WEEK#22: 28 May - 3 June 2018



 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Visitors

D. Campus Updates

E. Faculty and Staff Travel

F. Classifieds (Jobs)






(i) Confirmed Notes AIT Management 17 May 2018; and Revised PA P&Ps
Email from Director, Office of Academic Administration (24 May 2018)
At its meeting this morning, the AIT Management confirmed the notes of its 17 May 2018 meeting, which are now Intranet-published at AIT Management Confirmed Meeting Notes , as well as attached herewith for easy reference.
Through the endorsement of the AIT Management, the President approved the following revised Institute Policy and Procedure (P&P) Statements on Personnel Affairs (PA), with immediate effect:
§    (revised) PA-1-1-1   Employment of Faculty: General Work Regulations
• II.D.9. Faculty travel will be limited to two weeks (10 working days) during the semester, beyond which endorsement will need to be sought from the School Dean for approval by the President or delegated Vice President.
• VI.F. Education Assistance, reinstated items 4. and 5..
§    (revised) PA-1-3-3   Employment of Staff: General Work Regulations
• V.F. Education Assistance, reinstated items 4. and 5..
§    (revised) PA-1-4-4     Guidelines for Conferment of Emeritus Professor Title
      (revised) Nomination Form
• Revised criteria (II.5.), procedures (III.1., 1.a., 1.b., 4.), and Nomination Form (13. and Dean’s note).
§    (revised) PA-4-1-2    Engagement of Faculty and Staff Beyond the Retirement Age of 60
• (IV.A.2.) Requests to engage faculty and staff members beyond the age of 60 must be submitted to the President six (6) months prior to the end of a retiring faculty / staff member’s final employment contract before reaching the age of 60.
• (IV.A.4.) Retiring full Professors considered for full-time employment after the age of 60, and received a positive recommendation after stringent evaluation procedures (see Annex 1), will be offered a two-year extension of his/her full-time employment with the Institute beyond the age of 60.
• Annex 1: Stringent Evaluation Procedures (for full Professors considered for two-year full-time employment after the age of 60)
These revised P&P statements are Intranet-published under  (PA) Personnel Affairs .
Please be guided accordingly.
(ii) 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 .
(iii) Farewell Message -Student Union President January 2018
Email from SU President (25 May 2018)
Dear AITians,
 A Warm Greeting!!
Firstly, I would like to congratulate all the graduates for their achievement and reception of degrees from AIT. You have made your loved ones proud. This is not just the beginning of new chapter in your lives, it is the responsibility to serve and give back. With knowledge you gain power, with power you hold responsibility, the responsibility to make great changes in the world. I wish you good luck for your future endeavors.
The semester has come to an end, and so has the Student Union team of January 2018. Some 8-9 months after my election as the SU Vice President and then the SU President, my journey and my feeling are ecstatic. It has been a great privilege to have held the office of Student Union President at this prestigious international institute. It is now time for new student union to take up responsibilities
I would like to thank all faculties, staff, and the student community for being the backbone of our interest to work. We have always worked hard with motive to fulfilling needs of the students. Your concerns and interests have been the driving strength of SU. Your support to us enhanced our willingness to work. Thank you very much. It was a great honor for me and my team to have served you and we have given you the best we could.
Another tier of representatives of the students, the General Assembly members have been very instrumental in conveying a student need and concerns to the proper stake holders. I would like to thank all the GA Members for their patience, cooperation & suggestions. I'd also like to thank the Election Committee for conducting a fair and smooth election and the food committee for their fair and dedicated work.
The pillars of SU have always been the volunteers of SU. The semester was filled with different activities and events. This would not have been possible without the support of hard working volunteers. Your active involvement and dedication has been the keys for the success stories of SU. I appreciate your interest to serve and I am extremely thankful to all of you for joining SU and for the great service you have done.  A big thank you from each and every member of the team.
Similarly, the most important set of people, I must thank my team fellows with whom I worked for the past 5 months. Their potential to do great work is commendable. It was a big opportunity for me to have worked with them. It was the unity and spirit of this team that bound us together and encouraged us to work. I am truly grateful to all my team mates for giving me their fullest support and an unforgettable experience. Thank you and Congratulations to the SU Team.
We have been successful in continuing and introducing new activities; bringing new mats and few equipment to gym and SU Cafe; improving the sitting area near snack bar and improving cart service. We also bought BBQ stand with which the enjoying/ picnic vibes again rejuvenate among members of AIT. I am hopeful that many other  unfinished works will be completed by the new SU lead by Mr. Pauk Kyaing Sahm, a confident  and a friendly leader. I'd also like to wish Mr. Sahm your soon to be SU President for a very successful and effective tenure, and with that I am sure he will fight for you till the end.
I will continue to support SU and AIT as an alumnus also. Once again, I thank all of you and wish you all good luck.
Best Regards,
Ashok Lamichhane,
SU President,
(iv) Farewell Message from the SU Gender and Culture Committee
Email from SU Culture AIT (25 May 2018)
Dear All,
Greetings from the SU Gender and Culture Committee!
Finally we have come to the end of another great semester filled with variety of events and activities. This semester we organized Cultural Show, Food Fair and Graduation Ball. The committee tried its best to organize all the events in the best possible way. It has truly been a pleasure serving everyone on behalf of the Student Union.
We would like to thank the administration, AITCC, OFAM, staff and faculty members for their incessant support in organizing the events. We would also like to thank all the students for their support and active participation in all the events.
In addition, we also owe debt of gratitude to the volunteers of the committee for all their hard work in organizing the event successfully and the SU Committee for all their support and encouragement.
We would like to congratulate all the graduates and wish all the best for their future endeavors.
We wish the SU Committee and SU Gender and Culture Committee August 2018 semester for a successful tenure.
Thank You!
Best Regards,
Ashish Tuladhar
Praneeth Peumal Galhena
Gender and Culture Committee
Student Union - January - 2018
(v) 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 .
(vi) 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
Wednesday, 30 May: SERD E229-E234
Thursday, 31 May: SERD W201-W207, W209
Friday, 1 June: SERD W208, W210, W211-W213, W215, W217, W219
Monday, 4 June: SERD W222, W223, W225, W227, W229, W231, W233, W235
Tuesday, 5 June: SERD W214, W216, W237, W239, W241
Wednesday, 6 June: SERD W220, W222, W224, W243, W245, W247, W249
Thursday, 7 June: W226, W251, W253, W255, W257
Friday, 8 June: SERD S100, S101, E126-E128
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
(vii) 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) Blood Donation: 7 Jun. 2018


