WEEK# 48, 25 November – 1 December 2019

 In this issue:

A. Announcements

B. Events 

C. Visitors

D. Faculty and Staff Travel 

E. Classified (jobs)


A. Announcements

(i.) Hult Prize AIT On-Campus Finals

Join us on our embarking step towards creating a change in this world through businesses with a great social impact. We cordially invite you to our On-Campus finals this Sunday to witness some incredible ideas from the changemakers in AIT. Come and meet our incredible judges:

David Galipeau (Founding Partner for SDGx.io)
Kwek Hong Sin (CEO of Sinwattana)
Chulee Wangsirilert (Co-Founder RISE Impact)
Akharavat Sethichawlakul (CEO of Onechat.ai)
Renato Kern (Lecturer, Thammasat Design School)

At the Hult Prize OnCampus finals, 15 teams will pitch in front of the panel of judges. Winning team will receive a seed funding of 30,000 THB sponsored by AIT Entrepreneurship Center partner Computers and Structures, Inc (CSi) to fast-track their idea and represent AIT in the regional summit in March 2020.

We have many other people joining us for the event from Impact Entrepreneurship Sector. Join the family of Changemakers to witness the incredible journey that we have set to change the world.

Reserve your seat now :
https://forms.gle/7MqrHmDYhLWKkitG9 .
Only limited seats are available. We hope to see you soon at our event.

Hult Prize AIT OnCampus Invitation

(ii) OPEN INVITATION, Inaugural Lecture of the Distinguished Entrepreneur Talk Series by -- Mr. Wang Shi -- renowned Chinese entrepreneur and public figure
Email from Office of International Affairs on behalf of President Eden Woon (20 Nov. 2019)

You are warmly invited to join AIT's Inaugural Lecture of the Distinguished Entrepreneur Talk Series by renowned Chinese entrepreneur and public figure -- Mr. Wang Shi.

Date: Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Time: 4:30 PM
Venue:  AIT Conference Center -- Robert B. Banks Auditorium

Register Now→  Click here!

Mr. Wang Shi is the founder and Honorary Chairman of China Vanke Co., Ltd. He founded Vanke in 1984 and led it to grow into the world’s largest residential home developer and a Fortune 500 company. Mr. Wang is a respected leader in China’s environmental conservation and charitable community. Mr. Wang sits on the board of World Wildlife Fund US and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council, with focus on forest, biodiversity, and climate change. >From January 2011, Mr. Wang Shi started to study in reputed western education institutions, specializing in business ethics and cross cultural research. Mr. Wang Shi was visiting scholar in Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford and The Hebrew University. Mr. Wang reached the peak of Mount Everest from North and South faces in 2003 and 2010 respectively. He is the 11th person the world to accomplish “7+2” – reaching the Seven Summits in 2004 and North and South Poles in 2005. Besides, Mr. Wang Shi is widely interested in outdoor exercises and enthusiastic in gliding, paragliding, and rowing. He is the record keeper for paragliding height in China. He acted as the voice chairman for the Chinese Mountaineering Association, vice chairman for the Chinese Rowing Association. In October 2014, Mr. Wang Shi was elected Chairman for the Asian Rowing Federation, taking the responsibility for leading and promoting rowing in Asia. In August 2018, he was bestowed as honorary life president of the Asian Rowing Federation. 

(iii) Special Invitation from ADB to the launch of "Infrastructure Financing in Asia" on 25 November 2019 at AIT
Email from Vice President for Knowledge Transfer (19 Nov. 2019)

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is organizing a launch of its book entitled "Infrastructure Financing in Asia" on 25 November 2019 at the Robert B. Banks Auditorium, Asian Institute of Technology Conference Center, Thailand.

The book features the state-of-the-art in filling up the finance gap in infrastructure investments in Asia, a theme that is highly relevant for many developed and developing economies in the region. It is edited by ADB Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development Bambang Susantono together with Principal Economist Donghyun Park and Economist Shu Tian.

We would like to cordially invite you to attend this book launch on Monday, 2:30 PM as your presence would enrich the happy occasion of this book launch.

Important: Kindly confirm your participation by clicking this link

Thank you and we look forward to meeting you at the event.

