WEEK# 36, 6- 12 September, 2021
In this issue:
1) Revised Restrictions and Updates from the AIT COVID-19 Task Force
Email from the Director, Office of Academic Administration on 31 August 2021
Dear AIT Family,
Easing of Certain Restrictions by Thai Government and Implications for AIT – As you will have seen from the news, the Thai Government has eased certain COVID-19 restrictions with effect from 1 September until further notice. Based on our interpretation of the measures and in consultation with the Department of Disease Control (DDC), we would like to announce the following modifications for the AIT campus:
§ Online classes and Work-from-Home (WFH) will continue until the end of September 2021. We will be monitoring the situation closely to see if it is necessary to adjust this later.
§ Gatherings of up to 10 persons are now allowed. But you must inform the Task Force. However, organizing any activities that are prone to the spread of disease are still not allowed.
§ Dine-in is allowed until 8pm with 50% capacity in all eateries on campus.
§ All outdoor sports are now allowed, but with no spectators. Please be reminded that the sports fields and other sporting facilities are RESTRICTED for use by the AIT community only. Sports that allow outside visitors and non-AIT residents to participate in sporting activities on the AIT campus will lose the privilege to use the facilities on campus. Indoor sports are still not allowed, and the swimming pool remains closed.
§ The hair salons will be allowed to accept customers with an advanced appointment, but no waiting allowed.
§ Visitors / Guests. The TF continue to discourage inviting personal and professional guests/ visitors from coming to AIT for any visit. Other casual day visitors (e.g. to buy take-out food, coffee, or deliver goods, etc) will have to make arrangements with the concerned establishment, which are allowed to ONLY make deliveries at the Main Gate.
§ Our reduced service by contractors on campus will continue through September.
Please note that Thailand’s color-coding system for COVID-19 control remains in place and Pathum Thani, where AIT is located, is still classified as a “Maximum and Strict Controlled Area or Dark-red Zone”. The night-time curfew in the 29 dark-red zone provinces remains in place between 2100 to 0400 hours.
It is of utmost importance that in spite of the relaxation of certain measures we must still have a vigilant mindset and continue to adhere to good practices. The Thai Government has urged people nationwide to continue abiding by the health and safety measures in place, such as, always wearing face masks while outside of their residence, regularly washing hands with soap and water/cleaning alcohol, and avoiding unnecessary close contact with others. They also remind everyone to continue with D-M-H-T-T-A precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, i.e. D–Distancing, M–Mask wearing, H–Hand washing, T–Temperature check, T–Testing for COVID-19, and A–Alert application. The numbers of positive cases are going down, but the pandemic still very much exists in Thailand. Please continue to be very careful!!
Discontinuation of Phase 3 (after Self-isolation) from 1 October 2021 – The current Organizational Quarantine (OQ) requirements at AIT entail three phases i.e.
§ Phase 1: 14 or 21-day mandatory quarantine period either at the AIT OQ or an Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) hotel.
§ Phase 2: 7-day Self-Isolation (SI) with its current restrictions, such as can only go out twice a day but no more than 90 minutes in total per day and CANNOT: attend classes in person; report to office; meet, visit or talk with others in person; leave the campus.
§ Phase 3: A 3-week period after Phase 2 in an unshared single-toilet room on campus with no restrictions on movement and meetings etc.
We are pleased to announce that with effect from 1 October 2021, Phase 3 will no longer be required. Therefore, students and staff completing Phases 1 and 2 after this date, are required to immediately return on October 1 to either their old rooms or to other available units allocated to them on campus.
Please check with the Task Force if you have any queries and also visit the Intranet page where all COVID-19 related information and updates from the Task Force are available.
Thank you for your cooperation.
AIT COVID-19 Task Force
2) A Better Working Environment
Email from AIT President on 3 September 2021.
Dear members of the AIT family,
I am committed to creating an environment at AIT that enables us to take the Institute to a higher level. To do so, it is essential that we foster a positive and team attitude. This is why this important reminder message is sent out to the AIT community at the beginning of every semester.
But there will be instances where a person may feel that an unsatisfactory situation has developed at AIT which requires addressing, and thus wish to lodge a complaint or express a grievance. For these, AIT already has policies and procedures for addressing grievances, such as sexual harassment, bullying, invasion of privacy and discrimination, among others (PA 2-1-2) and on disciplinary action (PA 1-3-3, X; PA 1-1-1, IX). Procedures for handling the grievances of students are set out in the Student Handbook.
1. All complaints from within a unit must be addressed through the chain of command within the unit.
2. Complaints about other units/persons must be addressed by the complainant, through his/her supervisor, to the supervisor (or next chain of command) of the other unit.
3. For students, complaints must be addressed through the relevant chain of command: academic advisors; Department Heads; Dean; Director of the Office of Student Affairs.
