WEEK #26: 26 June – 2 July 2017



 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Campus Updates

D. Faculty and Staff Travel

E. Classifieds (Jobs)



 A. Announcements


(i)    Advice from Chair of AIT IT Committee

Email from President: 22 Jun. 2017

AIT strives to provide the best available services to AIT on IT infrastructure. I received some complaints about the signal quality of our wifi. For this issue, please note the advice from the Chair of AIT IT Committee below.
If any resident of AIT encounter any weak wifi signals in the campus, please note it down and pass to your SU President Office who can compile them. SU President as a member of the AIT IT Committee can then bring the list to the AIT IT Committee so a proper solution can be advised to the Administration.
We are all in the same family and it is good to work together to make our living conditions better within our available resources.

With regards,
Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai,
AIT President

(ii)    A survey on Internet issues

Due to the Internet issues recorded in the recent days, the Student Union would like to have a survey on this to have a better knowledge of the problem and the weak points/areas which are to be focused on. Please help SU by filling the form below:
Please do fill the form before 27 June 2017.

(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)    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

(v)    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)    Seminar on “Make in India” & “Startup India”

A seminar on “Make in India” and “Startup India” will be organized at the AIT Conference Center on 27 June 2017 from 17:00-18:30 hours. It is organized by the Embassy of India, Thailand, in association with AIT.

Venue: AITCC Auditorium
Date: Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Make in India is a major initiative, designed to facilitate investment, foster innovation, enhance skill development, protect intellectual property and build best-in- class manufacturing infrastructure. There has never been a better time to invest and Make in India. This initiative provides ample opportunities for investors to access the huge Indian market and also gives opportunities to get benefited by Startup India mission and indulge into entrepreneurship for a brighter future.

More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2017/events/seminar-make-in-india-and-startup-india/#.WVBoIFGlaUk

(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)    Removal of ceilings of walkway to renovate from 26– 29 June 2017

Please be informed that subcontractor will remove the ceilings of walkway to renovate in following areas from Monday, 26 – Thursday, 29 June 2017.

•    AITCC building to Admin building
•    Admin building to Extension building
•    Library building to SERD building

Date: Monday 26 – Thursday 29 June 2017
Time: 09:00 - 16:00 hrs.

(ii)    Dorm F Renovation

Please be informed that, Office of Facilities and Asset Management (OFAM)
Has started the renovation of dorm F and is scheduled to be complete by end of August 2017.

During this renovation period, there might be loud noise and also some disturbance on the pathway near to dorm F.

OFAM apologizes for any inconveniences that may cause and requests kind understanding from the AIT Community.

(iii)    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 .

(iv)    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


Ms. Worawan Sunroetrum / Supanburi and Chonburi, Thailand / 30 – 31 May 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. Naveed Anwar / Athens, Rhodes Island, Greece / 13 – 28 June 2017
Dr. Anil Kumar Anal / Kathmandu, Nepal / 14 – 26 June 2017
Ms. Narumon Wangnai / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 14 – 30 June 2017
Dr. Sangam Shrestha / Vietnam / 15 – 17 June 2017*
Dr. Duc Hoang Nguyen / Vietnam / 15 – 17 June 2017*
Dr. Surachet Pravinvongvuth / Beijing, China /16 June – 7 July 2017
Ms. Sirinapha Srinonil / Chonburi, Thailand/ 21 – 22 June 2017*
Ms. Chutraporn Kitrakool / Chonburi, Thailand / 21 – 22 June 2017*
Ms. Worawan Sumroetrum / Chonburi, Thailand / 21 – 23 June 2017*
Prof. Mukand Singh Babel / Athens, Greece / 21 – 27 June 2017
Ms. Phyu Sin / Chonburi and Rayong, Thailand / 22 – 24 June 2017
Mr. Chatuphol Pholwan / Chonburi and Rayong, Thailand / 22 – 24 June 2017
Dr. Lal Samarakoon / Nadi, Fiji / 24 – 30 June 2017
Dr. Victor R. Shinde / Virginia, USA / 24 – 28 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)


E. Classifieds (Jobs)


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

Faculty 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

Position: Head, Strategy & Coordination Cluster (Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific) (Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific)
Ref. 22/17
Deadline: 17 July 2017

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

Position: Head, Strategy & Coordination Cluster (Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific)
Ref. No. 22/17
Deadline: 31 July 2017

Position: Technical Staff (Laboratory Supervisor) (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 23/17
Deadline: 20 August 2017