(iv) Inauguration Ceremony of AIT Belt and Road Research Center
To incorporate regional research resources and promote diversified cooperation under the framework of the Belt & Road Initiative, the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) will launch its Belt and Road Research Center on 28 November 2019, from 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, at the Lobby of Administration Building.
The AIT Belt and Road Research Center will delicate to serve the regional social and economic sustainability through innovative and collaborative research and capacity building activities. The center is contributed by the AIT Alumni China Chapter.

(v) OPEN INVITATION: AIT-Japan Cooperation 50th Anniversary Celebration Ceremony on 9 December 2019, featuring Dr. Chiaki Mukai, the first female astronaut in Asia from Japan
Email from Office of International Affairs (21 Nov. 2019)
Dear faculty, staff and students,
This year the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the Government of Japan mark 50 years of cooperation! To commemorate our half century of partnership, we are pleased to invite you to attend the AIT–Japan 50th Anniversary Celebration Ceremony scheduled on Monday, 9 December 2019 from 10:00 hrs to 12:00 hrs at the Robert B. Banks Auditorium, AIT Conference Center.
The detailed program (also enclosed) is provided below:

10:00 - 10:10 Welcome Speech:  Dr. Eden Y. Woon, President of AIT
10:10 - 10:20 Welcome Speech:  Mr. Shiro Sadoshima, Japanese Ambassador to Thailand
10:20 - 10:30 Congratulations by Japanese Alumni:  Mr. Masahiro Imbe, AITAA Japan Chapter
10:30 - 10:50 Special Remarks:  Dr. Chiaki Mukai, Vice President of the Tokyo University of Science and the first female astronaut in Asia, “21st Century Education: Pursuing Diversity”

10:50 – 11:30 On stage dialogue and photo with selected AIT students
11:30 - 11:45 MoU Signing Ceremony
11:45 - 12:00 Presentation: Mr. Sohsuke Nishimura, Kurita Water and Environment Foundation, “Kurita Scholarships: Contribution to the development of new technologies of water conservation and environmental protection”
Please kindly register in the below link to confirm your participation.
The registration is open until Monday, 2 December 2019.

(vi) AIT Roadshow Bangkok is coming – 1 Dec. 2019

The wait is almost over. AIT Roadshow Bangkok is coming.
For parents and students, it's a 'can't miss' opportunity to learn more about the essential academic programs and cutting-edge research taking place at the Asian Institute of Technology. Meet faculty deans, lecturers, and the scholarship officers to learn what it takes to gain admission. The event will also feature an English Writing workshop to give students tips and tricks to acing the AIT English Entry Test.
The AIT Roadshow Bangkok will be held on 1 December 2019 at the AIT downtown campus (Column Tower) on Sukhumvit 16.

(vii) Important Changes on Admissions Requirements
Email from Admissions and Scholarships Office  (22 November 2019)
Dear Academic Program Chairs, Department Heads, and School Deans,

Based on the recommendations of the Admissions Committee, which were approved by the AGT, the following important changes have been made in the admissions requirements:

1) No more offering of “certificate leading to Master Program” and “CAS leading to Doctoral program” to avoid confusion and possible misunderstanding with the applicant. Therefore, applicant with the low CPGA (below 2.75) to be admitted to Master program (provided the academic program agrees) with the condition to achieve minimum cPGA of 2.75 in the first two semesters. Similar conditions to be followed for Doctoral applicants but at cGPA of 3.50. 
2) Applicants for non-doctoral programs need not submit recommendation letters. For special cases, program /department can ask for the letter of recommendation for authentication;
3) Applicants applying for the full scholarships monitored by AIT are not required to submit nomination form;
4) AIT Fellowship to be termed as "AIT Partial Scholarships" in all internal documents;
5) The term “financial aid” mentioned in the online application system is removed.
6) Applications of applicants who are not able to pay the processing fees are to be processed internally, but reminded in the acknowledgement note to pay the fees. However, if still not paid, a conditional offer letter can be issued mentioning the fee (800 baht/25 US Dollar);
7) Accept good applicants with low English score and provide them an English-bridging course. If they pass, the cost of Bridging Program (BP) is to be supported by the program. The six week BP program should be arranged in June to July to target for the August Intake. The date of BP must be calendared. 

(viii) AIT Library User Satisfaction Survey 2019
Email from AIT Library (15 Nov. 2019)

AIT Library would like to invite you to participate in the AIT Library User Satisfaction Survey 2019. The information from the survey will help the Library to improve the library services and facilities.

