WEEK# 19, 6 – 12 May 2019

 In this issue:

A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Faculty and Staff Travel

D. Classifieds (Jobs)





(i) Administrative Appointments

Email from President (30 April 2019)

Dear AIT family members,

I am pleased to announce to the AIT community the following administrative appointments effective 1 May 2019.

Vice President for Administration

Mr. Russell Bruce Rein is now on-board as the new Vice President for Administration. He will be overseeing a number of internal functions which serve the Institute such as Finance, HR, Facilities, Procurement, AIT International School, among others.

His contact details are as follows:
Office: Room 206, Administration Building
Email: russell@ait.ac.th
Direct phone: 6005
Secretary: 5004

Office of the Human Resources Services

Mrs. Maybel B. Diopenes is the new Director of the Office of Human Resources Services.

Language Center

M.L. Thanisa Choombala is the new Director of the Language Center.

Office of Media & Communication Affairs

Ms. Natrada Kochakong was appointed as the new Senior Public Relations Officer. Her primary role is to be responsible for the public relations and promotion strategy and activities which are designed to raise the profile and image of AIT.
Let us all give them our support and utmost cooperation.


Dr. Eden Woon

(ii) AIT Newsletter: May 2019

Email from OMCO (1 May 2019)

Dear AIT Community,

Labour Day and May Day Greetings.

The May 2019 edition of the monthly AIT Newsletter shares the story of AIT alumna from Sri Lanka who is a key person associated with the development of Sri Lanka's first satellite. We also share the story of AIT's 60th anniversary celebrations, our continuing international engagements, and much more.

Download Links:
PDF: https://bit.ly/2GGu6nq
EPUB: https://bit.ly/2ZQqEjd
MOBI: https://bit.ly/2LcY9Zy

(iii) AITIS Pre-registration for August 2019 Semester

Email from AITIS Principal/ Director (29 Apr. 2019)

Dear Prospective AITIS Parents

On behalf of AIT International School I welcome you and wish to inform you of the following:

Pre- Registration for Elementary and Pre-Kindergarten sections will begin from 2 - 24 May 2019.

If you wish to register your child for the 2019-2020 school year, please contact Khun Jeeny at AITIS office phone : 02-524-5984 or 096-228-9358.

Please pick up the application form and return it to school by 24 May 2019.

We will have the readiness test on 30 and 31 of May at 8.30am.

AIT International School Office hours:
- 8:00am to 11:30am
- 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Admission for grade 2 and grade 5 are closed.
Please inform your family and friends about this.

(iv) 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
(v) New trial database: Packt eBooks

Email from AIT Library (2 May 2019)

Please be informed that IG Publishing has offered a trial for Packt eBook Databases. The trial period starts from now until the end of May 2019.

For your information

Packt has published over 6,000 books from 2015 to 2019.

Subject coverage
Arts & Recreation, Computer Science, Information & General Works, History & Geography, Philosophy and Psychology, Religion, Science, Social Sciences, and Technology.

Special Highlight
Mobile development, Enterprise Systems, Analytics & BI, AI & Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Web Development, Game Development, Cloud Networking & SysAdmin, Cybersecurity, App Development, Programming Languages, Software Architecture & Design, DevOps & Automation, Hardware & IoT.

Available titles: 4,920 titles
Search: Please visit iG Library Platform at http://portal.igpublish.com/iglibrary/search/main?0

Online and Off-line Reading

The new platform does not permit users to download the .pdf files.

The system has provided online and offline content reading tools. The iViewer is the online reader, which provides the content via web browsers. It supports all major browser applications and offers various kinds of reading assistance tools.

For off-line reading, users may download the application IG Reader APP or use the most popular offline reading application Adobe Digital Edition to download and transfer files to e-Reader devices.

Note: To check out eBook for off-line reading, you will need to create your account. You can borrow the book for offline reading up to 14 days (borrow date: 2019/5/1, expire date: 2019/5/15).
Printing: You are allowed to print a maximum of 40 pages.

Trial period: From 1 May 2019 to 31 May 2019

Off-Campus Access to e-Resources

The users will be required to access the database through VPN. For information on how to set up VPN, please follow the link below.

The Library hopes that this trial database will be useful for your study and research. If you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact the Library at library@ait.ac.th.

(vi) Reminder: Securing your computer

Email from AIT Helpdesk (30 Apr. 2019)

Dear users

To ensure the security of your computer system and the whole AIT network, it is necessary that you regularly update your operating system and other software as well as install/update your antivirus software and signature. However, in order to be able to regularly update your software, you must use genuine software (licensed, free to use, open source) only. Pirated software will not get updated.

