WEEK# 16, 5 – 21 April 2019

 In this issue:

 A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Visitors

D. Campus Updates

E. Faculty and Staff Travel

F. Classifieds (Jobs)



(i)Transforming AIT

This year is the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).  In order to celebrate our past sixty years of illustrious history of contribution to capacity building research and academics, a number of actions and events are taking place all through the year. This celebration will involve students and staff and faculty and alums presenting the best of AIT in their own way, and these year-long events are designed not only to remember our legacy but to forecast the changes taking place at AIT as it enters the next 60 years. This is why the slogan for our 60th Anniversary is TRANSFORMING AIT.  And a logo, designed by our internal graphic designer, gives an “action-oriented” dynamic feeling to symbolize the anniversary.  This logo will be on our AIT literature and significant programs during 2019.

AIT’s 60th anniversary has already been launched with the publication of two brochures:  An AIT Public Relations Brochure and an AIT 60th Anniversary Donation Brochure.  Both sport the fresh new look of AIT, with the second describing the needs of AIT in terms of fundraising for the work of transforming AIT.

The first significant happening of the 60th Anniversary is the April 1 arrival of the new Vice President of Academic Affairs Professor Deepak Sharma and the new Vice President of Knowledge Transfer Dr. Naveed Anwar.  On May 1, the new Vice President of Administration Mr. Russell Rein reports to duty.  On July 1, the new Dean of School of Engineering and Technology Professor Dieter Trau arrives, and on August 1, the new Dean of School of Management Dr. Roger Levermore arrives.  They will form the core of the new leadership team which, along with President Eden Woon, will work with our faculty, students and staff on transforming AIT to become more global, more innovative, more relevant, and more entrepreneurial, while continuing our focus on our social impact core strengths.

As far as events during the anniversary year, the first significant event will be on May 17 with our 131st Graduation Ceremony.  Professor Tony Chan, President of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will deliver the AIT 60th Anniversary Graduation speech.  The next event, on June 28, will be one which draws heavily on our social impact legacy, a large scale Social Business Day hosted by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and organized by the Yunus Center AIT and AIT Extension.  In August 14-19, AIT will organize “100 Innovations & Entrepreneurs” to bring together innovations and entrepreneurs from all sectors including the industry, academics, development agencies and NGOs to a large event in Bangkok, and during which time we will announce the official establishment of the AIT Entrepreneurship Center.  Later this year, there will tentatively be the second Thanat Khoman Lecture, to commemorate a key founder of AIT 60 years ago.

In October come three days of celebration of the 60th Anniversary, with the main ceremony presided over on the morning of October 24 by HRH Princess Sirindhorn, herself a graduate of a remote sensing certificate course at AIT.  On that afternoon, there will be 10-15 presidents from prestigious universities around the globe to speak at a special Presidents Forum attended by many distinguished guests, on the main theme of “Social Impact with Innovation”—the goal and mission of AIT—from their own university’s standpoint.  During those celebratory days, many alumni will come back to AIT from all over the world to celebrate together, at a Gala Banquet on October 23 and at an Open House Day on October 25, where former President Professor Worsak will speak on his recollection of the history of AIT.  There will also be exhibits by our 25 AIT Alumni Chapters worldwide of their members’ achievements.  Finally, in December, there will be a joint Japan-AIT Space Technology Symposium to celebrate the 50 years of strong support by Japan for AIT.  In between these above highlighted events, there will be other events organized throughout the year with the 60th Anniversary imprimatur.  A 60th Anniversary website is also being created to house information on all these activities.

While these events are happening, the hard work of transforming AIT has already begun, with more and more universities in Asia and elsewhere signing up as partners, giving more chances for AIT students and faculty to exchange and collaborate across the seas.  More industries have agreed to cooperate with AIT, offering students internship and employment opportunities, and giving faculty more research projects.  The revamping of our curriculum and our research emphasis will gradually take place, as well as refurbishing our facilities.  Fundraising is going on in a concerted effort to seek the resources needed to transform AIT. AIT is extremely grateful that HRH Princess Sirindhorn has very kindly agreed to be the Honorary Patron of our 60th Anniversary Fundraising campaign.