To participate and complete the online survey, please click on the link below and log in with your AIT account.


The survey starts from now to 30 November 2019.

All participants in the survey may have a chance to win the following gifts.
• 10 Laptop cases
• 10 Towels
• 10 USB ports
• 5 T-shirts
• 5 2in 1 Bottles & Cups
• 3 Flash drives (4GB)
• 2 Knapsacks
• 2 Teddy bears
• 2 Notebooks

The winners will be announced after the survey ended.

Thank you very much for your time and cooperation.

(ix) AIT official public holidays and year-end Break for the Year 2020
Director of Academic Administration (8 Oct. 2019)
In line with Institute policies, the AIT Management agreed to designate the following 13 official public holidays, and 6-day year-end break, for the year 2020.
§     1   January,     Wednesday  --  New Year's Day
§     2   January,     Thursday      --  Year-end Break
§     6   April,          Monday        --  Chakri Memorial Day
§  13   April,           Monday        --  Songkran Festival
§  14   April,           Tuesday       --  Songkran Festival
§     1   May,           Friday           --  National Labor Day
§     4   May,           Wednesday  --  Coronation Day
§     6   May,           Wednesday  --  Visakha Bucha Day
§     3   June,          Wednesday  --  H.M. Queen Suthida's Birthday
§  28   July,            Tuesday       --  H.M. the King's Birthday
§  12   August,       Wednesday  --  H.M. the King's Mother Birthday
§  13   October,      Tuesday       --  H.M. late King Bhumibol Memorial Day
§  23   October,      Friday           --  Chulalongkorn Memorial Day
§  7     December,  Monday        --  Birthday Anniversary of H. M. late King's Bhumibol Adulyadej (substitute for 5 December, Saturday)
§  25   December,  Friday           --  Year-end Break
§  28   December,  Monday        --  Year-end Break
§  29   December,  Tuesday       --  Year-end Break
§  30   December,  Wednesday  --  Year-end Break
§  31   December,  Thursday      --  Year-end Break
Please be guided accordingly.

(x) AIT Academic Calendar 2020
Email from Office of Student Affairs (17 Oct. 2019)
Kindly be informed that the current AIT desk calendar is being redesigned and will be available before the year ends.

For planning purposes, the file of the AIT Academic Calendar 2020 was emailed to AIT Community to be able to import it to e-calendar (Google Calendar, MS Outlook, etc.). The academic schedules for 2020 can also be accessed in the Students Website at this link.

(xi) Sign up as a Registered User for the AIT Entrepreneurship Center
Email from Entrepreneurship Center (4 Nov. 2019)

You are all invited to sign up as a Registered User for the AIT Entrepreneurship Center (EC), a creative and inclusive environment where students, faculty, staff and alumni with diverse backgrounds and expertise have an opportunity to innovate, collaborate, launch, and grow a business to drive economic and social impact.
As a Registered User, you have access to the facility and equipment available at EC, chance to get seed funding, meet and collaborate with other innovators and entrepreneurs, book the space for your meetings and events, and so much more.
For further details, email entrepreneurship@ait.ac.th

B. Events


(a) GNSS for Policy and Decision Makers-Course: T131-24: 6 – 8 Jan. 2020

Geoinformatics Center of AIT (GIC/AIT) together with the Center for Spatial Information Science of The University of Tokyo (CSIS/UT) and International Committee on GNSS (ICG) are taking initiatives to create awareness on GNSS and its applications in Asia and the Pacific region.
They will jointly organize GNSS for Policy and Decision Makers-Course: T131-24 Seminar Workshop Program from 6 – 8 January 2020 at AIT Conference Center.
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/521762438403473/?active_tab=about


(a)Training Program on "Sustainable Agriculture, Agribusiness and Value     Chain Management in Thailand": 2 – 7 Dec. 2019

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

(b) Biofloc Technology Training Program: 2 – 7 Dec. 2019

A Training Program on Biofloc Technology organized by Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management (AARM) Program of AIT will be held from 2 - 7 December 2019 at the AIT Conference Center.
The event titled: Biofloc, Biomimicry, and Biological farming will be led by leading international experts on Biofloc, Aquamimicry, and sustainable shrimp farming.
For more details of the program, please email to salinkr@ait.ac.th  or aarm@ait.ac.th.