However, if after following these established procedures, it is felt that the complaint or grievance cannot be resolved through these channels and it is of a serious nature, it should be drawn to the attention of the AIT Administration. Should the matter reach this point, here is the system for complaint or grievance:
Step 1 — Make a report and send it, using your AIT email address, to email@example.com. Any complaint or grievance reported in this way will be addressed seriously, and in utmost confidence. No anonymous complaints will be accepted.
Step 2 — The Director of the Office of Academic Administration (OAA), Ms Izel Ann Dante, has been entrusted by me to make an initial assessment of all complaints and grievances (including, but not limited to, cases of unethical behavior and misconduct) and to determine whether there is a case. She will do this by first ascertaining all facts material to the complaint. This may involve speaking confidentially to the complainant. She will also review the relevant Institute Policies and Procedures.
Step 3 — Based on her assessment, she will submit a confidential report to the Vice President for Administration and to me, recommending either that there is a case, or that no further action is required. I will then decide the actions that the Institute needs to take.
I would like all of us to focus on the challenges facing AIT. But to do so requires that we address legitimate concerns about the governance of the Institute. Before making a complaint, you should be confident of its legitimacy and seriousness. And if you are confident of that, we will take your concern seriously. This system described above will provide an equitable and confidential channel for students, faculty and staff to put forward their grievances and complaints. The administration will do its utmost to try to reach a fair resolution.
Let’s all strive to have a better working environment at AIT!
Dr. Eden Woon
3) The webinar on Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation: From Concept to Implementation
The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP), located at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is pleased to invite you for the upcoming webinar on:
Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation: From Concept to Implementation
09 September 2021, at 10.00 – 11.30 hours (Bangkok Time, UTC+7) | Virtual via Webex
Click here to register and for more information
This webinar is hosted by (AIT RRC.AP) to help identify opportunities for Nature-based Solutions (NbS) in adaptation to climate change, particularly, having a common understanding and interpretation of NbS concepts and take advantage of existing traditional ecological knowledge in NbS application. It will provide experiences, and emerging priorities of key donors and implementing agencies in supporting nature-based solutions for adaptation and benefits of investing in nature-based solutions.
For inquiries, please contact Ms. Asmita Poudel: Asmita.Poudel@rrcap.ait.ac.th
4) A Sub-Regional Dialogue: Promoting Sustainable Food Consumption in Southeast and Northeast Asia through Farm-to-Fork Concept
The EU SWITCH-Asia Regional Policy Advocacy Component and United Nations Environment Programme (Regional Office for the Asia-Pacific) in partnership with Asian Institute of Technology (AIT, Thailand) is pleased to invite you to attend A Sub-Regional Dialogue: Promoting Sustainable Food Consumption in Southeast and Northeast Asia through Farm-to-Fork Concept on 14 September 2021, 09:30 hrs (Bangkok time).
We hope that you will be able to join us and actively contribute to this webinar. Don't miss it!
To go directly to registration page, click this link:
For more information please contact:
Ms. Pondchanok Piraintorn (Japan)
Project Coordinator, AIT
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!
5) The Webinar on Machine Learning and Deep Learning – Machines Getting Smarter and Smarter
AIT Extension Welcomes to join the Webinar on Machine Learning and Deep Learning – Machines Getting Smarter and Smarter
16 September 2021, 10:00-11:30 am Bangkok Time
6) Finland Day
AIT is pleased to join hands with the Embassy of Finland in Thailand as a partner university and invite our students, faculty and staff to join -- Finland Day on 17 September 2021 -- a special virtual event to introduce Finland; its culture, knowhow, companies and study and working opportunities.
The program of the day includes welcome words from the Ambassador of Finland in Thailand H.E. Mr. Jyri Järviaho and company presentations from Edunation, e-Ville.com, Finclass Thailand, Finnair and Nokia. The day will end with a Finnish Online Cinema, where you will be able to learn about the remarkable designer and modern architect, Alvar Aalto. After the main event, AIT Staff are warmly welcome to join the Information Session about the Finnish Education System.
All the participants of the Finland Day will be automatically joining a lucky draw, where you have a chance to win prizes from our Finnish event sponsors Polar, Biokia, Benecol and Moomin. Moomin Café Thailand is also offering you an opportunity to pre-order a Moomin Snack Package with tasty drink and pastries, so that you can enjoy the Finnish program with one of the most famous Finnish characters!
Kindly find more information of the event at the Links Below and Attached. Looking forward to seeing you on September 17!
Don’t forget to pre-order your Moomin Snack Package via Line @moomincafe_th before 12 September 2021.
