WEEK #47: 21 – 27 November 2016

In this issue:


         A.    Announcements

         B.    Campus Updates

         C.    Events and Happenings

         D.    Faculty and Staff Travel

         E.    Classifieds (Jobs)


A.    Announcements

(i)    Institute Forum, 1 Dec 2016, 2-4pm, AITCC Auditorium
Email from President: 14 Nov. 2016

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

I would like to invite you to an Institute Forum, which will take place at the AIT Conference Center Auditorium on Thursday, 1 December 2016, from 2 to 4 p.m. (1400-1600 hours).

With the ongoing discussions on a new vision statement being considered for our Institute, I attached a reference document from UNESCO on Global Citizenship Education: Topics and Learning Objectives.

The theme for this year’s Institute Forum will be “Let's Learn from the Students”.  In this Forum, I have invited a team of students to present the students’ perspective in pushing the Global Citizen agenda. For a change, no presentations are expected from Administrators, Faculty and Staff in this Forum.

After the students’ presentation, there will be a question and answer session during which members of the community would have an opportunity to raise any questions, comments or concerns that they might have related to how we can transform AIT to be a platform for producing global citizens (global leaders).  All ideas are welcome.

•       1345 -  1400    Arrival and registration
•       1400 -  1415    Welcome and Introduction by the AIT President, Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
•       1415 -  1500    Students’ Presentation on “Pushing the Global Citizen Agenda – Students’ Perspective”
•       1500 -  1545    Open Forum

Following the Institute Forum, there will be a tea reception, in the AITCC lobby, from 3:45-4:15 p.m., to which you are all invited.
With classes and final examinations completed by then, we expect the active participation of members of our community, especially our faculty and students.
I very much look forward to your participation at the Forum and to meeting and interacting with you during the informal tea-reception.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai
Asian Institute of Technology

(ii)     December 31, 2016 closing announcement

To ensure that AIT completely record the 2016 transactions in this year and not delay to 2017, please strictly follow the guidelines: -

1)      2016 Payments cut off
•         All “approved” 2016 Payment Requests/ Cash Payment Summary with attached supplier invoices/receipts (dated within 2016) arrive Finance Office by 23 December 2016.
•         Please avoid any delay submission of the above documents since Finance has deadline to close the yearly account. Delay submission means your request for payment will not be able to charge to 2016 budget and neither to 2017

2)      Payroll
•         Overtime cut off is 16 December
•         Actual overtime up to the cut-off date plus estimation of overtime for the remaining weeks up to 31 December 2016 must reach Finance Office by 16 of December 2016 for reserving in 2016 account.
•         Fail to submit estimated overtime within the deadline means there will be no budget to pay the overtime.

3)     Purchase Requisition (PR) and Purchase Orders (PO)

Before issuing Purchase Requisition and Purchase Order in December 2016, please check whether works/services can be delivered/completed within the year 2016 or not.  If yes, Purchase Requisition must be approved before 13rd   December 2016 and all Purchase Orders must be approved before 19th   December 2016.

Any work/service which cannot be completed within 2016, Purchase Requisition and Purchase Order must be issued in 2017 and will be charged to 2017 budget. External Auditor will not accept to record goods /services delivered in 2017 in the year 2016

For materials/ services to be delivered in 2016, please request suppliers to submit their Suppliers’ invoices to Finance office by December 31 for recording in 2016 account.

Note: There is a repeated misunderstanding every year that by placing Purchasing Requisition (PR) or Purchase Order (PO) in 2016, it is sufficient to utilize the 2016 budget. This is not possible unless goods/services are delivered in 2016, not 2017.

4)      Settlement of outstanding Promissory Note and RTA
Please settle your Promissory note and RTA within 23 December 2016.

5)      Invoicing Income
•         Schools/Units are requested to submit all billing requests pertaining to work/services performed for third parties in 2016 (e.g. fees recoverable from donors, income due from project sponsors) to Finance Office by 23 December 2016.

