WEEK# 33, 12 – 18 August 2019

 In this issue:

A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Visitors

D. Campus Updates

E. Faculty and Staff Travel

F. Classifieds (Jobs)




 (i) AIT Pavilion and Showcase at 100X Event

Email from Vice President for Knowledge Transfer (20 Jun.2019)

Dear Colleagues,

As you might be aware, AIT is organizing the 100 Innovations X Entrepreneurs event at C asean on September 27-28 this year.  We are expecting over 1000 participants and visitors to this event.


In this event, we have planned a special pavilion to showcase the key innovative research and solutions developed by AIT faculty, staff, students and centers.

I would like to encourage you to please take this opportunity to highlight your work, and generate public interest in AIT, as well as develop network and establish collaborations.

Please contact Pondchanok Piraintorn, at pondchanok@ait.asia, or by simply replying to this email for more information and for reserving your space.

May I also request you to kindly help promote this event in your network

Thank you and look forward to your participation.


(ii) Be part of the 100X event, 27-28 September 2019 at C asean

Email from AIT Solutions (8 Aug. 2019)

AIT in association with Thailand Tech Startup Association (TTSA), is organizing the Southeast Asia’s First Research to Commercial (R2C) Conference known as “100 Innovations X Entrepreneurs” (100X), which will take place on 27-28 September 2019 at C asean, Bangkok.  This event will focus on the goal to link innovators and passionate entrepreneurs from academic institutions and startups with enterprises to magnify the value for both business and social impact.

We would like to invite our faculty, staff and students to participate in this event as: 

1.       100X Participants (2 days all access – 27-28 Sep 2019)

• Two days’ access to 100X event activities for students who wants to participate in this event.
• Participants may attend any of the 10 workshops available, join the pitch competition and after party.

2.       100X After Party “Hosted by Mr. Ashraf Habibullah”
• Mr. Ashraf Habibullah, Founder & CEO of Computers and Structures Inc (CSI) USA is hosting an exciting After Party on the evening of 27th September 2019 at Swissotel Bangkok, Ratchada. 

Nominal Registration Fee: You can register online and directly pay the special registration for AIT community of THB 500 (more than 75% discount) to Ms. Jiraporn Judeerak (K Fah) at AIT Solutions office, to reserve your seat in all events, including the After Party and for transportation to and back from venue.

3.       Volunteers
•  We need 25 volunteers who will help us during the 100X event.
•  The Volunteers will get free transportation to and from the event, food and drinks + t-shirt + certificate of participation.

Registration:  Kindly please register online here to be part of 100X event as participant, volunteer and for joining the After Party.

For more information, please feel free to contact Ms. Shreya Pradhan (shreya@ait.asia). Please do visit our event website, www.100x.ait.ac.th


(iii) Condolence: Passing away of the mother of Ms. Wilailuk Yooprem, Admin. Staff in Office of Thailand Affairs

Email from Office from Human Resources Services (7 Aug. 2019)

It is with great sadness to announce the passing away of Mrs. Bumrung Yooprem, the mother of Ms. Wilailuk Yooprem, Administrative Staff in the Office of Thailand Affairs. She passed away on 7 August 2019.

Religious rights were held from 7 - 10 August 2019 and the cremation took place on Sunday, 11 August 2019 at Wat Weluwan, Pathumthani.

On behalf of the AIT Community, we wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the family of Khun Wilailuk during this time of bereavement.


(iv) Trial for SAGE Premier and SAGE Business Cases from 7Aug. – 18 Nov. 2019

Please be informed that SAGE has offered a free trial for SAGE Premier and SAGE Business Cases to AIT members from 7th August 2019 - 18th November 2019. 

- To search Sage Premier, please click on this link: https://journals.sagepub.com/ .
- To search Sage Business Cases, please click on this link: https://sk.sagepub.com/cases 

(Kindly note that Sage Business Cases allows AIT members to download only 50 cases during the trial period.)

The information about SAGE Premier and Sage Business Cases are as follows.

SAGE Premier is the largest of the journal package offered by SAGE. 

