WEEK #15: 10 – 16 April 2017


 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Campus Updates

D. Faculty and Staff Travel

E. Classifieds (Jobs)


 A. Announcements


(i)    Final write-up on English Requirements
Email from President: 5 April 2017

Dear Colleagues

Based on the agreement in the last Management Team, the final write up has been prepared by LC. Please note the following:

(1) AIT encourages qualified applicants to apply, despite their poor English proficiency (IELTS < 6). If they are really good students, we do not want to miss them, but will be ready to help them on board.

(2) For admitted students with IELTS = 6 or better, or from native speaking countries, they can be admitted with no need for English training during their study at AIT.

(3) AIT does admit students with IELTS between 5-6, but AIT will provide English class for them during their program at AIT until they are able to meet the Exit Requirement of IELTS 6.0. However, these students need to pay a one-time flat fee of 5,000 Baht for English class(es) throughout their program. (Note: we did consider free English class but fear that students may not see the value and will not take English classes seriously).

(4) For academically-qualified applicants but with IELTS score of 4.5, AIT offers a bridging program (BP) for 6 weeks before the semester starts. This will help raise their English skills so they can follow the academic courses in the classroom. Since they are potentially good students, Schools are willing to share the half of the BP cost, and students (or their sponsors) will have to shoulder the other half. This applies to academically admissible applicants. Once they pass the BP, we can assume that they can follow the class taught in English. If they are still required to take English classes afterwards (like those with IELTS scores of 5-5.5), they will be exempted from the 5,000 Baht English courses fee.

(5) Although we use IELS as a basis, other English tests including AIT-EET can also be used with equivalent scores.

(6) The attached English Proficiency Requirement will only appear at the Admission Page (managed by Admission Unit), and we expect other related pages such as the School and Department websites to provide a link to this original write-up on the Admission Page.

We invite faculty and staff members to comment and advise if you see any room for improvement and for consistency. As August intake is near, we need to install the write-up on our Admission Page soonest before Songkran holidays.

I thanks LC Acting Director, ML Thanisa and other staff of LC for the kind cooperation.

With regards,

Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
AIT President

Organizers: the United Nations Development Programme and the United States Agency for International Development Adapt Asia-Pacific Project in cooperation with the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Asian Institute of Technology, under the Climate Change Asia Initiative.

Dates: 21 August to 1 September 2017
Venue: United Nations Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand

Objective: The training programme aims to equip government officials and other stakeholders in the Asia and the Pacific region with economic tools necessary to identify, prioritize, design and implement climate-resilient projects and policies, formulate national adaptation plans and access climate finance for adaptation action.

    Introduction to key economic principles and review of impacts of climate change in Asia and the Pacific
    Assessment of economic impacts of climate change, cost-benefit analysis of investment projects and climate-proofing options
    Proposal development

Target audience: (1) Policy and technical staff from line ministries and national agencies who are involved in national adaptation planning process, development of project proposals on climate change adaptation and mainstreaming climate change adaptation issues into national strategies and plans; and (2) Experts in the field of economics or statistics from governmental, non-governmental and academic institutions who are involved in economic analysis of climate change adaptation actions and climate-resilient investments.    

The training programme is limited to 25 participants as follows:

Ten participants from target countries of the UNDP “Economics of Climate Change Adaptation” capacity building programme, namely Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam, will receive full scholarships covering travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses.

Five participants from Thailand and 10 participants from other countries of Asia and the Pacific can attend on a self-funded basis.  

Further details on the application process are available at www.rrcap.ait.asia/ecca

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2017.

AIT personnel are welcome to apply and requested to forward this information to other colleagues who may be interested.

For more information, please contact: ecca@rrcap.ait.asia

(iii)    UNESCO/People's Republic of China-The Great Wall Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme 2017-2018

The Government of the people's Republic of China is offering 75 fellowships for academic year 2017-2018 to students and staff members to pursue one-year advanced studies in Chinese universities (without degree). Interested students please submit an application form to thainatcom@yahoo.co.th  or kusuma_lek@yahoo.com  by 12 April 2017. Please note that the deadline was extended by UNESCO from 10 to 12 April 2017.  
For further information please visit http://www.unesco.org/new/en/fellowships/

(iv)    Gentle reminder on the use of proper swimsuit when using AIT pool

AIT Student Union reminds everyone on the use of the proper swim attire, due to the following reasons:

1    The use of proper swimwear lessens contamination from water borne illness and contaminants.
 Kindly be advised that the usual cotton wears can hold more detergents, germs and bacteria, and thus increases the chances of germs and contaminants to enter the pool, when you use cotton wear. By wearing the proper swimwear, you help the AIT pool stay clean and healthy for all.