Please use the following guidelines:

1. Windows Operating System
Use only genuine and supported Windows Operating System. Outdated/unsupported windows system (e.g. Windows XP) is no longer updated and thus it is highly vulnerable and should not be used. Genuine Windows Operating system is available from Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching for every AITian as well as from Campus Volume Licensing (for faculty, staff, labs only). Also activate Windows automatic update.

2. Install and activate Antivirus software. Windows Defender (bundled with Windows 8.1 and up) or Microsoft Security Essentials (for Windows 7, which can be freely downloaded) should be enough to provide you with virus protection. Those software will be updated during Windows Update process. Please refer to https://helpdesk.ait.ac.th/faq/ (Q: Has Windows operating system a built-in antivirus software?) for more details.
If you use other antivirus software, please make sure that your license is still active.

3. Update other software you use as soon as it becomes available. As long as the software is genuine (licensed, free to use such as Adobe Reader, as well as open source), you can always get it updated

4. Uninstall highly vulnerable software such as Adobe Flash from your computer


If you need more information, please contact Helpdesk.


B. Events


(a) AIT’s 131st Graduation: 17 May 2019

 The 131st Graduation of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) will be held on 17 May 2019 at the Robert B Banks Auditorium.

 Detailed program: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/131st-graduation-17-may-2019/


(b) 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/


(c) "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/






(a) Special Lecture on Plastic Waste Reduction to Prevent Marine Litter: 8 May 2019

 RRC.AP will organize RRC.AP Environmental Awareness Series on Plastic Waste Reduction to Prevent Marine Litter on:

 Date : 08 May 2019 (Wednesday)

Time: 13:15-15:00 hrs.

Venue:  Milton E. Bender Jr. Auditorium

The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) is organizing an awareness raising workshop on plastic waste reduction to prevent marine litter. The workshop promises an interactive, practical, solution-oriented session on “communities participation in reducing marine plastic litter”  as part of its 30th anniversary celebration.

To register, please follow this link . For inquiries, please contact: Mrs. Kristine Mendoza Perez at Kristine.Perez@rrcap.ait.ac.th or call +66 (0)2 524 6246 / + 66 (0)2 516 2124.






E. Faculty and Staff Travel

Dr. Anchara Taweesan / Sakon Nakhon and Mae Hong Son, Thailand / 21 April – 12 May 2019
Dr. Kavinda G. Hettiarachchige / Dushanbe, Tajikistan / 26 April – 11 May 2019
Mr. Don Rajitha Malshan Athukorala / Dushanbe, Tajikistan / 26 April – 11 May 2019
Prof. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Myanmar / 26 – 28 April 2019*
Ms. Narumon Wangnai / Phrae, Thailand / 27 – 29 April 2019*
Mr. Thaung Htut Aung / Philppines / 28 – 30 April 2019*
Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam / Myanmar / 29 – 30 April 2019*
Prof. Thammarat Koottatep / Glasgow, Scotland / 30 April – 9 May 2019
Dr. Ram C. Bhujel / Chitwan, Nepal / 30 April – 11 May 2019
Dr. Eden Woon / UK, France, Lithuania, Estonia and Romania / 1 – 15 May 2019
Mr. Shawn P. Kelly / UK, France, Lithuania, Estonia, Romania / 1 – 14 May 2019
Dr. Avishek Datta / Samut Songkhram, Thailand / 3 May 2019*
Mr. Tharakorn Chanlapa / Jakarta, Indonesia / 3 – 8 May 2019
Prof. S. Kumar / Delhi, India / 5 – 8 May 2019
Dr. Abdul Salam / Delhi, India / 5 – 8 May 2019
Mr. Ashok Dahal / Uttarakhandi, India / 5 – 17 May 2019
Dr. Pradeep Kumar Dash / New Delhi and Bhubaneswar, India / 6 – 15 May 2019
Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 7 – 9 May 2019
Mr. Panha Hok / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 7 – 9 May 2019
Mr. Sanjeev Jayasinghe / Kathmandu, Nepal / 10 – 12 May 2019
Sirikate Owasit / Kathmandu, Nepal / 10 – 12 May 2019
Dr. Indrajit Pal / Beijing China / 10 – 13 May 2019
Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe / Trondheim, Norway / 12 – 18 May 2019


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



  F. Classifieds (Jobs)

Position: Cash Card counter staff / General Support Staff (Office of Facilities and Assets Management)
Ref. No. 26/19
Deadline: 10 May 2019


Position: Facilities Officer (CSG) (Office of Facilities and Asset Management )
Ref. No. 27/19
Deadline: 12 May 2019


Position: Assistant IT Officer (Technical Staff) (AIT Extension)
Ref. No. 25/19
Deadline: 15 May 2019


Position: Director (AIT Center in Vietnam (AITCV))
Ref. No. 24/19
Deadline: 15 June 2019