It includes the international, peer-reviewed journals, including high-impact research titles published on behalf of over 400 scholarly and professional societies. 

It provides electronic access to more than 1,000 peer-reviewed journals (over 900,000 articles).

Journals can be accessed online back to 1999.

SAGE Business Cases is designed to engage students in applying core concepts to practice through the use of examples from the global business environment. There are 2,500 cases on SAGE's digital library platform. Theses cases are integrated with SAGE's journal, book, video, and reference content.

SAGE Business Cases covers the following subject areas.

    Marketing and Market Research
    Strategy and Strategic Management
    International Business
    Human Resource Management/ Organization Studies
    Entrepreneurship and Small Business
    Accounting and Finance
    Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
    Public and Non-profit Management
    Operations Management
    Business Research Methods
    Knowledge Management
    Business Law
    Business History

The Library hopes you will find the Sage Premier and Business Cases useful for your research and studies.

Thank you very much for your attention.


(v) Online Performance Appraisal 2019 (covering the period 1 July 2018-30 June 2019)

Email from Office of Human Resources Services (2 Jul. 2019)

To all immediate supervisors and Unit Directors of direct-hire (centrally-funded) staff members,

Please be informed that the online performance appraisal for this year 2019, covering the period from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019, is now open. The annual online performance appraisal process was implemented in July 2014 following the approval of AIT Management.

The online system can be accessed through the “PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL” link in the HRIS menu (https://hris.ait.ac.th).  The immediate supervisors are able to now complete the individual Performance Appraisal Reports for all employees under their supervision, and submit them individually (electronically).  The Unit Heads shall then review and endorse all completed Performance Appraisal Reports not later than 12 September 2019.

The online / web-based system has archived the appraisal results from 2014 (“Appraisal History” link in the HRIS menu) and will build up annual data that will be available to directors / immediate supervisors and AIT Management. 

The performance appraisal process will be carried out in conjunction with the annual budget process.  These annual performance appraisal results will be used for the purpose of determining the annual salary adjustment and staff training and development needs and will be taken into consideration in preparing the 2020 year budgets.  

Should you encounter technical problems, please report them to Helpdesk (helpdesk@ait.asia).  Please convey other feedback to HRO (hro@ait.asia).


(vi) Part-time job opportunity with Language Center during August 2019 Semester

Email from Language Center (12 Jul. 2019)

Dear students,

The Language Center offers mandatory English classes, EL, every semester. For EL 15, apart from learning academic writing in class, our students are required to attend the EL15 research seminar in which they have an opportunity to discuss research interests and their research topics in a friendly environment.

In order to help create such environment for our EL 15 students, Language Center is seeking assistance from students who already have completed their first semester with the English score of 6 or higher to mediate the seminar. As the mediator, the student is expected to follow our seminar outline, help the EL 15 students gain confidence speaking English, and provide constructive feedback on their informal presentation they will conduct during the seminar.  All sessions will be conducted in English only.

The seminar meets 4-5pm on selected days every week during the duration of the EL courses. 

This is a paid position. If you are interested or need further information, please reply to the following email languages@ait.asia and we will get back to you.


(vii) More testing dates for EET on campus to be offered in the month of August 2019

Email from Language Center (10 Jul. 2019)

As we are expecting more applicants to apply for August 2019 after the deadline for the RTG Fellowship (25 July) up until the add/drop date (16 August), Language Center will offer more testing dates for EET on campus to accommodate this group of applicants. The date is 13th at 9 am. Applicants must register online.

However, it must be noted here that after the RTG fellowship deadline, only applicants with the score of 5.0 or higher will be eligible for admission as the special Bridging Program offered to RTG fellowship recipients with the score of 4.5 will start July 30th. Thus, those applying after July 25th, will not be able to join the Bridging Program and therefore must follow the regular minimum requirements for conditional offers (5.0 for Master's students and 5.5 for Doctoral students).


(viii) Global Hackathon Challenge "Reboot the Earth" from UNTIL

Email from AIT Solutions (31 Jul. 2019)

UN Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) will organize Global Hackathon Challenge "Reboot the Earth" .


