WEEK# 11, 11 – 17 March 2019

 In this issue:

 A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Visitors

D. Campus Updates

E. Faculty and Staff Travel

F. Classifieds (Jobs)


 (i) Announcing the winner of the Blog Contest

Email from OMCO (4 Mar. 2019)

Ms. Way Way Hlaing is the winner of the AIT Students' Blog Contest (January 2019) semester. Her blog post titled "Each and Every Moment is Special" can be read here: https://www.ait.ac.th/2019/03/every-moment-special/

Ms. Way Way Hlaing is a student of Regional and Rural Development Program in our School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD). The second prize goes to Treza Theint of the School of Engineering and Technology (SET), while Samudhbha Sharma from SERD wins the third prize.

Congratulations to our winners! We wish to thank M.L. Thanisa Choombala, Interim Director of AIT's Language Center for evaluating the entries.

This is our fourth Blog Contest organized. The previous three previous prize-winning entries are here:

AIT - My personal antidote to chaos https://www.ait.ac.th/2018/09/ait-personal-antidote-chaos/ 
Curiosity killed the ignorant me https://www.ait.ac.th/2018/04/curiosity-killed-ignorant/  https://www.ait.ac.th/2017/10/first-days-ait/
My first days at AIT https://www.ait.ac.th/2017/10/first-days-ait/

Happy Reading and thank you for participating.



Email from Admissions and Scholarships Office (11 Mar. 2019)

The call for the world bank Scholarship applications is now open and the deadline is 11 April 2019 for August 2019 Intake.


If any applicants apply for this scholarship, please request program/department to process their application as soon as possible so that potential applicants can submit our offer letter to world bank together with their require documents.

Our following programs are listed under the world bank Scholarship. This is also available on our website: 


1. Master's in Agricultural Systems and Engineering (ASE )
2. Master's in Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management (AARM)
3. Master's in Environmental Engineering and Management (EEM )
4. Master's in Food Engineering and Bioprocess Technology (FEBT )
5. Master's in Gender and Development Studies (GDS )
6. Master's in Natural Resources Management (NRM )
7. Master's in Regional and Rural Development Planning (RRDP )
8. Master's in Urban Environmental Management (UEM )
9. Master's in Water Engineering and Management (WEM )

FYI:  Last four years, we have been requesting World bank to add our other academic programs under the world bank scholarship. However, they always refused to add more program rather asking us to reduce our current programs listed under the world bank scholarship.

Preferred Master Degree Program universities list has been reduced since 2011. In 2011, there were 72 universities listed. In 2019 only 49 universities are listed including AIT.


(iii) International Women's Day Celebration 2019 - Women's Leadership Awareness Campaign

Email from SU Culture (6 Mar. 2019)

To celebrate International Women's Day 2019, SU Culture and Gender and students of Gender and Development Studies, AIT, are planning to run a 15-day campaign on Women Leadership in AIT that will take place from 8 to 22 March 2019.

This poster campaign aims gather the opinions of male and female faculty members and staff in AIT about women leadership and their understanding about women leadership in general and throughout their work. Therefore, we would like to invite you to be part of this sharing knowledge and opinion on women leadership in AIT. 

Please share your opinions thorough this link: https://goo.gl/forms/YZaaw9cDqSFYLFa32
Note: as this is poster campaign, we would also like to seek your consent to quote your words and your picture for our posters and the posters will be then shared in our event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/331338920828946/



(iv) Deadline of collecting waste plastic bottles [31 March 2019]

Email from AIT Solutions (1 Mar. 2019)

Thank you for your overwhelming support to the Plastic Bottle Waste Initiative.
We would like to inform that the deadline of collecting plastic bottles this semester is on 31 March 2019. Please bring all your empty bottles (PET only) on or before 31 March to collect your points.
Watch out for our next initiative.





