WEEK #33, 17 – 23 August 2015


In this issue:




Campus Updates



Faculty and Staff Travel

Classifieds (Jobs)



Four MoUs signed in China, as AIT extends its reach

Four new agreements were signed by the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) with organizations in China, as the Thailand-based institute sought to strengthen its ties with its counterparts.

See more details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2015/news/four-mous-signed-in-china-as-ait-extends-its-reach-2/view#.VdFntcv-IdU  



AIT listed on the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) website

Since its inception, AIT has been recognized in India and virtually in all other countries. AIT graduates have been able to pursue their doctoral degrees at top universities and work in more than 90 countries around the world. However, as a result of AIT being granted Associate Membership of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) on 22 May 2015, formal recognition by India may be the first time that AIT has been recognized by a country.

As AIU plays the important role of evaluating foreign degrees and granting recognition, AIT graduates will now be treated with equivalence to all graduates from Indian universities.

Recently, Prof. Nitin Tripathi, who liaised with the AIU, has reported that AIT is already listed on the AIU's website: http://www.aiuweb.org/Members/MembersA.asp  

AIT President Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai hopes this can lead to increased interest of more top students from South Asia. Membership will also provide evidence of degree equivalence to employers in all South Asian countries, which will help AIT graduates in the job market.

President Worsak also thanked H.E. Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla of India for his strong support, as well as Prof. Nitin Tripathi, Prof. S. Kumar, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and other faculty from India for playing a key role in securing this recognition.


Campus Updates


The AIT Community would  like to express its sincere condolences to Mr. Karma Rana, AIT Institute Secretary, on the passing away of his mother Mrs. Dawain Rana on 13 August 2015. We pray for strength and peace for their family during this time of bereavement.



The AIT Community would  like to convey its heartfelt condolences to the family of Dr. Phaichitr Uathavikul, a former AIT Board of Trustee, who passed away on 14 August 2015.  

Dr. Phaichitr, former Minister of Science and Technology, Minister of Prime Minister’s Office and Deputy Minister of Finance,  served as member of our Board of Trustees from 1991 to 2005. Dr. Phaichit was a most distinguished figure whose long and steadfast support and significant contributions to the Board will always be remembered with warm respect and sincere gratitude.


Library Orientation for New Students

The AIT Library would like to bring to your attention that a library orientation can be organized at your convenience. New students who want an orientation may contact Khun Watcharin via e-mail at watcharin@ait.asia  or by telephone at the extension number 5853 to book a convenient time.  The library orientation can be organized for a small group of four to five persons.

Please also visit the Library's webpage at   for the library services, library collections, information retrieval, and library databases/online resources available.  


Springer eBooks Free Trial from 1-31 August 2015

The AIT Library announced that Springer has offered a free trial on eBooks from 1-31 August 2015. All Springer English titles in 13 subjects, published in year 2005-2015 will be on trial. They are as follows:

1) Behavioral Sciences

2) Biomedical & Life Sciences

3) Business & Economics

4) Chemistry & Materials Science

5) Computer Science

6) Earth & Environmental Science

7) Energy

8) Engineering

9) Humanities, Social Science & Law

10) Mathematics & Statistics

11) Medicine

12) Physics & Astronomy

13) Professional & Applied Computing

The trial end date is 31 August 2015. Full text can be viewed and downloaded. The URL is link.springer.com .


Survival Thai Course for Beginners (Group 2)

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

From 25 August to 8 October 2015 (20 hours)

On Tuesday and Thursday, from 17:00 - 18:30 hrs.

Course Fee: 2,000 Baht

Class Size: 15 persons

Register and payment at the Language Center, Room 216.


Vacant Space at Administration Building available for Lease

Please be informed that the space located at the front corner of Administration Building is now available for lease.

Interested parties are invited to submit your proposal within 4.30p.m., Friday, 4 September 2015 at the OPIA (Purchasing Office).

Contact person:

• For Bid information and submission:   Pakkamol Dherapongsthada; email: pakkamol@ait.ac.th   

• For Space information & requirements:   Elizabeth Chaloeyvares; email: bethc@ait.asia  



Presentation on Sumitomo Foundation

There will be a presentation on Sumitomo Foundation, Japan Grant for Fiscal Year 2015, by Akimori Matsunaga, Program Officer, The Sumitomo Foundation, Japan on 25 August 2015, Tuesday from 9:00 to 10:30 hrs in the Board Room, Administration Building.

