WEEK #22: 29 May – 4 June 2017



 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Campus Updates

D. Faculty and Staff Travel

E. Classifieds (Jobs)



 A. Announcements


(i)    MoA Signing with INDEX International Group Co., Ltd.

On 30 May 2017, there will be a signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between AIT and INDEX International Group Co., Ltd. by Dr. Chainarong Na Lamphun, Secretary-General, Friends of AIT Foundation, and Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, AIT President.

According to the MoA, INDEX International Group Co., Ltd. will provide three (3) fully bonded scholarships for Thai nationals to study a two-year Master’s degree program in the field of Structural Engineering and Transportation Engineering, School of Engineering & Technology (SET), and any specialization of MBA, School of Management (SOM) which will commence in August 2017 intake.

After the signing ceremony, Dr. Chainarong Na Lamphun, Secretary-General, Friends of AIT Foundation will hand over the contribution of Baht 1,102,093 from Prof. Za-Chieh Moh to the Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory. This will be presented to Prof. Pennung Warnitchai, Head, Department of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, SET.

(ii)    Acting Dean SET during 29 May- 14 June 2017

Please be informed that Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul, Dean SET continues on his annual leave from 29 May - 14 June 2017, Prof. Pennung Warnitchai and Dr. Matthew N. Dailey have kindly agreed to serve as the Acting Dean as follows.

29 May - 4 June 2017:  Prof. Pennung Warnitchai, Department Head, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering (CIE)
5 - 11 June 2017:  To be announced
12 - 14 June 2017:  Dr. Matthew N. Dailey, Department Head, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

(iii)    ASEAN-US Women's Science Prize Launched

The third annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women was launched on 3 May 2017 by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a global safety science company.

This is a great opportunity for support and recognition for women scientists in Thailand. For further information, please see the links below.
Press release: https://asean.usmission.gov/launch-asean-u-s-science-prize-women/ - shortened link: https://go.usa.gov/x5V9r
Application website: https://asean.usmission.gov/2017-asean-u-s-science-prize-women/  - shortened link: https://go.usa.gov/x5V9G

(iv)    Schwarzman Scholars Now Accepting Applications for Third Batch of Future Leaders

New York & Beijing, April 17, 2017 – Schwarzman Scholars has opened their global application for the third cohort of young leaders. The highly selective, fully-funded scholarship program is designed to ensure that the next generation of business, political, and civil society leaders can effectively serve as bridges between China and the rest of the world.

Anchored in an 11-month professional Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University, the Schwarzman Scholars experience encompasses unparalleled opportunities inside and outside the classroom, including extensive leadership training, a network of senior mentors, practical training/internships, and travel seminars around China.

Scholars will learn about the emergence of China as an economic and political force from world‐class faculty from leading institutions and guest speakers at the state‐of‐the‐art Schwarzman College. The dynamic core curriculum offers the choice of concentrations in public policy, international studies, or business and economics.

The scholarship aims to build a professionally diverse cohort each year and welcomes undergraduates, graduates, and young professionals up to age 28 of any citizenship who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree. A Schwarzman Scholar should demonstrate extraordinary leadership potential, the ability to anticipate paradigm changes, strong intellectual capacity, and exemplary character. Eligible applicants from any field are invited to apply.

The application can be found on the Schwarzman Scholars website, www.schwarzmanscholars.org  and will be open until 11:59PM on September 28, 2017.

Learn more at www.schwarzmanscholars.org , like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SchwarzmanScholars , and follow us on Twitter at @SchwarzmanOrg .

See more details: https://www.facebook.com/AITasia/posts/10155198729249709


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

(vi)    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)    Blood Donation: 8 June 2017

The Thai Red Cross Society has been working with volunteer students and staff to collect units of blood from the AIT community. The bloodmobile visits AIT every three months, four times a year, hoping to collect enough units to supply the constant demand for blood.

We again would like to ask for your help. The next visit for blood donation is scheduled on Thursday, 8 June 2017, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the parking lot in front of the AIT Conference Center.


