WEEK #3: 16 – 22 January 2017


 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Visitors

D. Campus Updates

E. Faculty and Staff Travel

F. Classifieds (Jobs)


 A. Announcements



(i) AIT Library Soft Opening Program

Email from AIT President: 16 January 2017

Dear Students, Staff and Faculty

The renovation / modernization of AIT Library is completed pending final-touch decoration and minor corrections. The Library is scheduled for soft opening this week with the following program:

Tuesday 17 January 2017. (Limited to 25 SU Student Volunteers)   

1000-1300:  Merit Making Ceremony (only for staff members of the Library and Working Committee members)

1300-1500 hrs: Demonstration and Training on Library Facilities and Equipment for 25 Student Volunteers selected by the Student Union.

Friday 20 January 2017. (All students, staff and faculty are invited.)

1300 -1330 hrs: Ribbon cutting to mark the soft opening of the Modernized Library by the AIT Management Team, led by the President (no outside invitees).

1330 -1430 hrs.​ Demonstration of Library Facilities (1) the Video-teleconference Room, (2) the Online Studio, (3) Group Study Rooms, (4) Online Search, (5) E-books and E-Journals, (6) Self Check-Out and 24 hrs Book Drop.

1430 -1500 hrs.​ Refreshment at VIP Lounge.

1730 – 2000 hrs.​ Student Concert at the Knowledge Garden, organized by the Student Union (free admission, limited space, first come first serve into the Knowledge Garden, others may watch from the upper floor of the library).

Please try to keep the place in good order. No drinks and foods are allowed. Drinks and snacks are available at promotion price at the Intanin Coffee only.

All participants on the 20 January will receive a souvenir - " I'm @ Modern AIT Library - First Day Badge".

Enjoy your exciting new experience @ Modern AIT Library soon.

With regards,

Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai

AIT President

(ii)    SET welcomes Dr. Gyan Prakash - Visiting Associate Professor

School of Engineering and Technology welcomes Dr. Gyan Prakash who joined Industrial Systems Engineering Department as Visiting Associate Professor in January 2017 Semester. He is seconded by the Government of India.

Dr. Gyan Prakash is now teaching a course AT 72.09 Inventory & Logistics Management at AIT.

In India, Dr. Gyan Prakash is an Associate Professor at the ABV-Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management Gwalior, an Institute of National Importance, MHRD, Government of India. He pursued his doctoral studies in Industrial Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. His teaching interests are in Service Operations Management, Total Quality Management, Operations Strategy, Innovation & Technology Management, Enterprise Systems etc.

His research interests include Service Supply Chains, Quality of Service, Sustainable Industrial Systems, Food Supply Chains, Infrastructure and Healthcare Systems.
He can be contacted at:

Room No. ISE 206
Tel. Ext. 5684
Email: gyan@ait.asia , gyanprakasha@yahoo.com

(iii)    SOM welcomes Dr. Sabita Mahapatra  - Visiting Associate Professor

School of Management welcomes Dr. Sabita Mahapatra, a Visiting Associate Professor, who is seconded by the Government of India this January 2017 semester.


Dr. Sabita Mahapatra is Associate Professor in the area of Marketing at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Indore where she serves as a full time faculty member since 2006. During 1997-2006, she was a Senior Lecturer and Assistant Professor at Institute of Management Studies Rourkela.

She obtained her PhD (A study on Effectiveness of emotional versus rational appeals used in TV Ads on consumer of Eastern India) from Utkal University, Orissa; MBA (Marketing) from Sambalpur University, Orissa; and MA (Sociology) from Central University, Hyderabad.

She is a recipient of State and National Level Scholarship and Qualified UGC NET (Sociology) Scholarship (1994); Best Professor in Marketing Asia’s Best B-School Award (2011); and Best Faculty Award, IIM, Indore (2014). She is member of various institutional and professional bodies.

Her area of interest includes Consumer Insight, Sales Management, Neuro/Emotional Marketing, Social Marketing, Qualitative Research, Services/Health Marketing. She has presented several papers in National and International Conferences and credited with research publications in various referred journals.

Dr. Mahapatra will teach the courses SM60.52 Marketing Management. She can be contacted at Room 234, tel. ext. 6019, emails: sabita@ait.asia ; sabita@iimidr.ac.in .

(iv)    AIT Medical Center Services

The mission of the AIT Medical Center is to provide the best possible medical care to AIT students and employees.  The Clinic has three part-time physicians and eight nurses (two full-time nurses and six part-time nurses).  In addition to the general medical care given by the general practitioner, the clinic also provides consultations in ENT (ear, nose, throat) and Rehabilitation Physician (physical rehabilitation), as scheduled below.

