In this issue:
(i) CALLS FOR REINVENTING UNIVERSITIES GETING WIDER AND LOUDER
Message from AIT President (17 Jul. 2018)
This is my third post in the series of “Education Disruption”, which follows my 2 earlier posts from the following links.
In this post, I share with you a discussion forum (see the Youtube below) calling for reinventing our present higher education system, with the following takeaways:
(1) Our higher education system today clings to its format created since 19th century, where young students accumulate knowledges (contents) for 4 years and expect to use them for rest of their lives.
(2) Unfortunately, this model does not work today as what they learned will soon be irrelevant right after they leave the university.
(3) Higher education must groom students to be a “whole person”, fully equipped with the 21st skills for lifelong learning. This will enable them to adapt to the world of VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) in the future.
(4) Sooner or later, the continuously disruptive technologies and big data will reshape every aspect of lives at an astonishing speed. Not only the younger age, but also humans of all ages need to learn, in order not to be left out.
(5) For universities to reinvent itself, it is easier to start from a green field environment in parallel, rather than to convert from its status quo, which requires a tremendous effort due to the great inertia and resistance.
(ii) Confirmed Notes AIT Management 28 June 2018
At its meeting this morning, the AIT Management confirmed the notes of its 28 June 2018 meeting, which are now Intranet-published at AIT Management Confirmed Meeting Notes, as well as attached herewith for easy reference.
The endorsement of the AIT Management, the President approved the revised Institute Policy and Procedure (P&P) Statement on Faculty and Staff Official Travel (FB-4-1-1), with effect from 1 August 2018:
§ (revised) FB-4-1-1 Faculty and Staff Official Travel
[III.A.4] Travel by faculty members is limited to a maximum total duration of two weeks (10 working days) per semester.
[V.B.] The use of Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) rate for each country in lieu of per diem and maximum hotel accommodation expenses allowed for reimbursement for official travel.
[V.B.] For project-funded travels, when deemed necessary, voluntary reductions in DSA may be allowed for projects to remain competitive with clients / sponsors.
This revised P&P statement is Intranet-published under (FB) Financial and Business Affairs , for reference and perusal.
Please be guided accordingly.
(iii) New Trial Databases : eBook Academic Collection and eBook Business Collection
Email from AIT Library (2 Jul. 2018)
Please be informed that EBSCO has offered a trial for eBook Academic Collection and eBook Business Collection. The trial period starts from now until the end of December 2018. Full-text downloads are available.
For your information:
eBook Academic Collection
Offering more than 170,000 e-books, this collection includes titles from leading university presses such as Oxford University Press, MIT Press, State University of New York Press, Cambridge University Press, University of California Press, McGill-Queen's University Press, Harvard University Press and many others. Additional academic publishers include Elsevier, Ashgate Publishing, Taylor & Francis, Sage Publications and John Wiley & Sons.
Subject coverage includes: Art, Business and economics, Education, Language arts and discipline, Literary criticism, Medical, Performing arts, Philosophy, Poetry, Political science, Religion, Social science, Technology and engineering, and other academic fields.
eBook Business Collection
This collection offers more than 18,000 business e-books selected to assist students and scholars with various business research, special project and entrepreneurial needs. A key resource for academic and business school libraries, eBook Business Collection encompasses a variety of topics, such as marketing, finance, supply chain management and entrepreneurship. Titles are available from many noteworthy academic and business publishers, including Oxford University Press, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, World Scientific Publishing Company, Princeton University Press, AMACOM and Gallup Press.
The URLs to access “eBook Academic Collection Trial” and “eBook Business Collection Trial” are:
eBook Academic Collection Trial:
Book Business Collection Trial:
Please note that off-campus users will be required to enter ID and Password. User ID and Password will be provided by the Library upon request via e-mail to the library at email@example.com.
The Library hopes that these trial databases will be useful for your study and research. If you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact the Library at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much for your attention.
(iv) Online Performance Appraisal 2018 (covering the period 1 July 2017-30 June 2018)
Email from OHRS (2 Jul. 2018)
To all concerned immediate supervisors and Unit Heads of direct-hire (centrally-funded) staff members,
Please be informed that the online performance appraisal for this year 2018, covering the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 is now open.
The annual online performance appraisal process was implemented since July 2014 following the approval of the AIT Management.
The online system can be accessed through the “PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL” link in the HRIS menu (https://hris.ait.ac.th ). The immediate supervisors can complete the individual Performance Appraisal Reports for all the employees under their supervision, and individually (electronically) submit them. The Unit Heads shall then review and endorse all completed Performance Appraisal Reports not later than 18 August 2018.
