WEEK#4, 27 January – 2 February 2020

 In this issue:

A. Announcements

B. Events

C. Visitors

D. Faculty and Staff Travel

E. Classifieds (jobs)


A. Announcements


i) Safety  and Precautionary Measures Regarding Corovavirus (2019 nCov)
E-mail sent from Vice President for Administration on 27 January 2020.

Dear AIT Community,
The epidemic of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which originated from Wuhan, China has caused ramifications leading to virus infections and deaths. The incubation period of the coronavirus is estimated between 2 to 14 days before the symptoms appear, and without symptoms, a person may not know they have the infection, but still be able to spread it. The infection is primarily transmitted through respiratory droplets or contact with infected secretions from individuals. Currently, there have been reports of infected individuals travelling to Thailand.

The Institute is concerned and remains cautious about the situation. Therefore, in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the Institute request that the AIT Community follow these requirements below:

1. For students, employees, and residents who have travelled to Wuhan, China in the past two weeks, you are required to stay at home/dormitories for 14 days after the date of return to Thailand. All must submit detailed information, including name, phone number, and dorm or housing unit number to the appropriate authorities.  Do not attend classes or come to the office during this time.  For students and their families, please inform the Student Welfare Unit at telephone number 02-524-6744 (student-welfare@ait.ac.th).  For employees and their families, the employee must inform the Office of Human Resources Services (hro@ait.ac.th) at telephone number 02-524-5018. We will be in contact with you immediately upon your notification of AIT.
2. For students, employees, and residents who have travelled to the rest of China in the past two weeks, you can perform normal duties but are requested to report to the Medical Center every day, for 14 days after the date of return to Thailand.  All are requested to submit detailed information, including name, phone number, and dorm or housing unit number to the respective Student Welfare Unit or the Office of Human Resources Services; as indicated in the contact details contained in Point 1 above.

3. For students/employees/residents who have stayed in Thailand throughout these past weeks, please refrain from having direct contact with those who have recently travelled back from China to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. If you are aware of your friends/colleagues who come back from China, please inform the Student Welfare Unit or the Office of Human Resources Services.

4. Students/employees/residents who have cold-like symptoms such as runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever, difficulty breathing or a general feeling of being unwell, please seek immediate medical care at the AIT Medical Center and/or hospitals.

5. Students and employees who have plans to travel to China should refrain from doing so. If it is not possible to postpone the trip, it is recommended to avoid gathering in enclosed or crowded spaces, wear a mask and avoid close contact with people who are sick with runny nose and coughing, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol gel.

AIT will closely monitor the situation and requests the kind cooperation from our AIT community to be vigilant in order to prevent the spread of the corona-viruses on our small campus. It is recommended to take practical precautions, such as wearing a mask and washing hands frequently.
More information and updates on the outbreak situation can be found from the website of the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health at http://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/intro.php

Russell Rein
Mr. Russell B. Rein
Vice President for Administration

ii) A Talk on “Agile Tech: add value in your research work/career”

A Talk on “Agile Tech: add value in your research work/career” by Iwan Spillebeen
CEO, BlockchainLabs.ai, on Monday, 27 January 2020 from 10.00 – 12.00 am. At Entrepreneurship Center, AIT.

iii)  Learn about Innovation on Financial Services by Vice President of NSTDA

Learn about Innovation on Financial Services by Mr. Chalermpol Tuchinda,  Vice President of NSTDA on 29 January 2020 from 2.00 – 3.45 pm at Entrepreneurship Center

iv) 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.

v) Re-publication of the Institute P&P on Associate Deans (AA-2-1-1)
E-mail Director, Office of Academic Administration on 21 January 2020.

At its meeting this morning, on the endorsement of the AIT Governing Team, the President approved the re-publication of the Institute P&P on Associate Deans (AA-2-1-1) with some modifications.

This P&P statement is Intranet-published under (AA) Academic and Administrative Affairs , as well as attached herewith for easy reference.

Please be guided accordingly.

vi) AIT Medical Clinic Services
E-mail from Office of the Human Resources Services on 7 January 2020
The mission of the AIT Medical Clinic is to provide the best possible medical care, disease prevention and health promotion to AIT students, employees and their dependents.  To enable the AIT Clinic to provide a broader and longer service, starting from January 2020 the clinic will have an extended clinic hour up to 5.00 p.m.