6)      Internal Charges
•         All Units which have authority to update Internal Charges through ERP must ensure that the charges of 2016 have been completely updated by 23 December 2016. Units which do not have the authority must submit the Internal Charge Form to Finance Office by 23 December 2016.

Other issue

7)      Sponsored Projects under Fund 30
Schools/cost centers to ensure Form E has been completely issued for all closing projects within 2016. Please also provide the list of the completed projects (both Academic and non-Academic projects) to Finance office. Khun Vandee, Finance officer, will contact schools/units for the list.

For further enquiries please contact:

•         Ms. Orawan Kosaipolkul, Senior Accounting Manager Ext # 6346

•         Ms. Chirapar, Finance Manager Ext # 6342 (for Payment)

•         Ms Pakkamol, Director, Procurement, Inventory and  Assets Ext # 5029 (for Purchase Requisition and Purchase Order)

(iii)    EURAXESS ASEAN Flashnotes - Latest Funding and Career Opportunities for AIT Researchers

The Office of External Relations (OEXR) has announced a number of attractive opportunities for researchers which are presented in the latest EURAXESS ASEAN flash notes.


1)      United Kingdom - Newton Fund Institutional Links Programme. Thailand and Vietnam Eligible

2)      EMBO Short-Term Fellowships Open to Researchers in ASEAN. 3 month Research Visits to Labs in Europe and Elsewhere. Rolling Deadline.

3)   Germany - Humboldt Incoming Fellowships for researchers at different stages in their careers. ASEAN Researchers Eligible. Rolling Deadline.

4)     Advice on applying to funding schemes by Dr Claire McNulty, Director Science and Research, British Council

5)  List of European Institutions Interested in Hosting Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

7)  United Kingdom: Training Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. ASEAN Researchers Eligible. Deadline 28 November, 2016

 Check out:



Sign up to EURAXESS Links ASEAN here:


For more details, please contact Director of Office of External Relations (OEXR) at email: shawnpk@ait.asia

(iv)    European Research Days in ASEAN: Workshops on Effective Proposal Preparation for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA): 18-25 November, 2016

These one-day workshops in Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok will provide detailed information on the eligibility and application criteria for the MSCA Individual Fellowships and the MSCA Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE). Hands-on training led by a European trainer will focus on proposal structure, partner Identification, financial aspects, evaluation as well as a review of sample proposals.

These workshops will take place in Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok 18-25 November, 2016.

Participation in the workshop is free of charge but registration is required. Participation is limited to 60 people only.

This workshop will be conducted by Dr Juliane Sauer, EUresearch, Switzerland.

For more information: https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/erd-2016-effective-proposal-preparation-for-the-marie-skodowska-curie-actions-tickets-27921422727?aff=erellivmlt

Check out:


Sign up to EURAXESS Links ASEAN here:


(v)    Gentle reminder: work permit renewal

In December 2016, work permit of many non-Thai AIT faculty and staff will expire. Due to a long holiday in December, please renew your Work Permit at least 1 month before it expires. Kindly provide the following documents:

•       Passport and Visa

•       Work permit license

•       Medical certificate (valid for 1 month) from AIT Medical Clinic.

•       Certificate Employee from HRO

•       Rate of Government Fees for Work Permit

o       950 Baht (For 3 months)

o       1,700 Baht (For 6 months)

o       3,200 Baht (For 1 year)

o       3,950 Baht (For 1 year and 3 months)

o       4,700 Baht (For 1 year and 6 months)

o       6,200 Baht (For 2 years)

Please apply to extend the work permit from 15 November – 15 December 2016. However, if you submit late you must apply for a new work permit.

For further questions, please contact K.Suvanee/K.Pipat, GRU Unit, at Tel. 5014 or 5021

(vi)    Extended library hours to one o'clock in the morning during exams period

Please be informed that AIT Library hours during exams period from 16 – 29  November 2016 will be extended to one o'clock in the morning.  The library hours will be as follows.

Monday - Sunday    8.00 a.m. - 1.00 a.m.

