Week #39, September 22 - 28
Notes from the Management Team
President's call to assist collection of AIT data for QS Stars
Dear Members of the AIT Community
In my 18 August 2014 communication, I had reported that AIT Administration has contacted the QS Intelligence Unit (QSIU) to perform an audit of AIT’s overall academic activities under its QS Stars program.
I am pleased to announce that the QS Stars audit has now commenced, and we have been requested to submit the initial critical data by 21st October 2014.
Since AIT is not eligible to be ranked in most of the major world university rankings, due to its primarily postgraduate focus, QS Stars which is a complementary companion to QS World University Rankings helps facilitates the evaluation of universities and institutions like AIT, across a much broader range of criteria and with respect to established thresholds rather than the performance of others. The objectives are to allow institutions like AIT to shine, irrespective of their size, shape and mission. By participating in the QS Stars AIT can better evaluate itself across a wide spectrum of criteria, in order to make the required improvements, as well as to communicate to the world its standings in different areas.
The administration is currently in the process of collecting the data / information, and I would like to request all concerned offices and units, to extend their full support and cooperation to the process, since accurate and complete data / information is essential to achieve good results and a favorable rating for the Institute.
The link to the QS Stars methodology is provided below.
The QS Stars FAQ provides further details on the QS Stars.
Similar to the QS Stars, AIT is also participating in the U-Multirank 2015, which is an alternate approach to the world university rankings, and more of a ratings, funded by the European Union (EU). The dimensions it includes are teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagement.
AIT has already completed and submitted the first round of the survey, and I would like to thank all colleagues, who helped provide inputs for the survey. Aside from the U-Multirank 2015 institutional survey, AIT is also taking part in one of the field based U-Multirank surveys, namely the Computer Science / IT, which is the only field based offering that matches with AIT's offerings, from among the 3 fields identified for 2015, namely, computer science, psychology and medicine.
Further details on the U-Multirank is available at the below link.
The U-Multirank FAQ provides further explanation on several issues.
Thank you for your kind cooperation.
Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)
Female Only Swimming Pool Time
The Management Team agreed to set aside a dedicated time period one day a week for females only use of the AIT Swimming Pool. The allocated female–only swimming time will be in the afternoon, and will be announced soon.
Vacancies at AIT
Position: Training and Research Assistant (Asian Centre of Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (ACISAI))
Ref no: 53/14
Deadline: October 2, 2014
Position: Driver (Office of Facilities and Assets Management (OFAM))
Ref no: 54/14
Deadline: September 26, 2014
How to Contact Call Center, AITCC, and Accommodation Office
Please be informed of the communication channel for call center (lodging the request/complaint), AITCC, and accommodation office. Details are:
AIT call center operates 24 hours a day. The AIT Community can send all kinds of requests/complaints pertaining to outsource services and motor & labor pool by email/phone/web as below
Email to : firstname.lastname@example.org
Call to : Call center @5800
Can also request through Web : http://fims.ait.asia/
AITCC : The AITCC is operating as usual. For reservations of rooms, dinning room tables,
conference rooms or complaints, the AIT Community can request through:
Email to: email@example.com
Call to: AITCC front desk @ 5250
AITCC dinning @ 5256
Accommodation and Mailing Office: The AIT Community can contact Accommodation
Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling ext. 5093 and contact Mailing Office by calling ext. 5094
Survival Thai Course for Beginners
The Language Center is pleased to announce the opening of Survival Thai Course for Beginners.
Survival Thai Course for Beginners
From 14 October to 27 November 2014 (20 hours)
On Tuesday and Thursday, from 5 - 6:30p.m.
Course Fee: 2,000 baht
Class Size: 15 persons
Register now at the Language Center, Room 216.
Note: seats will be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis.
AIT Blood Donation Camp
AIT will be organizing a blood donation camp along with the Thai Red Cross Society on 25 September 2014 from 0900-1130 hours in the parking lot in front of the AIT Conference Center.
The bloodmobile visits AIT every three months, four times a year.
Please read the linked document to ensure that you are eligible to donate blood
Administrators from Punyapiwat Institute of Technology (PIM), led by Prof. Dr. Sompob Manarangsan, President of PIM/ 24 Sept. 2014/ to visit AIT campus and meet with concerned persons for future cooperation.
Faculty and Staff Travel
Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon/ Bangkok and Petchaburi/ 15 – 20 Sept. 2014
Prof. Mukand Singh Babel/ Germany/ 21 – 25 Sept. 2014
Dr. Julaikha B. Hossain/ Bejing, China/ 21 Sept. – 2 Oct. 2014
Dr. Punchet Thammarak/ Yogyakarta, Indonesia/ 21 – 27 Sept. 2014
Prof. Sivanappan Kumar/ Shanghai, China/ 21 – 26 Sept. 2014
Dr. Muhammad Abu Yusuf/ Dhaka, Banglaesh/ 21 Sept. – 15 Oct. 2014
Prof. Ajit P. Annachatre/ Batu-Malang, Indonesia/ 24 – 28 Sept. 2014
Dr. Gabriel Louis Hornyak/ Delhi and Mumbai, India/ 24 – 28 Sept. 2014
Ms. Vaidehi Deosthali/ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia/ 26 Sept. – 7 Oct. 2014
Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal/ London, UK/ 27 Sept. – 1 Oct. 2014
Mr. Fazle Karim/ Dhaka, Bangladesh/ 27 Sept. – 1 Oct. 2014
Mr. Syed Muntasir Husain Bokhari/ Dhaka, Bangladesh/ 27 Sept. – 13 Oct. 2014
Dr. Suthasinee Artidteang/ Saga, Japan/ 28 Sept. – 8 Oct. 2014