In addition to the general medical care and health counseling given by the general practitioners, the clinic also provides consultations in ENT (ear, nose, throat) and Rehabilitation Physician (physical rehabilitation). The Clinic hours are as follows:



Type of doctors

Name of the Doctors


09:00 – 12:00

General Medicine

Asst. Prof. Dr. Chatnarin Metheekul

14.00 – 17.00

General Medicine

Asst. Prof. Dr. Chatnarin Metheekul


09:00 – 12:00

General Medicine

Dr. Visanee Srivisal

14.00 – 17.00

General Medicine

Lect. Lt. Col. Krittin Silanum


09:00 – 12:00

General Medicine

Dr. Thanu Komolsai

13:00 – 17:00

General Medicine

Dr. Chatree Jongsirilerd


09:00 – 12:00

General Medicine

Dr. Visanee Srivisal

14:00 – 15:00

ENT Specialist

(Ear, Nose, Throat)

Dr. Amornwan Nilsuwan


09:00 – 12:00

General Medicine

Asst. Prof. Dr. Chatnarin Metheekul

15.00 – 17.00

Rehabilitation Specialist

Dr. Chuenchom Chueluecha

*Remark: Any changes to the above schedule are announced via email.

The AIT Medical Center can be reached at 02-524-5286 during office hours (from 7.30 to 17.00 hours), from Monday to Friday; and through 02-524-5555 for 24-hour medical emergency service.


Employees can avail of a free standard blood test from the AIT Medical Clinic.

Blood tests for blood sugar, lipid profile, liver function, uric acid and renal function (BUN, Cr) as routine (standard) blood chemistry; hemoglobin (anemia) and urine examination (no pregnancy test) are available.  Other necessary tests can be referred to the Thammasat University Hospital laboratory service. Electrocardiogram is also available.
Medical appliance/apparatus:

Crutches, canes and wheelchairs can be borrowed from the AIT Medical Clinic.  A refundable deposit will be required.  The nurse on duty can be contacted for borrowing these appliance/apparatus.

Student’s Insurance:

Those insured under the Generali Medical Insurance should present their Generali Card before consulting with the doctor for the diagnosis of any illness. Any medical expenses incurred will be charged to the Generali Insurance.  If a doctor is not consulted, students will be required to pay in cash.
Medical Emergencies:

Emergency medical care is available at the AIT Medical Clinic at all times. In case of a medical emergency, please call 5555, the Nurse will call the guard to take her to the patient’s location using the golf cart. If the patient needs to be taken to the hospital, the Nurse will call the ambulance through 1669.

The AIT Medical Clinic’s emergency care service is not a hospital emergency room.  Emergency illness conditions such as suspected heart attack, stroke or poisoning require immediate treatment at the nearest hospital emergency room.  If anyone is too ill to come to the Clinic or to go to a hospital without assistance, please call 5555 or 1669 directly for Emergency Medical Service (provided by the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand).

Night-Shift Nurse:

 A night-shift nurse, who is on duty from 19:30 to 07:30 hours is reserved for medical emergencies.  For safety and security reasons, the door of the Medical Clinic is locked from 22:00 to 07:30 hours.  In medical emergency cases or if any medical emergency assistance is required, the nurse on duty can be contacted at 02-524-5555.

vii) New AIA insurance medical cards are now available

E-mail from Office of the Human Resources Services on 8 January 2020

Dear AIT Faculty and Staff,
This is to kindly inform you that your new AIA insurance medical card is now available and ready to be picked up at the Office of the Human Resources Office.
You can come or send your Secretary on your behalf to collect your insurance card anytime at your convenience during office hours.
Important reminders in using AIA insurance cards.
• If you are a foreigner, please bring your passport and show it along with your AIA insurance card at the hospital reception before seeing a doctor.
• If you are a Thai person, please provide your Thai identification card.
• Laboratory coverage is up to a maximum of Baht 5,000.  To claim your reimbursement for your laboratory expenses, please submit to OHRS the original receipt and the original medical certificate.
• For consultations done with a none-network hospital, you must pay the hospital bill first, then submit the original receipt and original medical certificate to OHRS to process your reimbursement at AIA.
Submit all these documents to OHRS within 90 days from the date of your consultation/discharge, otherwise, AIA will not process the reimbursement.

The list of affiliated hospitals is intranet available at HRIS . Please click " About the Medical Plan " to view the details.


