WEEK #14: 4 – 10 April 2016


 In this issue:


Management Team News and Notes


Campus Updates



Faculty and Staff Travel

Classifieds (Jobs)


Management Team News and Notes


Please be informed that the confirmed notes of the 17 March 2016 meeting of the AIT Management are now Intranet-published at:






Food Fair

The Student Union’s Gender and Culture Committee invites the AIT Community to join the Food Fair to be held on Thursday, 7 April 2016. Come to exchange and enjoy culinary traditions of different nations in AIT. About 11 countries have promised to participate in the Food Fair.

Venue: In front of AITCC building (near the Pond)

Date: 7 April, 2016

Time: 11am- 4pm


Final Outcome of 2015 Allocation of Capital Funds for RCs

In the past, AIT administrations often talked nicely about “decentralization”. The Year 2015 might be the first time in the history of AIT, that Schools and other Responsibility Centers are actually allocated their own Capital Funds, based on their contributions to the 2015 annual surplus of AIT.

As you were informed earlier, I have received an endorsement from the Executive Committee and the final approval from the Board of Trustees on my proposal to annually allocate 50% of the annual surplus to the Capital Accounts of all the RCs, in proportion to their contributions based on the AIT’s Responsibility Center Management (RCM) Model. Thus from now on, the Schools andother Centers can accumulate their Capital Fund year after year, which will allow them to make their own decisions to upgrade their strategic equipment and asset renovation.

Although the decision to spend the capital fund lies with the respective CEO (Deans and Directors), the acquisition still needs to comply with the regular purchasing process of AIT. For units with no capital fund this year, in case of urgent needs related to essential equipment, they can make a request for a loan from the Institute on a need-based basis.

With this email, I am pleased to announce the final financial performance of all the RCs and their allocated capital funds. The specific accounts will be set up by the Finance Office as soon as possible.

I take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciations on your patience, trust, hard work and cooperation in 2015, which resulted in our reasonably good outcome, both academically and financially. Most importantly, we together are able to greatly enhance our public image and restore the trust of our patrons and the general public. Thanks.


With kind regards,

Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai

AIT President


2016 QS World University Ranking by Subject - Results

Dear Colleagues

On 22 March 2016, the QS World University Ranking by Subject has released its 2016 ranking outcome which reveals that AIT is world ranked in 3 subject areas:

(1) Civil and Structural Engineering at 151-200 (same as last year 151-200);

(2) Environmental Sciences at 201-250 (drop from last year 151-200);

(3) Computer Science and Information Systems at 351-400 (last year 301-400)

However, AIT dropped from the World Ranking in "Electric and Electronic" which AIT ranked 251-300 last year. This might be because of the drop in Microelectronics field.

The following statement came with the notification from QS to AIT last week:

“Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand now features amongst the world's elite institutions in 3 of the 42 subjects featured in this year's QS World University Rankings by Subject.”



Three components are combined to produce the results in each subject.

1. Academic reputation

QS’s global survey has been at the heart of the QS World University Rankings®. In 2015, the QS World University Rankings by Subject drew on responses from 85,062 academics worldwide. The survey results are filtered according to the reputed area of expertise identified by respondents.

2. Employer reputation

The QS incorporated employability as a key factor in the evaluation of international universities. In 2015, the QS World University Rankings by Subject drew on 41,910 survey responses from graduate employers worldwide. Employers are asked to identify up to 10 domestic and 30 international institutions they consider excellent for the recruitment of graduates. After examining where these two questions intersect, QS can infer a measure of excellence in a given discipline.

3. Research citations per paper

The QS World University Rankings by Subject measures citations per paper rather than per faculty member. All citations data is sourced from Scopus. Since 2013, QS also uses a score based on ‘h-index’ in its QS World University Rankings by Subject. The h-index is a way of measuring both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar.

With regards,

Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai


Asian Institute of Technology


AIT Newsletter : April 2016

The April 2016 edition of the monthly AIT Newsletter has been released.

