WEEK #5: 29 Jan. – 4 Feb. 2018


 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Visitors

D. Campus Updates

E. Faculty and Staff Travel

F. Classifieds (Jobs)



A. Announcements


(i)    Schools and Centers Performance 2017

Email from President (22 Jan. 2018)

Dear Colleagues

Earlier, I have shared to members of the AIT Stakeholders my slide set on "Performance and Trends of AIT", which is only a part of my report to the Board of Trustees on 11 January 2018. I am pleased to share only with faculty and staff the rest of my slide set on "Performance of all RCs (Schools and Centers)".

Slides 1-10 provide trends of AIT's Financial Output, General Reserve, Fund-Raising Output, Sponsored Projects, Research Output and Quality.

Slides 11-19 provide results of (1) Nine KPIs of the 3 Schools; (2) Financial Performances (2010-2017) of Schools and Centers; (3) Capital Funds of all RCs; (4) Financial Sustainability of Fields/Departments (2011-2016).

Slides 20-23 provide information about the career h-index and # Citations (from both Scopus and Google Scholar Databases) of faculty.

Slides 24-30 provide information about AIT's performance on the 2017 world rankings that AIT is eligible to participate. On Slide 30, you will find that AIT is ranked 60th among the universities of science and technology of the world by U-Multirank.

Slides 31-33 provide our standardized "Table of 48 factual data of AIT from 2010-2017". This is the first time the full list of official facts and figures are compiled systematically for the last 8 years. All figures are directly provided by responsible units.

I am looking for your comments and suggestions to improve this presentation. As I mentioned in my report to the Board of Trustees, I intend to solidify my effort to make all things in AIT as transparent as possible. My 39-years experience at AIT tells me that making all things transparent (except private matters) is the only way to reduce rumors and gossips in the campus.

With all these figures in place today, although not all are positive, we can all understand what our strength and weakness lie. Finally, I trust that you will give me your cooperation and supports for the rest of my term.

Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
AIT President

(ii)    Confirmed Notes AIT Management 18 Dec 2017; and Revised P&P

Email from Director, Office of Academic Administration (23 Jan. 2018)

At its 18 January 2018 meeting, the AIT Management confirmed the notes of its 18 December 2017 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) Statement, with immediate effect:
§    (revised) FB-4-1-1   Faculty and Staff Official Travel
Although business class is not allowed, one’s accumulated Professional Development Fund (PDF) may be used to supplement the additional cost of upgrade to business class travel.  (V, 1, 1.5)
This revised P&P statement is Intranet-published under (FB) Financial and Business Affairs , as well as attached herewith for easy reference.

(iii) Confirmed Notes AIT Management 18 Jan 2018; and Revised P&Ps

Email from Director, Office of Academic Administration (26 Jan. 2018)

At its meeting yesterday, the AIT Management confirmed the notes of its 18 January 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, with immediate effect:
§    (revised) FB-2-2-2   Fixed Assets
Establishment of ownership of assets procured using Professional Development Fund; and handling of assets at the end of employment of their custodians.

§    (revised)  PA-4-1-2   Engagement of Faculty and Staff Beyond the Retirement Age of 60
(revision in IV.B.3. only applicable to retired faculty members) As soon as there is a break in the retired faculty member's full-time employment with the Institute, half (50%) of his/her accumulated unused PDF will be disbursed to the retired faculty member at the time of his/her retirement.  The other half (50%) will be credited to his/her Responsibility Center to support the professional development of new faculty members.
This revised P&P statements are Intranet-published under Policies and Procedures ,

(iv)    Demonstration of Tai Ji Quan by Senior AIT alumni from Taiwan

Email from Office of Advancement

A group of senior AIT alumni from Taiwan with their spouses and friends will visit AIT to explain and demonstrate the Tai-Chi (nowadays they call it as Tai Ji or Tai Ji Quan in China). They are going to perform this shortened form, which is known as Chengzi Tai Ji Quan 鄭子太極拳. The performers are all our alumni and their spouses.

DATE: 30 January 2018 (Tuesday)
TIME: 1:45 p.m.
VENUE: behind the AIT Clock Tower (near the pond), administration building

The group will also donate Thai Baht 300,000 (Three hundred thousand Baht). This donation will be used to build the Tai Chi playground in the health garden (near the arboretum).

