WEEK#10, 9 – 15 March 2020

 In this issue:

A. Announcements

B. Events

C. MoUs/ Agreement Signing

D. Faculty and Staff Travel

E. Classifieds (jobs)

 A. Announcements

i) Updated Travel Advisories and Large On-Campus Gatherings

E-mail from Vice-President for Administration on 24 February 2020.

Dear AIT Community,

Most recent developments confirm the continued spread of Covid-19 Coronavirus infection across the globe.  Subsequently, new directives and health alerts were issued, especially by our host country the Royal Thai Government, regarding preventative measures against the spread of Coronavirus in Thailand.
In this regard, the Institute is obliged to implement additional measures to prevent the occurrence of such infection in our Institute to maintain the health of our community members and ensure internal operations are not affected.  Remember, policies and measures are changed and updated all the time because of the fast-developing crisis.  Thus, with immediate effect from 25 February 2020 (0000 hours) until further notice, faculty, staff, students, and immediate family members must comply with the following updated travel advisories:
1. The Institute upholds its strict directive against any travel to, transit in, or return from Mainland China.
2. The Institute strongly advises against any travel to or transit in Italy, Japan, and South Korea.
In the circumstance where there are compelling reasons that make it absolutely unavoidable to travel to these three countries, AIT members shall immediately seek approval from the Task Force (vpa@ait.ac.th).  There will be no travel reimbursement from AIT if travel takes place without Task Force approval.  Upon their return to Thailand (from 25 February 2020), they are obligated to the Institute’s mandatory quarantine period of 14 days – following the quarantine regulations shared in earlier announcements (repeated below).
At this time, do not invite personal or Institute guests to AIT that have recently been to or have been in contact with people who have travelled from Mainland China, Italy, Japan, and South Korea. It goes without saying that visitors from these four locations will NOT be able to attend any AIT events on campus.
3. The Institute advises against any travel to, or transit in, Hong Kong, Iran, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
In the circumstance where there are compelling reasons that make it absolutely unavoidable to travel to these locations, AIT members shall immediately notify the Task Force (vpa@ait.ac.th) for information.  Guests from these locations are discouraged.
4. Finally, the Institute advises AIT staff and students and faculty to reconsider any travel to anywhere else in the world, given the uncertainty of the Coronavirus spread and the rapidly unfolding situation.
Given the continuing spread of the virus, we need to be even more vigilant to prevent new risks.  From today onwards, to supersede my email of 21 February 2020 to the AIT Management Team, any organizing of events larger than 25 people from the outside must be approved by the TF (℅ vpa@ait.ac.th).  The organizers should ensure the strict observance of the practical recommendations outlined in my 21 February 2020 email when considering and/or hosting TF-approved events either on or off-campus.  Those who are organizing events on campus are urged to notify the TF immediately.
If you have any questions on a travel you plan to make, a visitor you plan to host, or an event you plan to hold, please contact the Task Force for advice and policy guidance.  As the global situation changes rapidly, please heed these frequent Task Force messages for the latest AIT policy and measures.  We rely on your honesty with regard to your adherence to these for the good of the Institute overall.
Please remember to stay healthy, and if you or any member of your immediate family residing with you feel unwell, immediately seek medical attention and do keep them at home.
Thank you.

The AIT Covid-19 Task Force
Below are the quarantine regulations:
a. If you live in a shared accommodation unit, you will be required to move to temporary designated quarantine quarters. If one member of a family or a shared accommodation unit returns from any of the indicated locations, that person will be required to move to the temporary accommodation.
b. Those living off-campus should remain in their home during the 14-day quarantine period and refrain from coming to AIT or go to public spaces, other than absolutely needed.
c.  You must limit your contact with others during this period.
d. Do not attend classes or other academic activities or come to the office during this time. You should not attend sporting and other events and do not eat your meals in the cafeteria, dining hall, and other public eating establishments — do only take-outs.
e.  If you live on campus, a nurse will visit the quarantine quarters every day to take your body temperature. More thorough checkups will be made by a Medical Doctor on the 5th, 10th and 14th day of quarantine.
f. You must minimize your trips outside of your accommodation unit. Meal delivery is available twice a day.
g. You must wear a mask when leaving your accommodation unit.

ii) An Expert’s Talk on at AIT Entrepreneurship Center

An Expert’s Talk on “My Experiences & Experiments with Life & the Lessons Learnt after AIT” by Mr. Bhagab Mahan Das, the Founding Chairman of DASS Energy and the Founding CEO and Managing Director of Christiani & Nielsen Energy Solutions Co., Ltd., at 3.00 pm. on 12 March 2020 at AIT Entrepreneurship Center.

iii) Welcome new staffs and Farewell (staffs)

