WEEK #46, 16 - 22 November 2015

In this issue:


Management Team News and Notes


Campus Updates



Faculty and Staff Travel

Classifieds (Jobs)


Management Team News and Notes


Confirmed AIT Management Notes: 5 November 2015

Please be informed that the confirmed notes of the 5 November 2015 meeting of the AIT Management are now Intranet-published at: http://www.ait.ac.th/manage ment/aitmt-notes

Resolutions – In Brief:

  • Setting up School / RCs Capital Funds: The AIT Management endorsed in principle the setting up of School / RC Capital Funds, which will be submitted for the information of and consultation with the Executive Committee in its 2 December 2015 meeting. The School / RC Capital Funds will be financed from 50% of the net overall operating surplus at the end of each fiscal year, in proportion to their contributions for that fiscal year. The School / RC Capital Funds, which will be in perpetual accounts to allow for accumulation, will be used for the Schools and RCs capital investments and future development.
  • Handling of Project Residuals: The AIT Management agreed to credit the residuals from projects completed / closed during the year as Operating Revenues under Research Grants to the involved PIs’ RC unless the contract stipulates that all residuals must be returned to the sponsor / client. The revised stipulation will replace the current stipulations for all sponsored / contracted project categories (research; research & development; trainings & workshops; and conferences).
  • Draft Revisions on Purchasing of Goods and Services: The AIT Management agreed to endorse the proposed revisions on the Institute P&P on Purchasing of Goods and Contracting for Work / Services (FB-3-1-1), as well as on the Institute P&P on Summary of Cash Purchases (FB-3-2-3).
  • Thailand Coronation Day on May 5, 2016 is an official AIT holiday: The Management Team has agreed to designate Thailand’s Coronation Day on May 5, 2016 as an official AIT Holiday next year. This was made possible by removing Buddhist Lent Day (July 20, 2016), which is no longer an official holiday for AIT.
  • Re-employment of AITIS Head/Principal: On the recommendation of the Head-Administration / Research & Education Support Office, the AIT Management agreed to the re-employment of Mr. Kevin Mauritson as AITIS Head / Principal beyond his mandatory retirement after reaching the age of 60.

Note: It is stipulated in the Institute P&P on Engagement of Faculty and Staff Beyond the Retirement Age of 60 (PA-4-1-2) that “Engagement of faculty and staff members beyond the age of 60 will be for a maximum of one year at a time, on a renewal basis.”

  • Doctoral Program: Time Frame: The AIT Management agreed to revise references to the normal or minimum period of study for the doctoral program to seven semesters or 3.5 years with charges distributed at 12 credits per semester, which is considered the normal load of a full-time student.
  • (Distinguished) Adjunct Professor / Faculty as Program Committee Chair: The AIT Management reaffirmed the current stipulations in the Institute policies that those who are not full-time / regular faculty members of the Institute cannot serve as the sole Chairperson of the Program Committee of AIT students.

The AIT Management agreed to add the following stipulations to the AIT Academic Requirements and Procedures and Institute P&P on Faculty Status (PA-4-1-1 IV.4.-5.):

(i.) If an Adjunct Faculty, including Distinguished Adjunct Professor / Faculty, is appointed as academic adviser who will actively provide research guidance/supervision/advice to students, a full-time / regular AIT faculty member will be appointed to facilitate the administrative processes on-campus.

(ii.) When there is more than one Chair in a Program Committee, both will be listed as co-Chairs.

(iii.) The academic co-Chair will be recognized by listing them above the administrative co-Chair.

  • AIT Library: Until the ground floor of the AIT Library is ready, Schools were requested to continue providing learning spaces for the students. Additional learning spaces, if required, say at the AIT Conference Center, can also be made available prior to examinations.


News for Management Team Meeting: 12 November 2015

Internal Restructure of the Language Center

A proposal to restructure the organization of the AIT Language Center was approved by the Management Team. Promotions were approved for Ms. Thippawon Nakwachara, Ms. Thanisa Choombala and Mr. Thomas Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton will assume the duties of Director of the Language Center starting on January 1, 2016.