Finland Day Main Program: 9am – 1:30pm, RSVP: www.lyyti.in/FinlandDay
Finnish Online Cinema: 1:30pm (limited amount of tickets available on first come first served basis), RSVP: www.lyyti.in/FinnishOnlineCinema
Information Session for AIT Staff:
4pm - 5pm, RSVP: www.lyyti.in/infosession
Office of International Affairs (OIA)
Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)
7) The Meet the Expert by Dr. Fumio Yamazaki on "Monitoring and Sensing Technologies of Earthquake Engineering in Japan"
We are pleased to invite you to the Meet the Expert by Dr. Fumio Yamazaki, Professor Emeritus, Chiba University, Japan, and Research Fellow at National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience, Tsukuba, Japan, on 23rd September 2021 (2.00 PM Bangkok time).
Topic - Monitoring and Sensing Technologies of Earthquake Engineering in Japan
About the Speaker
Dr. Fumio Yamazaki is currently Research Fellow at the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED), Tsukuba, Japan and Professor Emeritus at Chiba University, Japan. He received his M.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1978. After working for Shimizu Corporation, Japan and serving as a visiting scholar at Columbia University, USA, he earned his Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1987. He joined the Institute of Industrial Science at University of Tokyo in 1989 as Associate Professor and was there until 2003. He also served as a team leader of Earthquake Disaster Mitigation Research Center (EDM) in Kobe, Japan in the period of 1998 to 2004.
Dr. Yamazaki was dispatched as a JICA expert to Thailand and served as Professor at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) from 2001 to 2003. He joined the Graduate School of Engineering at Chiba University as Professor in 2003 and stayed there until his retirement in March 2019. His research interests include earthquake engineering, stochastic mechanics, and more recently, application of GIS and remote sensing to disaster management. He is a member of many professional organizations in Japan and USA including ASCE, EERI, JSCE, JAEE. He received Doctor Honoris Causa from National University of Engineering, Peru in 2007, and he was designated as Distinguished Adjunct Professor at AIT in 2015.
To join, please register here:
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!
8) Direct Link to Online Databases and e-Resources
Email from AIT Library on 3 September 2021.
Due to the problem with Library Website, now we cannot access the library resources through http://library.ait.ac.th. To help you access our e-resources during this time, the library has provided the direct link to each database as below.
Search Library books: https://libopac.ait.ac.th/
Search e-Theses: http://18.104.22.168/ait-thesis/
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Codes and Standards, Structural engineering, Water and water resources, Construction engineering, Materials, Disasters, Pipelines, Transportation engineering,
Architectural engineering, Environmental engineering, Geotechnics, Energy engineering, Urban planning and development, Forensic engineering, Lifeline systems, Pavements, Tunnels and underground construction, Coastal engineering, Risk management, Cold regions, and Computing in civil engineering.
Subject areas: Accounting Education, Accounting & Tax, Banking, Business Management, Commercial Law, Customer Behavior & Theory, Decision Science, Economics, Organizational Studies, Employment Law, Finance & Investing, Industrial Engineering, Management Information Systems, Management, Marketing, and Sociology
EBSCO Newspaper Source Plus http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&def...
Full-text digital collection of the world's major news content. It includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires, and news magazines. In addition, it offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources.
Emerald E-Journals (Prefer Firefox Web Browser) https://www.emerald.com/insight/
Subject areas: Accounting, Finance and Economics, Accounting and Finance, Economics, Business, Management and Strategy, Climate Change and the Environment, Education and Research Methods, Engineering, HR, Learning and Organization Studies, Health and Social Care Management, Information and Knowledge Management, Library and Information Science, Marketing and PR, Operations, Logistics and Quality, Property Management and Built Environment, Sociology, Criminology and Public Policy, Tourism and Hospitality, and Transport.
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Training Courses/ Conferences/ Workshops
Position: Assistant Professor, School of Engineering & Technology (CIE-TRE)
Ref: 5/ 21
Deadline: 15 October 2021
Position: Assistant/Associate Professor, School of Environment, Resources and Development (DDS-Gender and Development Studies)
Ref: 9/ 20
Deadline: 30 September 2021
Position: Manager, Office of Advancement and Alumni Affair
Ref: 26/ 21
Deadline: 17 September 2021
Position: Assistant/Associate Professor, School of Environment, Resources, and Development (DDS/UIS)
Ref: 04/ 21
Deadline: 15 September 2021
Position: Center Manager, Asian Center for Soil Improvement and Geosynthetics (ACSIG-SET)
Ref: 27/ 21
Deadline: 20 September 2021
Position: Public Relations Officer, Office of Public Affairs (OPA)
Ref: 25/ 21
Deadline: 15 September 2021
Position: Project Development Officer, Office of Academic Administration (OAA)
Ref: 28/ 21
Deadline: 15 October 2021