Reboot The Earth is planned as a social coding event that brings young computer programmers, scientists and other interested people together under the auspices of the United Nations to improve upon or build a new software program that addresses the current climate crisis. Through a series of Tech Challenge in four continents, young people, including students will be presented with the opportunity to use open data and tech concepts to solve a local climate crisis that may be unique to each location and its community needs.

More details at: https://until.un.org/reboottheearth


(ix) Registration for Mini Marathon Aug'19

Email from SU Sports (11 Aug. 2019)

Student Union will organize one of the most important and exciting event for AITians--MiniMarathon. Interested candidates can come forward for registering this event by filling the below registration form.

Event Date: Thursday, 22-08-2019
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
Last Date For Registration: 20-08-2019.
Spot Registration From: 3:00pm on 22-08-2019 at SV3 old Basketball court.


B. Events


(a)  An Informal Coffee and Conversation: Is AIT raising ambition to act now for climate change resilience in cities and communities? – 15 Aug. 2019

An informal coffee & conversation discussion: "is AIT #raisingambition to #actnow for Climate Change resilience in cities and communities?” with Professors Joyashree Roy and Shobhakar Dhakal from the Department of Energy and Climate:
Date: Thursday, 15 August 2019
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Venue: AIT Library Wall of Fame Lounge
The space can accommodate a limited number of participants, please reserve your space by registering in this link.
We encourage you to bring your own coffee/tea cup, questions, and ideas


This session aims to provide a space for the AIT community to learn from and interact with two world-renown professors of AIT with experience as leading contributing authors for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Reports. This discussion will draw lessons from Asia and the Pacific pointing to the challenges and opportunities to build climate change resilience in communities and cities in the region and maximize the cross-cutting benefits of climate action in the coming years.As an international institute in the region, AIT has a unique opportunity to raise ambition for climate action in the region and beyond. The conversation will also explore opportunities for AIT: what are we doing and what more can we do?

(b) Blood Donation: 5 Sept. 2019

Email from AIT Medical Center (26 Jun.2 019)

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, 5 September 2019, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the parking lot in front of the AIT Conference Center.

Give blood! You'll experience a fulfilling sense of contribution. And the donation process isn't time-consuming. It only takes about half an hour. For more information about blood donation please see the attached.

On behalf of needy patients whose lives you may save, we would like to thank you very much for your time and support.


(c) "100 Innovations and Entrepreneurs": 27 – 28 Sept. 2019

"100 Innovations and Entrepreneurs" is the name of a grand event being organized by AIT that seeks to celebrate the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of AIT. Featuring 100 innovations and entrepreneurs, the event will be organized from 27 – 28 Sept. 2019 at CAsean, Bangkok.

Details at this link: http://www.100x.ait.ac.th/



(a) The 6th International Conference on Fisheries and Aquaculture on “Sustainable Aquaculture: Nutritional Security and Exports”: 22 – 23 Aug. 2019

Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management program under Department of Food, Agriculture, and BioResources, School of Environment, Resources, and Development (SERD), will host the 6th International Conference on Fisheries and Aquaculture on “Sustainable Aquaculture: Nutritional Security and Exports” at Hotel Windsor Suites and Convention, Bangkok, from 22 – 23 August 2019.

See more details: https://aquaconference.com/icfa-2019/ .

(b) BEST Camp: Business, Engineering, and Science Students Working Together: 28 – 30 Sept. 2019

B.E.S.T. Camp (Business, Engineering, and Science Students Working Together) on September 28 – 30, 2019 at AIT campus.

If you enjoy challenges and fun camps allowing you to build your technological, social and business ideas with teams’ form leading universities in the region, then don’t miss this chance! Your ideas can win you prizes and have a chance to become reality and help make the world a better place.

Join the one-day ideation camp/hackathon at AIT, and the 100 Innovations x Entrepreneurs event organized by the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok.

Details: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/best-camp-business-engineering-and-science-s...

(c) Entrepreneurship & Innovation for a Sustainable Belt and Road Region: 3 – 6 Sept. 2019

Yunus Center at AIT and the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong Joint Institute’s Center For Entrepreneurship will co-host the Conference on Entrepreneurship & Innovation for a Sustainable Belt and Road Region from 3 – 6 September 2019 at AIT Conference Center.