The online / web-based system archived the appraisal results since year 2014 (“Appraisal History” link in the HRIS menu) and will build up annual data that will be available to unit heads / immediate supervisors and AIT Management. The process will be carried out in conjunction with the annual budget process. Based on the annual performance appraisal results, which will be used for the purpose of determining the annual salary adjustment and staff training and development needs, financial implications can be taken into consideration in the following fiscal year’s budgets. Please note that those with no performance evaluations will not be considered for any performance-based merit payments and/or salary increments.
Should you encounter technical problems, please report them to Helpdesk (email@example.com). Please convey other feedback to
HRO (firstname.lastname@example.org ).
(v) Register Now: Innovative Market Place
Email from AIT Solutions (6 Jul. 2018)
We are pleased to inform that the prize for the Innovative Market Place [innovative idea competition] has been increased to 20,000 THB for the winning team and 10,000 THB for the runner up.
Live pitch (10-min presentation + 5-min Q&A) will be on 25 July 2018 at AITCC Auditorium in front of panel of experts.
This competition is open to all students (should be group 2-4 persons) who have creative ideas that can provide innovative solutions to the global issues by using green and clean technology, but are not commercialized yet. The ideas should fall under the following themes: Waste Management (reduction/ recycling); Safer Built Environment; Climate Change; Smart Cities.
(vi) 7th call for documentaries for the Visual Documentary Project (VDP)
Email from Director, Office of Academic Administration (6 Jun. 2018)
Greetings Filmmakers and Friends!
The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University is calling for documentaries for the 7th Visual Documentary Project! Please circulate to all filmmakers in the region. Please help us reach out to young aspiring filmmakers in Southeast Asia!
THEME: Popular Culture and Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia: a region rich in popular cultural traditions. How do popular music, art, literature, theatre, comedy, dance, sport and film, move people in Southeast Asia? What makes them laugh, cry and feel? Inspire us! For 2018, we open up the visual documentary project to documentaries that capture popular cultures across the region.
1. Applicants must be citizens from Southeast Asia or Japan.
2. Documentaries should be no longer than 30 minutes.
3. Applicants should make sure they have permission from any subjects that appear in the movies.
4. Documentaries should include English subtitles. Translation and subtitling is also the responsibility of applicants.
*Selected documentaries will be screened in their original languages with both Japanese and English subtitles. However, documentaries that are in English will only have Japanese subtitles added and vice versa.
DEADLINE: 31 August 2018
APPLICATION: LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Visual Documentary Project (VDP) was set up in 2012 by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS). The aims of the project are to explore and introduce the rich diversity of contemporary Southeast Asia (SEA) through the medium of documentary films and to create bridges between academia, the SEA filmmaking community and civil society. From 2014, the Japan Foundation Asia Center joins this project as co-organizer to help widely promote the richness of Southeast Asian cultures to people in Japan. As of 2016, the project has linked up with numerous film schools in the region to help strengthen the documentary filmmaking network.
CONTACT: Visual Documentary project email@example.com
(vii) Dr. Chuenchom Chueluecha (Rehabilitation Physician) will change time schedule
The schedule of Dr. Chuenchom Chueluecha (Rehabilitation Physician) will be changed from Friday, 27th July 2018 to Tuesday, 24th July 2018 from 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
(viii) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
(a) Orientation for New Students: 3 Aug. 2018
An orientation program will be organized on 3 August 2018 for new students enrolled in the August 2018 semester.
More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/orientation-new-students/
(ii) LECTURES / SEMINARS / CONFERENCES
(a) 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.
(b) FOSS4G Workshop and FUN RUN by RSGIS and iBITZ Company: 23 Jul. 2018
Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System, ICT, SET in cooperation with i-bitz Co., Ltd., will conduct a workshop seminar about Free Open Source Software for Geoinfomatics Thailand 2018, FOSS4G Thailand 2018, during July 23-24, 2018 at the Asian Institute of Technology. This seminar consists of keynote lectures from experts, various application of Geoinformatics such as BIM, Asset management system, Application for crime investigation at DSI, Thailand etc., FOSS4G workshop and the GIS Hackathon competition.
In addition, FOSS4G Fun Run 5K event will be organized on 23 July 2018 from 17:00 - 18:30. The Fun Run 5K program will bring all participants to a campus running view and tour. The starting point is at the AIT main football field. AIT members of the community are invited to join.
More information and to register : https://foss4g.in.th/product/foss4g-run/
Souvenir T-Shirts will be provided to registered participants, although anyone can just join the run for good health and fun.
(c) 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:
Conference Secretariat at email: email@example.com
More details: http://eecc.ait.ac.th/events/icue-conference-2018/
(d) 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/
(iii) COURSES, TRAININGS
(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.