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) Workshops offered for the January 2020 Semester
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)EL course schedule for the January 2020 Semester

Email from AIT Language Center (7 Jan. 2020)

The registration for Academic English (EL) classes for the January 2020 Semester is now open. Please click here and choose from the available time slots (AIT login is required) before the deadline on Friday 17 January 2020 (Adding/Dropping). Classes start on 22 January 2020.

Students with English scores below AIT’s admission requirements will be automatically enrolled in the mandatory English Language (EL) courses listed below. Students will need to pay a registration fee at the AIT Cashier for EL courses. The EL course level will be automatically assigned based on a student’s current English score:
5.0 - EL15 Intermediate English Composition
5.5 - EL19 Academic and Technical Writing

English course fee: 3,000 Baht one-time flat fee to all newly enrolled students. This is extra from the 2,000 Baht one-time flat fee for Language Support that all new students are required to pay.

The EL courses should be your first priority, therefore scheduling problems and conflicts are not valid reasons to request to unregister from the EL courses. To unregister from the course during a given semester, you will need to submit a memo requesting the EL exemption on a semester basis stating clearly that you intend to join in the following semester. Should you wish to drop the course completely and submit a standardized test score (IELTS or TOEFL), you can do so by submitting a memo stating clearly that you will submit a satisfactory writing score (6 or higher) from a standardized test before thesis credit enrollment. Please note that once you declare this, you will not be allowed to take the AIT English test to fulfil your English requirements.
For January 2020 Semester, memos will need to be approved by your advisor and submitted to and approved by the Language Center before 17 January 2020 (AIT adding/dropping date). If you fail to drop the EL course you are enrolled in before 7 February, you will still be invoiced and graded for the EL course you have enrolled.

As you have been informed during the orientation, AIT maintains a strict policy on English language requirements. Students who have not met the English language requirements by the third semester of study will not be allowed to register for thesis or research credits.


C. Visitors/ MoU

  • Signing MoU with King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) on 31 January 2020.


D. Faculty and Staff Travel

Miss Nuntarat Boonlao / Pathumthani, Thailand / 1 December 2019 – 30 May 2020
Dr. Naveed Anwar/ San Francisco, USA/ 26 – 31 January 2020
Ms. Nadthakant Suklap/ Phuket/ 14 – 18 February 2020
Prof. Weerakorn Ongsakul/ UK/ 29 February – 7 March 2020
Mr. Ma Omar Farouk/ Indonesia/ 18 – 30 January 2020

Mr. Sasanka Lanka Madawalayama/ Vientiane, Laos/ 26 January – 1 February 2020

Ms. Angsana Chaksan/ Vientiane, Laos/ 26 January – 1 February 2020
Dr. Monkul Morshed  Ahmad/Dhaka-Bangladesh/ 25 – 29 January 2020 & 4 – 9 February 2020
Dr. Thi Phuoc Lai Nguyen/ Prachinburi/ 30 – 31 January 2020
Mr. Nikorn Asakati/ Prachinburi/ 30 – 31 January 2020.
Ms. Usanee Nimdang/ Prachinburi/ 30 – 31 January 2020.
Dr. Manzul K. Hazarika/ India/ 20 – 25 January 2020. *
Dr. Roger Levermore/ Myanmar/ 16 – 20 January 2020.*
Dr. Roger Levermore/ Kathmandu, Nepal/ 23 – 26 January 2020.*
Mr. Naoya Tsukamoto/  Myanmar/ 20 – 24 January 2020.*
Prof. Dieter Trau/  Singapore/ 18 – 22 January 2020.*
Mr. Jonathan Flores Mannel/ Singapore/ 3 – 5 February 2020.
Mr. Thaung Htut Aung/ Myanmar/ 17 – 20 January 2020.*
Prof. Rajendra P. Shrestha/ Kathmandu, Nepal/ 24 – 30 January 2020.
Dr. Sylvia Szabo/ Australia/ 22 – 26 January 2020.
Dr. Indrajit Pal/ Kolkata/ 28 Feb – 6 March 2020.
Mr. SK. Shahin Hossain/ Dhaka, Bangladesh/ 14 – 15 February 2020
Dr. SK Shahin Hossain/ Myanmar/ 27 – 29 January 2020.

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


E. Classifieds (Jobs)

Position: Assistant/Associate Professor (School Of Environment Resources and Development)
Ref. No. 62/19
Deadline: 31 March 2020