WEEK # 6, 10 - 16 February 2020

 In this issue:

A. Announcements

B. Events 

C. Faculty and Staff Travel 

D. Classifieds (jobs)


A. Announcement


i) Appointment of Associate Dean in SET

E-mail sent from AIT President on 7 February 2020.
Dear Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Chutiporn Anutariya, Associate Professor in the Department of Information and Communication Technologies of the School of Engineering & Technology as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs effective as of 1 February 2020 to 31 December 2021.

As Associate Dean, she will assist the Dean in dealing with the students, recruitment of new students, curriculum review and development, coordinating special programs and academic affairs.

We wish Dr. Chutiporn every success in this new role.

Dr. Eden Woon
AIT President 

ii) Updated Information as of 6 February 2020 on Safety and Precautionary Measures Regarding Coronavirus (2019-nCov)

E-mail sent from Vice President for Administration on 6 February 2020

Dear AIT Community

Since we last communicated with you a week ago, the Coronavirus Task Force wants to provide you with an update of our daily meetings.

On Friday 31 January, the WHO upgraded the coronavirus to a Global Health Emergency.

We have accounted for all AIT students that have been in China since early January 2020. Three students are in quarantine on campus, with the last student scheduled to complete their quarantine on 19 February 2020. Two students are in quarantine at home off-campus, also scheduled to complete their quarantine on 19 February 2020. There are two other AIT students currently in China and, in consultation with AIT, will remain there until a return date is agreed upon later.

We have accounted for all employees/residents/visitors that have been in China since early January 2020. One employee is in quarantine, scheduled to complete their quarantine on 14 February 2020.

Other than reporting daily to the medical center, all those in quarantine are visited by a medical doctor on their 5th, 10th, and 14th day. A medical clearance from a doctor is required prior to returning to daily activities at AIT.

For your information, between 27th and 31st January, the medical center also had visits from five AIT residents who were unwell with flu symptoms, but they were diagnosed with common colds and bronchitis and returned to daily activities.  A student at AITIS was diagnosed with Flu A and has since provided a doctors medical clearance, but will only be returning to school next week.

The quarantine facilities, of which there are currently ten in one self-contained dormitory building, have been improved with the provision of portable air conditioning and warm water, if requested. OFAM has been able to arrange the delivery of two meals a day, for those in the quarantined quarters.
Posters to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection have been placed around the campus.

AITIS has been following these AIT regulations and communicating with parents.

At the request of the Thai government, the Immigration Department also visited AIT and accompanied a student to the medical center; as part of a number of random tests been undertaking by the government across the country. The student had no symptoms.

In further discussion with the authorities, we were referred to the website of the Department of Disease Control (DDC); and would recommend also following the Press Release tab. They confirmed the following: If anyone from AIT is referred to Thammasat University Hospital (TUH) and the person has the coronavirus, TUH will report this directly to DDC and representative Officers will undertake an investigation at our AIT campus and provide us with further steps to take. Under such circumstances, the decision whether to separate individuals or close AIT (if needed) will be made after discussion with the Officers.

To keep everyone updated with regards to the Task Force activities, an intranet site has been created. It will be kept up to date daily, and can be found here: Coronavirus Updates.

AIT would like to once again thank everyone for their kind support and understanding, as we make the needed changes to ensure we remain vigilant and adapt to the ever changing circumstances. Please continue to take precautions, by washing your hands regularly, wearing a mask, and avoiding large crowds. This is an extremely serious public health crisis, and we strongly encourage everyone of the AIT family to do his/her part in being cooperative and staying vigilant.

With kind appreciation.

iii) Invitation to the President's Tea with Students on 13 February 2020

E-mail sent from Office of Student Affairs on 17 January 2020.

Dear students,

Our President, Dr. Eden Woon, cordially invites you to the "President’s Tea with Students" which serves as a platform for you to share your views about the Institute, your concerns, suggestions and any issue you would like to bring up. This is conducted at least thrice a semester with at most 25 students per session. The first session for this January 2020 semester will be on:

Date: 13 February 2020 (Thursday)
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Admin Reception Hall (opposite the Office of Student Affairs - see attached photo)

Kindly confirm your participation by registering through this Google form.