The Thai Red Cross Society has been working with volunteer students and staff to collect units of blood from the AIT community. The bloodmobile visits AIT every three months, four times a year, hoping to collect enough units to supply the constant demand for blood.
The next visit for blood donation is scheduled on Thursday, 7th June 2018, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the parking lot in front of the AIT Conference Center.
Give blood! You'll experience a fulfilling sense of contribution. And the donation process isn't time-consuming. It only takes about half an hour.


(a) Seminar-Workshop to Empower Structural Engineers: 31 May – 2 June 2018
AIT Solutions will organize Seminar-Workshop to Empower Structural Engineers from 31 May – 2 June 2018 for Visionary Event and Technical at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok.
A Dinner Talk with Ashraf Habibullah will also be held on 31 May as part of the event.
Interested persons please contact: Khun Rakdao Pakdisi, Event Coordinator, at
For more details, please visit: www.solutions.ait.ac.th


(b) Research Presentation by Dr. Roy Kouwenberg, a faculty candidate for Finance/Accounting: 1 Jun. 2018
SOM will organize a research presentation by a faculty candidate for Finance/Accounting area as follows:
Research Presentation on
"Ambiguity Aversion and Household Portfolio Choice: Evidence and Implications"
by Dr. Roy Kouwenberg, a faculty candidate for Finance/Accounting
Date:          Friday, 1 June 2018 at 13:30 hrs.
Venue:       Lecture Room 108, AIT School of Management
Dr. Roy Kouwenberg, Associate Professor/ Director of the PhD Program, Mahidol University, College of Management Bangkok, Thailand; and a Visiting Researcher, Erasmus School of Economics, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Dr. Roy Kouwenberg’s research area is quantitative and empirical finance. His main focus is on behavioral portfolio choice, especially the impact of loss aversion and ambiguity aversion on stock market participation. He has also done extensive research on financial risk management, especially asset-liability management for pension funds and insurance firms. Since moving to Asia, Dr. Roy has also analyzed the corporate governance of listed firms in Asia.



(c) 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/


(d) 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.


(e) 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:
or contact:
Conference Secretariat at email: icue2018@ait.ac.th


(f) 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. Visitors



• 12 professional students from The Asian Institute of Management (AIM)’s School of Executive Education / 30 May 2018 / to have a study visit for “Managing Waste in an Urban Environment for the City of Makati” and to learn about AIT, waste management issues in the region and electronic product and their possible end of life scenarios























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 


Dr. Abha Mishra / Mumbai and New Delhi, India / 9 – 16 May 2018*
Mr. Ashok Dahal / Vijayawada, India / 15 – 17 May 2018*
Ms. Neha Thapa / Bengaluru, New Delhi, and Mumbai, India / 17 – 30 May 2018
Dr. Oleg Shipin / Philippines / 20 – 31 May 2018
Dr. Naveed Anwar / Manila, Philippines / 22 – 25 May 2018*
Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal / Stockholm, Sweden / 24 – 28 May 2018
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Myanmar / 25 – 28 May 2018
Dr. Ekbordin Winijkul / Chiang Mai, Thailand / 26 – 29 May 2018
Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Hanoi, Vietnam / 28 – 29 May 2018
Dr. Nophea Sasaki / Yangon, Myanmar / 30 May – 1 June 2018
Dr. K. R. Salin / Fuzhou, China / 30 May – 2 June 2018
Mrs. Nitasha Arora/ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia/ 3 - 8 June 2018
*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)
















F. Classifieds (Jobs)



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


Position: China Relations Officer (Office of the President)
Ref. No. 29/18
Deadline: 7 June 2018


Position: Music Teacher (AIT International School)
Ref. No. 15/18
Deadline: 8 June 2018


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


Faculty Position (Assistant Professor or Associate Professor) (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. Fac 02/18
Deadline: 31 July 2018