WEEK# 40, 30 September – 6 October 2019

 In this issue:

A. Announcements

B. Campus Updates

C. Events

D. Visitors/ Mou

E. Faculty and Staff Travel

F. Classified (jobs)



(i) Invitation: AIT 60th Anniversary Celebrations, 23 - 25 October 2019

Email from AIT President (19 Sept. 2019)

Dear AIT Faculty and Staff Members,

On October 23, 24 and 25, 2019, there will be a series of activities in Bangkok and on campus to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).  Distinguished university guests and AIT alumni from Thailand and overseas will join in the festivities.  We also cordially invite AIT faculty, staff and students to come celebrate with us!
Since its founding in 1959, AIT has dedicated itself to capacity building and social impact research and education, benefiting Asia and beyond.  On its 60th Anniversary, AIT is moving smartly forward with the motto of “Transforming AIT”, injecting more innovation, globalization, relevance, and entrepreneurship into our original mission.

Please note that attendance to the 24 October 2019 events is limited, and will be based on receipt of online confirmations at: https://forms.gle/YiUgq1dduDFmYQD19

Please note that the Gala dinner cost is 1000 Baht per person, but all other events are free.

I would like to encourage all of you to come and mingle with guests at the AIT Open House on campus on the morning of 25 October 2019, which will be followed by a buffet lunch.
We look forward to your participation in these events.

Yours truly,

Dr. Eden Woon
Asian Institute of Technology

(ii) Call for Applications: 2020 ProSPER.Net Young Researchers’ School, Deadline- 6 October 2019

The ProSPER.Net Secretariat at the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) announces a call for applications for the 2020 ProSPER.Net Young Researchers’ School (YRS), to be held in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China, from 9th-15th March, 2020.

Hosted by Tsinghua University under the theme ‘Big Data on Earth System Science for Sustainable Development’, the YRS will provide participants with an understanding of the application and implementation of data on sustainability and earth system science, whilst developing their research and communication skills.

Throughout the week-long programme, young researchers will have the opportunity to advance their knowledge in a range of areas, including the climate system, biogeochemistry, earth system observation and simulation technology, high performance computing, and global change economics, to better meet the challenges of global environmental change and sustainable development.

Participants will learn how data-based measures can promote sustainable development, with applications ranging from the screening and treatment of pollution sources, to the improvement of solid waste management capacities, to the examination of forest cover and effectiveness of protection measures.

Whilst it is recommended that applicants have a basis in GIS or other software related to data analysis, those with limited or no experience are also encouraged to apply. Please see the ProSPER.Net website for further details on the programme and how to apply. The deadline for applications is 11:59pm, 6th October 2019 (Japan Standard Time). 

Should you have any questions in relation to the 2020 YRS, please contact the ProSPER.Net Secretariat (yrs@unu.edu).

(iii) Personal data for 2019 Income Tax calculation

Email from Office Human Resources Services (5 Sept. 2019)

Dear Faculty and Staff,

To ensure that personal income tax of AIT faculty and staff comply with Tax Regulation, it is imperative that we have a correct record of your personal data in our system. Please log in the web link, https://hris.ait.ac.th  to update your personal data. Use your AIT email account credential to login then click “View Employee Profile”.  Furthermore, please update or complete your contact information such as the name and telephone number of your emergency contact person.

For employees with children, particular attention is required on the status of your children as recorded in the system, check if it is correct. Update the system if they are studying or working either here in Thailand or abroad. Please request to amend as appropriate.  

Any changes in your personal data from previous to current year should be supported with documents in hard copies. These include passport copy, marriage certificate, child's birth certificate as well as receipts of investment in RTF/LTF and personal life insurance.

Please submit them to Khun Denphoom in the Office of the Human Resources Services (OHRS), Room 223, Second Floor of the Administration Building within 4 October 2019.

(ix) New Trial Databases – NATURE

Email from AIT Library (2 Sept. 2019)

You are eligible for a free trial of Nature and 13 Nature Journals. The trial periods will be started from 1 September to 31 October 2019. Please find below the list of journals and links.

Nature Climate Change
Nature Cell Biology
Nature Reviews Microbiology
Nature Energy
Nature Materials

Nature Sustainability
Nature Geoscience
Nature Biotechnology
Nature Methods
Nature Nanotechnology
Nature Ecology & Evolution
Nature Photonics
Nature Chemistry

Off-Campus Access to e-Resources

You will be required to access through VPN. How to set up VPN, please follow the link below.
http://itserv.ait.ac.th/helpdesk/services/vpn/openvpn.html .