Sumitomo Foundation, Japan Grant for fiscal year 2015 for Japan Related Research Projects:

Purpose of the Program:

The program aims at enhancing mutual understanding between Asian countries and Japan through promoting research projects in the field of the social sciences or humanities that are related to Japan.

Eligible Projects for Application:

Any research project to be carried out by individual or a group in the field of the social sciences or humanities related to Japan.

Qualification of Applicant:

Researcher shall be of Asian (non-Japanese) nationality, living outside Japan. Awarded researcher must conduct the proposed research by himself or herself.

Fiscal 2015 Program:

Application period: September 1 ~ October 31, 2015

Grant period: One year (April 2016 through March 2017), but can be extended by another one year maximum if required.

Grant budget: Approximately 50 million Japanese Yen in total (Maximum 2 million Japanese Yen per Project).


The Application Form duly filled in and signed shall be submitted together with a letter of recommendation, free-form from a person with an academic background by registered airmail.

The Application Form, the Application Guide and the Instruction Sheet for Fiscal 2015 can be downloaded from the below link:


Language for Application: English or Japanese


The selection of applications will be made by the Foundation’s Selection Committee made up of certain persons of high academic standing. Based on such determination, the Foundation’s Board of Directors will approve the grant.

Further details about the grant are provided in the attached documents (both in English and Japanese).

Interested persons who wish to know more about this grant and apply for this grant  are cordially invited to attend this presentation. Please confirm your participation no later than Thursday 20 August 2015, with a reply email to Ms. Sumana Shrestha, Program Officer, External Relations and Communications Office (ERCO) at sumana@ait.asia.




• Taiwan Officials, led by Mr. Kelly, Chun-Fang Huang, Section Chief, Directorate-General of Personnel Administration, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. / 18 August 2015 / to learn more about AIT and to exchange ideas regarding human resources development & possibility of exchange of personnel, and to explore possibilities in receiving students from Taiwan R.O.C. to study at AIT

• Delegation from Uddaraju Ananda Raju Foundation (UARF), Ananda Group of Companies, India / 19 August 2015 / to sign an MoU with AIT


Faculty and Staff Travel

Prof. Nitin K. Tripathi / Delhi, India / 16 – 21 May 2015*

Mr. Norman Del Mundo Alcoba / Manila, Philippines / 15 – 22 July 2015*

Mr. Syams Nashrrullah / Jakarta, Indonesia / 5 – 7 August 2015*

Mr. Fazle Karim / Denpasar Bali, Indonesia / 8 – 11 August 2015*

Prof. C. Visvanathan / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 10 – 12 August 2015*

Dr. Masahiko Nagai / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 11 – 13 August 2015*

Prof. Nazrul  Islam / Hanoi, Vietnam / 12 – 22 August 2015

Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon /  Ho ChiMinh, Vietnam / 13 – 16 August 2015*

Dr. Clemens Grunbuhel / Brisbane, Australia / 13 – 18 August 2015

Dr. P. Abdul Salam / Male, Maldives / 15 – 20 August 2015

Prof. C.  Visvanathan / Japan / 15 – 21 August 2015

Dr. Naveed Anwar / Kathmandu, Nepal / 18 – 21 August 2015

Dr. Noppadol Phienwej / Hanoi, Vietnam / 19 – 20 August 2015

Ms. Woralac Rodsumang / Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 19 – 22 August 2015

Mr. Osamu Mizuno / Putrajaya & Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 20 – 22 August 2015

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


Classifieds (Jobs)

Laboratory Supervisor (School of Environment, Resources & Development)

Ref. No: 29/15

Deadline: 19 August 2015



Language Lecturer (Language Center)

Ref. No: 34/15

Deadline: 20 August 2015



Media & Communication Officer (Asian Center of Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture Intensification - ACISAI)

Ref. No: 40/15

Deadline: 20 August 2015



Research Associate (Asian Center of Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture Intensification - ACISAI)

Ref. No: 41/15

Deadline: 20 August 2015



Assistant or Associate Professors Positions (School of Management)

Ref. No: Fac 5/15

Deadline: 31 August 2015



Senior Laboratory Supervisor (School of Environment, Resources & Development)

Ref. No: 18/15

Deadline: 31 August 2015



Drasftman (AIT Consulting)

Ref. No: 35/15

Deadline: 31 August 2015



Structural Engineer (AIT Consulting)

Ref. No: 42/15

Deadline: 31 August 2015