WEEK #23: 5 – 11 June 2017



 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Campus Updates

D. Faculty and Staff Travel

E. Classifieds (Jobs)



A. Announcements


(i)    URGENT : Contract Renewal Issue

Email from President: 1 June 2017

Dear Colleagues

The performance evaluation of faculty and staff whose contract ends on December 31, 2017 needs to start. This step is necessary as we were reminded by our Compliance Officer to comply with our P&P on the contract renewal. The related P&P stipulates that all our employees must be informed 6 months in advance before the end of their contract whether their contracts will be renewed.

Thus I request the OHRS, as soon as possible, to provide a list of AIT employees whose contacts end on this December 31 to Deans and RC Directors to evaluate and recommend the result to me by 20 June 2017.  If we do not receive a recommendation on renewal for any employee by this date, the OHRS will notify the employee that his or her contract will not be renewed.

For Faculty, the VPAA will communicate with the Deans how the evaluation process should be done.
Sorry for the urgency of this exercise as it was brought to my attention only recently. For next year, we will try to come up with a better process, or to revise the P&P if it is deemed impractical.

By local Thai Laws, the employers only need one month to give notice of employment termination. The AIT's 6-month advance notice also applies to employees who want to resign from AIT, but this was not strictly observed.
Note that the evaluation results will also be used to determine the merit increment at the year end.

With kind regards,
Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai,

(ii)    Acting Dean SET during 5 - 14 June 2017

Please be informed that Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul, Dean SET continues on his annual leave from 5 - 14 June 2017, Dr. Pisut Koomsap and Dr. Matthew N. Dailey have kindly agreed to serve as the Acting Dean as follows.

5, 8-9 June 2017:  Dr. Pisut Komsap, Department Head, Industrial Systems Engineering (ISE)
6-7, 12-14 June 2017:  Dr. Matthew N. Dailey, Department Head, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

(iii)    AIT Newsletter: June 2017

The June 2017 edition of the monthly AIT Newsletter is now online.

The PDF and EPUB versions of the newsletter are attached with this email. Android and IOS users can download the EPUB on their mobile devices. E-Book readers (Kindle, Nook etc) can download the MOBI editions.

Download links
PDF: https://goo.gl/7K3KMJ
EPUB: https://goo.gl/XOXery
MOBI: https://goo.gl/OHHry3

(iv)    Call for proposals: Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) 2017-2018 - Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand

The Embassy of Canada in Thailand and Canada’s Diplomatic Offices in Cambodia and Laos are pleased to launch their annual call for proposals for the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).

Program description:
The CFLI is a targeted small-grants program, directly managed by the Embassy of Canada in Thailand, designed to fund visible, high impact, results-oriented projects. In general, CFLI projects are locally designed and implemented, making the program highly responsive to local needs and interests.

Thematic Priorities:

Eligible CFLI projects in Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand must address one or more of the thematic priorities outlined below, based on their proposed country of implementation.

Cambodia: The CFLI thematic priorities for Cambodia in 2017-2018 are:

1. Empowering women and girls and promoting gender equality
2. Championing human rights, inclusive and accountable governance, democracy, peaceful pluralism, and respect for diversity
3. Promoting peace and security

Laos: The CFLI thematic priorities for Laos in 2017-2018 are:
1. Promoting human development, specifically in the areas of health, nutrition, and education
2. Championing human rights, inclusive and accountable governance, democracy, peaceful pluralism, and respect for diversity
3. Promoting action on the environment, including water and climate change

Thailand: The CFLI thematic priorities for Thailand in 2017-2018 are:
1. Empowering women and girls and promoting gender equality
2. Championing human rights, inclusive and accountable governance, democracy, peaceful pluralism, and respect for diversity
3. Promoting action on the environment, including water and climate change

Available Funding:

The average CFLI contribution is C$15,000 to C$30,000 Canadian Dollars (C$50,000 is the maximum allocation amount for a project). Consult the currency converter for local currency equivalents. Please note that all contributions are made in Canadian dollars.

