WEEK #22, 1- 7 June 2015



In this Issue:

Special Event: Regional Forum on Climate Change (RFCC)


Campus Updates

Management Team News



Faculty and Staff Travel

Classifieds (Jobs)


Special Event

“Regional Forum on Climate Change (RFCC) - Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Societies: Bridging Science, Practice, and Policy”

The Regional Forum on Climate Change (RFCC) will be organized jointly by the Asian Institute of Technology; French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development; ASEAN Secretariat, and the European Union (EU) from 1-3 July 2015 at the AIT Conference Center. The theme of the Conference is “Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Societies: Bridging Science, Practice and Policy.”

José Ramos-Horta, former President of Timor-Leste, United Nations Special Envoy and the 1996 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, will highlight the first day’s proceedings with a keynote speech.

READ MORE: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2015/events/201cregional-forum-on-climate-change-rfcc-low-carbon-and-climate-resilient-societies-bridging-science-practice-and-policy201d/#.VWgQzE_-IdU   




AIT Newsletter: June 2015

The June 2015 edition of the monthly AIT Newsletter of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is out and can downloaded from these links:

PDF: http://goo.gl/jzsAoC

EPUB: http://goo.gl/8wo9OQ

MOBI: http://goo.gl/7Pp1mI


Newly Appointed Thailand Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is AIT Alumnus

On behalf of AIT Community, I would like to congratulate Dr. Kasemsun Chinnavaso who was appointed by the Royal Thai Government Cabinet on 26 May 2015 to serve as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MINRE).

Dr. Kasemsun graduated from the Division of Human Settlement and Development (HSD) in 1986, and proceeded to obtain his doctoral degree in Labor Economics from University of Norte Dame in the United States.

Before this prestigious appointment, Dr Kasemsun served as Director Generals of most departments in MINRE and the Secretary-General of Office of National Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning.

My big congratulations to Dr Kasemsun for carrying the AIT flag in serving our host country.

Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, AIT President


Recent Donations to AIT’s Library Modernization Campaign

• 8 May 2015: Professor Gajendra Singh, former AIT's Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Former Chairman of Agricultural and Food Engineering (AFE) – US$ 12,500 (THB 418,332)

• 21 May 2015: Professor Kasuo Yamamoto, Vice President for Resource Development (VPRD) – THB 500,000

READ MORE: https://www.facebook.com/worsak.ait/posts/387924024725905   

• 25 May 2015: Previous and current Board of Directors of AIT Alumni Association (Philippine Chapter) – THB 30,000

READ MORE: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153323805614709.1073742113.102952369708&type=1   

• 26 May 2015: AIT Hall of Fame, Mr Yen Yi Tseng – THB 1 Million

READ MORE: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=387937238057917&set=a.332824543569187.1073741826.100005249319513&type=1  


Campus Updates


Announcement of the closing of SCB AIT branch

Please be informed that The Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) will soon close its branch office at AIT with the last operating date set for June 12, 2015.  SCB will still continue to provide one ATM machine at the same location, but there will no longer be cash deposit and passbook update machines.

AIT new SCB bank accounts

With the closure of the SCB branch at AIT, the account number and branch details of the accounts opened at the SCB branch at AIT will also change.

The Institute will maintain its operating accounts with SCB, but at its new branch located next to Thammasat University Hospital.  

The official new SCB branch have the following details:

Bank:               Siam Commercial Bank Pcl, Ltd

Branch:            Thammasat University Hospital

Address:          95 Moo 8, Khlongnueng, Khlongluang, Pathumthani 12120


Swift code:       SICOTHBK

Phone:             662-516-3470-1

Fax:                 662-516-3472

Personal SCB account – Faculty/staff

AIT has already received from SCB the mapping of old/current accounts with the new account numbers for all faculty/staff/students.

The Payroll Unit of Finance will update the new account numbers in its database after the May 2015 salary has been paid.  Copies of the new bank account number from faculty/staff are not required.

For those who want to move their salary accounts from SCB to Kasikorn Bank, this can be done only after the June 2015 salary is paid.  Please provide Payroll/Finance a copy of the new Kasikorn Bank account before the 15th of each month.

Please also be informed that SCB pay salary on the same day AIT submit the payroll data; while Kasikorn Bank will pay the following day.