Date and Time: Monday from 09:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Type of doctors: General Medicine
Name of Doctor: Dr. Bunsert Jatchavala

Date and Time: Tuesday from 09:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Type of Doctor: General Medicine
Name of Doctor: Dr. Bunsert Jatchavala

Date and Time: Wednesday from 09:00 a.m.  – 12:00 noon
Type of Doctor: General Medicine
Name: Dr. Bunsert Jatchavala

Date and Time: Thursday from 09:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Type of Doctor: General Medicine
Name of Doctor: Dr. Bunsert Jatchavala

Date and Time: Thursday from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Type of Doctor: ENT Specialist (Ear, Nose, Throat)
Name of Doctor: Dr. Amornwan Nilsuwan

Date and Time: Friday from 09:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Type of Doctor: General Medicine
Name of Doctor: Dr. Bunsert Jatchavala

Date and Time: Friday from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Type of Doctor: Physical Rehabilitation
Name of Doctor: Dr. Chuenchom Chueluecha

*Remark: Any changes to the above schedule are announced via email.

The AIT Medical Center can be reached at 02-524-5286 during office hours (from 7.30 to 16.30 hours), from Monday to Friday; and through 02-524-5555 for 24-hour medical emergency service.


Employees can avail a free standard blood chemistry test from the AIT Medical Clinic.

Blood tests for blood sugar, lipid profile, liver function, uric acid and renal function (BUN, Cr) as routine (standard) blood chemistry; hemoglobin (anemia) and urine examination (no pregnancy test) are available.  Other necessary tests can be referred to the Thammasat Hospital laboratory service.

Electrocardiogram is also available.

Medical appliance/apparatus:

Crutches, canes and wheelchairs can be borrowed from the AIT Medical Clinic.  A refundable deposit will be required.  The nurse on duty can be contacted for borrowing these appliance/apparatus.

Generali Insurance:

Those insured under the Generali Medical Insurance should present their Generali Card and meet a doctor for diagnosis of any illness and to charge their treatments to Generali.  If a doctor is not consulted, they will be required to pay in cash.

Medical Emergencies:

Emergency medical care is available at the AIT Medical Clinic at all times. In case of medical emergency, please call 5555, the Nurse will call the guard to take her to the patient’s location using the golf cart. If the patient needs to be taken to the hospital, the Nurse will call the ambulance through 1669.

The AIT Medical Clinic’s emergency care service is not a hospital emergency room.  Emergency illness conditions such as suspected heart attack, stroke or poisoning require immediate treatment at the nearest hospital emergency room.  If anyone is too ill to come to the Clinic or to go to a hospital without assistance, please call 5555 or 1669 directly for Emergency Medical Service (provided by the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand).

Night-Shift Nurse:

A night-shift nurse, who is on duty from 19:30 to 07:30 hours, is reserved for medical emergencies.  For safety and security reasons, the door of the Medical Clinic is locked from 22:00 to 07:30 hours.  In medical emergency cases or if any medical emergency assistance is required, the nurse on duty can be contacted at 02-524-5555.

(v)    Announcements from Office of the Human Resources Services (OHRS)

1. Contact Information in HRIS

It is imperative that OHRS has a correct record of everybody’s personal data in its system. Information such as name of contact person and telephone numbers are very important especially during emergencies. Please log in the web link, https://hris.ait.ac.th  to update contact information. Use AIT email account credential to log in then click “View Employee Profile” and complete the fields in the “Contact Information”.

2.  Medical Reimbursement

Please be reminded that in order to process medical reimbursement, one must submit the original medical receipt and medical certificate showing the diagnosis and date of consultation to the Office of the Human Resources Services within 60 days after the consultation. Reimbursement submitted later than 60 days will not be accepted.

3. AIT Plastic ID Card


For permanent employees and those on contracts of one or more years, a plastic AIT ID card can be availed from the Office of the Human Resources Services.

Please visit the Office of the Human Resources Services to have your photo and electronic signature taken.  The plastic AIT ID cards will be ready within three (3) working days.

Your plastic AIT ID cards can be used to borrow books from the AIT Library, as well as serve as a cash card in the AIT Cafeteria.

(vi)    Trials for Elsevier e-books, Springer e-books, Emerald Emerging Market Case Studies and Elsevier Knovel

AIT Library will have new online resources and e-books in 2017.  Elsevier e-books, Springer e-books and Emerald Emerging Market Case Studies will be activated in January 2017 whereas Elsevier Knovel will be officially started in April 2017.  During the month of December 2016 (and December 2016 through March 2017 for Knovel), the publishers of these e-books and online resources have set up trials for AIT.  

AIT Library invites all faculty, staff, and students to access the mentioned e-books and online resources from the Library webpage at  The Library webpage may be accessed from the AIT website. Alternatively, click the following URL links to access the e-books and online resources.