You can also download PDF and EPUB versions from below links:

PDF: http://goo.gl/gx8O1X

EPUB: http://goo.gl/gx8O1X

MOBI: http://goo.gl/1kvSRJ

Media and Communications Unit


UIA charge rates for faculty and staff

The AIT IT Committee annually evaluates the Internet service charges to your residences which can be considered as an equivalent of a home user account in the commercial market. The Committee has made a decision to keep our Unlimited Internet Access (UIA) rate to be comparable to the rates in the market per home users which are currently around 700-800 Thai Baht (THB) a month for less capacity than what you are getting in AIT. The committee has decided to apply the same rate of 600 B a month to all staff and faculty accounts and the decision has now been endorsed by AIT Management (Please refer to AITMT meeting Minutes of 3 March 2016, Section 6.6 which has been circulated earlier.)

The rate is to be applied as of March 2016.


Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut

Vice President for Research and Chair of  IT Committee


Erasmus+ : Faculty / Individual Capacity Building Opportunities


Dear colleagues,

ERASMUS+ is the new framework funded by European Commission and integrates earlier European Programs such as Lifelong Learning, Tempus, Alfa, Edu Link and ERAMUS MUNDUS. Erasmus+ covers many actions (mobility and capacity building related), but not research activities (research is funded by the Horizon 2020).

The possibilities for AIT participating in Erasmus+ are primarily in Key Actions 1 and 2 – mobility of students/faculty/staff; capacity building and curricula development related; and exchange of good practices.

Since we would need partners for this collaboration, one possibility is to make use of  the PANACEA  consortium (listed in Annex 2: Panacea Partners, who are keen to partner for both Key Actions 1 and 2 with AIT in the Erasmus+. The PANACEA Consortium was an Erasmus Mundus project (2012 – 2016) that was coordinated by University of Montpellier 2 in France in which AIT was the Joint Coordinator.

So, if you would like to collaborate under the Erasmus+ with any of the Panacea partners or if you plan to submit a proposal in order to receive funding from EU, or for any additional information, please find the necessary details on Information of Applicants in this link: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/documents/erasmus-plus-programme-guide_en.pdf and/or please contact Ms. Carol Guzman of the External Relations and Communications Office (ERCO) at: 02-524-6299 or email to carol@ait.asia

With best wishes

Prof. S. Kumar

Vice President for Academic Affairs


Attractive Opportunities for researchers

A number of attractive opportunities for researchers are presented in the latest EURAXESS ASEAN.


1. Advancing your Research Career: Funding and Fellowship Opportunities Open to ASEAN Researchers. Workshops in Hanoi on May 11 and Bangkok May 13.

2. France - ERCIM – Alain Bensoussan Fellowships in Computer Science, Information Technology, and Applied Mathematics Open to ASEAN Researchers

 3. MSCA RISE Call Open to Universities and Research Institutes in ASEAN.

 4. MSCA Individual Fellowships to Conduct Research in Europe. Open to Researchers in ASEAN

Check out:



Sign up to EURAXESS Links ASEAN here:



Over Stay of Non-Thai Nationals / Latest Information

A new order from the Thai Immigration Bureau regarding the ineligibility for admission of non-Thai nationals will be enforced from March 20, 2016. The details of the new order with regard to the over stay of Non-Thai nationals in the Kingdom of Thailand are as follows:

1. In case of Surrender:

1.1 A non- Thai national overstaying his/her permission by more than 90 days will be barred from re-entering the country for 1 year, from the date of departure.

1.2 A non- Thai national overstaying his/her permission by more than 1 year will be barred from re-entering the country for 3 years, from the date of departure.

1.3 A non- Thai national overstaying his/her permission by more than 3 years will be barred from re-entering the country for 5 years, from the date of departure.

1.4 A non- Thai national overstaying his/her permission by more than 5 years will be barred from re-entering the country for 10 years, from the date of departure.


2. In case of being arrested and prosecuted:

2.1 A non- Thai national who is caught overstaying his/her permission by less than 1 year will be barred from re-entering the country for 5 years, from the date of departure.    

2.2 A non- Thai national who is caught overstaying his/her permission by more than 1 year will be barred from re-entering the country for 10 years, from the date of departure.

3. These rules are not applied to:

3.1 A non- Thai national who departs the country before the age of 18.

3.2 A non- Thai national who departs the country before the enforcement of this law.          

GRU Office



Campus Updates


The schedule of Dr. Chuench​om Chueluecha (Rehabilit​ation Physician​) to be changed

Please be informed that the schedule of Dr. Chuenchom Chueluecha (Rehabilitation Physician) at AIT Medical Clinic will be changed from 1-3 pm to 3-5 pm, every Friday starting this Friday (8 April 2016).