2    The use of proper swimwear promotes health.
Kinldy be reminded that cotton absorbs a lot of water and pool chemical and thus when you use cotton wear in the pool, you are absorbing the much-needed pool disinfectant, and which increases the bacteria formation in the formation in the pool and making the pool less healthy to the users

3    The use of proper swimwear is for safety.
 Cotton can be heavy when used in the pool. It is not fit to the body and thus increases the chances of underwater entrapment.

By wearing the proper attire, as AITians, we keep our pool safe and healthy for all to enjoy.  

(v)    Vacant Shop for Lease
A vacant shop is available for lease in the Institute Arcade (Room C-133)
Interested parties are requested to submit their proposal to the OPIA (Purchasing) until  20 April 2017.

For further information you may contact:-
•      Purchasing Office (for bidding details):
        Email:  purchasing@ait.ac.th
        Tel:  02 524 5029

•      Auxiliary (for TOR & shop requirement):
        Email: bethc@ait.ac.th
        Tel: 02-524 6323, 02 524 5026

(vi)    Bicycle Shop for Lease
Bicycle shop beside SU Snack Bar is available for lease.
Interested parties to submit their proposal to the OPIA (Purchasing) until   12 April 2017.

For further information you may contact:-
•      Purchasing Office (for bidding details):
        Email:  purchasing@ait.ac.th
        Tel:  02 524 5029

•      Auxiliary (for TOR & shop requirement):
        Email: bethc@ait.ac.th
        Tel: 02-524 6323, 02 524 5026

(vii)    Reservation of the swimming pool for SU Sports Extended

With reference to earlier announcement, please be informed that SU could not conclude their sports event due to bad weather. Therefore the swimming pool has been reserved from 5 April 2017 to 12 April 2017 from 4.30-7.00 pm for organizing the AIT Sports Meet (Mini Olympic) event.

(viii)    New Locations of the Offices in the Administration Building

The Administration Building will be renovated from Jan – June 2017. Most offices in the building have started moving to AIT Conference Center and other buildings. Below is the list of the new location of Administration Offices:

President: Presidential Lounge, AITCC
VP Administration: Room B138
VP Academic Affairs: Room B136
VP Development: Room B130
Office of the President and Office of the Institute Secretary: Room B144B
Office of Academic Administration: Room B144A
Office of Human Resource Services: Room B109
Office of Internal Auditor: Room B113
Office of External Relation and Office of Host Country Relation: B115
Office of Special Degree Program: B115
Office of Advancement: Room 102 (ground floor), Outreach Building
Office of Finance: Room 225 (2nd Floor)
Office of GRU: Room 223 (2nd Floor)
Office of Purchasing and Inventory Procurement: Admin (No Change)
Office of Student and Affairs: Admin (No Change)



B. Events


(a)    Springer eBooks Workshop : how to enhance your research with Springer eBooks – 10 April 2017

AIT Library in cooperation with Springer Nature is going to organize a workshop on Springer eBooks on this coming Monday, 10 April 2017 at the Library's Training Room from 13.00-14.30 hrs.  

Springer eBooks package has been subscribed to by AIT Library in 2017.  From the Springer e-books trial in August and September 2015, usage report/statistics showed a huge download amounting to 143,409.  Thus, the Library thinks you cannot miss to join this workshop.              
Interested persons can register in advance by replying to Email: library@ait.asia
Seats are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

(b)    Seminar on “Robust Strategies for Urban and Regional Energy System Resilience” by Prof. Matthias Ruth, Northeastern University, Boston: 24 April 2017, 10:30am

Prof. Matthias Ruth, Professor at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston.

Title: Robust Strategies for Urban and Regional Energy System Resilience

Date  :  Monday, 24th April 2017

Time  :  10:30 AM-12 Noon

Venue :  ET238, Energy Building

For more information, please contact: Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal at email: shobhakar@ait.ac.th , shobhakar.dhakal@gmail.com

More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2017/events/seminar-on-robust-strategies-for-urban-and-regional-energy-system-resilience/#.WOSPNGelaUk

(c)    Sustainability Workshop: 16 May 2017

School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) is organizing the first Sustainability Workshop "MANAGEMENT OF AIT CAMPUS FOREST FOR ECOSYSTEM SERVICES" to give opportunity for students to present their papers and for non-AIT students to learn how AIT students did their research.