60th Anniversary is a significant milestone, and we hope you will join us at AIT’s 60th Anniversary activities.  AIT is excited about its next 60 years, while being deeply appreciative to those who were such an important part of AIT in the past 60 years.


(ii)New Bridging Program price for potential candidates

Email from Language Center (11 Apr. 2019)

The Language Center is pleased to announce that the new price of the Bridging Program is now 25,000 Thai Baht for the same 8-week course duration (June-July). The proposed new price is to ensure that AIT continues to provide educational opportunities for students who possess academic standing that meets the AIT requirements but lack necessary prior exposure to English. 

The Bridging program is an immersion program aiming to help incoming students to transition into the international and English-medium education at AIT. The program provides 3 main areas of training through talk-based and task-based approaches: academic English, research skills and intercultural communication skills. 

The Bridging Program targets: 

-applicants who possess good academic standing but can only obtain the English Entry score of 4.5, who will then be able to improve to at least 5.0 by the end of July which will ensure their eligibility for the August entry, and

-applicants who obtain the English score of 5.0 or 5.5 who, though already eligible for entry, can improve their score by at least 0.5 point before the August semester and thus have a higher chance to fulfill the English requirements and start their thesis process on time. 

Important Notes:

• The minimum entry score to the Bridging Program for Master’s applicants is 4.5.

• The minimum entry score to the Bridging Program for Doctoral applicants is 5.0.

The program runs June 3 – July 26, 2019

Time: 9:00 to 16:00 Monday to Friday 

Students must commit themselves to the 6-hour-a-day / 5-day-a-week schedule of the program to ensure successful completion of the program.

Application deadline for the program: May 23, 2019

To apply: email your applicant’s information (Full name, field applied, email address) to us at languages@ait.ac.th 

For more information, you can call LC at 6623 or call Thanisa at 5887


(iii)12 April 2019 is a regular working day and 6 May 2019 is a holiday


Email from OHRS (3 Apr. 2019)

 This is to kindly inform the AIT Community that 12 April 2019 is a regular working day for AIT. Songkran holidays will start from 13 – 16 April 2019.

 Furthermore, the Royal Thai Government also declared May 6, 2019, as a special national holiday due to the coronation of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.

 AIT will observe May 6, 2019, as a special holiday as a show of respect to our host country.

 Wishing everyone a wonderful New Year and a safe and fun-filled Songkran celebration.


(iv)Reservation of China Center

Email from Student Union (12 Apr. 2019)

 Please be informed that China Center is reserved by the Vietnamese Community as the following schedule:

 Time & Date: 

 5pm to 12 am midnight , 4 May 2019


Vietnamese Student Farewell Party 

 Thank you very much for your kind cooperation.



B. Events



(a)U.REKA Deep Tech Funding Presentation: 17 April 2019

 BIIC@AIT will organize the presentation on "U.REKA Deep Tech Funding" by the delegates (listed below) from U.REKA, on 17 April 2019, from 9:00 - 10:00 hrs, at ET-108, Energy Building (Ground Floor).

1. Khun Bow Yada - Main Coordinator, Publicity

2. Saranporn Sornpisan - Accelerator Program Manager

“U.REKA” is the first university-industry collaboration to foster Thailand’s innovation ecosystem and nurture strong deep tech startups to commercialization. They seek faculty members and researchers with deep technology research knowledge, who would like to innovate and commercialize their technologies and ideas for greater impact. Since U.REKA Batch 2 applications are active now, it would be a great opportunity for the interested minds to obtain in-depth information relating to the program. 

 Please visit the program website here for more information and to download the application form https://www.u-reka.co/


(b)UN-ESCAP Info Session on "How to successfully submit job applications in UNInspira": 23 Apr. 2019

Greetings from AIT Career Center! We are delighted to announce a very interesting and informative Info Session by UN-ESCAP about  "How to successfully submit job applications in UNInspira". Please check the details below and pre-register to save your seats:

 Program Details: 

 Date: Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Time: 2 pm to 3 pm

Venue: MEB Auditorium


Mr Laszlo Dosa, Human Resources Assistant/Recruiter

Ms Hong Anh Phan, Team Assistant 

To pre-register, please follow the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSceWeNXn4Y00k0kZmMoB68km4swE8VC...


