WEEK#5, 3 - 9 February 2020

 In this issue:

A. Announcement

B. Events

C. Visitors

D. Faculty and Staff Travel

E. Classifieds (jobs)


A. Announcements

i) Safety and Precautionary Measures Regarding Coronavirus (2019-nCov)

In addition to our announcement on 27 January 2020, and in view of the rapid ongoing developments of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the Institute is updating its initial requirements to include the following below:

1. For students, employees, and residents who have returned from China as from today, AIT will initiate a quarantine period of 14 days after the date of return to Thailand — with quarantine policies stipulated in Paragraph 2 below. All must submit detailed information, including name, phone number, dorm or housing unit number, and the date fo return to Thailand, as follows: 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.  To continue to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the following quarantine policies will be put into effect for those undergoing quarantine:
2.1. If you live in a shared accommodation unit, you will be required to move to temporary accommodation that will be provided by OFAM. If one member of a family or a shared accommodation unit returns from China, that person will be required to move to the temporary accommodation.
2.2.  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.  
2.3. You must limit your contact with others during this period.
2.4.  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.
2.5. If you live on campus, you will need to report to the Medical Center between 7:30am and 8:30am daily. 
2.6. You must minimize your trips outside of your accommodation unit, limiting these to having the daily medical check-up, and obtaining take away food and groceries.
2.7. You must wear a mask when leaving your accommodation unit.
3. At this time please do not invite personal or university guests to AIT that have recently been to China; and do not invite anyone who has recently been in China to come to stay with you.
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. 

The President has established an AIT Coronavirus Task Force that will meet every morning to monitor the coronavirus situation. The members of this Task Force are: Mr. Russell B. Rein, Vice President for Administration (Chair), Ms. Izel Ann Dante, Mr. Wanchai Sophonsakulrat, Ms. Maybel Diopenes, Ms. Laarni Roa, Dr. Bhawat Traipattanakul, Ms. Danielle Duan, and a Medical Center Representative. Please only communicate with this Team through Mr. Rein vpa@ait.ac.th regarding any coronavirus information or queries or updates you may have. If you hear of a suspicious case, please immediately inform the Task Force. We also encourage our community not to pass on unsubstantiated rumours.

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 

AIT apologizes for this inconvenience and thanks you for your kind understanding as we remain vigilant in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on our small campus. We again recommend our community to take practical precautions, such as wearing a mask and washing hands frequently. asks are available to purchase from the AIT Medical Center as well as 7-Eleven located on campus.

ii) 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.


iii) Meet the Expert: Mr. Yahya Jan, Norr Group on 7th February 2020

Meet the expert, Mr. Yahya Jan, President & Design Director-NORR on 7 February 2020 at AIT Conference Center Room B108.
Register Now

More information, please visit website: norrgroup.com

iv) A seminar on "Connecting Research to Impact Agri-Business in next Decade" by Dr. Ravinder Kumar Khetarpal

You are cordially invited to attend the  seminar on "Connecting Research to Impact Agri-Business in next Decade" by Dr. Ravinder Kumar Khetarpal (Ph.D), Executive Secretary of APAARI.  It will be held as follows:

Date:     Friday, 07 February 2020
Time:    10.00 - 11.00 hrs.
Venue:  Milton. E. Bender Auditorium

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.

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.



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) 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.

d) 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. Visitors

The meeting with the delegation from Universiti Brunei Darussalam, on Monday 3 February 2020.



D. 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. Monkul Morshed  Ahmad/Dhaka-Bangladesh/ 25 – 29 January 2020 & 4 – 9 February 2020

Mr. Jonathan Flores Mannel/ Singapore/ 3 – 5 February 2020.

Dr. Indrajit Pal/ Kolkata/ 28 Feb – 6 March 2020.

Mr. SK. Shahin Hossain/ Dhaka, Bangladesh/ 14 – 15 February 2020

Prof. Dieter Trau/ Kathmandu, Nepal/ 24 – 26 January 2020*

Mr. Sanjeet Amatya/ Kathmandu, Nepal/ 23 – 27 January 2020*

Dr. Joyee Chatterjee/ Yangon, Myanmar/ 30 January – 1 February 2020*

Mr. Suraj Pradhan/ Bali, Indonesia/ 8 – 15 February 2020

Prof. Rajendra P. Shrestha/ Bali, Indonesia/ 1 February 2020*

Dr. Bhawat Traipattanakul/ Khonkaen/ 1 February 2020*

Mr. Nichapat Atthajitakul/ Khonkaen/ 29 January – 02 February 2020*

Mr. Aphinya Chairat/ Denver, USA/ 28 Feb – 7 March 2020

Dr. Ram C. Bhujel/ Pakistan/ 13 – 19 February 2020.

Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe/ Yangon, Myanmar/ 30 January – 2 February 2020*

Dr. Philippe Doneys/ Yangoon, Myanmar/ 30 January – 1 February 2020*

Prof. Joyashree Roy/ Faro, Portugal/ 25 January – 2 February 2020*

Prof. Mukand Singh Babel/ India/ 29 January – 5 February 2020*

M.L. Thanisa Choombala/ Khonkaen/ 1 February 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


E. Classifieds (Jobs)

Position: Assistant/Associate Professor (School of Environment Resources and Development)
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