For those who have an appointment with her during this period, please re-schedule the appointments accordingly. Other services will be available as usual.


Trial of Knovel to be extended to 30 April 2016

Please be informed that Knovel, engineering information database will be extended to 30 April 2016. 

For more information, please visit the Library's website at this URL: .


Vacant Restaurant (Near Golf Course Hole No. 3) Available for Lease

A vacant restaurant located near Golf Course Hole No. 3 is now available for lease. Interested parties are invited to submit your proposals within 3.30p.m., Tuesday, 05 April, 2016 at OPIA (Purchasing Office).

Contact person:

  •  For Bid information and submission:         Pakkamol:  Tel - 02524 5029,    pakkamol@ait.ac.th
  • For Space information & requirements:    Elizabeth:   Tel - 02524 6323,    bethc@ait.asia





International Perspectives on Mobile Health

A seminar on International Perspectives on Mobile Health will be organized at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on 4 April 2016 from 14:00-16:00 hours at the AIT Conference Center.

More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2016/events/international-perspectives-on-mobile-health/#.Vv3lisv-IdU


Collaboration for Innovation

AIT is hosting an AIT Solutions event under the theme Collaboration for Innovation, on 12-13 May 2016 at the AIT Conference Center to highlight its expertise in providing integrated solutions and services to the industry and community, apart from providing a platform for collaborative innovation.

More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2016/events/consultation-for-innovation/#.Vv3l48v-IdU



AIT Research Competition 2016

Call for Ideas: AIT Research Competition 2016

Do you have a research / business idea that has the potential to be a scalable solution?

Join the AIT Research Competition, a platform for AIT researchers to develop their research/ business idea to scalable solutions by working with industry experts and venture capitalists. Winners will have the opportunity to access adequate funds, technical assistance, and guidance required to bring your innovative ideas to life.

More details at these links : http://collaborationforinnovation.solutions.ait.asia/download/Poster_event.pdf






  • His Excellency Mr. Peter Prugel, Ambassador Extraordinary, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Thailand / 5 April 2016 / to have a discussion with AIT President and to meet with AIT Master’s students who are DAAD Scholarship recipients



Faculty and Staff Travel


Mr. Shahin Hossain / Chonburi, Thailand / 12 – 13 March 2016*

Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam / Vietnam / 21 – 28 March 2016*

Mr. Syed Muntasir Husain Bokhari / Bali, Indonesia / 26 March – 9 April 2016

Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon / Kanchanaburi, Thailand / 28 – 31 March 2016*

Dr. Matthew Dailey / Phuket, Thailand / 30 March 2016*

Dr. Panneerselvam Peramalyan / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 30 March – 1 April 2016*

Dr. Apichon Witayangkurn / Tokyo, Japan / 30 March – 10 April 2016

Dr. Masahiko Nagai / Tokyo, Japan / 31 March – 3 April 2016*

Dr. Philippe Doneys / Mae Sot, Thailand / 1 – 4 April 2016

Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Myanmar / 1 – 4 April 2016

Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon / Sakon Nakhon, Thailand / 3 – 5 April 2016

Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Delhi, India / 3 – 9 April 2016

Ms. Oluwayemisi Ayoola Thomas / Chiang Mai, Thailand / 5 – 7 April 2016

Mr. Fazle Karim / Denpasar Bali, Indonesia / 6 – 9 April 2016

Mr. Sanjeev Pradeep Jayasinghe / Singapore / 7 – 10 April 2016

Dr. Barbara Igel / Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam / 8 – 16 April 2016

Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 10 – 13 April 2016

Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Yerevan, Armenia / 10 – 15 April 2016

Ms. Colleen Curran / Yerevan, Armenia / 10 – 18 April 2016


*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)



Classifieds (Jobs)


Senior Programme Specialist (Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific)

Ref. No: 12/16

Deadline: 10 April 2016



Administrative Secretary (School of Management)

Ref. No: 10/16

Deadline: 16 April 2016



Assistant Program Officer (School of Management)

Ref. No: 11/16

Deadline: 16 April 2016



Assistant or Associate Professor Positions (School of Engineering & Technology)

Ref No: 7/15

Deadline: 30 April 2016



Head, Human Resources Office (Human Resources Office)

Ref no: 7/16

Deadline: April 30, 2016



Assistant or Associate Professors Positions (School of Management)

Ref. No: Fac 5/15

Deadline: 30 June 2016