Student SCB account

For students who has bursary account with SCB, it will be the same procedure as faculty/staff personal SCB account described above.

For new students, AIT selected Kasikorn Bank for safety reasons. Kasikorn Bank will open a temporary booth on AIT campus once or twice a year to facilitate the opening of new bank accounts for AIT students and other members of the AIT community.



SU launches bike rental service for AIT community

The AIT Student Union (January-2015) has launched bicycle rental service for the AIT community, especially those who need bicycles for temporary usage. With the financial support from AIT Alumni Association (AITAA) and AIT Chinese Alumni, 11 new bicycles are available for renting out.

The bicycle renter should comply with following terms and conditions:

1)  The AIT Community can rent the bike by showing original (student, faculty, staff) ID and leave one ID copy at SU office.

2) Special Trainee can use their training program agenda and passport copy.

3) Rental rate is as follow:

a.       10 baht per day and 50 baht per week for student + 200 baht refundable deposit.

b.      20 bath per day and 100 baht per week for non-student (faculty, staff, special trainee) + 500 baht refundable deposit.

4) User is completely responsible for any damages, accidents and lost.

5) If user is absent to compensate for damage and lost, SU will ask to respective office (SIS, HRS and so on) to charge actual cost of remedy.

6) User can hold the bike maximum one week and can increase the renting period if there is no waiting list.


Campus picnic spot area behind Dorm-X

The SU Campus and Environment Team is pleased to announce that AIT community can relax at picnic spot  located  behind Dorm- X with the following facilities: tables and branches, light, water tap, BBQ stands (halal and non-halal), garbage bins.

This will be a good place for organizing parties and gatherings. Interested persons please reserve picnic spot area by emailing to Campus & Environment Committee (sucamenvi.ait@gmail.com) one day in advance.

There are also BBQ stands (halal and non-halal) available for rent from SU office with the deposit fee of 300 baht. When the party is over, please clean BBQ stands properly and bring them back to the SU office and refund your deposit money.

Last but not least, please use the area properly and keep it clean. This is your campus. Enjoy and feel the nature with your friends at the new AIT picnic spot!


AIT Medical Clinic’s new contact phone numbers

Please be informed that the AIT Medical Clinic’s mobile phone number 089-0754243 is no longer available.  

Those who would like to contact the AIT Medical Center please call Tel. No.       02-524-5286 during office hours, Monday - Friday from 7.30 to 16.30 hrs. and  Tel. No.  02-524-5555 for 24-hours medical emergency service.




Management Team News

The Confirmed Notes of the 30 April 2015 and 21 May 2015 meetings of the AIT Management are now Intranet-published at: http://www.ait.ac.th/management/aitmt-notes





Funding and Fellowship Opportunities for Researchers in Thailand

EURAXESS Links ASEAN Presents:

“Advancing your Research Career in Europe: Funding and Fellowship Opportunities for Researchers in Thailand”

25-26 June, 2015

Chatrium Riverside Hotel, Bangkok

A EURAXESS Share event featuring information on researcher mobility programs by leading European research and funding agencies.

What is this event?

This is your chance to meet representatives of leading European research and funding agencies. Find out about researcher mobility programs and funding opportunities available to you.

Who should attend?

Doctoral candidates, post-doctoral researchers and established researchers of all disciplines and all nationalities. Representatives of university research offices or International Relations Offices are very welcome.   

Free of Charge!

Interested persons please register as soon as you can as seating is limited. To register please go to: https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/euraxess-share-bangkok-2015-advancing-your-research-career-in-europe-funding-and-fellowship-tickets-16937922783  

For more information, please e-mail: simon.grimley@euraxess.net  


Asian Utility Week

Asian Utility Week will be held during June 9 - 10, 2015 at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre, Thailand.

During this year’s Asian Utility Week (Bangkok, 9-10 June), visitors can join 3 free-to-attend sessions on the expo floor: Innovation Zone, Technical Q&A and Field Operations.  (Session details: http://www.clarion-cms.com/uploads/Pages/site127_19116_en_file1.pdf  )

SERD Faculty Dr Singh Jai Govind, Assistant Professor, Energy, will be one of the speakers together with several experts from China, Japan, Thailand, US, and other countries.