B. Events



 (a) AIT Day Bangladesh March 2019: 11 Mar. 2019

AIT in Thailand invites all interested students and parents to participate in this AIT Day event. Please come and meet the President, Deans and Faculty of AIT, as well as our AIT Alumni from Bangladesh and get to know more about AIT. You can also get information about the admission and application procedure, scholarships and other information about AIT.

Date: 11 March, 2019 Monday
Venue: The Westin Dhaka
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Register: Please register for the event at https://goo.gl/j2Pac1
More details https://www.ait.ac.th/event/ait-day-



(b) AIT Day Philippines: 15 Mar. 2019

AIT in Thailand invites all interested students and parents to participate in this AIT Day event. Please come and meet the faculty and senior officials of AIT, as well as our AIT Alumni from Philippines and get to know more about AIT. You can also get information about the admission and application procedure, scholarships and other information about AIT.

Date: Monday, 15 March 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Venue: Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU), Davao, The Philippines

Registration: Please register for the event at https://goo.gl/fGDoHD 

Details at this link: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/ait-day-philippines/


(c) Schedule for weekend EET for March – May

Email from AIT Language Center (6 Mar. 2019)

As discussed in the Admissions Committee meeting, AIT Language Center (LC) will offer EET (English Entry Test) testing at 9AM on selected Sundays in March to May as follows:

On campus
March:  17 / 31
April: 7
May: 5 / 12

At SOM Bangkok Campus
April: 28

For the special weekend testing, it is important that applicants register online 3 working days or earlier before their chosen weekend testing  (Wednesday before the selected testing Sunday). Applicants can pay for the test (800 bht) through a bank transfer using the following information:

Account Number: 468-046301-2
Bank Branch: Thammasat University Hospital Branch
Address: 95 Moo 8, Klong Nueng, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120 Thailand
Swift Code: SICOTHBK
Message to Beneficiary: English Entry Test

Applicants must email proof of payment with ID to lctesting@ait.asia at least 3 working days before the test to confirm their spot for the test. The test registration will be automatically canceled if applicants fail to provide proof of payment on time.

We have already added this information on the Home page of LC website.


(d)TOEIC Test: 15 March 2019

Email from AIT Career Center (4 Mar. 2019)

We are pleased to announce that the TOEIC Test at AIT for January 2019 Semester is scheduled on 15 March 2019 (Friday) from 13:00 - 16:00 hrs at Room B-108, AIT Conference Center.

The TOEIC test questions are based on real-life work settings in an international environment (meetings, travel, telephone conversations, etc). The Test is used by organizations to determine whether an employee is suitable for a particular task. If you work or want to work for a large organization, particularly in Asia, then the TOEIC test will be useful to you.

The schedule of registration, payment method, confirmation of payment and TOEIC preparation course are given below:
·         15 March 2019 (Friday) : TOEIC Test at Room B108, AITCC from 13:00 - 16:00 hrs
·         Price for students is 700 baht (from 1,500 baht) and for current AIT staff is 1,000 baht (from 1,500 baht).
·         Lastly, please note that a minimum of 30 students & staffs  is needed for this test to be administered in AIT.

Important links:
To register for the test: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdN9wuAubM00QOGbrovpVjjNx9YnZyM...
To know more about TOEIC, please visit  :  https://www.ets.org/toeic

For more information, please visit our Career Center Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/officialaitcareercenter or e-mail: careercenter@ait.ac.th
We are thankful to the Center for Professional Assessment (TOEIC Test Center), the only TOEIC test conductor in Thailand, for conducting the standardized test for AIT students.


(e)AIT Career Fair & SU Research Exhibition - 27 March 2019

Twenty-three (23) organizations have confirmed so far to join the AIT Career Fair scheduled on 27 March 2019 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at the AIT Conference Center.
You are cordially invited to explore and uncover opportunities offered by the companies that are joining the event.

