WEEK #41: 9-15 October 2017


 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Visitors

D. Campus Updates

E. Faculty and Staff Travel

F. Classifieds (Jobs)



A. Announcements




Message from President: 3 Oct. 2017

I would like to share with you that AIT is now registered in the list of "Official Technology and Innovation Research Organizations" of the Revenue Department of Thailand with details in this link:
This means that any private companies engaging AIT to do their research work will be eligible for a privilege of 300% corporate tax deduction if they pay taxes to Thailand.
I believe this official induction of AIT into the list should be a blessing for many Thai and international companies operated in Thailand, who wish to use the excellent services of AIT's international experts to solve their challenges through research and innovation development. Interested companies may obtain more information from Khun Chalita <chalita@ait.ac.th>, Director of Office of Host Country Relation.
On behalf of AIT, I wish to thank our valued neighbor organization, the Thailand Science Park (NSTDA), for providing AIT its strong supports in its application for this privilege.

(ii)    Confirmation on 2 additional Special Leave

This is to convey the approval from the AIT Management Team to grant the special leaves to AIT employees as follows:
1. Friday, 13 October 2017  - H.M. late King Bhumibol Memorial Day.
2. Thursday, 26 October 2017 - Royal Cremation Ceremony for H.M. late King
    Bhumibol Adulyadej.

(iii)    AIT Fun and Sports Day 2017

Email from OHRS: 29 Sept. 2017

It's the time of the year once again that we hear drums and cheers as we gather together as one big family.
Yes! this is it, we are going to have an AIT Fun and Sports Day 2017. Aren't you excited?! Then let's come together on 8 December 2017 and let us shake the AIT grounds with our laughter, dances and spirit of sportsmanship!!

This year's team colors are: SERD- green; SET - Orange; SOM and Centers - Purple; Central Administration – Pink
Come to participate or just cheer your teammates in the games we have especially prepared for you and experience Unity in Diversity through sports!

Theme: Unity in Diversity
What: AIT Fun and Sports Day
When: 8 December 2017 starting at 8:00 a.m.
Who should attend: AIT employees
Where: Morning events will be held at the small football field behind the Administration Building. Lunch and raffle draw will be at the area beside the Administration Building.

Register online! Unit/Department Secretaries are requested to assist their colleagues who may not have computer access to register them by submitting their names and complete details to the Office of the Human Resources Services (hro@ait.asia ).

Exciting prizes await you, so register now!!
Simply fill up the form and click "submit" to complete your registration. Please use ait.asia email account.
Registration is open up to 12 October 2017 at 3.00 p.m. only. Late registration will not be accepted.
Watch out for more announcements!

(iv)    TOEIC Test at AIT

Message from Career Center: 4 Oct. 2017

AIT Career Center is again organizing the TOEIC Test on 16 October 2017 from 13:00 - 17:00 hrs at the Milton Bender Auditorium, AIT. The test will be conducted by Center for Professional Assessment (TOEIC Test Center), the only TOEIC test conductor in Thailand.

The TOEIC test questions are based on real-life work settings in an international environment (meetings, travel, telephone conversations, etc). The Test is used by organizations to determine whether an employee is suitable for a particular task. If you work or want to work for a large organization, particularly in Asia, the TOEIC test is useful to you.

The schedule of registration, payment method, confirmation of payment and TOEIC preparation course are given below:

Online Registration : 4 - 11 October 2017
Payment Date: 4 - 11 October 2017 (last day 11 Oct, 12 noon)
Payment (by cash) at Career Center thru Ms.Tiparatana , AIT Admin Building during office hours
Date and Venue: 16 October 2017 (Monday): TOEIC Test at the Milton Bender Auditorium from 13:00 - 17:00 hrs

The price for students is 700 baht (from 1,500 baht) and for current AIT staff is 1,000 baht (from 1,500 baht).
Please note that a minimum of 25 students is needed for this test to be administered in AIT.
Important links:

To register for the test:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdb02W4YU3DNJwSbUW_dwYbPthos6dgGFZBEg-5MM93Ri4N5A/viewform
To know more about TOEIC, please visit: https://www.ets.org/toeic
For more information and questions, please visit our Career Center FB page at https://www.facebook.com/officialaitcareercenter  or e-mail: careercenter@ait.asia

(v)    Customer Satisfaction Survey for OFAM Maintenance and Services

Email from OFAM: 6 Oct. 2017

Office of Facilities and Assets Management (OFAM) manages the operation and maintenance of AIT infrastructure through contractors and manages the facilities of Accommodation, Cafeteria, Call Center, Mail Office, etc.