For more information regarding Asian Utility Week 2015, please visit the conference website at: http://www.asian-utility-week.com  To attend the 3 FREE sessions on the expo floor, register your FREE exhibition visitor pass now!




• TEAM Group of Companies, led by Dr. Prasert Patramai, Chairman of the Board / 3 Jun 2015 / to attend Technical Exchange Seminar 2015 at AIT.

• Delegation from Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) / 4 Jun 2015 / To learn more about AIT’s activities in the field of agricultural and food production and sustainable development research, to expand their links with regional research players and establish relations with researchers in similar fields.



Faculty and Staff Travel


Prof. Nitin K. Tripathi / Delhi, India / 13 – 26 Apr. 2015*

Prof. Sivanappan Kumar / Copenhagen, Denmark / 10 – 13 May 2015*

Dr. Jonathan Shaw / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / 12 – 14 May 2015*

Dr. Theo Ebbers / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 18 – 22 May 2015*

Dr. Prabhat Kumar / Ubon Ratchathani and Surin Provinces, Thailand / 19 – 21 May 2015*

Mr. Mitesh Vishwas Sawant / Ubon Ratchathani and Surin Provinces, Thailand / 19 – 21 May 2015*

Dr. B. H. W. Hadikusumo / Myanmar / 23 – 26 May 2015*

Dr. Kyoko Kusakabe / Luang Namtha, Laos PDR / 24 May – 2 June 2015

Dr. Thammarat Koottatep / Amsterdam and Delft, The Netherlands / 25 May – 1 June 2015

Dr. Atitaya Panuvatvanich / Amsterdam and Delft, The Netherlands / 25 May – 1 June 2015

Dr. K. R. Salin / Digha, West Bengal, Kakinada, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, Kochi and Kolkata, India  / 25 May – 15 June 2015

Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam / Myanmar / 29 May – 2 June 2015

Dr. Firman Hadi Darodji / Denpasar and Semarang, Indonesia / 30 May – 17 June 2015

Mr. Nawarathnage L. Deshapriya / Denpasar & Semarang, Indonesia / 30 May – 17 June 2015

Ms. Adelaida Roman / Manila, Philippines / 30 May – 21 June 2015

Dr.  Abha Mishra / Siem Reap, Cambodia / 1 – 3 June 2015

Dr. Prabhat Kumar / Siem Reap, Cambodia / 1 – 3 June 2015

Ms. Sukanya Nhooma / Siem Reap, Cambodia / 1 – 3 June 2015

Mr. Mitesh Vishwas Sawant / Siem Reap, Cambodia / 1 – 4 June 2015

Ms. Shreya Pradhan / Siem Reap, Cambodia / 1 – 4 June 2015

Prof. Nazrul Islam / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 1 – 5 June 2015

Dr. Kunnawee Kanitpong and Mr. Santosh Baral / Tokyo, Japan / 1 – 8 June 2015

Prof. Sivanappan Kumar / Shanghai, China / 2 – 5 June 2015

Prof. Ajit Annachatre / Manila, Philippines / 2 – 5 June 2015

Dr. P. Abdul Islam / Paro, Bhutan / 2 – 6 June 2015

Mr. Syed Muntasir Hussain Bokhari / Jakarta, Indonesia / 2 – 15 June 2015

Dr. Kyoko Kusakabe / Chiang Mai Province, Thailand / 4 – 6 June 2015

Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 7 – 10 June 2015

Dr. Anil Kumar Anal / Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / 7 – 13 June 2015

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


Classifieds (Jobs)


Senior Project Engineer (AIT Consulting)

Ref. No: 25/15

Deadline: 30 June 2015



Assistant or Associate Professor in Natural Resources Management (School of Environment, Resources & Development)

Ref. No: Fac 4/15

Deadline: 31 July 2015



Faculty Position in the Environmental Engineering and Management (School of Environment, Resources & Development)

Ref. No: Fac 11/14

Deadline: 31 July 2015



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

Ref. No: Fac 7/15

Deadline: 31 July 2015



Assistant or Associate Professors Positions (School of Management)

Ref. No: Fac 5/15

Deadline: 31 August 2015