 2018
Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh / San Francisco, California, USA / 30 June – 13 August 2018
Mr. Furgen Ali Shaikh / Karachi, Islamabad, Pakistan / 30 June – 5 August 2018
Dr. Anil Kumar Anal / Kathmandu, Nepal / 15 July – 4 August 2018
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 20 – 22 July 2018*
Dr. Jonathan Leslie Shaw / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 23 – 24 July 2018*
Prof. Manukid Parnichkun / Tokyo, Japan / 23 July – 1 August 2018
Mr. Syed Muntasir Husain Bokhari / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 23 – 27 July 2018*
Takuji W. Tsusaka / Vancouver, Canada / 26 July – 7 August 2018
Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul / HoChiMinh City, Vietnam / 29 July – 1 August 2018
Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon / Xiamen, China / 29 July – 4 August 2018
Dr. K. R. Salin / Hokkaido, Japan / 30 July – 4 August 2018
Prof. C. Visvanathan / Mangalore, India / 31 July – 5 August 2018
Prof. Weerakorn Ongsakul / Portland, USA / 5 – 11 August 2018
Dr. Kavinda Gunasakara / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 15 – 30 July 2018
Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe, Chiang Mai, Thailand/ 1 – 2 August 2018
Dr. Abha Mishra / Vientiane, Laos/ 2 – 3 August 2018
Dr. Sangam Shrestha / Seoul, Korea / 4 - 8 August 2018
*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)