(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

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) Orientation for New Students: 2 Aug. 2019

Fri Aug 2nd 9:00am - 5:00pm

Orientation Day for new students will be organized at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on 2 August 2019 at the AIT Conference Center.

More details at this link: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/orientation-new-students-2-august-2019/ 


(e)"100 Innovations and Entrepreneurs": 14 – 17 Aug. 2019 

"100 Innovations and Entrepreneurs" is the name of a grand event being organized by AIT that seeks to celebrate the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of AIT. Featuring 100 innovations and entrepreneurs, the event will be organized from 14-17 August at Centara Grand, Bangkok.

More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/ev…/100-innovations-and-entrepreneurs/ 



 C. Visitors / MoU

•Delegation from Kathmandu University (KU), Nepal, led by Prof. Dr. Ram Kantha Makaju Shrestha, Vice Chancellor / 19 Apr. 2019 / to discuss and initiate the activities between AIT and KU in the areas of Water Resource Management, Hydro Power Engineering, Bio based Energy and Environmental Management


D. Campus Updates

 (i)Installation of new LED street light in the residential area from 1 April

Email from OFAM (26 Mar. 2019)

Please be informed that the contractor will start the installation of new LED street light project in the residential area from 1 April and is scheduled to complete by 6 May 2019. The street light installation work is planned for, route-1 and route-2 as shown in the maps below and following is the schedule plan for the project. 

During this time there might be loud noise and few areas might be closed due to the renovation work. So, people living around that area are requested to be careful when passing through those areas. We request your kind cooperation on this.

Preparatory work and wiring

Installation wires for route 2: 18 – 30 April 2019

Installation main wires and control panel for route 1: 18 – 20 April 2019

Installation main wires and control panel for route 2: 28 – 30 April 2019

Installation street light poles

Installation poles for route 1: 18 – 25 April 2019

Installation poles for route 2: 25 – 30 April and 2 – 5 May 2019

Inspection system: 4 – 6 May 2019


   E. Faculty and Staff Travel 


Dr. Naveed Anwar / Hong Kong / 17 – 19 March 2019*
Prof. Joyashree Roy / UK and Mongolia / 31 March – 18 April 2019
Ms. Phyu sin / Chacherngsao and Chonburi, Thailand / 5 – 6 April 2019*
Ms. Slanee Meeto / Chonburi, Thailand / 5 – 6 April 2019*
Prof. Mukand Singh Babel / Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam / 9 – 10 April 2019
Prof. Weerakorn Ongsakul / Finland / 12 – 15 April 2019
Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon / Saitama, Japan / 13 – 22 April 2019
Dr. Pradeep Kumar Dash / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 14 – 20 April 2019
Dr. Chutiporn Anutariya / Oslo, Trondheim (Norway) / 15 – 22 April 2019
Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut / Paris, France / 20 April – 5 May 2019
Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Nong Khai, Thailand and Vientiane, Lao PDR / 21 April – 4 May 2019
Dr. Anchara Taweesan / Sakon Nakhon and Mae Hong Son, Thailand / 21 April – 12 May 2019
*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)

  F. Classifieds (Jobs)

 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. 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



Position: Research Staff (Research Assistant/Associate) (School of Environment, Resources & Development)

Ref. No. 14/19

Deadline: 30 April 2019



Position: IP & Licensing Counsel Officer (AIT Solutions)

Ref. No. 16/19

Deadline: 30 April 2019



Position: Business Development Officer

Ref. No. 17/19

Deadline: 30 April 2019



Position: Program Officer for Professional Masters in Tall Buildings Program of AIT Solutions (PMTBP) (AIT Solutions)

Ref. No. 18/19

Deadline: 30 April 2019



Position: Senior Software Developer (AIT Solutions)

Ref. No. 19/19

Deadline: 30 April 2019



Position: Software Developer (JavaScript) (AIT Solutions)

Ref. No. 20/19

Deadline: 30 April 2019



Position: Structural/Project Engineer (AIT Solutions)

Ref. No. 21/19

Deadline: 30 April 2019