If you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact the Library at library@ait.ac.th .

(x) 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 7 August 2019 – 18 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.

(xi) New trial databases from EBSCO (from now to 15 October 2019)

AIT Library is pleased to inform you that we have free trial access to EBSCOhost Research Databases, Business Searching Interface, EBSCO Discovery Services, and EBSCO Publication Finder until 15 October 2019.

To access the main menu for the trial, please click on this link https://bit.ly/2KHxBNP 

The information of each database and discovery service are as follows

 1). EBSCOhost Research Databases

Including three full-text databases as follows:

• Business Source Complete
          Business Source Complete is the world's definitive scholarly business database, providing the leading collection of bibliographic and full-text content. As part of the comprehensive coverage offered by this database, indexing, and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back as far as 1886 are included. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,300 journals.
• eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)  Search and view the full text of eBooks.
• Regional Business News
          Regional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

2) Business Searching Interface
Business Searching Interface provides an easy way to both browse and searches for country economic data, company profiles, industry information, and market research.

3) EBSCO Discovery Services (EDS)
EDS supports integrated searching of content from full-text databases, citation databases, and local content collections such as library catalogs and other locally managed digital collections. The integrated search experience is achieved by compiling and indexing metadata from a variety of content sources into a unified pre-indexed search platform.

4) EBSCO Publication Finder
Full-Text Finder is a next-generation knowledge base, holdings management tool, a state-of-the-art publication search service, and a fully functional link resolver. It provides the institution's end-users with a single, easy-to-navigate browsing and searching interface for all electronic resources.
Access is provided within the institution network.                                
Off-Campus Access to e-Resources, the users will be required to access the database through a VPN. For information on how to set up VPN, please follow the link below.

If you have questions regarding the trial or would like to give the library the feedback, please contact library@ait.ac.th



B. Campus Updates


(i) Improvement work at five buildings from 23 September
Email from OFAM (20 Sept. 2019)

Dear All,

Please be informed that the contractor will start the improvement work of exterior painting at the following five buildings. The work is scheduled from Monday, 23 September to Wednesday, 23 October 2019,

    Dorm K
    Dorm L
    Dorm Q
    AIT Conference Center: Painting inside (lobby area ceiling) and exterior painting

During this time there might be a loud noise, smell, and few areas may be closed due to the improvement work. As well, we request the residents living around that area and AIT community visiting AITCC to be careful, while you are passing by that area.


C. Events



(a) AIT Career Fair & SU Research Exhibition: 30 October 2019

 Thirty-one (31) organizations have confirmed so far to join the AIT Career Fair scheduled on 30 October 2019 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at the AIT Conference Center.

You are cordially invited to explore and uncover opportunities offered by the companies that are joining the event.

COMPANIES who have confirmed to join so far:

1. Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) -  an intergovernmental organization that works to build the resilience of people and institutions to disasters and climate change impacts in Asia and the Pacific
2. Asian Engineering Consultants Corp. Ltd. (AEC) -  consulting services for major public and private construction projects
3. Amata Corporation PCL  -  world’s leading industrial city developer 
4. Berli Jucker PCL - a major Thai import and export firm
5. Bouygues-Thai Ltd.  - leading construction company in Asia
6. Cal-Comp Electronics (Thailand) PCL - electronics computer manufacturing company
7. Codium Co. Ltd.  – builds mobile, tablet, desktop application, and enterprises solutions using the latest open source technology 
8. Consultants of Technology Co. Ltd. (COT) - Thai professional engineering consulting firm serving governmental, private sector, and international organizations/agencies 
9. Delta Electronics (Thailand) PCL  - producer of power and thermal management solutions and a regional player in segments including industrial automation, displays and networking (FIRST TIMER) 
10.Demco PCL -  one stop complete range of services for design, construction, and installation in electrical power system, including renewable energy like wind and solar, and communication system, like fiber optic and signaling (FIRST TIMER)

11. DHL Supply Chain (Thailand) Co. Ltd - world's largest logistics company operating around the world, particularly in sea and air mail 