Your feedback will help us to evaluate the performance of the contractors and service units which will also help us to focus on the areas that need improvement.
Thereby we request you to fill in the customer satisfaction survey questionnaires through the link below.
Note: The survey form will be open till 16 October 2017.
The survey could be accessed through AIT email or Gmail only.

(vi)    Personal data for Income Tax

Email from OHRS:

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

For employees with children, particular attention is required in the status of your children 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 on personal data from previous to current year should be supported with documents in hard copies. These include passport copy, marriage certificate, birth certificates of your children as well as receipts of investment in RTF/LTF and personal life insurance.
Please submit it to Khun Denphoom in the Office of the Human Resources Services (OHRS), Room 223, Second Floor of the Administration Building within 13 October 2017.

(vii)    Update your personal data

Email from OHRS: 28 Sept. 2017

AIT faculty and staff members are reminded that in accordance with  the requirement of the Thai Ministry of Revenue to inform you to update your personal data, which may be deferred from the previous year, e.g, your wife or husband used to work but this year, jobless and /or.your child has already finished university. These significant movements are necessary in term of legal obligations and your tax allocation.

In a case of such movement occurred, kindly submit your legitimate documents to OHRS attn: Mr. Denphoom Tel: 5013 , not later than 12 October 2017 to update your personal data resulting your right payment and /or your tax reimbursement .

(viii)    Staff English Development

Email from OHRS: 21 Sept. 2017

Please be informed that Staff English Development still exists. The Language Center is now available to provide such in-needed training, starting from Friday, 12 January 2018 from 09.00 hrs to 10.30 hrs on every Friday, continuously until completion of 20 sessions.

(ix)    Unidentified money transfer to AIT account of Baht 21, 509 from IVAX PAPER CHEMICAL LTD. on 6 September 2017

Email from Finance Department: 21 Sept. 2017

Thank you for your kind assistance to help clarifying the unidentified money transferred to AIT bank accounts.

Please kindly check and inform Finance at Finance@ait.ac.th  or contact Finance cashier within mid of October 2017 if you are familiar or be able to identify this amount from IVAX PAPER CHEMICAL LTD.

(x)    Free trial access to Taylor & Francis Online from now to 31 October 2017

Email from Library: 18 Sept. 2017
AIT Library has been offered a free trial access from now to 31 October 2017 to Taylor & Francis Online at this URL link:

(xi)    Free trial access to SAGE Premier for AIT from 25 September 2017 - 5 January 2018

Email from Library: 26 Sept. 2017
AIT Library has been offered a free trial access to SAGE Premier from 25th September 2017 - 5th January 2018.  Please access this URL link: http://journals.sagepub.com/ .  Full text download is allowed.

(xii)    Global Engineering Academic Challenge 2017 – AIT

Email from Library: 22 Sept. 2017
Elsevier is running the Global Engineering Academic Challenge (EAC) 2017 from 18 September 2017 – 22 October 2017.
The EAC 2017 is an partnership program created by both Knovel Team and Drexel University which allows thousands of engineering students from hundreds of institutions around the world to participate and challenge. Solve 5 real-world questions about a trending engineering topic for 5-weeks and get the highest ranks on the leaderboard and win great prizes!
AIT faculty, students, and staff members are invited to join this activity.  Please register at www.elsevier.com/eac  to join.

(xiii)    Invitation to join Taylor & Francis Quiz in Thailand: Stand to win attractive prizes!

Email from Library: 26 Sept. 2017
Taylor & Francis invite interested persons to participate in the Taylor & Francis Quiz in Thailand.  The quiz will end on 31October 2017.  To join, please click this URL link: http://bit.ly/tandfthailand .
You may win attractive prices.  

(xiv)    Motor Pool transportation request

Email from OFAM: 3 Oct. 2017

Please be informed that for all the request of transportation through AIT Motor pool / Office of Facilities and Asset Management (OFAM), please send to callcenter@ait.asia . A ticket number will be sent through FIMS which could be used as reference for follow-up.

OFAM requests all users to send the request at-least 2 days before and confirmation will be sent based on availability through email. To follow up the request you can call to 02524-5843 (Motor Pool) / 02524-5800 (Call Center) during 8:00 am to 5:00 pm






B. Events



(a)    Special Talk on "Research Landscape in Germany" by Dr. Georg Verweyen, Director of the Information Center, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Bangkok: 10 Oct. 2017

There will be a special talk on "Research Landscape in Germany" by Dr. Georg Verweyen, Director of the Information Center, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Bangkok.
Venue on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 at 10:30-12:00 hours at Room B108
Ground Floor, AITCC

More details: https://www.ait.ac.th/ait-events/

(b)    Special Talk on Performance Seismic Based Design: Best Practices: 3 Nov. 2017

AIT through AIT Solutions will organize a Special Talk on Performance Seismic Based Design: Best Practices by Ron Klemencic, Chairman and CEO of Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA), on 3 November 2017.