(b)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
• Delegation from College of Environment and Resource Sciences, Zheijiang University, PR China, led by Prof. Haizhen Wang of Department of Resource Science / 23 Jul. 2018 / to visit AIT’s School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) and to conduct a joint seminar
• Delegation from Tongji University, China, on Monday 23, July 2018, from 13.30 - 15.30 hrs. The meeting will be in the meeting room B 108 of the AIT Center.
Presentation on Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Conservation in Thailand: Implications for Carbon Offsetting in China will be conducted by Dr. Nophea Sasaki, Natural Resources Management Program
The delegates comprise 30-40 students and faculty members of Tongji University.
• Delegation from Kathmandu University (KU, http://ku.edu.np/), Nepal headed by KU Vice Chancellor, scheduled on 26th July 2018, Thursday at 13:30 hrs in Board Room, Administration Building. The main objective of the visit is to discuss for possible engagement of AIT in ongoing KU World Bank Project related to the areas of water resources and hydropower engineering.
(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.
Prof. Lawrence Stephpen Abeln / Yangon, Myanmar / 8 – 15 June 2018*
Dr. Apichon Witayangkurn / Tokyo, Japan / 27 June – 3 July 2018*
Dr. Jai G. Singh / India / 29 June – 5 August 2018
Mr. Furgen Ali Shaikh / Karachi, Islamabad, Pakistan / 30 June – 5 August 2018
Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh / San Francisco, California, USA / 30 June – 13 August 2018
Mr. Ashok Dahal / Enschede, The Netherlands / 7 – 27 July 2018
Ms. Auearree Jensupakarn, Ms. Pathumphon Debsomsri, and Ms. Kannika Jensupakarn / Chiang Mai, Thailand / 9 – 12 July 2018*
Dr. Anil Kumar Anal / Kathmandu, Nepal / 15 July – 4 August 2018
Dr. Thammarat Koottatep / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 18 – 24 July 2018
Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe / Tokyo, Japan / 22 – 26 July 2018
Prof. Manukid Parnichkun / Tokyo, Japan / 23 July – 1 August 2018
Mr. Md. Anishur Rahman / Chonburi and Chanthaburi, Thailand / 24 – 28 July 2018
Mr. Chatuphol Pholwan / Chonburi and Chanthaburi, Thailand / 24 – 28 July 2018
Takuji W. Tsusaka / Vancouver, Canada / 26 July – 7 August 2018
Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul / HoChiMinh City, Vietnam / 29 July – 1 August 2018
Dr. Apichon Witayangkurn/ Surat Thani, Thailand / 5 – 7 July 2018
Dr. Naveed Anwar, Phisanulok, Thailand / 20 – 21 July 2018
Prof. Weerakorn Ongsakul, Portland, USA / 5 – 11 August 2018
Dr. Kavinda Gunasakara, Colombo, Sri Lanka / 15 – 30 July 2018
Mr. Sasanka Madawalagama, Samutsakorn/ Samut Songkhram, Thailand/ 13 – 14 July 2018
Mr. Frank Yrie, Samutsakorn/ Samut Songkhram, Thailand/ 13 – 14 July 2018
Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika, Delhi, India/ 14 – 19 July 2018
Dr. Nophea Sasaki, Siem Reap, Cambodia/ 24 – 26 July 2018
Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe, Chiang Mai, Thailand/ 1 – 2 August 2018
Dr. Abha Mishra, Vientiane, Laos/ 2 – 3 August 2018
Dr. Sangam Shrestha, Seoul, Korea/ 4 - 8 August 2018
*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)
Faculty Position (Assistant Professor or Associate Professor) (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. Fac 02/18
Deadline: 31 July 2018
Software Developer (.Net) (AIT Solutions)
Ref. No. 36/18
Deadline: 31 July 2018
Ref. No. 37/18
Deadline: 31 July 2018
Position: Administrative Staff (Senior Librarian) (AIT Library)
Ref. No. 33/18
Deadline: 31 July 2018
Position: Administrative Staff (Library Assistant) (AIT Library)
Ref. No. 34/18
Deadline: 31 July 2018
Position: Technical Staff (Lab Technician) (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 32/18
Deadline: 31 July 2018
Faculty Positions (School of Management) (SOM)
Ref. No. Fac 01/18
Deadline: 9 August 2018
Administrative Staff ( Program Officer) (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. 35/18
Deadline: 15 August 2018
Faculty Position: Associate/Assistant Professor (School of Engineering & Technology )
Ref. No. Fac 04/18
Deadline: 17 August 2018
Dual position for Director of the Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology (COEN) and faculty member (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. Fac 06/18
Deadline: 30 August 2018
Faculty Position: Assistant Professor (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. Fac 03/18
Deadline: 31 August 2018
Position: Director/PRINCIPAL for AIT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (AIT International School) (AIT International School)
Ref. No. 31/18
Deadline: 31 August 2018