For Elsevier e-books:  www.sciencedirect.com

For Springer e-books:

To access the trial for Springer e-books copyright year 2005-2016, please click the link attached below:

The content is about 5,000 titles.  You can view, download and print.  Users can access Springer e-books from the above link or access through the Library webpage at and click "Springer New e-books" from the "Trial Databases".

For Emerald Emerging Market Case Studies:  http://www.emeraldinsight.com/topic/cs_all?sortBy=Ppub

For Elsevier Knovel:  http://app.knovel.com/web/

Users can view, download and print.  The content is about 3,000 titles for Elsevier e-books, 5,000 titles for Springer e-books and 400 cases for Emerald Emerging Market Case Studies.

(vii)    ERP offline

Please be informed that ERP will be offline every day, January 4-31, 2017
From 11:30 - 13:00 during offline period finance has to process the transaction
of Y2016 (Due to Year-end closing).

(viii)    NSTDA new Scholarship Program

This is to inform you that the Thai Government has approved budget of 20 million baht /year to NSTDA for a new Scholarship Program namely,  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: STEM), to accommodate 150 Thai students /year.  The requirement of the project is a tri-party comprising;  student  + researcher/faculty member from university (AIT ) + researcher from NSTDA.  The duration of the research project is from 6-12 months.

The areas of the support are in 2 categories; one to build on the existing strong-based industries; and the other is dedicated to new areas for future industries.

The participating university must already have supporting research funding and equipment. This program will provide only the student salary during the participating period, which is 10,000 Baht/month for master’s degree student, and 12,000 Baht/month for Ph.D student.  Please also note that NSTDA will not be responsible for connecting the university with the industries.

The qualification of the student for application to this program :
1.       Thai citizen
2.       Presently studying for master’s or Ph.D. degree
3.       Academic performance:
a.       GPA not less than 2.50 at Bachelor level, for student who is presently studying for master’s degree
b.      GPA not less than 3.00 at master’s degree, for student who is presently studying for master’s degree
4.       Have interest in undertaking research under the prescript themes (mentioned in the 3rd paragraph)
5.       Being a disciplined with good behavior records
6.       Must not be under other scholarship which provides salary support.

The application can be done from 1-30 January 2017. The approval of scholarship will be on 22 February 2017.Final announcement of scholarship recipients will be on 28 February 2017.

Interested persons please contact directly via email address stemworkforce@nstda.or.th, or call 02 564 7000 ext. 1462, 1461, 1460.    Please note that the application is limited to 150 students for this year, open to all Thai students, and on first-come, first-serve basis.

For your information.

Director, Office of External Relations (OEXR)

(ix)    Joint Japan World Bank Scholarship Program Opportunity for graduate studies

Joint Japan World Bank Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP) each year awards 15 scholarships to Japanese nationals for graduate studies in a development related field.   The scholarships are provided to university’s students from Japan who are currently either in their first year of a 2-year master program or in a PhD program related to development.    

More details of the scholarship program can see from:



B. Events



(a)    AIT Open House: 17 Feb. 2016

AIT Open House will be organized at AIT on 17 February 2016 at the Institute campus.

See more details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2017/events/aitopenhousefeb17.pdf


(a)    Career Planning Talk: 18 Jan. 2017

A "Career Planning Talk" will be delivered by Mr. Surendra Shrestha, AIT's Vice President for Development on 18 January 2017 from 16:00 pm to 17:30 hours at the Milton E. Bender Jr. Auditorium.

(b)    International Conference on Water Management and Climate Change: 25-27 Jan. 2017

AIT is co-organizing 'THA2017: International Conference on Water Management and Climate Change towards Asia's Water -Energy-Food Nexus' from 25-27 January 2017.

More details are available at: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2017/events/1st-announcement-tha2017-2016.09.11.pdf

(c)    Giant Prawn 2017: 20 – 24 Mar. 2-017

Giant Prawn 2017 - a conference on farming of prawns will be organized at AIT from 20-24 March 2016 at the AIT Conference Center.

More details about the conference are available at this link: http://www.giantprawn.org/about.htm


(a)    AIT-Tiger Leong International Innovation and Leadership Camp: 16 – 27 Jan. 2017

A two-week Innovation Camp will be held at AIT from 16-27 January 2017 for select bright undergraduate students from top universities around Asia.

See more details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2016/events/ait-tiger-leong-international-innovation-and-leadership-camp/#.WFnytH33aUl

The Language Center is pleased to announce the opening of Thai Courses for Beginners.

(b)     Thai Course for Beginners

The Language Center will organize Thai Courses for Beginners:

Survival Thai Course for Beginners

The 7-week survival Thai course is an introduction to Thai languages which will cover basic words, phrases, daily and simple expressions and basic grammatical structures to communicate with Thais.