Please note that the first 25 students to register will be the initial selected participants and the rest will be in waiting list. The first 25 students will be informed of the selection and will be asked to reconfirm their participation. Those who will not reconfirm by the specified deadline will be replaced by the next students in the waiting list. Those continuing students who have already attended the past sessions are requested to give way to other continuing and new students who have not yet personally met the President.

Coffee/Tea and light snacks will be served. Please register the soonest but not later than 31 January 2020.

We look forward to your participation.


iv) Expert’s Talk by Dr. Pan Houwen Matthew

An Expert’s talk on “Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) for Implants, Tissue Repair, and Personalized Medicine” by Dr. Pan Houwen Matthew on 13 February 2020 at 3.00pm. at AIT Entrepreneurship Center.

Register here

v) Call for volunteer for the Hult Prize Regional Summit Bangkok - AIT

E-mail sent from Entrepreneurship Center on 28 January 2020.

Dear AIT Staffs and Students,

Regional Summit in Thailand on 6-7 March 2020.
Established in 2009, Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition and the most prestigious award of the planet for the creation of new social enterprises. Each year, the Hult Prize team issues a big bold challenge aligned with a large market opportunity inspiring students from over 121 countries to solve its greatest problem.
AIT had successfully organized the Hult Prize On-Campus Program in October 2019 and now we are partnering with Hult Prize Foundation for the Regional Summit. A total of twenty-two Regional Summits will take place around the world in March and April, and ours is scheduled on 6-7 March 2020. We expect attendance of around 200-250 students (On-Campus winners) from different countries as well as more than 25 speakers and judges from across the globe.

The Regional Summits provide students from around the world an opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas, learn from their peers and be inspired by a generation of young people who are committed to changing the world through business. The very best startups represented at each summit secure a spot in the world’s largest impact accelerator in Boston, Massachusetts, in June, as they compete to be one of six teams who will compete at the United Nations finals in September.

We would like to invite you to participate as volunteers for the Hult Prize Regional Summit.

Kindly please fill in the online form to confirm your participation.

Also, please be informed, the first meeting for volunteers will be held tomorrow at

Venue:  AIT Entrepreneurship Center
Date:   29 January 2020, Wednesday
Time:  4:00 PM

vi) Social Security list of hospitals for 2020

E-mail sent from Office of the Human Resources Services on 22 January 2020.

Dear AIT Employees,

Members of the Social Security Insurance can now apply to change their current hospital registered under the Social Security system. Those who wish to change their hospital, please contact OHRS until 15 March 2020.

To avail of the Social Security medical benefits, the insured person must go to the hospital at which he/she is registered. For foreign staff, please present to the hospital staff/receptionist your passport and your social security card. For Thai employees, please present your Thai identification card.  
Please find attached the list of medical health check-ups and the list of benefits provided by the Social Security Insurance and the updated list of hospitals. 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Khun Jirada at phone number 5018 or email: jirada@ait.asia.
Please be guided accordingly.

Thank you.



B. Events


a) Thai Courses

The Language Center is pleased to announce the opening of Thai Courses. Please find details below,

Speaking and Listening for Beginners
The 20-hour course is an introduction to Thai languages which will cover basic words, phrases, daily and simple expressions and basic grammatical structures to communicate with Thais. The participants develop their Thai listening and speaking skills through role-plays and tasks. The purpose of the course is to introduce participants to the principles and basic of Thai language as used in everyday conversation. Moreover, the course will prepare them to feel confident to communicate with Thais and feel at ease while staying in Thailand.
Course timetable  

3 February - 18 March 2020
Monday and Wednesday from 17:00 – 18:30
Reading and Writing for Beginners
This course is an introduction to reading and writing. It is the 7-week course that is designed for those who do not know how to read and write Thai language. The participants will practice reading letters and learn how to spell words and makeup words.
Course timetable 
4 February - 19 March 2020
Tuesday and Thursday from 17:00 – 18:30
Speaking and Listening for Intermediate Level
This course will cover more vocabulary and grammatical structures to communicate with Thais. Students will learn how to make sentences and practice speaking with a teacher and friends to help them speak naturally.
Course timetable 
3 February - 18 March 2020
Monday and Wednesday from 18:30 – 20:00
Course Fee: 2,500 baht for AIT community and 3,000 baht for outsiders
Total of 20 hours, 2 days a week
Register and make a payment at the Language Center, Room 216

The Language Center

(b) LC Workshops
E-mail from Language Center 22 January 2020.

