WEEK #30: 24 – 30 July 2017


 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Visitors

D. Campus Updates

E. Faculty and Staff Travel

F. Classifieds (Jobs)


A. Announcements


Email from AIT President: 19 July 2017

Dear Respected Members of AIT Stakeholders

The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), as a non-profit international organization hosted in Thailand, has had a policy to be fully transparent to its stakeholders. Traditionally AIT published its Annual Reports in print format to be delivered to its partners. The Annual Report normally includes a full account of activities, academic and financial output as well as the official External Audit Report.

The digital format of the Annual Reports are available on line since 1980, except for these 4 Years 2000-2003, during which the Administration then did not publish Annual Reports for unknown reason.

During the great crisis of AIT in 2012-3, when I assumed the AIT President, it was even more critical to be completely transparent, especially on the governance and the financial issues. Trust, honesty, integrity, transparency and accountability were the building blocks in regaining AIT's good image and reputation. As trust is the foundation of our public reputation, I decided to make our Annual Report transparent not only to stakeholders, but also to the general public.

The evolution of the Annual Reports since 2013 has been an attempt to make the Annual Report a complete "annual snapshot" of all things that happened at AIT during the year. It will permanently serve as a reliably factual archive of our AIT today for our future generation.

The Annual Report of 2016 that was freshly completed this week is a report per my wish to see AIT being one of the most accountable organizations on earth - per the grand plan to transform AIT from a "regional institute" to a "global institute".  

The Annual Report 2016 is now online for the public:

Previous annual reports are here:

With kind regards,

Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
AIT President

(ii)    MoA Signing with Bangchak Corporation Public Co. Ltd.

AIT and Bangchak Corporation Public Co., Ltd., will sign a Memorandum of Agreement on ‘‘BCP Initiative and Innovation Centre at AIT’. The MoA will be signed by AIT President Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai and Mr. Chaiwat Kovavisarach, BCP President and Chief Executive Officer on 25 July 2017, Tuesday, at 9:00-10:30 hrs. in Executive Lounge, M Tower Fl. 22, Bangkok.

(iii)    Seismic strengthening of Banpong Community School building in Chiangrai

On 27 July 2017, Banpong Community School building which has been strengthened for earthquake resistant will be officially opened at the school’s premise in Amphoe Mae Saruay, Chiangrai. It is part of the “Seismic Strengthening of School Buildings in Thailand” Project that is headed by Prof. Pennung Warnitchai, Head of Civil & Infrastructure Engineering Department, School of Engineering and Technology, in association with Assoc. Prof. Li Bing, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Assoc. Prof. Sutat Leelataviwat, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand; Assoc. Prof. Chayanon Hansapinyo, Chiangmai University, Thailand with Support by the Temasek Foundation, Singapore.  

Building survey and preliminary assessments of a number of schools located in Chaingmai and Chiangrai were carried out by engineers together with the school principals. Based on several factors such as building condition, current function and usage, building age, and school expansion plan, 4 schools were finally chosen as the demonstration sites. These 4 schools include; 1) Banpong Community School, Mae Suay, Chaingrai, 2) Hauy Ma Hin Fon School, Mae Chan, Chiangrai, 3) Ban To Muang Rang School, Chaingmai, and 4) Ban Don Pin School, Chiangmai.

(iv)     Condolences - Father of Dr. Loc Thai  Nguyen

It is with great sadness to announce that Father of Dr. Loc Thai  Nguyen, a faculty member in SERD/ FEBT, Field of Study, passed  away  on July 17,2017 at his home town, Can Tho, Vietnam.

The Institute wishes to express our condolences  and sympathies to his family during this time of bereavement.

(v)    Warning of suspicious emails

Please be aware that several suspicious emails are currently being circulated to many users.
One of such emails is a phishing attempt which claims that users’ mailbox are disabled and they are asked to click the link provided in that email to restore their mailboxes. Although the URL looks like an AIT site, but once it is clicked the users will be redirected to a strange website where they will be asked to login and provide their passwords. This is an attempt to break into users’ mail system which may negatively affect the whole AIT system as well. Please ignore and delete such email.

Sample of such email is as below:
Due to a system error codes: 37732873U73, your mailbox will soon be disabled.

For more information about how to cancel disabling code, please click on the following link;


If you do not follow these instructions, your mailbox will soon be lost.
The other suspicious email is asking a quotation from you but it has a dangerous attachment. If the attachment is clicked (opened), most probably a virus may infect your computer and can spread itself to other computers. Please do not click/open the attachment and immediately delete the email.
Sample of such email is as below:
Dear Sir,
Please kindly quote your best price for the supply of the attached order.
Your earliest reply will be much appreciated.

Please contact Helpdesk at tel. ext. 6082 or email: helpdesk@ait.asia if you have need more clarification or assistance.

(vi)    GRU Office will move to new location

Please be informed that GRU Office will move to Admin Building on Monday, 24 July 2017. The new location is between Financial Dept. and Purchasing Office.

(vii)    New Locations of the Offices in the Administration Building

The Administration Building will be renovated from Jan 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: Admin (No Change)
Office of Purchasing and Inventory Procurement: Admin (No Change)
Office of Student and Affairs: Admin (No Change)




B. Events



(a)    AIT Tiger Leong Innovation and Leadership Camp: 24 July – 4 August 2017

The Second AIT-Tiger Leong Innovation and Leadership Camp will be organized from 24 July-4 August2017 at AIT campus.