30 January – 20 March 2017

Monday and Wednesday from 17:00 – 18:30


Reading and Writing Thai for Beginners

31 January – 16 March 2017

Tuesday and Thursday from 17:00 – 18:30

Course Fee: 2,000 baht

Class Size: 15 persons

Interested persons can register at the Language Center, Room 216



C. Visitors


•    Delegation from Institute of Advance Sciences (IAS), Yokohama National University (YNU), Japan, led by Prof. Toshiyuki Miyake, staff member of UNIDO and Visiting Professor, IAS, YNU and Prof. Atsumi Miyake, Vice Director of IAS, YNU / 16 Jan. 2017 / to meet with Vice President and to explore collaboration in the areas of energy, disaster management and air/water pollution issues

•    Mr. Muhammad Mahmood, Secretary of Agriculture, Government of the Punjab / 23 Jan. 2017 / to sign Service Agreement for the PIPIP International HEIS Program (PIHP)with AIT



D. Campus Updates


(i)    Testing of the Library Access Gate, Self Check Machine and Book Drop

Currently, the Library is testing the Library Access Gate, Self Check Machine and Book Drop.  

1) The Library Access Gate is installed after the main entrance of the Library.  All Library users are requested to bring their ID Card (i.e. Student ID Card, Employee ID Card) every time when they want to enter the Library.  To access the Library via the Gate, just hold the back of your ID Card which contains bar code to the bar code reader fitted in the Access Gate and wait for five seconds, the Gate will open.

2) Self Check Machine is installed inside the Library near the Circulation Counter.  The Library users can check out the library materials by themselves from this Self Check machine.  However, before being able to use this machine, a PIN (Personal Identification Number) must be created.  This PIN number is required to self check out and to renew online.  

3) Book Drop is installed on the side of the Library facing INTANIN Coffee Garden.  The Library users can return the borrowed materials 24 hours.  The video on the screen of the Book Drop will show how to return the materials. Receipt for the received materials will be printed out for reference.

The Library would like to apologize if anyone finds that these new machine and equipment do not work properly during the testing period.  Please contact the staff on duty at the Circulation Counter when assistance is needed.

(ii)     Swimming pool is temporarily closed for repair

Please be informed that AIT swimming pool is temporarily closed for repair and maintenance until further notice.


E. Faculty and Staff Travel


Prof. Nitin Kumar Tripathi / India / 22 – 26 December 2016*
Ms. Colleen Curran / Manila, Philippines / 22 December – 15 January 2017*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 5 – 8 January 2017*
Prof. Pennung Warnitchai / Santiago, Chile / 6 – 16 January 2017
Dr. Punchet Thammarak / Santiago, Chile / 6 – 16 January 2017
Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 8 January – 23 February 2017
Miss Aye Sandar Phyo and Miss Soe Soe Htway / Madalay, Myanmar / 8 – 29 January 2016
Dr. Lal Samarakoon / Tokyo, Japan / 9 – 18 January 2017
Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon / Pitsanulok, Thailand / 13 January 2017
Mr. Surendra Shrestha / Yangon, Myanmar / 13 -  14 January 2017
Dr. Nophea Sasaki / Cambodia / 13 – 20 January 2017
Dr. Nalin K. B.S.A. Mudiyanselage / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 13 – 23 January 2017
Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal / Germany / 14 – 20 January 2017
Nisarat Tansakul / Chiang Rai, Thailand / 17 – 20 January 2017
Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut / Chiang Rai, Thailand / 17 – 21 January 2017
Prof. Sivanappan Kumar / India / 19 – 22 January 2017
Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe / Kobe, Japan / 19 – 23 January 2017
Ms. Isha Basyal / Bengaluru, India / 22 – 26 January 2017

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



F. Classifieds (Jobs)


Position: Classroom Teacher (AIT International School)
Ref. No. 53/16
Deadline: 16 January 2017

Music Teacher (AIT International School)
Ref. No. 54/16
Deadline: 16 January 2017

Position: Program Officer (Office of External Relations (OEXR))
Ref. No. 59/16
Deadline: 20 January 2017

Position: Assistant Program Officer (Office of External Relations (OEXR))
Ref. No. 60/16
Deadline: 20 January 2017

Position: Administrative Officer (Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific)
Ref. No. 61/16
Deadline: 20 January 2017

Position: Software Marketing Officer (Asian Center for Engineering Computations and Software)
Ref. No. 63/16
Deadline: 20 January 2017

Position: Assistant Technician (AIT Solutions )
Ref. No. 62/16
Deadline: 20 January 2017

Posititon: Laboratory Technician (GTE) (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. 52/16
Deadline: 31 January 2017