12. Helukabel (Thailand) Co. Ltd.  - cable solutions for photovoltaic systems 
13. John Deere (Thailand) Limited  -  leading manufacturer of agricultural, construction, and forestry machinery, diesel engines, drive trains used in heavy equipment, and lawn care equipment
14. KG Engineering Co. Ltd.,  -  leader in mechanical electrical system engineering (M&E), solar power generation system and integrated energy saving system (FIRST TIMER)
15. Leapfrog Technology (from Nepal) -  one of the most trusted technology services company in Nepal and aims to build world class software for global clients 
16. Michelin Siam Co. Ltd. - one of the world's leading names in tyres and mobility
17. My Internship Asia (Thailand) Ltd. - one of the leading internship placement companies in Thailand (FIRST TIMER)
18. Pandora Production Co. Ltd. -  jewelry chain featuring a variety of necklaces, rings, customizable charm bracelets & more 
19. Panya Consultants Co. Ltd.  - provides consulting and management services to the government, private sector and international organizations 
20. Plan International  - a development and humanitarian organisation that advances children's rights and equality for girls (FIRST TIMER)
21. Promptnow Co. Ltd. -  is leading the mobile handset experience revolution in Thailand and the region by developing innovative user experiences on mobile handsets (FIRST TIMER)
22. Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) - international institution for the generation & application of early warning information
23. Ruel B. Ramirez & Associates/RBRA (from Philippines) - a consulting firm engaged in complete engineering design and management services (FIRST TIMER) 
24  Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) - Thailand's first indigenous bank
25. Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction PCL (STECON)- a  leading engineering and construction company
26. TEAM Consulting Engineering and Management PCL -  Thailand's largest conglomerate of consulting companies 
27. Thanachart Bank PCL - Thailand’s sixth-largest bank by assets size and the country's leading automobile lender  (FIRST TIMER)
28. The Siam Cement PLC (SCG) -   leading business conglomerate in the ASEAN region
29. Think Blue Data Co. Ltd. -  software solutions for data visualization company
30.  United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) -the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region  (FIRST TIMER)
31. Vinarco  Services Thailand Ltd.- a market leader in providing professional consultancy services across Asia-Pacific

¤ Industrial Visit to Gulf Energy Development PCL on 2 October 2019 (Wednesday) at Gulf GUT Plant Ayutthaya
¤ KG Engineering Career Talk on 4 October 2019 (Friday), 4:00 - 5:30 pm, MEB Auditorium
¤ JobsDB CV & Interview Workshop on 9 October 2019 (Wednesday), 4:00 - 5:30 pm, MEB Auditorium
¤ Delta Electronics (Thailand) PCL Career Talk on 11 October 2019 (Friday), 4:00 - 5:30 pm, MEB Auditorium
¤ Demco PCL Career Talk on  16 October 2019 (Wednesday), 4:00 - 5:30 pm, MEB Auditorium
¤ ASEAN Career Fair with Japan 2020 Talk by Energize (Japan) on  22 October 2019 (Tuesday), 3:00 - 5:00 pm, MEB Auditorium, Special Attraction with travel scholarships for selected student applicants to Singapore for ASEAN Career Fair in February 2020!

¤ Long-term career prospects
¤ Job placements
¤ Internship opportunities
¤ On-the-job training
¤ Research partners
¤ Networking with company representatives
and the
¤ Student Union (SU) Research Exhibition!

Please help us in spreading the word out about the Fair !!!  And let us know as well if you have any company contacts that you want us to invite to the Fair.
Mark your calendar! For developments and career opportunities, please visit: www.careercenter.ait.ac.th
or check/like:  https://www.facebook.com/officialaitcareercenter
or email: careercenter@ait.ac.th
or contact us via phone: 662 524-6744, 662 524-6326
We will keep you posted with all the updates.


(b) Blood Donation: 3 December 2019
Email from AIT Medical Center (17 Sept. 2019)

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 Tuesday, 3rd December 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.

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



(a) KG Engineering Career Talk: 4 Oct. 2019

AIT Career Center will organize a Career Talk by KG Engineering Co. Ltd. , a leading M&E (Mechanical and Electrical) engineering and energy solutions Company. Please find details below and pre-register to reserve your seats.

