WEEK #45: 6 – 12 November 2017


 In this issue:


A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Campus Updates

D. Faculty and Staff Travel

E. Classifieds (Jobs)


A. Announcements


(i)    Graduation Schedules and Reminders

Email from Registry Unit, Office of Student Affairs: 2 Nov. 2017

For your information and reference, below are the graduation schedules and other deadlines:

Friday, 1 December 2017:  Deadline to submit all graduating files to Registry;

Monday, 4 December 2017: DPRC progress meeting and review of candidates for graduation. No other meeting will be scheduled after this one.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017:  Deadline for inputting final grades in SIS; Schools' Grades meeting

Monday, 11 December 2017:  Academic Senate (Review of Students) meeting; Grades out (Please note that this is a revised schedule due to the declaration of 11 December as a regular working day).

Wednesday, 13 December 2017at 1:30 pm: Graduation Rehearsal in AITCC Auditorium.
Graduating students, Advisors of doctoral graduands, Marshals, and Deans to assemble in the AIT Conference Center Auditorium for the actual Graduation Rehearsal.

Thursday, 14 December 2017:  Photo Session and 128th AIT Graduation Ceremony

8:00 am:  Group Photographs: Graduating students and Faculty to assemble in the AIT Conference Center Auditorium in the following order:
1.        SET
2.        SERD
3.        SOM                              
(Note:  Picture taking will take around 2-3 minutes per field of study.)
10:00 am:128th AIT Graduation Ceremony

All faculty members are invited to attend the ceremony. Please fill up and send the graduation attendance form to Registry on or before Friday, 8 December 2017 so that we can make the necessary arrangements. If you wish to borrow an AIT gown (Rental 300.00), please inform Registry in advance. Your FoS Secretary can get your gown on Wednesday, 13 December 2017 from 9:00 - 11:00 am in Room 222 of the AIT Extension Building.

(ii)    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.
Watch out for more announcements!

(iii)    AIT Newsletter: November 2017

The November 2017 edition of the monthly newsletter of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) discusses the new AIT website, re-engagement with Finland, an award winning innovation of an AIT student, community achievements, events and conferences, a photo gallery from the stellar Students' Union cultural show, and much more.
Download links:
Issuu: https://goo.gl/AHxkv3
SlideShare: https://goo.gl/AHxkv3

(iv)    Regular working day on Monday, December 11, 2017

Email from OHRS: 30 Oct. 2017

As agreed by the AIT Management Team, the holiday on 11th December 2017 (substitute for Constitution Day) will be cancelled.
This is done to provide an optimal balance of numbers of holidays as AIT already has 2 unexpected additional holidays for this year.

(v)    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.

(vi)    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.


Email from OHRS: 9 Oct. 2017

With a fully-funded UK Government award to Chevening Scholarship, you will be free to focus on what matters most-achieving your professional goals and enjoying the experience of a lifetime in the UK in a one -year Master's degree at one of the UK's top universities with the following priority areas conflict issues, human trafficking migration, climate change, energy, trade and investment, economic governance, democracy, governance and human rights. And after graduation, you will become part of an influential global network of over  48,000 Chevening alumni spanning over 160 countries.

Applications are already open. They will close on 7 November 2017. You can get more information at, www.chevening.org/thailand , and for any further questions or to register, please write to Suparaporn.Kaewharn@fco.gov.uk







B. Events




(a)    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

(b)    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.

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. Campus Updates


(i)    New Service provider for AITCC dining from 1 November 2017

Email from OFAM: 31 Oct. 2017

Starting from t 1 November 2017, management of AITCC will be handled by two service providers, namely, VP Services will manage and operate AITCC Hotel and Conferences SN Services for AITCC Dining.

Please also be informed that AITCC dining was closed on 31st Oct 2017 from 15:00, to transfer the operations to new service provider.

(ii)    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.

(iii)    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).


D. Faculty and Staff Travel


Alla Metelitsa / Hanoi, Vietnam / 8 September 2017*
Dr. Naveed Anwar / Manila, Philippines / 2 – 6 October 2017*
Mr. Furqan Ali Shaikh / Karachi, Quetta, Sukkur, Pakistan / 9 October – 12 November 2017
Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Delhi, India / 22 – 27 October 2017*
Mr. Angga Bayu Marthafifsa / Manila, Philippines / 23 – 25 October 2017*
Prof. Weerakorn Ongsakul / Pitsanulok, Thailand / 24 October 2017*
Dr. Naveed Anwar / Hanoi, Vietnam / 24 – 27 October 2017*
Dr. Lal Samarakoon / Delhi, India / 24 – 27 October 2017*
Dr. Victor Shinde / Yangon, Myanmar / 24 – 27 October 2017*
Susana Guerreiro / Bonn, Germany / 25 October – 18 November 2017
Prof. Lawrence Stephen Abeln / Kathmandu, Nepal and Delhi, India / 27 October – 3 November 2017*
Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Semarang, Indonesia / 30 October – 1 November 2017*
Ms. Parichad Nuntavong / Phuket / 2 – 4 November 2017*
Mr. Surendra Shrestha / Taipei, Taiwan / 3 – 6 November 2017
Dr. Kuo-Chieh Chao / Taipei, Taiwan / 3 – 6 November 2017
Alla Metelitsa, Bonn, Germany / 3 – 18 November 2017
Lyan Baybay Villacorta / Bonn, Germany / 3 – 18 November 2017
Dr. Teerapat Sa-nguankotchakorn / Munich, Germany / 4 – 9 November 2017
Dr. Faiz Shah / Paris, France; Ambsterdam, Netherlands; and London, U.K. / 4 – 17 November 2017
Mr. Syed Muntasir Husain Bokhari / Jakarta, Denpasar Bali, Surabaya, Indonesia / 4 – 20 November 2017
Dr. Thammarat Koottatep / Stockhom, Sweden / 6 – 11 November 2017
Mr. Kevin Mauritson / Singapore / 6 – 11 November 2017
Mrs. Vinita Ajay Saluja / Singapore / 7 – 11 November 2017
Ms. Megha Gurung / Singapore / 7 – 12 November 2017
Mrs. Shridevi Shrikant Deshpande / Singapore / 7 – 12 November 2017
Dr. Pradeep Kumar Dash / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 7 – 12 November 2017
Ms. Rowena alcoba / Paris, France; Amsterdam, Netherlands; and London, U.K. / 7 – 17 November 2017
Prof. C. Visvanathan / Kunming, China / 10 – 16 November 2017
Mr. Thusitha Rathnayake / Kunming, China / 10 – 16 November 2017
Mrs. Adelaida B. Roman / Siem Reap, Cambodia / 11 – 15 November 2017
Ms. Charina May Lepiten / Siem Reap, Cambodia / 11 – 15 November 2017
*(Staff or faculty member travelled and returned to AIT prior to documentation received for publication)




E. Classifieds (Jobs)


Position: Administrative Staff (Academic Quality Officer) (Office of the Academic Administration (OAA))
Ref. No. 41/17
Deadline: 6 November 2017

Position: Administrative Staff (Library Assistant) (AIT Library)
Ref. No. 43/17
Deadline: 10 November 2017