WEEK #25: 19 – 25 June 2017


 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Campus Updates

D. Visitors

E. Faculty and Staff Travel

F. 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)    Dr. Bunsert Jatchavala (General Medicine) is on leave on Monday, 19 June 2017

Please note that Dr. Bunsert Jatchavala (General Medicine) is on leave today on Monday, 19 June 2017.  For those who have appointments with him, please re-schedule accordingly. Other services are be available as usual.

(iii)    Student & Research Challenges: G-STIC 2017 Conference

Student & Research Challenges:
G-STIC 2017 Conference
23-25 October 2017
Brussels, Belgium

OPPORTUNITIES FOR AIT STUDENTS and JUNIOR RESEARCHERS technological solutions that hold great potential for achieving the Sustainable Development

As a participant, you will not just be invited to pitch your ideas related to any of the Nine technology themes addressed by the G-STIC 2017 conference. You will also be given the opportunity to join the peer review process, and elect the winning pitch within your theme. All winners of the Student & Research Challenges will be invited to participate for free in the G-STIC 2017All winners of the Student & Research Challenges will be invited to participate for free in the G-STIC 2017


The G-STIC 2017 Student Challenge is open to all undergraduate and (post) graduate students, PhD students and junior researchers whose research work is involved with any of these technology themes, are welcome to join the G-STIC 2017


After registering online, you will be invited to submit a pitch within any of these themes: Agriculture/Food, Circular Economy, CO2 as a resource, Energy,
ICT as enabling technology, Sustainable technology and development, Technology for climate change mitigation & adaptation, Urbanization, and Water

Whichever challenge you join, your participation doesn’t stop here as you will be invited to help elect the winning pitch within your theme. You will receive a request to evaluate up to 5 pitches on our online platform, providing you with a unique opportunity to interact with other participants.


You’ve got a smart, original idea on technology that holds potential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

You want to engage with other students or researchers on technology for SDGs?

You want to ultimately get the opportunity to meet with science, technology & innovation experts at G-STIC 2017 in Brussels?



If you’re joining the Student Challenge, you will be asked to frame your pitch by presenting a 1-page overview of existing SDG-relevant technologies within the theme you’ve selected.

Your short video pitch should then discuss which new technological solution should be developed, and why and how this will make a difference in achieving the SDGs. If you participate in the Research Challenge, you will be invited to provide a 1-page overview of state-of-the-art technologies related to the theme you are contributing to. As part of that overview, you should also identify the technology that – if applied worldwide – has the greatest potential to contribute to achieving the SDGs. Your short video pitch should then illustrate how your personal research goes beyond one or more technologies listed in your overview, and how it impacts achievement of the SDGs.




Submit your Pitch:  BEFORE 30 JUNE 2017

Participate in Online Preview

30 August 2017


Dr. Anil Kumar Anal: anilkumar@ait.asia

Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal: shobhakar@ait.asia

Further Contact:
Roderveldlaan 5, 2600 Antwerpen-Berchem, BELGIUM | +32 3 286 74 58 | info@gstic.org

(iv)    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

(v)    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

(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)    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

(b)    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)    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 .

(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. Visitors


•    Delegation from Cabinet Office, Japan, led by Prof. Teruo Kishi, Science and Technology Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Program Director of Structural Materials for Innovation / 19 Jun. 2017 / to have a Courtesy Call on AIT President and to explore for possible collaboration.





E. Faculty and Staff Travel


Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon / Loei, Thailand / 19 – 22 March 2017*
Miss Chutraporn Kittrakool / Loei, Thailand / 19 – 22 March 2017*
Dr. Ram C. Bhujel / Cambodia / 20 – 21 May 2017*
Mr. Osamu Mizuno / Hameda, Japan / 28 May – 4 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 / Vietnam / 5 – 11 June 2017*
Mr. Muhammad Amir Izhar / Yangon, Myanmar / 6 – 7 June 2017*
Jirapas Sangsue / Chanthaburi, Thailand / 7 – 10 June 2017*
Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe / Trongheim, Norway / 11 – 19 June 2017
Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 11 – 23 June 2017
Ms. Kanthima Intachai / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 14 – 18 June 2017*
Dr. Anil Kumar Anal / Kathmandu, Nepal / 14 – 26 June 2017
Ms. Narumon Wangnai / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 14 – 30 June 2017
Prof. Barbara Igel / Hanoi, Vietnam / 16 – 24 June 2017
Mr. Sanjeev Pradeep Jayasinghe / Columbo, Sri Lanka / 17 – 24 June 2017
Prof. Pennung Warnitchai / Yangon, Myanmar / 18 – 20 June 2017
Prof. Mukand Singh Babel / Nakhon Phanom and Sakon Nakhon, Thailand / 18 – 19 June 2017
Dr. Victor R. Shinde / Nakhon Phanom, Thailand / 18 – 20 June 2017
Mrs. Siriporn Hanmeng / Nakhon Phanom, Thailand / 18 – 21 June 2017
Mr. Thaung Htut Aung / Yangon, Myanmar / 18 – 22 June 2017
Ms. Anyamanee Onsomkrit / Nakhon Phanom, Thailand / 19 – 21 June 2017
Ms. A. Thedini Asail Peiris / Nakhon Phanom, Thailand / 19 – 21 June 2017
Dr. Peeyush Soni / Allahabad, India / 19 – 22 June 2017
Dr. Clemens Grunbuhel / Budapest, Hungary / 19 –23 June 2017
Mr. Fazle Karim / Denpasar Bali, Indonesia / 20 – 23 June 2017
Dr. Matthew Dailey / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 21 – 24 June 2017
Prof. Mukand Singh Babel / Athens, Greece / 21 – 27 June 2017
Dr. Lal Samarakoon / Nadi, Fiji / 24 – 30 June 2017
Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Suva, Fiji / 24 June – 2 July 2017
Ms. Colleen Curran / Nadi, Fiji / 24 June – 3 July 2017
Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai / Kunming, China / 25 – 28 June 2017
Dr. Ram C. Bhujel / South Africa / 25 June – 2 July 2017
*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)



F. 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

Position: Research Staff (Research Assistant) (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 20/17
Deadline: 30 June 2017

Position: Administrative Staff (Planning & Outreach) (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 21/17
Deadline: 3 July 2017

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