An Introduction to Tai Ji Quan (By: Wang, Hsin-Ling)
        Tai ji quan, or Tai ji, is an ancient Chinese martial art.  As the legend goes, the man who created Tai ji was inspired by a fight he had witnessed between a sparrow and a snake. Thus, the principle of this martial art is subduing the vigorous by the soft. Tai ji has its philosophical roots in Taoism. It is an internal martial art by means of breath control. It emphasizes a straight spine, abdominal breathing and natural range of motion. The most important word in Tai ji is relaxation.

(v)    SERD prospectus (online)

Email from Dean SERD (23 Jan. 2018)

We prepared a new SERD prospectus last year after the restructuring mainly for online viewing/dissemination, which is available at http://www.serd.ait.ac.th/wpserd/serd-prospectus/. May look better in full screen mode.

My sincere apology for not reporting about this earlier.

(vi)    AIT logo policy

Email from Office of Media and Communications (OMCO) (19 Jan. 2018)

This is a reiteration of the AIT logo policy, signage and branding guidelines, particularly for those who have joined AIT in the January 2018 semester.

The AIT logo, presentation templates, and seminar poster templates are available for download in the Branding section of the AIT website.

LOGO Usage:
(i) The AIT logo is available for download, you can always contact the Office of Media and Communications (OMCO) for high resolution files.
(ii) Please do not use older versions of the logo.
(vii)    While using the logo, please ensure that the AIT logo is not altered or modified.
Six versions of the Presentation templates are available for use, and the   community is encouraged to use these templates.

Two editable variations (each with multiple color options) are available for download.

(vii)    Announcing the AIT Student Blog Contest (31 Jan 2018)

Message from OMCO

Dear Students,
What happened when you entered AIT for the first time? Were you excited or overwhelmed? Was it challenging or fascinating? Or was it a combination of all these feelings? And how did AIT treat you during the subsequent days (or conversely how did you treat AIT?
Pen your thoughts, and give it a catchy headline. Write a blog post, attach a few photographs and send it to us.The best entry will win a cash prize of 3000 THB, while the second and third entries get 2000 THB and 1000 THB respectively, The best entry will also be posted on the AIT website.
The ideal post ranges between 300-600 words, but we not penalize if creativity demands that you violate these parameters.
As a guide, we are providing the link to the entry that won the first prize during the previous semester. https://www.ait.ac.th/2017/10/first-days-ait/
The contest is open to all AIT students, though we specially encourage freshly enrolled students to apply.

Deadline: 31 January 2018 (midnight).
Send your entries to omco@ait.ac.th .
Please write "Blog Contest" in the subject heading.

(viii)    Opportunity for Journalism Traineeship with Deutsche Welle (DW)

Email from OMCO (23 Jan. 2018)

Germany’s international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle (DW) is looking for young people from all over the world interested in a comprehensive, exceptional quality journalism program with an international broadcaster. Candidates should have journalism experience or be passionate about technology/IT, economics or the sciences. DW is looking for open-minded people full of creative ideas.

The DW editorial traineeship is paid, with a gross starting salary of approx. 1,600 Euros per month. As full-time employees, DW trainees are automatically eligible for German public health insurance. As DW trainees move to Germany from abroad, DW assists them at every step of the visa process.
The traineeship leads to employment in one of DW departments in Bonn or Berlin.
Applicants should have prior experience in journalism or they should be passionate about journalism.

Here is a link with all the information about the traineeship:

Furthermore it is important to check language requirements on this website:
Applications are open between December 1, 2017 and January 29, 2018. Applications can only be submitted via the online system.

The direct link for the application can be found below:

(ix)    Tender - Mid-term Evaluation - Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum for Innovation and Learning around SRI-LMB

Job id : 116064
Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Invitation to tender to Mid-term Evaluation of the EU funded Project “Sustaining and Enhancing the Momentum for Innovation and Learning around the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in the Lower Mekong River Basin (SRI-LMB)”
Date: 22/01/2018
Apply by: 15 Feb 2018
Reference: AIT/DCI-FOOD-2012/2018-01ME
More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/opportunities/bids/tender-mid-term-evaluation-sustaining-enhancing-momentum-innovation-learning-around-sri-lmb/

(x)    AIT’s 2018 CSR in Kanchanaburi Province

Email from interim Director- OHRS (19 Jan. 2018)

AIT’s 2018 CSR will be held on 10 February 2018 by performing trees planting activity at the space nearby Wat Thipsukhontharam, Huai Krachao District, Kanchanaburi Province.