Term of Projects:
All projects must be completed between the date of signature of the Contribution Agreement and 28 February 2018. It is expected that Contribution Agreements for selected projects will be signed in August 2017.

Process to Submit a Proposal:

• Deadline for submission is Friday, 9 June 2017 at 17.00 hrs. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

• Please fill out the CFLI application form and budget template. The required forms can be downloaded here: https://drive.google.com/open
• Proposals should be submitted electronically to the following e-mail: canadafund.bkk@gmail.com
• Only those proposals using the designated application form and including the required budget document will be considered.
• Proposals must be completed in English or French.
• As required in the project narrative of the application form, each proposal must explicitly answer all questions and summarize all project activities. The proposed project budget must reflect the costs associated with each project activity.
• Applications will be assessed for approval on their merits by a Selection Committee.
• Due to the large number of applicants, only the successful candidates will be contacted.
For questions about the submission process, please contact: Canada Fund for Local Initiatives Coordinator (CFLI Coordinator) E-mail: canadafund.bkk@gmail.com

(v)    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
Deadline of nomination: 23 June 2017

(vi)    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

(vii)    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


(i)    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)    Call for Application | AIT-Tiger Leong Innovation and Leadership Camp II: 24 Jul. – 4 Aug. 2017

The second AIT-Tiger Leong Innovation and Leadership Camp is now open for application.

AIT-Tiger Leong Innovation and Leadership Camp II

24 July - 04 August 2017, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Thailand

Who can apply:

- Young and talented third year undergraduate students with study area in:

       Architecture and Engineering
       Computer Information Technology
       Social Sciences

- A minimum of 3.5 GPA or equivalent
- Possess a valid passport and a visa to visit Thailand
- Fluent in English

More details: http://innov-camp.solutions.ait.asia/

(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)    Electricity supply shut off to Habitech building and Fish farm on Monday 5th June 2017

Please be informed that Office of Facilities and Asset Management (OFAM) will repair electric wire that has short circuited behind ST3. That will require to the shut off of the main electricity supply to few buildings on Monday, 5 June 2017.

Date: Monday, 5 June 2017
Time: 13:30 - 14:30
Area affected: Habitech Building and Fish farm

(ii)    AC unit cleaning service for SERD Building

Please be informed that maintenance technicians will enter SERD Building for AC unit cleaning as a part of Office of Facilities and Asset Management (OFAM)’s preventive maintenance routine throughout the month of June.
The secretaries of the unit are requested to kindly support OFAM technicians to open the rooms.

It is advisable for the tenants/Users of the room to store their valuables away in a safe place to prevent them from being misplaced or damaged during the process of maintenance.

For further information on the schedule, please contact call center office at 5800 or email to callcenter@ait.asia  & cc to bhimesh@ait.asia .

(iii)    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


Prof. Rajendra P. Shrestha / Jakarta, Indonesia / 2 – 5 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
Dr. Thammarat Koottatep / Florianopolis, Brazil / 27 May – 5 June 2017
Mr. Fazle Karim / Denpasar Bali, Indonesia / 27 – 30 May 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
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Myanmar / 2 – 8 June 2017
Dr. Sundar Venkatesh / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 4 – 5 June 2017
Ms. Kluaymai Thongkham / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 4 – 5 June 2017
Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe / Tak, Thailand / 4 – 6 June 2017
Dr. Oleg Shipin / Puerto Princesa, Philippines / 4 – 15 June 2017
Dr. Sanyogita Andriyas / India / 4 – 17 June 2017
Prof. C. Visvanathan / Graz, Austria / 7 – 14 June 2017
Dr. Ram C. Bhujel / Odisha, India / 10 – 16 June 2017
Mr. Bayasgalan Sanduijav / Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia / 10 – 18 June 2017
Prof. Pennung Warnitchai / Reykjavik, Iceland / 11 – 16 June 2017
Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe / Trongheim, Norway / 11 – 19 June 2017

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


E. Classifieds (Jobs)


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

Position: Assistant or Associate Professors Positions (School of Management)
Ref. No. Fac. 2/17
Deadline: 30 June 2017

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