Date: 16 May 2017 from 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Venue: ROOM B202, AITCC

Those who have worked on similar topics on AIT campus are encouraged/invited to make the presentation. It is planned for 1/2 day but if there are more speakers, the organizer can make it one day. Interested persons please send the title of the talks by 1 May 2017 to:

Dr. Nophea Sasaki
Organizing Committee
Email: nrmcoordinator@ait.asia

To help the organizer arrange the classroom and coffees, kindly register here:

The organizer also would like to use this opportunity to promote AIT to Thai students for RTG scholarship. Please kindly spread this information to your colleagues.

(d)    ELLTA Conference: Perspectives on Leadership, Learning and Social Enterprise in Asia – 25 – 27 July 2017

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and ELLTA, as Co-hosts, welcome you to the fourth International, Academic Conference of ELLTA: ‘Perspectives on Leadership, Learning and Social Enterprise in Asia’ –� Sharpening Focus on Research Collaborations and Publications.
The conference invites original contributions on the following Key Themes:

    Leadership in/ and Context (Asia)
    Learning Organisation/ Organisational Learning in Context (Asia)
Enterprise-led Development, Social Business and Transformation: Perspectives from Asia
        Researching Context/ Context-based  Research
       Learning and Change: Asia in Focus
More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2017/events/elta-conference-perspectives-on-leadership-learning-and-social-enterprise-in-asia/#.WNh7SGelaUk


(a)    SAP Training for AIT Students, staff and faculty members

AIT Extension will conduct a five-day training course on "Business Process Integration using SAP ERP System" from 24 - 28 April 2017, 0830 - 1600 hrs. The venue will be at Room 204A, upper floor, AIT Extension Building.

The course will cover fundamental enterprise business processes interactionsimplemented with SAP ERP in the functional areas of sales and distribution (SD), materials management (MM), production planning (PP), financial accounting (FI) and controlling (CO), human capital management (HCM).

Interested persons please contact AIT Extension by email: extension@ait.ac.th  cc'ed to karim@ait.ac.th .


C. Campus Updates


(i)    Dorm H Renovation

Please be informed that the renovation of dorm H has started since 20 March 2017. The renovation of the dorm H is scheduled to be completed by end of May 2017

During this renovation period, there might be loud noise or disturbance on the pathway near dorm H. In this regard, the Office of Facilities and Asset Management (OFAM) requests your kind understanding.

(ii)    Temporary Relocation of Photo Vending Machine from Administration to Cafeteria

Please be informed that due to the renovation of the ground floor of the Administration Building, the photo vending machine has been moved temporarily to Cafeteria (entrance opposite Korea House).


D. Faculty and Staff Travel


Dr. Sarawut Ninsawat / Chiangmai and Chiangrai, Thailand / 27 – 29 March 2017*
Dr. Apichon Witayangkurn / Tokyo, Japan / 29 March – 7 April 2017*
Dr. Pham Huy Giao / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 10 – 13 December 2016*
Dr. Sarawut Ninsawat / Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand / 4 – 5 April 2017*
Mr. Supote Thammasithirong / Nakhon Pathom / 4 – 7 April 2017*
Dr. shobhakar Dhakal / Nepal / 5 – 17 April 2017
Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai / Tokyo, Japan / 7 – 12 April 2017
Prof. Nitin K. Tripathi / Lucknow, India / 8 – 18 April 2017
Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 10 – 12 April 2017
Mr. Sanjeev Pradeep Jayasinghe / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 10 – 13 April 2017
Dr. Huynh Trung Luong / HCMC, Vietnam / 10 – 17 April 2017
Prof. Nazrul Islam / Hanoi, Vietnam / 14 – 22 April 2017

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

E. Classifieds (Jobs)


Position: Administrative Staff (Office of Finance)
Ref. No. 09/17
Deadline: 14 April 2017

Position: Administrative Staff (Marketing Strategist & Partner Development Officer) (AIT Solutions)
Ref. No. 09/17
Deadline: 15 April 2017

Position: Administrative Staff (Business Development Officer) (AIT Solutions)
Ref. No. 10/17
Deadline: 15 April 2017

Position: Administrative Staff (Senior Finance Office) (AIT Solutions)
Ref. Nol. 12/17
Deadline: 15 April 2017

Position: Administrative Staff (Program Officer) (Office of External Relations)
Ref. No. 14/2017
Deadline: 30 April 2017

Position: Technical Staff (Structural Engineer) (AIT Solutions)
Ref. No. 11/17
Deadline: 30 April 2017

Position: Administrative Staff (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 05/17
Deadline: 30 April 2017

Position: Head, Strategy & Coordination Cluster (Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific)
Ref. No. 46/16
Deadline: 15 May 2017

Position: Assistant or Associate Professors Position (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. Fac. 1/17
Deadline: 30 June 2017