(a)    AIT to co-organize a special session at the XVI World Water Congress, Mexico: 31 May 2017

AIT in association DAAD EXCEED centres CNRD at Technische Hochschule Köln, Germany and SWINDON at Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany will be organizing a special session on "Water security and climate change: Challenges and opportunities in Asia" at the XVI World Water Congress in Cancun, Mexico on 31 May 2017.

The objective of this session is present the outcomes of the Water Security and Climate Change (WSCC) conference that was held at AIT in November 2016. The session will also strive to engage, and forge partnerships with, researchers and practitioners from all over the world to work on emerging research needs in water management to support the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement.

(b)    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

(c)    International Expert Forum: Mainstreaming Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction in Education: 1 – 2 Dec. 2017

An International Expert Forum on "Mainstreaming Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction in Education" will be organized at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on 1-2 December 2017.

Call for ABSTRACTS Open: 23 May 2017
Abstract Submission Close: 15 July 2017
Registration Open: 15 August 2017
Full Paper Submission: 30 September 2017
More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2017/events/international-expert-forum-mainstreaming-resilience-and-disaster-risk-reduction-in-education/#.WSPuJtylaUl



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. Naveed Anwar / Kathmandu, Nepal / 20 – 23 December 2016*
Mr. MD Zia Islam / Dhaka and Sylhet, Bangladesh / 1 – 9 May 2017*
Mr. Syed Muntasir Husain Bokhari / Denpasar Bali, Indonesia / 8 – 30 May 2017
Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 5 May – 5 June 2017
Dr. Joyee S. Chaterjee / Los Angeles & San Diego & New York, U.S.A. / 12 May – 1 June 2017
Dr. Md. Bilal Sadiq / Montpellier, France and Pisa, Italy / 13 May – 5 June 2017
Miss Manisha singh / Liege, Belgium and Pisa, Italy / 13 May – 5 June 2017
Prof. Nazrul Islam / HCMC, Vietnam / 15 – 23 May 2017*
Prof. Lawrence Stephen Abeln / Yangon, Myanmar / 19 – 22 May 2017*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 20 May – 1 June 2017
Prof. Mukand Singh Babel / Copenhagen, Denmark / 21 – 25 May 2017*
Dr. Sangam Shrestha / Beijing, China / 21 – 25 May 2017*
Ms. Thaniya Jirasathitpornpong / Hanoi, Vietnam / 21 – 30 May 2017
Mr. Supote Thammasithirong / Nakhon Pathom, Thailand / 24 – 26 May 2017*
Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Padre Burgos, Philippines / 24 – 27 May 2017*
Prof. C. Visvanathan / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 24 – 31 May 2017
Prof. Lawrence Stephen Abeln / Cagayan de Oro, Philippines and Jakarta, Indonesia / 24 May – 4 June 2017
Amalia S. Canullas / Manila and Cagayan de Oro, Philippines / 25 – 31 May 2017
Dr. Thammarat Koottatep / Florianopolis, Brazil / 27 May – 5 June 2017
Dr. Victor R. Shinde / Cancun, Mexico / 28 May – 3 June 2017
Prof. Mukand Singh Babel / Cancun, Mexico / 28 May – 5 June 2017
Ms. Aakanchya Budhthoki / Cancun, Mexico / 28 May – 5 June 2017
Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh / San Francisco, California, USA / 1 June – 7 August 2017
Mr. Nawarathnage L. Deshapriya / Nuku’alofa, Tonga and Nadi, Fiji / 1 June – 8 July 2017
Ms. Chatchata Prasongsuk / Chonburi, Thailand / 3 – 4 June 2017
Dr. Oleg Shipin / Puerto Princesa, Philippines / 4 – 15 June 2017
Dr. Sanyogita Andriyas / India / 4 – 17 June 2017

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


E. Classifieds (Jobs)


Position: Technical Staff (Innovation Lab Technician) (AIT Solutions)
Ref. No. 18/17
Deadline: 31 May 2017

Position: Administrative Staff (Program Officer) (AIT Extension)
Ref. No. 17/17
Deadline: 31 May 2017

Position: Administrative Staff (Accommodation Assistant) (Office of Facilities and Assets Management)
Ref. No. 19/17
Deadline: 31 May 2017

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

Ref. No. Fac. 03/2017
Deadline: 26 July 2017