It is an interactive camp designed to contribute to the nurturing of young minds on a unique mix of innovation, leadership, multi-disciplinary, and cross-cultural attributes. Bright and talented undergraduate students from top universities are encouraged to attend the AIT-Tiger Leong International Innovation and Leadership Camp II co-sponsored by AIT and AIT Alumnus Mr. Tiger Leong.

More details at this link: http://innov-camp.solutions.ait.asia/index.html

(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) Reminder: Foundation English Program for intake January 2018

Please be reminded that the AIT Language Center is offering an extra Foundation English Program from 28 August – 17 November 2017. This program aims at those applicants with high academic skills potential who were unable to meet the English language entry requirements for admission in August 2017, but who would like to apply for admission in January 2018 instead and need an extra hand in developing their English skills.

In some cases, half fee scholarships are available for applicants with high academic potential. Please contact the Schools and relevant departments for more information.
For more information, please contact the Language Center: Languages@ait.asia

(d)    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. Visitors


•    Delegation from The Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Thailand, led by H.E. Ambassador Joaquim Amaral / 31 July 2-017 / to mark the cordial relationship between AIT and the Government of Timo-Leste under the four-year Scholarship Agreement (MoA) signed with the Timor-Leste Ministry of Education in 2016; to meet scholarship recipients from Timor-Leste; and to discuss aspects of the partnership for 2018.




D. Campus Updates


(i)    Renovation work at AIT Extension Building

Please be informed that Office of Facilities and Asset Management (OFAM) is now renovating the AIT Extension Building with the following schedule.

1.  Replacement of floor tile of the walk way on the 2nd floor (18 Jul - 16 Aug'17)
2.   Replacement of the office wooden doors to glass doors (8 - 16 Aug'17)

(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)    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).





E. Faculty and Staff Travel


Prof. Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh / San Francisco, California, USA / 1 June – 7 August 2017
Ms. Kanlaya Muangsan / Phuket, Thailand / 24 – 26 June 2017*
Ms. Colleen Curran / Manila, Philippines / 4 July – 2 August 2017
Mr. Surendra Shrestha / Manila, Philippines / 5 – 7 July 2017*
Dr. Apichon Witayangkurn / Adelaide, Australia / 9 – 15 July 2017*
Dr. Duc Hoang Nguyen / Da Nang, Vietnam / 14 – 19 July 2017*
Dr. Jonathan Shaw / Kathmandu, Nepal / 19 – 22 July 2017*
Prof. Weerakorn Ongsakul / Chicago, USA / 15 – 24 July 2017
Dr. Apichon Witayangkurn / Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand / 17 – 18 July 2017*
Dr. John K. M. Kuwornu / Putrajaya, Malaysia / 17 – 19 July 2017*
Dr. K. R. Salin and Dr. A. Yakupitiyage / Samut Sakhon and Nakhon Pathom, and Kanchanaburi, Thailand / 18 – 21 July 2017*
Mr. Bayasgalan Sanduijav / Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia / 18 July – 14 August 2017
Mr. Thaung Htut Aung / Manila, Philippines / 19 – 21 July 2017*
Dr. Naveed Anwar / Manila, Philippines / 19 – 22 July 2017*
Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe / Chiang Mai, Thailand / 20 – 23 July 2017*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 20 July – 2 August 2017
Ms. Farah Nashid Hossain / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 22 – 30 July 2017
Mr. Syed Muntasir Husain Bokhari / Denpasar Bali, Indonesia / 22 July – 3 August 2017
Mrs. Mahboobha Admin / Denpasar Bali and Surabaya, Indonesia / 22 July – 3 August 2017
Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal / Kathmandu, Nepal / 23 – 26 July 2017
Dr. Victor Shinde / Kathmandu, Nepal / 23 – 26 July 2017
Dr. Ram C. Bhujel / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 23 – 28 July 2017
Dr. Sundar Venkatesh / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 23 – 29 July 2017
Mr. Surendra Shrestha / Petchaburi,Thailand / 24 – 25 July 2017
Dr. Md. Zakir Hossain / Petchaburi, Thailand / 24 – 25 July 2017
Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Petchaburi, Thailand / 24 – 25 July 2017
Ms. Warindhorn Wachirasiri / Petchaburi, Thailand / 24 – 25 July 2017
Ms. Narumon Wangnai / Petchaburi, Thailand / 24 – 25 July 2017
Mr. Md. Anishur Rahman / Prachuab Kirikhan and Petchaburi, Thailand / 24 – 26 July 2017
Mr. Chatuphol Pholwan / Prachuab Kirikhan and Petchaburi, Thailand / 24 – 26 July 2017
Dr. Naveed Anwar / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 25 – 28 July 2017
Dr. Jonathan Shaw / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 27 – 28 July 2017
Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal / Belgium / 27 – 31 July 2017
Prof. Rajendra P. Shrestha / Guiyang and Guizhou, P.R. China / 27 July – 1 August 2017
Dr. Apichon Witayangkurn / Tokyo, Japan / 27 July – 2 August 2017
Mr. Fazle Karim / Denpasar Bali, Indonesia / 29 July – 3 August 2017
Mr. Sanjeev Pradeep Jayasinghe / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 29 July – 5 August 2017
*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)



F. Classifieds (Jobs)


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

Position: Administrative Staff (Program Officer) (School of Management)
Ref. No. 30/17
Deadline: 27 July 2017

Position: Administrative Staff (Program Officer) (School of Management)
Ref. No. 31/17
Deadline: 27 July 2017

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

Administrative Staff (Executive Administrative Secretary) (Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific)
Ref. No. 26/17
Deadline: 31 July 2017

Position: Administrative Staff (Program Officer) (Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific)
Ref. No. 27/17
Deadline: 15 August 2017

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

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