‘Ostram Center for Advanced Study in Natural Resource Governance’ gets go-ahead green light

A proposal by Prof. Ganesh Shivakoti to initiate development of an ‘Ostram Center for Advanced Study in Natural Resource Governance’ for AIT was approved. It is expected that Prof. Shivakoti will work as the Honorary Director of the Center and will be involved in organizing research and academic work together with AIT colleagues.




Thai Pipe Scholarship at AIT (For January 2016 Semester)

Deadline to Apply: 30 November 2015

Thai Pipe Industry Co., Ltd. was established in 1963 as a subsidiary of the Thai Government. The company’s production of PVC pipes utilized innovative technology from Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd., the leading Japanese PVC pipe manufacturer. From this technology transfer, Thai Pipe developed its own cutting-edge technology. After almost 40 years of continuous development, Thai Pipe has grown from being a pioneer manufacturer of PVC products to become one of the leading PVC pipe manufacturers in the world.


Nationals from ASEAN countries (only).

  • At least 2 years of work experience in a Water-related field from the Government Sector
  • Graduate of Bachelor in Civil Engineering or related fields with a GPA of 3.00
  • Applicants who are physically challenged are also encouraged to apply
  • Applicants must fulfill AIT Entry Requirements

Scholarship covers tuition and registration fees (~ 752,000 Thai Baht, THB). Other fees and living costs are to be borne by the student or External Support/Donor.


The scholarship is available in the following Fields of Study:

School of Engineering and Technology (SET)

1) Water Engineering and Management (WEM), SET

School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD)

2) Environmental Engineering and Management (EEM), SERD

Application Deadline: 30 November 2015

Employee Provident Fund Members can contribute up to 15% of monthly base salary, starting December 1, 2015

Based on the new regulation, effective 1 December 2015, Provident Fund (PF) contribution for employees can be adjusted up to a maximum of 15% of the base salary (Range is from 3-15%).  Employer contribution remains the same.

For PF members who would like to increase their contribution, please fill up the form at HRO and return it to HRO.


RTG Fellowship available for January 2016 Semester

Please be informed that RTG fellowship will be available for January 2016 semester; however, each applicant will be granted only 12 credits (25%) RTG fellowship to cover the semester of January 2016. If an applicant needs to be offered more than 12 credits, the excess credits over the first 12 credits must be covered by AIT fellowships under the respective school budget. This will be applied to all schools and we have about 50 @ 12credits altogether to be used up in January. Any amount unused has to be returned to RTG.


Campus Updates


Demolition and pillar work in the Library

Interior work in the Library will begin soon.  From 11 November through 20 November 2015, the contractor will start demolition and pillar work.  During this period, there will be dust and noise.  The ground floor will be totally closed for the interior work. 

The Library is still open, but the main entrance to the Library which is on the ground floor will also be closed.  Users are requested to enter the Library from the Language Center.  The Library is connected to the Language Center on the second floor.

The Library apologizes for any inconveniences caused.


Closure of AIT Multipurpose Football/Cricket Fields for Renovation

Please be informed that the entire AIT Multipurpose Football/Cricket Fields will be closed during 10 November to 5 December 2015.

Thailand will host the International Cricket Council T20 Women's World Cup Qualifiers and AIT grounds will be used on the 28 November to 5 December 2015 for this prestigious event. Players from Bangladesh, China, Ireland, Netherlands, Thailand and Zimbabwe will be vying for a place in this World Cup Qualifiers here in your own grounds.

To prepare the grass fields from 10 November onwards since it was heavily damaged (both football and cricket) after the rainy season, we have to close the entire area for repair and maintenance for the cricket field to be at an international standard for this event. Grass fields will be cordoned with red and white tape and restriction signage placed in designated areas where security may inform those who plan to use the fields about the ongoing closure. 