        New Employees from January to February 2020







Mr. Brighton Nhau

Research Fellow



Mr. Jeffrey C. Hamilton

General Manager



Dr. Chaklam Silpasuwanchai

Assistant Professor



Mr. Ranadheer Mandadi

Research Assistant



Mrs. Shadhini Krisna

Assistant Teacher



Ms. Lalana Kimsantisuk

Administrative Officer



Ms. Pham Thi Khanh Van

Academic Quality Officer



Mr. Ashim Neupane

Strategic Partner Manager


 Farewell (staffs)

        End of Contract & Resignation in January & February 2020







Mr. Denphoom Puankratok

Administrative Officer



Mr. Shehezard Rifthie

Software Developer

AIT Solutions


Ms. Piyawan Thannakorn

Office Assistant

AIT Solutions


Mr. Teera Kritpranam

Research Associate

AI Center


Mr. Giselle Rilian Agunos

Sr. Digital Media & Communications Officer



B. Events


 a) Training Program on "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence"

Program: "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence"

Duration: 25 - 27 March 2020

Venue: Asian Institute of Technology

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is more than just another buzzword, it is a fast-growing technology that is changing industries and job functions around the world. It is gradually introducing itself to all aspects of daily life and has a very broad range of applications across a multitude of industries. The need and use of artificial intelligence are becoming a required skill set in many fields.
For more information please visit at extension.ait.ac.th/course/1003

  b) 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) Japanese Course for Beginners

The Language Center is pleased to announce the opening of Japanese course for Beginners. The course will start on 20 April and will finish on 2 June 2020. If you are interested, click here to register online.  You must email proof of payment to us via languages@ait.ac.th before April 7th to confirm your attendance.
Course Details
Class dates: April 20, 22, 27, 29, May 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
                   June 2  (last class for 2 hours)
Class time: 17:00 – 18:30
Total 20 hours
Course Fee: 2,500 baht (AIT community)
                    3,000 baht (outsider)
Provide your name, ID number and cash to the Cashier.
Current Account number: 468-046301-2
Saving account number: 405-999567-0
Bank Name: Siam Commercial Bank Pcl., Ltd.
Bank Branch: Thammasat University Hospital
Branch Address: 95 Moo 8, Klong Nueng, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120 Thailand
Swift Code: SICOTHBK
Message to Beneficiary: Japanese course
You must pay for any service charge or transaction fee separately.

 d) Professional Development Course on "Strategic Human Resource Management and Business Leadership"

Professional Development Course on "Strategic Human Resource Management and Business Leadership"
Duration: 18 - 22 May 2020
Venue: AIT Conference Center

For more information about the training, you can download the attached brochure and course outline or visit us at www.extension.ait.ac.th/course/897 

e) A training course on "Organisational Culture Certification: Cultural Ambassador Program"

The Cultural Ambassador Program is a two-day intensive program designed for managers and senior managers in all fields.

Duration: 8-9 June 2020
Venue: AIT Conference Center

For more information about the training please visit at https://www.extension.ait.ac.th/course/1019



C. MoUs/ Agreement Signing

The signing of agreement with Mr. Bhargab Mohan Das (SE 2005), Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Christiani & Nielsen Energy Solutions (CNES) on 12 March 2020.  


E. Faculty and Staff Travel

Dr. Naveed Anwar/ USA / 2 – 10 March 2020.
Dr. Takuji W. Tsusaka/ Indonesia/ 3 – 5 March 2020.*
Mr. Brighton Nhau/ Indonesia/ 3 – 9 March 2020.
Mr. Naoya Tsukamoto/ Indonesia/ 10 – 12 March 2020
Prof. Weerakorn Ongsakul/ Cambodia/ 9 – 11 March 2020.
Dr. Pisut Koomsap/ Spain-Portugal/ 28 February – 11 March 2020.
Mr. Shabbir Ali Talpur/ San Francisco, USA/ 23 February – 15 March 2020.
Mr. Jonathan Flores Manuel/ San Francisco, USA/ 2 -12 March 2020.
Mr. Muhammad Amir Izhar/ San Francisco, USA/ 2 – 12 March 2020.
Dr. P. Abdul Salam/ Sri Lanka/ 3 – 15 March 2020.
Mr. Huno Solomon Kofi Mensah/ Indonesia/ 10 – 14 March 2020.

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


F. Classifieds (Jobs)

Position: Faculty Positions (School of Management)
Ref. No. 12/20
Deadline: 31 March 2020

Position:  Manager/Coordinator/Administrator Executive MBA (School of Management)
Ref. No. 13/20
Deadline: 20 March 2020

Position: Program Coordinator/Administrator MSc Programs (School of Management)
Ref. No. 14/20
Deadline: 20 March 2020

Position: Teacher, AIT International School
Ref. No. 10/20
Deadline: 10 March 2020

Position: Faculty Position in Water Engineering and Management
Ref. No. 2/20
Deadline: 15 March 2020

Position: Administrative Staff (Coordinator) (Office of Human Resources Services)
Ref. No. 2/20
Deadline: 9 March 2020