(vii)    Extension of Registration for the SU Leisure Grand Trip

Due to a downpour of positive response for the SU Leisure Grand Trip, the SU Leisure Committee has decided to open 40 more seats on First Come First Serve Basis. The registration deadline has been extended to 22 Nov. 2016.

However, this time the rate will be 4000/person regardless of status (student/staff/family member)

Register NOW! @ https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Eyxt-kk1sVwqh9zImsZssAIeRugjAhzRrwiISDZcjaE/edit

Please do not hesitate to contact SU Leisure Committee at suleisure.ait@gmail.com for further information.



B.    Campus Updates


(i)    Construction of 7Eleven Convenience Store at the Corner of 4th Street and D Street SW

Please be informed that construction work will begin for 7Eleven Convenience Store located between the corner of 4th Street and D Street SW as follows:

1. Start of Construction Work: 1st Week of November 2016
2. Total Construction Days: 70
3. Schedule Days of Work: Monday to Sunday
4: Schedule Time of Work: 8:00am to 5:00pm
5. Tentative Store Opening Date: 10 January 2017

We thank you for your kind support and apologies for any inconvenience caused.




C.    Events and Happenings


(i)    EVENTS

(a)    Blood Donation: 8 Dec. 2016

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.

AIT Medical Clinic again would like to ask for the help. The next visit for blood donation is scheduled on Thursday, 8 December 2016, 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, AIT Medical Clinic would like to thank you very much for your time and support.


(a)    7th AIT Distinguished Adjunct Faculty (DAF) Seminar: 2 Dec. 2016

AIT will organize the 7th AIT Distinguished Adjunct Faculty (DAF) Seminar" entitled, “Between Global and Local Challenges: Water Resources and their Management will Shape our Future” The seminar will be delivered by Professor Janos J. Bogárdi, a Professor at the University of Bonn, Germany.

Date:               Friday, 2nd December 2016
Time:               10:30 -  12:00 hrs.
Venue:             B108, AIT Conference Center

Interested persons please kindly confirm your participation by registering through the following link or by emailing Ms. Chotiros (Nam) at chotirosm@ait.asia , Tel.  02-524-6319.

There will be also be a live broadcast of the talk.

Further details on the DAF initiative is available at the below link:

(b)     Water Security and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities in Asia, 29 Nov. -1 Dec. 2016

A Conference on “Water Security and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities in Asia” will be organized by AIT, EXCEED, CNRD, and SWINDON at AIT from 29 November – 1 December 2016.

More details: http://www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2016/events/water-security-and-climate-change-challenges-and-opportunities-in-asia/

(iii)    COURSES

(a) Training Course on "Accounting for Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals through REDD+ Activities": 27 Nov. – 4 Dec. 2016

Natural Resources Management Field of Study, School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) will organize a training course on "Accounting for Carbon Emission Reductions and Removals through REDD+ Activities" on 27 November – 4 December 2016 at the AIT conference center.

For more information, please see:  

(b)    Training: Community Based Financial Inclusion and Microfinance: 14 – 25 Nov. 2016

A professional training program on "Community based financial inclusion and microfinance" will be organized by AIT Extension from 14-20 November 2016.

More details are available at this link: http://www.extension.ait.ac.th/news/724

Professional development program on Community based financial inclusion and microfinance, 14 – 25 November 2016

This 2 week program is designed to provide concept and practice of Financial Inclusion and Microfinance as well as to provide a holistic perspective to participants. The program is ideal for entry level and middle management participants from financial institutions and banks operating or opening a microfinance desk.

More details: www.ait.ac.th/news-and-events/2016/events/training-community-based-financial-inclusion-and-microfinance/#.WCkfkcn3aUk