The event will explore how entrepreneurship, technology and innovation can be harnessed to achieve a sustainable and inclusive Belt and Road Region.

More details: http://www.yunuscenter.ait.asia/entrepreneurship-innovation-for-a-sustai...


(a) 2nd Phase Bridging Program: 30 Jul.  – 14 Sept. 2019

The 2nd Phase Bridging Program is being conducted by Language Center from 30 July – 14 September 2019. The program is conducted from 9am - 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays, except the Mother's Day weekend.

(b) English writing courses (EL courses): 26 Aug. – 14 Nov. 2019

The registration for Academic English (EL) classes for the August 2019 Semester is now open. Please click here and choose from the available time slots (AIT login is required) The deadline for EL registration is on Friday 16th August 2019 (also deadline for Adding/Dropping date for Schools).

CLASSES: 26 August – 14 November 2019

Students with English scores below AIT’s admission requirements will be automatically enrolled in the mandatory English Language (EL) courses listed below. Students will need to pay a one-time registration fee of 5,000 Baht at the AIT Cashier for EL courses. The EL course level will be automatically assigned based on a student’s current English score:

5.0 - EL15 Intermediate English Composition
5.5 - EL19 Academic and Technical Writing

***English course fee: 5,000 Baht one-time flat fee to all newly enrolled students.***

The EL courses should be your first priority. Therefore scheduling problems and conflicts are not valid reasons to request to drop out of EL courses. To drop the course, you will need to submit a memo requesting the EL exemption on a semester basis. This memo will need to be approved by your advisor and submitted to the Language Center before 16 August 2019 (AIT adding/dropping date). If you fail to drop the EL course you are enrolled in before the 6th September, you will still be graded for the EL course you have enrolled.

As you have been informed during the orientation, AIT maintains a strict policy on English language requirements. Students who have not met the English language requirements by the third semester of study will not be allowed to register for thesis or research credits.

(c) Japanese for Beginners: Sept. – Oct. 2019

The Language Center will organize the Japanese for Beginners Course for August 2019 Semester.

CLASS SCHEDULES for August 2019 Semester:

The class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30pm (total 10 sessions).

Class dates: September 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 30 (No classes on Sept 23, 25)

                      October 2, 7, 9, 16

The fee is 2,000 Thai Baht (No refunds).

All who are interested can go to LC Room 216 to register for the course. Proof of payment must be submitted to LC at Room 216 by 4pm of 22 August 2019 to confirm the seat in the course.

Hurry as this offer is limited to 15 students!

(d) Training on "The Practical Aspects of Reinsurance Batch 2": 25-27 Sept. 2019

AIT Extension will organize Insurance Professional Training Program - International Series NON-LIFE INSURANCE FOCUS: The Practical Aspects of Reinsurance Batch 2

Duration: 25-27 September 2019
Venue: The Ambassador Hotel Bangkok

This 3-day program will examine the fundamentals and practical aspects of treaty and facultative reinsurance. In addition to the nuts and bolts of reinsurance, you will learn from a practicing treaty reinsurer on ways to assess a reinsurer’s financial security and how a reinsurer would evaluate your treaty program and price them.

Application Deadline on 6 September 2019

Registration link is https://joo.gl/IVw3Q

For more information about the training, interested persons can view it from https://extension.ait.ac.th/course/965


(e)Thai courses: Aug. – Oct. 2019

The Language Center will organize Thai Courses for Beginners as follows:

• 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. The purpose of the course is to introduce participants to the principles and basic of Thai language as used in everyday conversation. Moreover, the course will prepare them to feel confident to communicate with Thais and feel at ease while staying in Thailand.

Course timetable: 

19 August – 18 September 2019

Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 17:00 – 18:30

Total of 20 hours

Course fee: 2,000 baht

• Thai Reading and Writing

This course is the introduction to reading and writing. It is the 7-week course that is designed for those who do not know how to read and write Thai language. The participants will practice reading letters and learn how to spell words and create sentences.