¤ Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) Career Talk on  12  March 2019 (Tues), Wed, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, MEB Auditorium
¤ Siam Makro Career Talk on  13 March 2019 (Wed), 4:00 - 5:30 pm, MEB Auditorium 
¤ Fircroft CV Tips & Interview Workshop on  18  March 2019 (Wed), Wed, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, MEB Auditorium
¤ Consultants of Technology (COT) Career Talk  on  21  March 2019 (Thurs), Wed, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, MEB Auditorium 
¤ THK (Japan) Career Talk and Interview Schedule on  28  March 2019 (Wed), Wed, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, MEB Auditorium
(Apply asap for THK Jobs Available at: https://careercenter.ait.ac.th/job/product-development-engineer-2/ )
Test Of English for International Communication (TOEIC) Test  - 15 March 2019, 1:00 - 5:00 pm, AIT Conference Center

¤ Student Union (SU) Research Exhibition!

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) Siam Makro PCL Career Talk: 13 Mar. 2019

We are pleased to invite you to another Career Talk by Siam Makro PCL, one of the biggest wholesale centers in the region. Please see details below and pre-register to confirm your participation.
Program details:
Date: Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Time : 4 pm to 5 pm
Venue : Milton E. Bender Auditorium
Speaker: Khun Jintawat Chuchinda, Recruitment Manager
Preferred Nationality: Thai, Myanmar, Cambodian and other students interested to know more about Siam Makro and its career opportunities

To pre-register, please fill up the link below : 
To know more about Siam Makro PCL , please visit:  www.siammakro.co.th

Everyone is welcome to attend ! 




(a) Thai Courses: Jan – Mar. 2019

The Language Center is pleased to announce the opening of Thai Courses for Beginners.

Survival Thai

The 7-week survival Thai course is an introduction to Thai languages which will cover basic words, phrases, daily and simple expressions and basic grammatical structures to communicate with Thais. The purpose of the course is to introduce participants to the principles and basic of Thai language as used in everyday conversation. Moreover, the course will prepare them to feel confident to communicate with Thais and feel at ease while staying in Thailand.

- 29 January  –  13 March 2019
- Monday and Wednesday, twice a week
- From 17:00 – 18:30
- Total 20 hours
- Course fee: 2,000 baht

Thai Reading and Writing
This course is the introduction to reading and writing. It is the 7-week course that is designed for those who do not know how to read and write Thai language. The participants will practice reading letters and learn how to spell words and make up words.
- 5 February  – 21 March 2019
- Tuesday and Thursday, twice a week
- From 17:00 – 18:30
- Total 20 hours
-  Course fee: 2,000 baht

Interested persons can register and make payment at the Language Center, Room 216.






 C. Visitors / MoU


 *Delegation from Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Philippines / 20 Mar. 2019 / to learn more on waste management and recycling projects at SERD