(c)    International Forum on Education for Rural Transformation: 13 – 15 Nov. 2017

AIT and the UNESCO International Research Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED) is organizing the International Forum on Education for Rural Transformation (IFERT) during 13-15 November 2017, at the AIT Campus.
More information are available at www.ifert.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 AIT on 1-2 December 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


(a)    Foundation English Program for intake January 2018: 28 Aug. – 17 Nov. 2017

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

(b)    EL classes for the August 2017 semester: 28 Aug. – 16 Nov. 2017

The registration for EL classes for the August 2017 semester is now open. Please choose from the available time slots in SIS: https://sis.ait.ac.th  (Register/Enroll menu) before the deadline on 18 August at 16:00 (Adding/Dropping).

CLASSES:             28 August – 16 November 2017
NO EL CLASSES:           Monday 25th to Friday 29th September
Monday 23rd  to Friday 27th October

EL COURSE EXAM:         Monday 20th to Tuesday 21st November

After registering for an EL course you will not be allowed to change the class time on SIS.  Students will only be allowed to change EL class times from Wednesday 16th to Friday 18th August before 15.00 at the Language Center, Room 216.

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 registration fee at the AIT Cashier for EL courses before they can attend. 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 new students.
·    Students who have attended EL 15 or EL19 once will be charged an additional 2,000THB; the total amount will not exceed 5,000 THB.
·      Students who have attended EL13 and EL15; EL15 and EL19 or who have already paid > 5,000 will not be charged again.

Students who joined AIT before January 2016 are allowed to drop EL courses.  If you joined AIT after January 2016, you are not able to drop EL courses. The EL courses should be your first priority, therefore scheduling problems and conflicts are not valid reasons to request to unregister from the EL courses. To unregister from the course, you will need to create 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 18 August 2017 (AIT adding/dropping date). If you fail to drop the EL course you are enrolled in before the 22 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 and if you have not met the English language requirements by the third semester of study, you will not be allowed to register for thesis or research credits. Review the Graduation Requirements here.

(c)    Thai, Chinese and French Courses for Beginners: Aug. – Oct. 2017

The Language Center will conduct languages courses as follows:
Thai Courses for Beginners
·         21 August – 4 October 2017
·         Monday and Wednesday
·         Time: 17:00 – 18:30
·         Total of 20 hours
·         Course Fee: 2,000 baht

Chinese Course for Beginners
·         21 August – 4 October 2017
·         Monday and Wednesday
·         Time: Group 1 (17:00 – 18:30)  Group 2 (12:00-13:00)
·         Total of 20 hours
·     The course fee is 1,000THB due to the kind support of the Chinese Government through the Confucius Institute.  (Refunds are not available.)

French Course for Beginners
·         23 August - 6 October 2017
·         Wednesday and Friday
·         Time: 17:00 – 18:30
·         Total of 20 hours
·         Course Fee: 2,000 baht

Register and make a payment at the Language Center, Room 216.

(d)    Reading and Writing Thai for Beginners: 5 Sept. – 19 Oct. 2017

The Language Center will conduct “Reading and Writing Thai for Beginners” course as follows:

5 September – 19 October 2017
Tuesday and Thursday from 17:00 – 18:30 hrs.
Course Fee: 2,000 baht
Class Size: 15 persons

Register now at the Language Center, Room 216

The Language Center is pleased to announce the opening of French course!

(e)    French for Beginners: 6 Sept. – 27 Oct. 2017

The Language Center will conduct “French for Beginners” course as follows:

6 September – 27 October 2017
Wednesday and Friday from 17.00 – 18.30 hrs.
Course Fee 2,000 baht

Interested persons please register now at the Language Center, Room 216.


