In this issue:
1 ) Updates from the AIT COVID-19 Task Force
Email from the Director, Office of Academic Administration on 10 September 2021.
Dear AIT Family,
Rapid Antigen Test Kits (ATK) – In relation to the 8 September TF message reporting that a concessionaire staff in 7-11 tested positive for COVID-19, the TF received a query on the rapid antigen test kits (ATK). Those who visited the 7-11 shop from 27 August until 3 September, are now self-isolating and if you are feeling concerned or unwell, you can contact OSA or OHRS who will consider issuing you an ATK. In this regard, please be reminded of the Protocol on testing of AIT community members as communicated in the 4 August 2021 TF message. The categories of individuals for these kits to be provided by the Student Welfare Unit or OHRS are as follows:
Close contacts of positive cases and those showing clear COVID-19 symptoms. A close contact is defined by CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) as someone who was within 2 meters of an infected person for at least 15 minutes within a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic cases 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
“Ordinary” Contacts of positive cases may also request for test kits
Anyone who were in a high-risk situation or feel unwell and wishes to have a test to be prudent
Re-opening of the AIT Library – We are pleased to inform you that the AIT Library will reopen from Monday, 13 September 2021, from 8am to 8pm. However, only the open space areas i.e. reading areas and personal study desk sections will be available. The group study, studios, and video-conferencing rooms will remain closed for the time being. Further details on the reopening guidelines and safety protocols will be communicated in a separate email by the AIT Library.
Further relaxation on size of gatherings – On-campus gatherings of up to 15 persons is now allowed. However, organizing any activities that are prone to the spread of disease is still not allowed.
Offer by the AIT Christian Fellowship (AITCF) – The AITCF has reached out to the Task Force with an offer to provide a Prayer Line using the Zoom platform for any interested member of the AIT community. The AITCF is doing this voluntarily and the Prayer Line will be accessible via Zoom, every Thursday from 7-9pm starting from 16 September 2021. You may join anytime within the mentioned period, and you will be channeled to a breakout room with someone waiting for you to talk to and pray with. The Zoom link details is as follows:
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 898 9123 1675
We would like to stress once again the need to take personal responsibility at this time of severe pandemic. Although the case numbers appear to be peaking, the pandemic is still with us, and vigilance needs to continue, and adherence to measures also needs to continue. 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) Reopening the Library (Monday, 13 September 2021)
Please be informed that AIT Library will reopen on Monday, 13 September 2021. Please find below the information about library services and user guidelines.
Library hours: Monday - Sunday (8.00 a.m. - 8.00 p.m.)
Services at the physical Library.
- Reading areas
- Book loan/Book return
Not available at this time
- Group Study Rooms
- Training Room
- Video - Teleconference Room
- Online Studio Room
To prevent and minimize the risk of COVID-19, AIT Library would like to request your cooperation to strictly follow the user guidelines below.
- Check your temperature at the checkpoint (near the access gate).
- Do wear a face mask when entering the Library.
- Wash your hands with the alcohol-based gel provided at the checkpoint.
- Use your ID card to access the Library both in/out.
- Stay at least 2 meters away from other users in the search areas, the reading areas, and other study spaces.
- Do not remove the mask while you are in the Library.
Entry to the Library will be denied in the following cases.
- Those with high temperature, fever, or heavy coughs.
- Those who do not wear face masks.
- Those who do not practice social distancing.
Thank you in advance for your kind corporation.
3) A Webinar on Health and Well Being During the Work From Home
Working from home can bring with it many benefits, from productivity growth to flexibility improvements. However, research has shown that although this form of working is both a necessity and a choice for many, it may have negative effects too on your well-being.
So, how can you look after your wellbeing when working from home? How can you create healthy boundaries between your personal life and stay mentally and physically healthy to be a productive and effective worker?
Join us in a webinar on 15 September 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Our speaker is Prof. Dr. Supa Pengpid a Professor at the ASEAN Institute for Health Development, Mahidol University.
Scan the QR code to register or click on this link. The Zoom link will be sent to your email.
Office of Human Resources Services
4) 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
5) 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)
6) 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!
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