D. Campus Updates


(i) Extremely important and dangerous issue on stray animals in the campus
 Email from Director, OFAM (10 Mar. 2019)
Dear AIT Community especially the residents in the campus,
Recently, OFAM has received reports of the increase in numbers of stray dogs as well as cats in the campus.  As much as we can, we tried many strategies to solve the issues of stray animals, even assigning Security staff to catch them and constructing temporary shelter to house them.  We even invited professional dog catchers to come but after sometime, dogs will come back to the campus again.  At present, we do not receive much support from Livestock Officer or Veterinarian due to the strong punishment in the "Cruelty Prevention and Welfare of Animals Act" which was announced 3 years ago.
 We believe that even though this problem cannot be completely solve, but it can be minimized if the community will help us to stop especially animal lovers in feeding and giving food  to these stray animals.  During our regular survey, we found many residents, students and staff feeding the stray animals by giving them food outside the buildings as shown in the picture attached.  In addition, we also found many residents put their trash in bags BUT did not put the bags in the trash bins, even though the bins were not full (see photo).  These bags can be the food sources for these stray dogs, cats or monitor lizards as well.
This problem is not only in our campus but also in Thammasat, NSTDA and many places in Thailand.  In the news, there were reports of stray dog attacks biting people and putting the victim's life in danger https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1620542/hm-the-king-helps-boy-s... .  The more serious problem than the injury from the attack is the "Rabies".  Last year, there were 17 people died because of Rabies in Thailand and many provinces included Bangkok were declared as Rabies Red Zone.
Please see the below message from one of our students who faced the incident on Friday. 
"Last night (March 9) on the front main road of SOM leading towards 711 (left), when I was going back to my room, I was surrounded by 6-7 ASTRAY DOGS. God saved me, and I am grateful for those youngsters who stopped there at the road end till I was able to reach the intersection. I strongly raise the issue of ASTRAY DOGS and want to bring it in your Notice.  Such ASTRAY DOGS rooming around the campus since evening till night and make AIT HORRIBLE, EXTREMELY UNSAFE and DANGEROUS place to WALK, RIDE and LIVE.  Nobody will suffer only that STUDENT will feel suffer BADLY, who will be bitten by the DOG will suffer with DISEASE and PAIN. I am strongly requesting to TAKE ACTION against ASTRAY DOGS BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE for any student."
OFAM already directed the security guards to provide more patrolling in the areas where we found these dogs.  However, we don't want any incident or tragedy to happen in our community, especially to our children, thus we request everyone's support and cooperation to help us in the following:
1.  Report to the Security staff (or call 02-524 6000) if stray dogs or cats are found inside the campus.
2.  Do not feed or leave food for them outside the dorms and residential areas.  If you see the people are feeding food to these stray animals, please warn them or call OFAM Call Center at 02-524 5800.
3.  Please help keeping the campus neat and clean, do not throw the trash on the ground and put your garbage in the bins.
4.  Please inform OFAM if anyone knows any organization or foundation to contact for stray animals.  At the moment, Rangsit city, Klong Luang and Ta Klong municipality informed us that they cannot help us as they already have many cases on this issue.
Lastly, we want to warn anyone who regularly feeding the stray animals and we will seriously check the areas where we found the food.  If identified, fine will be imposed and written warning will be sent.  This warning also goes to students and staff who still keep their dogs and cats inside their accommodation units.  Please be reminded that as per AIT policy, pets are not allowed in student dormitories and staff accommodation units.  Pets are allowed only in faculty houses # 9 to 27.
Thank you very much and we are looking forward to your kind support, cooperation and understanding on this issue. 
(ii) Replacement underground electrical cable project at AARM Hatchery and ST-3
Email from OFAM (5 Mar. 2019)
Please be informed that the contractor (T-Arrow) will start replacement of underground electricity cable project at AARM Hatchery and ST-3 on 5 March 2019.
Project period : Tuesday, 5 March – Wednesday, 20 March 2019.
During this time their might be loud noise and few areas may be closed for work around that area. So, people living around that area are requested to be careful when passing through the area.
(iii) Improvement project: Cleaning and Painting of Dorm J Building
Email from OFAM (11 Oct. 2018)
Please be informed that subcontractor will start the improvement project at Dorm J, to clean and paint the exterior and corridors of the building.
Project has started on 12 October 2018 (Friday)
Expected to finish soon.
During this time there may be loud noise and dust around the area work. Residents of Dorm J are requested to close their doors and windows properly. 
Apologies for any inconvenience that it may cause.
After this dorm, we will continue with dorm E and Dorm K, which will be announced later.