This is a gentle reminder of all the upcoming workshops offered by LC. Seats are limited and registrations are closing soon.

1. Let's Talk Research Workshop: For more information and registration, click here.
2. Thesis Proposal Writing:  For more information and registration, click here.
3. Thesis Writing: Final Chapters: For more information and registration, click here.
4. Introduction to Research Writing: For more information and registration, click here.

The Language Center

c) A Professional Development training program on “Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare: Innovations, Challenges Emerging and Opportunities”

This one-week professional development training program on “Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare: Innovations, Challenges Emerging and Opportunities” is designed to help healthcare professionals learn about myriad AI technologies for healthcare, explore possible applications, and understand the issues these applications might cause, for example, whether AI is dehumanizing healthcare and how AI might improve today’s healthcare systems.

Professional Development Course on "Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare: Innovations, Challenges and Emerging Opportunities"
Duration: 6-10 April 2020
Venue: AIT Conference Center

For more information about the training, you can download the attached brochure or visit at https://www.extension.ait.ac.th/course/1012


C. Faculty and Staff Travel

Miss Nuntarat Boonlao / Pathumthani, Thailand / 1 December 2019 – 30 May 2020
Prof. Weerakorn Ongsakul/ UK/ 29 February – 7 March 2020
Dr. Indrajit Pal/ Kolkata/ 28 Feb – 6 March 2020.
Mr. Aphinya Chairat/ Denver, USA/ 28 Feb – 7 March 2020
Prof. Thammarat Koottatep, Bali, Indonesia/ 8 – 15 February 2020
Mr. Gullberto Borongan/ Vientiane, Lao PDR, 10 – 13 February 2020
Mr. Huno Solomon Kofi Mensah/ Vientiene, Lao PDR. 10 – 13 February 2020
Mr. Frank Greco Yrle/ Bali, Indonesia/ 9 – 23 February 2020
Ms. Chatchata Prasongsuk/ Cambodia/ 17 – 21 February 2020
Ms. Narumon Wangnai/ Cambodia/ 17 -21 February 2020
Mr. Voravate Choniasin/Cambodia/ 17 -21 February 2020
Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut/ Australia/ 11 – 28 February 2020
Dr. Roger Levermore/ Cambodia/ 1 – 3 February 2020*
Prof. Weerakorn Ongsakul/ Barcelona, Spain/ 22 -27 February 2020
Dr. Salvotore G.P. Virdis/ Khonkaen/ 1 February 2020*
Dr. Sarawut Ninsawat/ Lampang/ 3 – 4 February 2020.*
Mr. Zia Islam/ Mandalay, Yangon, Myanmar/ 16 – 20 January 2020*

Mr. Solomon Kofi Mensah Huno/ Khonkaen/ 7 February 2020*
Ms. Aphiya Chairat/ Denver, USA/ 28 February - 7 March 2020
Mr. Arturo G. Roa/ Lopburi/ 21- 22 February 2020

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

D. Classifieds (Jobs)

Position: Administrative Officer (intERLab)
Ref. No. 8/20
Deadline: 29 February 2020

Position: IT HelpDesk Officer (intERLab)
Ref. No. 7/20
Deadline: 29 February 2020

Position: Assistant/Associate Professor (School of Environment Resources and Development)
Faculty position in Environmental Technology and Management
Ref. No. 1/20
Deadline: 31 March 2020

Position: Assistant Professor (School of Engineering and Technology)
Faculty Position in Water Engineering and Management
Ref. No. 2/20
Deadline: 15 March 2020

Position: Administrative Officer (Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific)
Ref. No. 1/20
Deadline: 29 February 2020

Position: Software Developer (AIT Solutions)
Ref. No. 6/20
Deadline: 15 February 2020

Position: Receptionist / (Telephone) Operator (Office of Facilities and Assets  Management)
Ref. No. 4/20
Deadline: 5 February 2020

Position: Administrative Staff (Coordinator) (Office of Human Resources Services)
Ref. No. 2/20
Deadline: 14 February 2020

Position: Library Assistant (AIT Library)
Ref. No. 5/20
Deadline: 7 February 2020

Position: Assistant/Associate Professor (School Of Environment Resources and Development)
Ref. No. 62/19
Deadline: 31 March 2020
http://www.hro.ait.ac.th/job/show/638A. Announcements