Program details:
Date: Friday, 4 October 2019
Time : 4 pm to 5 pm
Venue : Milton E. Bender Auditorium, AIT

Speaker: Mr. Waris Chinnawong, HR Manager, KG Engineering

Career / Internship opportunities: Engineering Officer / Backup Engineering Officer / Marketing / IT

Preferred Nationality: Thai nationality but open to other nationalities interested in KG career opportunities

To pre-register, please click here



(a) 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:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAFgslmGhQJqhZ40ENac-iA6ZLLKit... and choose from the available time slots (AIT login is required).

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.

(b) Thai and Japanese Courses for Beginners: Aug. – Oct. 2019

The Language Center announces the opening of Thai and Japanese 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.

Group 1:   19 August  – 18 September 2019, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 17:00 – 18:30, 3 days a week

Group 2:   26 August  – 9 October 2019, Monday and Wednesday from 18:30 – 20:00, 2 days a week

Total of 20 hours

Course fee: 2,000 baht

• Thai Reading and Writing Course for Beginners

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.

27 August – 10 October 2019, Tuesday and Thursday from 17:00 – 18:30

Total of 20 hours

Course fee: 2,000 baht

•  Japanese Course  for Beginners

Class dates: September 30 (No classes on Sept 23, 25) October 2, 7, 9, 16

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

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

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

Professional Training Program on "Advanced Shrimp Farming"
Date: 3-10 November 2019
Venue: AIT Conference Center, AIT Campus

"Advanced Shrimp Farming" is 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 sustainable 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 technology in farming and shrimp healthcare along with planning and management of environmental issues with shrimp farming.

For more details pls. visit at https://www.extension.ait.ac.th/course/457

(d) 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

(e)Training Program on "Sustainable Agriculture, Agribusiness and Value  Chain Management in Thailand"

AIT Extension will organize a Training Program on “Sustainable Agriculture, Agribusiness and Value Chain Management in Thailand" at AIT.
Program: "Sustainable Agriculture, Agribusiness and Value Chain Management in Thailand"
Duration: 2-7 December 2019
Venue: AIT Conference Center, AIT Campus

The “Sustainable Agriculture, Agribusiness and Value Chain Management in Thailand” is a one-week long professional development program, which has been designed to address the key issues dealing by the agriculturists and development professionals in other countries often with similar or different agro-ecological zones. At the end of this program, participants are expected to widen their views and understandings on modern and sustainable farming practices in different agro-ecological zones including low land or wetland ecosystems.

For more details please visit at www.extension.ait.ac.th/course/948


D. Visitors/ MoU


• MOU Signing between AIT and Army Research and Development Office, Thailand, led by Maj. Gen. Chookiat Chuaypetch, Director of ARDO / 30 Sept. 2019 / 

• Delegation from Universita Gadjah Mada (UGM) / 9 Oct. 2019 / to have discussion regarding Agribusiness Program with Dr. Anil Kumar Anal, Head of Department of Food, Agriculture and Bioresources, AIT


E. Faculty and Staff Travel


Prof. Pramin Norachan / Bhutan / 18 – 20 September 2019*
Prof. Mukand Singh Babel / Wuhan City, China / 23 – 26 September 2019*
Prof. Joyashree Roy / Bangladesh, India, and Austria / 24 September – 12 October 2019
Dr. Apichon Witayangkurn / Tokyo, Japan / 25 September – 5 October 2019
Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal / India / 28 September – 5 October 2019
Dr. Pham Huy Giao, Dr. Kuo-Chieh Chao, Mrs. Supamas Rojjanapitakphan, Ms. Chanidaporn Chaimongkol, Mr. Terkiad Nontapot / Ayudhaya, Angthong, and Kanchanaburi, Thailand / 2 - 4 October 2019
Prof. Weerakorn Ongsakul / Surathani, Thailand / 3 – 4 October 2019
Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe / Yangon, Myanmar / 3 – 5 October 2019
Dr. Philippe Doneys / Yangon, Myanmar / 3 – 5 October 2019
Dr. Joyee Chatterjee / Yangon, Myanmar / 3 – 5 October 2019
Dr. Ram Lal Verma / Siem Reap, Cambodia / 6 – 11 October 2019

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


F. Classified (Jobs)
Position: General Manager (Entrepreneurship Center)
Ref. No. 44/19
Deadline: 27 September 2019

Position: Head, Climate Change Cluster (Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific)
Ref. No. 43/19
Deadline: 31 October 2019