  E. Faculty and Staff Travel 

Mr. M. Zia Islam / Khon Kaen, Thailand / 21 – 22 February 2019*
Mr. Choum Chomnan / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 1 – 10 March 2019*
Dr. Pisut Koomsap / Khon Kaen, Thailand / 4 – 5 March 2019*
Mrs. Siriporn Hanmeng / Nakhon Ratchasima and Burirum, Thailand / 7 – 9 March 2019*
Dr. Chadin Chutachindakate a/ Nakhon Ratchasima and Burium, Thailand / 7 – 9 March 2019*
Prof. Weerakorn Ongsakul / Vanuatu / 7 – 11 March 2019
Dr. Pisut Koomsap / Spain / 7 – 14 March 2019
Dr. Oleg Shipin / Bago and Mandalay, Myanmar / 7 – 17 March 2019
Dr. Md. Zakir Hossain / Petchaburi, Thailand / 8 – 10 March 2019*
Mr. Chatuphol Pholwan / Petchaburi, Thailand / 8 – 10 March 2019*
Prof. Pennung Warnitchai / Japan / 8 – 11 March 2019
Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut / Kobe, Japan / 8 – 15 March 2019
Ms. Slanee Meeto / Chonburi, Thailand / 9 – 10 March 2019*
Ms. Narumon Wangnai / Chonburi, Thailand / 9 – 10 March 2019*
Mrs. Phyu Sin / Hanoi, Vietnam / 9 – 12 March 2019
Mr. Md. Zia Islam / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 9 – 14 March 2019
Dr. Eden Woon / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 10 – 12 March 2019
Dr. Sundar Venkatesh / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 11 – 14 March 2019
Ms. Kluaymai Thongkham / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 11 – 14 March 2019
Prof. Mukand Singh Babel / Makati, Philippines / 13 – 15 March 2019
Dr. Loc Thai Nguyen / Davao and Manila, Philippines / 13 – 16 March 2019
Danielle Celine S. Bildan / Metro Manila and Mindanao, Philippines / 13 – 17 March 2019
Amalia S. Canullas / Metro Manila and Mindanao, Philippines / 13 – 24 March 2019
Dr. Anil Kumar Anal / Mullana, Ambala, Haryana, India / 14 – 17 March 2019
Dr. Chotchai  Charoenngam / Myanmar / 15 – 17 March 2019
Dr. Sangam Shrestha / Kathmandu, Nepal / 15 – 19 March 2019
Takuji W. Tsusaka / Siem Reap, The Kingdom of Cambodia / 15 – 23 March 2019
Prof. Mukand Singh Babel / Yogyakarta, Indonesia / 16 – 20 March 2019
Prof. Sivanappan Kumar / Hong Kong / 17 – 19 March 2019
Prof. Pennung Warnitchai / Hong Kong / 17 – 19 March 2019
Prof. Thammarat Koottatep / Hong Kong / 17 – 19 March 2019
*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)


  F. Classifieds (Jobs)


Position: Administrative Staff (International Affairs Coordinator) (International Affairs Office)
Ref. No. 05/19
Deadline: 15 March 2019

Position: Administrative Staff (China Relations Officer) (Office of International Affairs)
Ref. No. 08/19
Deadline: 15 March 2019

Position: Accountant (Administrative Staff) (Finance Office)
Ref. No. 11/19
Deadline: 15 March 2019

Position: Manager/Coordinator (Office of Thailand Affairs (OTA) )
Ref. No. 07/19
Deadline: 15 March 2019

Position: Administrative Staff (Admin. Officer) (Office of Media and Communications (OMCO))
Ref. No. 12/19
Deadline: 17 March 2019

Faculty Position: Assistant/Associate Professor [ASE] (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. Fac 12/18
Deadline: 19 March 2019

Position: Administrative Staff (Senior Officer/Coordinator) (Office of Thailand Affairs (OTA) )
Ref. No. 07/19
Deadeline: 23 March 2019

Faculty Position: Associate/Assistant Professor (STE) (School of Engineering & Technology )
Ref. No. 04/18
Deadline: 31 March 2019

Position: Senior Librarian (Head of Acquisition) (AIT Library)
Ref. No. 59/18
Deadline: 31 March 2019

Position: Administrative Staff (Administrative Officer) (School of Engineering & Technology )
Ref. No. 06/19
Deadline: 31 March 2019

Position: Senior Fundraising Officer (Office of Advancement)
Ref. No. 03/19
Deadline: 31 March 2019

Position: Classroom Teacher (AIT International School)
Ref. No. 13/19
Deadline: 5 April 2019

Faculty Position: Assistant Professor or Associate Professor (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 01/19
Deadline: 30 April 2019

Faculty Position (Assistant Professor or Associate Professor) (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 02/19
Deadline: 30 April 2019