(c) "WINTER CAMP2019": 14 – 16 Dec. 2019
SET’s Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure Management Program will organize a "WINTER CAMP2019" Essential Skills Project Management Training for all engineers and architects who work in construction projects.
Date: 14 - 16 December 2019
Venue: Asian Institute of Technology
Please click to register here:

Deadline: 29 November 2019

(d) EL course schedule for the January 2020 Semester
Email from AIT Language Center (22 Nov. 2019)
We have updated the English course timetable for the January 2020 Semester. Please see our website here: http://languages.ait.ac.th/english-writing-courses .
Students who are required to take the EL15 or EL19 must select one time from session A and one time from session B.
We are asking for your cooperation during the scheduling of courses in your program to allow room for those students required to attend EL 15 and 19 to attend these courses.

C. Visitors / MoU

• Delegates from Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Philippines, led by Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, SEARCA Director / 25 Nov. 2019 / to discuss about possible collaborative activities between SEARCA and AIT

• MoU Signing between AIT and National Academy of Civil Service (Taiwan) / 3 Dec. 2019 / to discuss on collaboration with NACS and TPO


D. Faculty and Staff Travel
Prof. Shobhakar Dhakal / London, U.K. / 16 – 19 November 2019*
Mr. Sanjeet Amatya / Chiang Mai, Thailand / 17 – 18 November 2019*
Dr. Thi Phuoc Lai Nguyen / Hanoi, Vietnam / 18 – 22 November 2019*
Dr. Indrajit Pal / Kolkatta, India / 19 – 25 November 2019
Dr. Sarawut Ninsawat / Kunming, China / 21 – 28 November 2019
Dr. Sanit Arunplod / Kunming, China / 21 – 28 November 2019
Ms. Slanee Meeto / Chonburi, Thailand / 22 – 23 November 2019*
Mr. Sk Shahin Hossain / Chonburi, Thailand / 22 – 23 November 2019*
Ms. Worawan Sumroetrum / Chonburi, Thailand / 22 – 23 November 2019*
Dr. Md. Zakir Hossain / Hanoi, Vietnam and Tokyo, Japan / 22 – 29 November 2019
Mr. Md. Anishur Rahman / Hanoi, Vietnam and Tokyo, Japan / 22 – 29 November 2019
Dr. Eden Woon / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / 24 – 27 November 2019
Watcharathorn Chantinmathorn  / Luang Prabang, Lao PDR / 24 – 30 November 2019
Dr. Ram C. Bhujel / Vietnam / 24 November – 1 December 2019
Dr. Kavinda G. Hettiarachchige / Nagoya, Japan / 25 November – 4 December 2019
Dr. Indrajit Pal / Vietnam / 25 – 29 November 2019
Ms. Charina May B. Lepiten / Putrajaya, Malaysia / 25 – 29 November 2019
Dr. Sylvia Szabo / Hanoi, Vietnam and An Ciang, Vietnam / 25 – 30 November 2019
Dr. Sangam Shrestha / Luang Prabang, Lao PDR / 26 – 28 November 2019
Mr. Panha Hok / Luang Prabang, Lao PDR / 26 – 28 November 2019
Prof. Weerakorn Ongsakul / Luang Prabang, Lao PDR / 26 – 30 November 2019
Dr. Oleg Shipin / South Africa / 26 November – 13 December 2019
Dr. Ekbordin Winijkul / Delhi, India / 26 – 30 November 2019
Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / 27 – 30 November 2019
Dr. Eden Woon / Luang Prabang, Lao PDR / 28 November – 1 December 2019
Prof. C. Visvanathan / Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam / 30 November – 4 December 2019
Prof. Thammarat Koottatep / Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam / 1 – 2 December 2019

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


E. Classifieds (Jobs)

Position: Doctor
Ref. No. 55/19
Deadline: 30 November 2019

Position: Programme Officer (Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific)
Ref. No. 45/19
Deadline: 30 November 2019

Post-doctoral Research Fellow / Research Associate (School Of Environment Resources and Development)
Ref. No. 49/19
Deadline: 15 December 2019

Position: Post-doctoral Research Fellow / Research Associate (School of Environment Resources and Development)
Ref. No. 56/19
Deadline: 15 December 2019

Project Officer (School Of Environment Resources and Development)
Ref. No. 50/19
Deadline: 15 December 2019

Position: Administrative Staff (IntERLab)
Ref. No. 47/19
Deadline: 20 December 2019