Course timetable: 

27 August – 10 October 2019

Tuesday and Thursday from 17:00 – 18:30

Total of 20 hours
Course fee: 2,000 baht

Interested persons can register and make payment at the Language Center, Room 216

(f)Professional Training Program on Advanced Shrimp Farming: 3 – 10 Nov. 2019

A professional training program on advanced shrimp farming will be organized by AIT Extension from 03-10 November 2019 (including international travel) at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).

“Advanced Shrimp Farming” is a one-week long professional training program, which has been designed to address not only the lack of know-how and issues with farming practices but also to meet the specific needs and requirements for the development of this venture in the region. The program will cover the state of the art of farming practices, existing good practices, innovation and advanced technologies in farming and shrimp healthcare along with planning and management of environmental issues with shrimp farming.

DOWNLOAD Training Poster and Course Outline

More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/event/professional-training-program-on-advanced-sh...

Registration Link:  https://goo.gl/Q1ATjV

(g) Strategic Human Resource Management and Business Leadership: 11 – 15 Nov. 2019

A training program on "Strategic Human Resource Management and Business Leadership" will be organized by AIT Extension from 11-15 November 2019.

Professional Development Course on "Strategic Human Resource Management and Business Leadership"

Duration: 11-15 November 2019
Venue: AIT Conference Center

More details: www.extension.ait.ac.th/course/897 


C. Visitors / MoU

• Delegation from Chubu University, Japan, led by Prof. Osamu Ishihara, President / 14 Aug. 2019 / to learn more about AIT schools and discuss about the possibilities for research collaborate, student exchange, and expand the current programs between AIT and Chubu University.



D. Campus Updates

(i) Reservation of China Center

Email from SU President (12 Aug. 2019)

Please be informed that China Center is reserved for the following activity:

Event name: "SOM Welcome Party"
Time and Date: 14 August 2019, 06.00 PM - 10.00 PM

Thank you very much for your kind consideration.


(ii) Vacant Space at AITIS Canteen for Lease

Email from Purchasing Office (2 Aug. 2019)

Vacant Space at AITIS Canteen Available for Lease

Please be informed that the space located at the AITIS Canteen is now available for lease.

Interested parties are invited to submit your proposals by hand or email to the Purchasing Office or AITIS not later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, 30 August 2019.

Contact person:
Ø  For Space information & requirements:    Ms. Jeeny:   Tel. 02-524-5489,    jeeranan@ait.ac.th

Ø  For Bid information and submission:         Ms. Vasvan:  Tel.  02-524-5029,   vasvan@ait.ac.th



 E. Faculty and Staff Travel

Dr. Sundar Venkatesh / Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden / 28 July – 7 August 2019*
Dr. Thanh Dan Tran / Vientiane, Laos / 5 – 18 August 2019
Dr. Djoen San Santoso / Myanmar / 6 August 2019*
Dr. Eden Woon / Thimpu, Bhutan / 7 – 10 August 2019*
Dr. Oleg Shipin / Kathmandu, Nepal and Chennai, India / 15 – 23 August 2019
Dr. Sundar Venkatesh / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 16 – 19 August 2019
Ms. Kluaymai Thongkham / Colombo, Sri Lanka / 16 – 19 August 2019
Prof. Rajendra P. Shrestha / Kathmandu, Nepal / 16 – 23 August 2019
Dr. Pradeep Kumar Dash / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 17 – 25 August 2019

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


  F. Classifieds (Jobs)


Position: Assistant Facilities Officer (Office of Facilities and Asset Management )
Ref. No. 38/19
Deadline: 15 August 2019

Position: Administrative Officer for the Vice President of Knowledge Transfer (Office of the President)
Ref. No. 39/19
Deadline: 23 August 2019

Position: Technician (Technical Staff) (School of Engineering and Technology)
Ref. No. 37/19
Deadline: 31 August 2019

Position: Technical Staff (Technician) (School of Engineering & Technology) Ref. No. 61/18
Deadline: 31 August 2019

Position: Technician (School of Environment, Resources and Development)
Ref. No. 30/19
Deadline: 31 August 2019