(a)    AIT Career Fair & SU Research Exhibition: 1 Nov. 2017

Twenty-one (21) organizations have confirmed so far to join the AIT Career Fair scheduled on 1 November 2017 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. Siam Makro PCL – wholesale center for professional business operators
2. Amata Corporation PCL -  world’s leading industrial city developer
3. Siam Cement PLC (SCG) – largest cement and building material company in Thailand and Southeast Asia
4. Bouygues-Thai Ltd. - leading construction company in Asia
5. TOA Group -  leading paint manufacturer in Thailand
6. Pylon PCL - specialty foundation contractor company
7. Lazada Ltd. -  leading online shopping and selling destination in Southeast Asia
8. Kasikorn Bank –  leading universal banking group in Thailand  
9. TEAM Consulting Engineering and Management Co. Ltd. – Thailand's largest conglomerate of consulting companies
10. Double A (1991) PCL-   manufacturer and distributor of pulp and paper in Thailand and internationally
11. ERM-Siam Co. Ltd. - world’s leading sustainability consultancy
12. Eaton Electric (Thailand) Ltd. - global technology leader in power management solutions
13. John Deere (Thailand) Ltd. - one of the largest and leading agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers in the world
14. Sahamitr Pressure Container PLC -one of the leading LPG container manufacturers in the world
15. RECOFTC- The Center for People and Forests - international not-for-profit organization that focuses on capacity building for community forestry in the Asia Pacific region
16. Asian Engineering Consultants (AEC)  Corp. Ltd. - consulting services for major public and private construction projects
17. AIT Solutions - offers innovative solutions in technology, engineering, environment, development, and management
18. Panya Consultants Co. Ltd. - provides consulting and management services to the government, private sector and international organizations
19. Arcadis (Thailand) Co. Ltd. - leading global design & consultancy firm for natural and built assets
20. SVI PCL -  leading EMS service provider
21. Johnson & Johnson (Thailand) Ltd. - offers the world's largest range of consumer healthcare products & multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods  

CAREER TALK schedule:

¤ Eaton Electric Career Talk on 11 October 2017, Wednesday, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, AITCC

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

Many more companies are confirming in the days ahead! 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.
AIT Career Center also requests faculty to encourage your student advisees to join the Research Exhibition for showcasing students’ research which could be beneficial for future exchange of research initiatives between young researchers and the industries.
Mark your calendar! For developments and career opportunities, please drop by at: www.careercenter.ait.asia
or check/like:  https://www.facebook.com/officialaitcareercenter
or email: careercenter@ait.asia
or contact via phone: 662 524-6744, 662 524-6326









C. Visitors


•    Delegation from the Embassy of Finland in Thailand, led by Her Excellency, Ambassador Mrs. Satu Suikkari-Kleven / 12 Oct. 2017 / to strengthen the cordial relationship between AI





D. Campus Updates


(i)    New AITCC Annex & renovation of car park near Arcade

A new AITCC Annex building will be constructed opposite to AIT swimming Pool/AIT Solutions. The construction work will start from 1 October 2017 and expected to be completed by April 2018. To prepare the area for construction, the car park area opposite to swimming pool/AIT Solutions will be demolished partially and a new sewage line will be laid from Arcade area.

During the process of this work, the area will be barricaded and there might be some disturbance as well as noise.

Please be also informed that currently partial section of car park area opposite to Arcade is being renovated. It may take a week to complete the work and the area will be closed.

(ii)    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


Mr. Armen Rostomyam / Hanoi, Vietnam / 24 – 27 July 2017*
Miss Neha Thapa / Kathmandu, Nepal / 14 September – 1 November 2017
Prof. C. Visvanathan / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / 19 – 22 September 2017*
Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe / Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia / 25 – 29 September 2017*
Dr. P. Abdul Salam / Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Phitsanulok, Phichit, Nakhon Ratchasasima, Thailand / 2 – 6 October 2017*
Mr. Ruangsilp Sriviset / Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong son, Phitsanulok, Phichit, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand / 2 – 6 October 2017*
Ms. Phornsinee Thanara / Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong son, Phitsanulok, Phichit, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand / 2 – 6 October 2017*
Dr. Kavinda Gunasekara / Uttarakhand, India / 2 – 14 October 2017
Prof. Barbara Igel / St. Petersburg, Russia / 3 – 10 October 2017
Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Nakhon Pathom and Chanthaburi, Thailand / 4 – 5 October 2017*
Prof. Weerakorn Ongsakul / USA / 6 – 16 October 2017
Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe / Samut Sakhon, Thailand / 7 – 8 October 2017*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 5 – 8 October 2017*
Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut / Hong Kong / 8 – 11 October 2017
Dr. Thammarat Koottatep / Delft and Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Glasgow, UK. / 8 – 24 October 2017
Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Dehradun, India / 9 – 14 October 2017
Mr. Voravate Chonlasin / Karachi, Pakistan / 9 – 14 October 2017
Ms. Narumon Wangnai / Karachi, Pakistan / 9 – 14 October 2017
Mr. Furqan Ali Shaikh / Karachi, Quetta, Sukkur, Pakistan / 9 October – 12 November 2017
Dr. Masahiko Nagai / Japan / 10 – 13 October 2017
Dr. Sohee Minsun Kim / Beijing, China / 11 – 15 October 2017

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






F. Classifieds (Jobs)


Position: Administrative Staff (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 39/17
Deadline: 15 October 2017

Administrative Staff (Admin. Secretary) (Office of the President )
Ref. No. 34/17
Deadline: 20 October 2017

Position: Administrative Staff (Office of Finance)
Ref. No. 42/17
Deadline: 31 October 2017