Office of Facilities and Asset Management (OFAM) would like to request the full cooperation of AITians to respect the closure of the entire area. With our cooperation and support we will be highlighting AIT again on the world map during this event.


AIT Library Trial databases

AIT Library has been offered a trial for the following databases:

  1. World E-book Library

URL: http://Community.eBookLibrary.org/?AffiliateKey=WEL-AsiInsTecAca   

  1. Business Expert Press & Momentum Press

URL: http://portal.igpublish.com/iglibrary/   

  1. ProQuest Dissertation & Theses Global  

URL: http://search.proquest.com/pqdtglobal   

The trial period is from 1 November 2015 through 31October 2016. To access the databases, please click the above URL links. Alternatively, those databases can be accessed from the Library webpage under "Trial Databases" at  


Work Permit

Faculty and staff members are requested to look at your Work Permit Book. If your Work Permit is going to expire in December 2015, please immediately contact GRU (Ms. Suvannee) to apply for extension.

To avoid any delay and unnecessary charges occurred due to the Institute's year-end break, it is advisable to come to GRU (Ms. Suvannee) before 15 December.

For your kind reference, the document required for renewal of the Work Permit are:

  1. Passport
  2. Work Permit Book
  3. Work Certificate from HR (in Thai)
  4. Medical Certificate from AIT clinic
  5. Fee

    5.1) 3 months 950 Baht

    5.2) 6 months 1,700 Baht

    5.3) 1 year 3,200 Baht

    5.4) 1 year 3 months 3,950 Baht

    5.5) 1 year 6 months 4,700 Baht

    5.6) 2 years 6,200 Baht




DPMM Seminars for Asia Pacific Initiative for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance

Disaster Preparedness Mitigation and Management (DPMM) program shall be conducting a seminar series from August-December 2015 as a part of the Asia Pacific Initiative for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance. The seminars will be delivered from JICA Room, Second Floor, School of Engineering and Technology (SET).

To reserve a seat, kindly contact      

Email: dpmm@ait.asia   , dpmm.ait@gmail.com           

Website: www.dpmm.ait.asia           

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DPMM.AIT          

See more details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2015/events/dpmm-seminars-for-asia-pacific-initiative-for-disaster-management-and-humanitarian-assistance/#.Ve-rSMv-IdV  


International Expert Workshop on Towards Urban Water Security in Southeast Asia: Managing Risk of Extreme Events

The expert workshop, which is being jointly organized by the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) along with Institute of Technology, Cambodia (ITC) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, is funded by SEAEU-NET-II Project from 19 – 20 November 2015 at Imperial Garden Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

See more details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2015/events/uws-workshop-program-2015.pdf


AIT Open House: 20 November 2015

An Open House will be organized at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on Friday, 20 November 2015 from 10:00 am – 2:30 p.m. at AIT Conference Center. Prospective students, their families and friends can visit AIT, and its three Schools, School of Engineering and Technology (SET), School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), and School of Management (SOM) to inquire about admission requirements, scholarships and fellowships, and any other queries about academics, research, and life at AIT.

Interested person can register at Khun Uma, AIT, at tel. 02-524-5010. Email: erco@ait.asia   

More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2015/events/ait-open-house-20-november-2015/#.VkAAy8v-IdV    


Faculty and Staff Travel


Dr. Faiz Shah / Islamabad and Lahore, Pakistan / 26 October – 13 November 2015*

Dr. Suthasinee Artidteang / Fukuoka, Japan / 7 – 18 November 2015

Dr. Victor Shinde / Nakhon Phanom, Thailand / 8 – 10 November 2015*

Mara Mendes / Hanoi, Vietnam / 8 – 12 November 2015*

Dr. Masahiko Nagai / Tokyo and Hokkaido, Japan / 9 – 13 November 2015*

Mr. Aurosree Biswas / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 10 – 12 November 2015*

Dr. Than Lin / Mandalay, Myanmar / 11 November 2015*

Dr. Apichon Witayangkurn / Phuket, Thailand / 11 – 14 November 2015*

Thomas Guy Hamilton / Yangon, Myanmar / 12 – 15 November 2015*

Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Vietnam / 13 – 16 November 2015