Tentative programs are indicated as follows:

07.00 - 09.00    hrs.       Travel from AIT to Wat Thipsukhontharam,
09.30 - 10.30    hrs.       Attending speech and performing trees planting activity
                                      (requests for THB. 50 for each young plants )
10.40 - 11.50    hrs.       Visit on Memorial of Awareness
12.00 - 13.00    hrs.        Lunch at the Canteen.
13.10 - 16.00    hrs.        Visit Kanchanaburi and beyond.
18.00   hrs.                      Arrive at AIT.
Interested faculty and staff members are invited to join our 2018 CSR. Please contact : Jiraphong @ait.asia  and Jirada@ait.asia   Tel: 5068

(xi)    ERP Offline
Please be informed that ERP is offline every day, January 2-31, 2018
From 11:30 - 13:00 during offline period finance has to process the transaction
of Y2017 (Due to Year-end closing).

(xii)    AIT Official Holiday 2018
Email from Office of Human Resources Services (23 Nov. 2017)

AIT Management Team has approved AIT Official Holiday 2018 as follows:

1    Mon    New Year's Day

1    Thu    Makha Bucha Day

6    Fri    Chakri Memorial Day
13    Fri    Songkran Festival
16    Mon    Substitute for Songkran Festival

1    Tue    National Labor Day
29    Tue    Visakha Bucha Day

27    Fri    Asalaha Bucha Day
30    Mon    Substitute for H.M. the King's Birthday

13    Mon    Substitute for H.M. the King's Mother Birthday

15    Mon    Substitute for H.M. late King Bhumibol Memorial Day
23    Tue    Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

5    Wed    Birthday Anniversary of H. M. late King's Bhumibol
25    Tue    Year-End Break
26    Wed    Year-End Break
27    Thu    Year-End Break
28    Fri    Year-End Break
29    Sat    Year-End Break
30    Sun    Year-End Break
31    Mon    Year-End Break

(xiii)    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 4 seats available  ( from 5 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


(i)    EVENTS
(a)     Cultural Show Jan. 2018

Email from SU Gender and Culture Committee

Student Union’s Gender and Culture Committee will organize Cultural show Jan. 2018 as follows:

Theme: All about 20th Century
Cultural Show Date: 10th February 2018 (Saturday), from 5 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Venue: AIT Conference Center Auditorium

Please register for participating events on 30 January 2018 (Tuesday) @ SU Office between 4.00 - 7.00 PM
Refundable deposit per category = 200 TBH
Please do not hesitate to clear out further queries via email: suculgen@ait.asia  or thru our FB IDs.


(a)    ICT Seminar Talk on "Big Data Technology: Social Media and Sentiment Analysis" by Dr. Choochart Haruechaiyasak: 31 Jan. 2018

ICT will organize a seminar on "Big Data Technology: Social Media and Sentiment Analysis" by Dr. Choochart Haruechaiyasak, National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) as follows:  

Date:  Wednesday, 31January 2018
Time:  1.00 pm.-3.00 pm.
Venue: Milton Bender Auditorium

About the speaker:
Dr. Choochart Haruechaiyasak is a researcher at National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC).  His area of specialization is in Information Retrieval, Information Filtering, Web and Text Mining, Natural Language Processing, Sentiment Analysis and Opinion Mining.  Dr. Choochart obtained his Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Miami, FL, U.S.A., Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A. and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, U.S.A.

(b)    INSTITUTE – WIDE WORKSHOPS: ERASMUS +PROJECT PROPOSALS titled “Practical Approach on Erasmus + Capacity Building in Higher Education: 2 Feb. 2018