D.   Faculty and Staff Travel


Dr. Syed Faizul Hassan Shah / Chiang Mai, Thailand / 28 – 29 September 2016*
Dr. Abha Mishra / Vientiane, Lao PDR / 10 – 11 November 2016*
Dr. Lal Samarakoon / Hanoi, Vietnam / 10 – 11 November 2016*
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Myanmar / 10 – 14 November 2016*
Mr. Supaluck Luchtawachee / Nakhon Phanom, Thailand / 11 – 13 November 2016*
Mr. Pallav Kumar Shrestha and Ms. Thianthreera Piriyawong / Nakhon Phanom, Thailand / 11 – 13 November 2016*
Dr. Kyoko Kusakabe / Tak Province, Thailand / 14 – 18 November 2016*
Dr. Kavinda Gunasekara / Osaka, Japan / 16 – 19 November 2016*
Dr. Kyoko Kusakabe / Yangon, Myanmar / 18 – 22 November 2016
Dr. Harsha Abeykoon / Vinius, Lithuania / 19 – 27 November 2016
Mr. Sanjeev Pradeep Jayasinghe / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 20 – 22 November 2016
Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Manila, Philippines / 20 – 26 November 2016
Mr. Surendra Shrestha / Kathmandu, Nepal / 20 – 27 November 2016
Mr. MD Zia Islam / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / 21 – 23 November 2016
Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika / Dhaka, Bangladesh / 21 – 25 November 2016
Dr. Djoen San Santoso / Vietnam / 22 – 23 November 2016
Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam / Vietnam / 22 – 24 November 2016
Prof. Pennung Warnitchai / Manila, Philippines / 22 – 25 November 2016
Dr. Indrajit Pal / Manila, Philippines / 22 – 25 November 2016
Dr. Zakir Hossain / Shanghai, China / 22 – 26 November 2016
Dr. Chatuphol Pholwan / Shanghai, China / 22 – 26 November 2016
Dr. Panneerselvam Peramalyan / Kampot, Takeo, Kampong Speu, Phnom Penh: Cambodia / 23 November – 1 December 0216
Dr. Ramlal Verma / Kolkata, India / 23 November – 3 December 2016
Dr. Syed Faizal Hassan Shah / Lahore, Pakistan & Dubai, United Arab Emirates & Colombo, Sri Lanka / 23 November – 3 December 2016
Dr. Peeyush Soni / Yinchuan, China / 24 – 25 November 2016
Ms. Worawan Sumroetrum / Phuket, Thailand / 24 – 26 November 2016
Dr. Djoen San Santoso / Myanmar / 25 – 27 November 2016
Dr. Chotchai Charoenngam / Myanmar / 25 – 27 November 2016
Aphisorn Suwannasuk / Nakhon Nayok, Thailand / 27 – 29 November 2016
Dr. B.H.W. Hadikusumo / Myanmar / 25 – 30 November 2016
Prof. Pennung Warnitchai / Pavia, Italy / 27 – 29 November 2016
Dr. Saroj Kumar Chapagain / Hanoi, Vietnam / 27 – 30 November 2016
Dr. Weerakorn Ongsakul / Melbourne, Australia / 27 November – 2 December 2016
Dr. Masahiko Nagai / Japan / 27 November – 3 December 2016

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


E.    Classifieds (Jobs)


Position: Action Research Coordinator (Asian Center of Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture (ACISAI))
Ref. No. 47/16
Deadline: 25 November 2016

Position: Research Associate (Asian Center of Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture (ACISAI))
Ref. No. 48/16
Deadline: 25 November 2016

Position: Programme Officer (Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific)
Ref. No. 50/16
Deadline: 30 November 2016

Position: Laboratory Clerk (School of Engineering & Technology)
Ref. No. 42/16
Deadline: 30 November 2016

Technician (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 49/16
Deadline: 30 November 2016

Project Development Officer (AIT Solutions)
Ref. No. 51/16
Deadline: 1 December 2016

Faculty Position (Assistant or Associate Professors)  (School of Management)
Ref. No. Fac 5/16
Deadline: 31 December 2016

Position: Director (Office of the Human Resources Services)
Ref. No. 7/16
Deadline: 31 December 2016

Faculty Position (Assistant/Associate Professor) (School of Environment, Resources & Development)
Ref. No. 2/16
Deadline: 15 January 2016

Faculty Position (Assistant/Associate Professor) (School of Environment, Resources & Development )
Ref. No. 3/16
Deadline: 15 January 2016