Mr. Agus S. Prajogo / Jakarta and Surabaya, Indonesia / 14 – 16 November 2015

Mr. Upul K. Brahmanage / Jakarta, Indonesia / 14 – 18 November 2015*

Prof. Phan Minh Dung / Tokyo  and Yokohama, Japan / 14 – 22 November 2015

Prof. Sivanappan Kumar / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 15 – 16 November 2015

Dr. Prabhat Kumar / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 15 – 18 November 2015

Mr. Mitesh Vishwas Sawant / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 15 – 18 November 2015

Hiromi Inagaki / Tokyo, Japan / 15 – 19 November 2015

Dr. Lal Samarakoon / Tokyo, Japan / 15 – 21 November 2015

Mara Mendes / Tokyo, Japan / 15 – 22 November 2015

Mr. Arthur Lance Gonzales / Mysore, India / 16 – 22 November 2015

Der. Vattikuti Rajesh Chowdhary / Mysuru, India / 16 – 22 November 2015

Ms. Amornpan Koysungoon / Uttaradit Province, Thailand / 17 – 20 November 2015

Dr. Jonathan Shaw / Delhi, India / 17 – 27 November 2015

Ms. Rowena C. Alcoba / Melbourne and Sydney, Australia / 17 – 28 November 2015

Mr. Norman Del Mundo Alcoba / Melbourne and Sydney, Australia / 17 – 28 November 2015

Prof. Sivanappan Kumar / China / 18 – 20 November 2015

Dr. Anil Kumar Anal / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 18 – 21 November 2015

Dr. Vishnu P. Pandey / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 18 – 21 November 2015

Dr. Sangam Shrestha / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 18 – 21 November 2015

Mr. Manish Shrestha / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 18 – 21 November 2015

Mr. Damodar Dhakal / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 18 – 21 November 2015

Dr. Kyoko Kusakabe / Denver, USA / 18 – 22 November 2015

Dr. P. Abdul Salam / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 18 – 22 November 2015

Dr. Indrajit Pal / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 19 – 21 November 2015

Dr. Ram C. Bhujel / Yangon, Myanmar / 19 – 24 November 2015

Dr. Sohee Minsun Kim / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / 20 – 22 November 2015

Prof. Voratas Kachitvichyanukul / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / 20 – 28 November 2015

Mr. Faisal Alih / Brisbane, Hobart, Sydney, Australia / 21 – 27 November 2015

Dr. Manukid Parnichkun / Warsaw, Poland / 21 November – 22 December 2015

Dr. Nagai Masahiko / Manila, Philippines / 22 – 24 November 2015

Dr. Thammarat Koottatep / Hanoi, Vietnam / 22 – 26 November 2015

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


Classified Jobs


Research Specialist (School of Engineering & Technology)                                        

Ref. No. 32/15

Deadline: 23 November 2015



Program Officer (Center for Learning, Innovation and Quality (CLIQ)

Ref. No. 46/15

Deadline: 27 November 2015



Facilities Officer (OFAM) (Office of Facilities and Assets Management)

Ref. No. 53/15

Deadline: 30 November 2015



Laboratory Supervisor (School of Environment, Resources & Development)

Ref. No. 57/15

Deadline: 30 November 2015



Administrative Officer (Media and Communications Unit)

Ref. No. 59/15

Deadline: 30 November 2015



Cafeteria Supervisor (Office of Facilities and Assets Management)

Ref. No. 56/15

Deadline: 13 December 2015



Assistant or Associate Professors Positions (School of Management)

Ref. Fac 5/15

Deadline: 31 December 2015



Assistant or Associate Professor, SERD (School of Environment, Resources & Development)

Ref. No: Fac 4/15

Deadline: 15 January 2016



Senior Technician (School of Environment, Resources & Development)

Ref. No. 58/15

Deadline: 29 February 2016