The President’s Office, Office of External Relations (OEXR), and Sponsored Projects Unit will organize an institute-wide Workshop: ERASMUS + PROJECT PROPOSALS titled “Practical Approach on Erasmus + Capacity Building in Higher Education” by Dr. Andrei Szuder (ISE/SET), an AIT expert facilitator for these two, half-day workshops.
This second part of the two and a half-day workshops will provide participants with an insight into Erasmus+-CBHE and the necessary practical skills to develop and write competitive project proposals.
DATE: Friday, 2 Feb. 2018
TIME:  9.00 am – 12.00 pm
•             How to prepare a successful proposal for Erasmus Plus-CBHE
•             CBHE proposal evaluation process
•             Practical writing of proposal for Erasmus Plus-CBHE
•             Advices/Tips to prepare a Project Proposal
Your Benefits
Whether you have already written and submitted proposals Erasmus +, CBHE, or other EU programs or you are just starting to develop a project proposal for the first time, these two workshops will help you strengthen your proposal development skills so that you can put together competitive proposals under Erasmus+-CBHE:
•             Get an insight into Erasmus Plus-CBHE program.
•             Find out how to develop an Erasmus, Plus-CBHE project concept with a new focus taking into account the general, regional and university priorities.
•             Understand the evaluation process & context to better conceive your proposal.
•             Understand how to draft all the sections of the project proposal.
•             Tailor your communication and dissemination to your results and impact to be achieved.
•             Learn how to put together a sound project budget.
•             Network and exchange experiences with leading universities, other institutions and companies from around the EU and beyond.
For more details, please contact: Ms. Indra Kumari, Program Officer, Office of External Relations (OEXR), Tel. 02-524-6299, Email: indrakumari@ait.asia

(c)    Thanat Khoman Lecture Series: 20 – 22  Feb. 2018
Tue Feb 20th 11:00am - 4:00pm
Thanat Khoman Lecture Series will be organized in February 2018. It will be delivered by Dr. A R Chamberlain, Former President, Colorado State University (CSU).
The first lecture will be held at the AIT Auditorium on 20 February 2018, followed by two lectures on 21 February 2018 at the Chulalongkorn University, and on 22 February 2018 in Bangkok.

(d)    AIT Career Fair & SU Research Exhibition - 28 March 2018!
Email from AIT Career Center & Student Welfare Unit (22 Jan. 2018)
Greetings from the AIT Career Center!
It is time again for everybody's much anticipated event - the AIT Career Fair & Student Union (SU) Research Exhibition scheduled on 28 March 2018 at the AIT Conference Center !

Long-term career prospects
Job placements
Internship opportunities
On-the-job training
Research partners
Networking with company representatives
Free Goodies!

Please help us in spreading the word out about the Fair!  And let us know as well if you have any company contacts that you want us to invite to the Fair.

Mark your calendar! For developments and career opportunities, please drop by at: www.careercenter.ait.ac.th
or check/like:  https://www.facebook.com/officialaitcareercenter
or email: careercenter@ait.ac.th
or contact us via phone: 662 524-6744, 662 524-6326

(a)    Thai, Chinese and French Courses for Beginners
Email from Language Center (8 Jan. 2018)

The Language Center is pleased to announce the opening of language courses.
•    Survival Thai Course for Beginners
·         22 January – 7 March 2018
·         Monday and Wednesday
·         Time: 17:00 – 18:30
·         Total of 20 hours
·         Course Fee: 2,000 baht

•    Chinese Course for Beginners
·         22 January – 7 March 2018
·         Monday and Wednesday
·         Time: Group 1 (17:00 – 18:30)  Group 2 (12:00-13:00)
·         The course fee is 1,000THB due to the kind support of the Chinese Government through the Confucius Institute.  (Refunds are not available.)

•    French Course for Beginners
·         31 January – 16 March 2018
·         Wednesday and Friday
·         Time: 17:00 – 18:30
·         Total of 20 hours
·         Course Fee: 2,000 baht
Register and make a payment at the Language Center, Room 216.

(b)    Training Programme on Economics of Climate Change Adaptation: 12 – 23 Mar. 2018
The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific at the AIT, in cooperation with UNDP and USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific, will organize the second run of the training course on the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation under the Climate Change Asia initiative from 12 – 23 March 2018 in Bangkok (exact location to be confirmed)
More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/events/



C. Visitors


•    A group of AIT alumni from Taiwan with their spouses and friends / 30 January 2018 / to explain and demonstrate the Tai-Chi and donate THB 300,000 to bu


D. Campus Updates


(i)    Relocation of Library Photocopy Shop

Please be informed that the Library Photocopy Shop is relocated to the area between Library and Physical Plant (beside the Library Parking.

Kindly be guided accordingly.

(ii)    New AITCC Annex & renovation of car park near Arcade

A new AITCC Annex building will be constructed opposite to AIT swimming Pool/AIT Solutions. The construction work will start from 1 October 2017 and expected to be completed by April 2018. To prepare the area for construction, the car park area opposite to swimming pool/AIT Solutions will be demolished partially and a new sewage line will be laid from Arcade area.

