In this issue:
Bangabandhu Chair Professor Joyashree Roy from the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Sustainable Energy Transition program, AIT was invited as keynote speaker to the NCSE Drawdown 2021 Conference which was held virtually during 5th-9th January 2021, organized bythe National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) and the Project Drawdown. During the event, Prof. Roy delivered a keynote on “Change Framing 21st Century Economic Growth Agenda” on Friday, 8th January 2021.
2) Update - Thailand Situation and Additional AIT Restrictions
Email from the Director, Office of Academic Administration on 2 January 2020
Dear AIT Community:
Happy New Year to you! Unfortunately, Thailand is greeting the beginning of 2021 with an increasing number of COVID-19 cases. Therefore, we urge you to be extra careful, and if you are still away on holiday in other parts of Thailand, please be safe and make your way back as soon as you can, as the situation is getting worse and additional measures are being imposed daily.
As for AIT, we are also taking precautionary measures which are gradually more restrictive, so please pay attention to these AIT COVID-19 Task Force messages frequently, and check our Intranet also. Policies will be changing all the time to fit the developing circumstances. For now, please pay heed to the following:
1.Work From Home for AIT offices will be in effect until further notice, except for mission-essential staff whose supervisors should stagger their hours to minimise staff appearances in the office, as was done in the Spring.
2.As you know, the Spring Semester at AIT is scheduled to begin on January 11. However, a decision will be made by the middle of next week, with more details given then—including whether to continue Hybrid Instruction or go entirely Interactive Online, and for how long.
3.We are working hard to keep AIT safe, and our OQ remains open and ready to receive those overseas students who are planning to enter Thailand and come on AIT campus.
4.On-campus gatherings of any size larger than 25 will not be allowed, and organisers of any gathering of more than 10 people must receive permission from the AIT COVID-19 Task Force.
5.Closures — All indoor sports / fitness: e.g. SU Gym, China Center, swimming pool; as well as the Thai massage shop will be closed until further notice.
6.Food outlets — In keeping with Pathum Thani policy, there will be no dine-in at all food outlets on campus, with only take-away allowed, until further notice.
Please take note of the last three Task Force messages with measures due to this Second Wave, including the Self-Isolation (SI) requirements. In general, if you are returning from elsewhere in Thailand, it would be prudent for you to exercise self-monitoring for 14 days and refrain from going outside or having meetings for 7 days.
We want you to know that AIT takes strict measures to protect our community, and all of us now need to be very vigilant and cooperative to keep our community and our campus safe during this Second Wave. We thank you for your cooperation.
AIT COVID-19 Task Force
3) AIA Medical Insurance Coverage for 2020-2021
Email from the Office of Human Resources Services on 31 December 2020
Dear AIA Medical Insurance Policy Holders,
This is to kindly inform you that AIA has updated their information system so that you can now avail your medical benefits according to your plan, i.e. basic plan and top-up plan. For the top-up plan for dependent(s), kindly note that the medical insurance coverage will take effect only after their health declaration has passed the AIA assessment.
The medical insurance coverage for dependent(s) will be separated as follows:
From 31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021: The medical coverage will still be under the basic plan.
From 5 January 2021 to 30 December 2021: Should they pass the medical health assessment, their medical coverage will be changed to the top-up plan that they have selected. Otherwise, they will be covered under the basic plan. Employees will be informed accordingly should their dependent(s) have passed the health assessment.
AIA would also like to introduce its cardless and eCard system where the insured members can avail their medical insurance coverage by using their Thai national ID, passport (for foreigners), or eCard on AIA iService mobile application. Enclosed are the user manuals for your easy reference.
You can go to any AIA network hospital if you need to see a doctor. Please present either of the above alternatives or you can also present your physical AIA insurance card and your passport or Thai national ID at the hospital’s reception counter.
OHRS will announce once the new AIA medical insurance cards are available.
Wishing you all a wonderful new year!!
Office of Human Resources Services
4) ERP Offline
Email from the Finance Office on 4 January 2021
Dear Faculty and Staff,
Please be informed that ERP will be offline everyday, Jan 4-31, 2021 from 11:30 - 13:00 hrs. Finance has to process transactions of 2020 during the offline period (due to year-end closing).
5) Library closure (4th January 2021 until further notice)
Email from AIT Library on 3 January 2021
According to the concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, AIT Library will be closed from tomorrow (4th January 2021) until further notice. All Library services will move online.
Search Library Materials
•Library materials: https://libopac.ait.ac.th/
•Online Journal Databases and e-books: http://library.ait.ac.th
•e-Theses databases: http://188.8.131.52/ait-thesis/
•Sending your request to email@example.com
•Book Loan Ride Thru services is available from 8.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.
•Books can be returned at the Automatic Books Return Machine at the side of the Library.
Request for Articles or e-Books
•Please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
For Library users who have borrowed books, please note that your books will be automatically extended. The overdue book fines will not be assessed during the Library closure.
The Library will keep you updated on new library resources and services on the Library website, Library Facebook, and e-mail.
Your health and safety are of utmost importance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.
6) Farewell Message from ISR Team
Dear AIT Community,
Greetings from the Interim Student Representative (ISR) Team in August 2020.
On behalf of ISR Team-August 2020, I would like to thank and appreciate you all to support and participate in all ISR events in August 2020 semester. Moreover, I would like to thank all AIT staffs including Faculties, President Office, Office of Student Affairs, OFAM, Library, SU secretary, and all FoS staffs to support throughout the entire semester.
Moreover, our team would like to appreciate all students and our Student Volunteers in all teams, GA members, and election team for dedicating your time.
Also, I want to congratulate the new Student Union (SU) President Mr Warrapol Thawilapwattana. Our ISR team do believe that he will lead SU Team in January 2021 with the full ability of himself.
Lastly, I would like to say sorry for any of our team behaviour if it made you misunderstand or hurt.
Please accept our apologies.
We thank you all and wish you all success in your life.
With Best Regards,
Interim Student Representative Team - August 2020
Training Courses/ Conferences
Online training course on "Connect Learning with Monitoring and Evaluation: A Strategy for Project M&E in Current COVID-19 Pandemic"
Date: 18 January - 4 February 2021
Time: 14:00 - 16:00 hrs. (Bangkok time)
Learn from practitioners on how to develop M & E pathways that foster measurement of results and respond to current changes of M&E contexts. Broadening perspectives for innovative ways to develop tools and reporting mechanisms that help to make decisions for project implementation.
Aims of the program
Enhance practical knowledge and scope for M&E approach and practices during COVID-19.
Be acquainted with appropriate research design and data collection tools.
Apply M &E concept to create information sharing and reporting strategies.
For more information and registration pls. visit https://extension.ait.ac.th/course/1127
Position: Assistant/Associate Professor, School of Environment, Resources and Development (DDS-GDS)
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Deadline: 15 February 2021
Position: Program Coordinator/Administrator Masters programs, marketing sales and promotion (School of Management)
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Deadline: 15 January 2021
Position: Manager/Coordinator/Administrator MBA Business Risk & Resilience (School of Management)
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Deadline: 15 January 2021