During the process of this work, the area will be barricaded and there might be some disturbance as well as noise.

Please be also informed that currently partial section of car park area opposite to Arcade is being renovated. It may take a week to complete the work and the area will be closed.




E. Faculty and Staff Travel


Dr. Thi Phuoc Lai Nguyen / Vietnam / 18 – 20 January 2018*
Dr. Mongkol Ekpanyapong / Phitsanulok, Thailand / 19 January 2018*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Myanmar / 19 – 22 January 2018*
Dr. P. Abdul Salam / Nepal / 20 – 25 January 2018*
Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal / Nepal / 20 – 25 January 2018*
Ms. Subina Shrestha / Nepal / 20 – 25 January 2018*
Dr. K. R. Salin / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 21 – 24 January 2018*
Dr. Oleg Shipin / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 22 – 25 January 2018*
Mr. Manesh Lacoul / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 22 – 25 January 2018*
Dr. Lal Samarakoon / Taipei, Taiwan / 22 – 25 January 2018*
Mr. Osamu Mizuno / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 22 – 25 January 2018*
Dr. Sangam Shrestha / Kathmandu, Nepal / 25 – 31 January 2018
Ms. Chatchata Prasongsuk / Khon Kaen, Thailand / 26 January 2018*
Mr. Preecha Jaengjit / Ratchaburi, Thailand / 26 January – 26 March 2018
Dr. Pham Huy Giao / Hanoi, Vietnam / 26 – 28 January 2018*
Ms. Phyu Sin / Chonburi, Thailand / 26 – 28 January 2018*
Dr. Pisut Koomsap / Brussels, Belgium / 27 January – 1 February 2018
Dr. Ram Chandra Bjijel / Brussels, Belgium / 27 January – 2 February 2018
Dr. Ekbordin Winijkul / Chiang Mai, Thailand / 28 – 30 January 2018
Ms. Wilailak Yooprem and Ms. Kanchana Wilailak / Chiang Mai, Thailand / 28 – 30 January 2018
Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Lahore, Pakistan / 28 – 31 January 2018
Ms. Narumon Wangnai / Lahore, Pakisan  / 28 – 31 January 2018
Mr. Sufian Etea / Lahore, Pakistan / 28 – 31 January 2018
Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar / 29 – 31 January 2018
Prof. Rajendra P. Shrestha / Chiang Mai, Thailand / 29 January – 1 February 2018
Mr. Syams Nashrrullah / Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar / 29 January – 2 February 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 January 2018

Position: Administrative Staff (Accommodation Manager) (Office of Facilities and Assets Management )
Ref. No. 53/17
Deadline: 31 January 2018

Position: Administrative Staff (Accommodation Clerk/Assistant Accommodation Officer) (Office of Facilities and Assets Management )
Ref. No. 54/17
Deadline: 31 January 2018

Position: Administrative Staff (Cafeteria Supervisor) (Office of Facilities and Assets Management )
Ref. No. 55/17
Deadline: 31 January 2018

Position: Receptionist / Operator (Office of Facilities and Assets Management )
Ref. No. 56/17
Deadline: 31 January 2018

Position: Technical Staff (Technician) (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 45/17
Deadline: 31 January 2018

Position: Administrative Staff (Internet Education and Research Laboratory)
Ref. No. 03/18
Deadline: 2 February 2018

Position: Administrative Staff (Finance & Accounting Officer) (Internet Education and Research Laboratory)
Ref. No. 04/18
Deadline: 2 February 2018

Faculty Position (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. 04/2017
Deadline: 15 February 2018

Position: Administrative Staff (Social Media and Promotions Coordinator) (Office of the Media & Communications)
Ref. No. 52/17
Deadline: 18 February 2018

Administrative Staff (Webmaster) (Office of the Media & Communications)
Ref. No. 51/17
Deadline: 18 February 2018

Position: Administrative Staff (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. 05/18
Deadline: 22 February 2018

Vacant Position - Dean , Faculty of Science and Technology in RMUTT
Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi  is  seeking the best qualified candidate for the position of Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology.
Details are indicated in RMUTT website : www.rmutt.ac.th
or Faculty of Science and Technology website : www.sci.rmutt.ac.th
Also, telephone number : 0-2549-4154