WEEK #43, October 20 – 26, 2014


News from Management Team

AIT Management Team Meeting: 2 October 2014

Confirmed Notes of the 2 October 2014 meeting of the AIT Management Team is now Intranet-published and can be read at: http://www.ait.ac.th/management/aitmt-notes

122nd AIT Graduation Ceremony Speaker Confirmed: Mr. Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO

Mr. Hiroyuki Konuma, Assistant Director General and FAO Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, will be the Graduation Speaker for the 122nd AIT Graduation Ceremony on December 17, 2014.  Read about Mr. Konuma: http://www.fao.org/asiapacific/rap/home/about-assistant-director-gen/en/...


Campus Notes

Help make AIT “5 Stars Plus” with QS – send data by October 20

This is the first time that AIT has actively taken part in an academic / research audit by one of the three most well-recognized international world university ranking bodies, namely QS. AIT President Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai is pleased to report that under the supervision of VPAA Prof. S. Kumar the compilation of inputs for the QS Stars audit has almost been completed. He expressed his thanks to the Schools and various Units for actively providing their inputs under various sections of the survey. There remains more critical data that need to be submitted by 21 October 2014. These are two very important areas which will be crucial for our final rating result, and which President Worsak would like to seek kind cooperation as follows.

 Prolific Academic Experts

Under the “Prolific Academic Experts”, the VPAA has already communicated with the schools, and has compiled an initial list of faculty colleagues and the awards received in 2013 based on the information provided in CVs/resume from the respective School’s website. AIT faculty and staff members are requested to help provide additional information on recognition that they have received in the year of 2013. These should be submitted by noon of Monday, 20 October 2014.

 Academic Survey

For the academic survey, AIT needs to provide a list of AIT’s academic contacts from universities, which can be at the local, national or international level (e.g. universities with exchange and collaboration agreements). Data from the global survey will account for points under “research (academic reputation)” and also “faculty and subject” rankings in the QS Stars audit. It is important that we try and list all of our contacts in partner universities, especially those which have a high standing in world university rankings. The inputs on the academic contacts are requested by the end of November 2014. By providing the names, QS Stars will contact them independently with no reference to those who provide the names.

AIT’s Living Laboratory Steering Committee Online Survey

The AIT Living Laboratory Steering Committee has received some responses from the community on the survey both hard copy and soft copy. To facilitate more participation from the AIT community, an online version of the survey is available in Google docs by clicking this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CfdSijRPfjuRz9r-bWY9DSm6MZ0Dbj_CNPOaAnJSfWw/viewform?usp=send_form  

Rehabilitation Physician to be on leave

The AIT Medical Clinic announced that Dr. Chuenchom Chueluecha (Rehabilitation Physician) will be on leave on Wednesday, 22 October 2014. For those who have an appointment with her during this period, please re-schedule your appointments accordingly. Other services will be available as usual.

EEM Students to visit On-nuch Disposal Site

The students of ED78.07:  Solid Waste Management, EEM/SERD will go for a visit to On-nuch Disposal Site (BMA), Bangkok, on Tuesday, 21 October 2014.  

AARM students to visit farms in Suphanburi

The students of ED71.26: Coastal and Inland Aquaculture, AARM/SERD, will visit a snakehead and catfish farm, Pangasius farm, and shell turtle farm in Suphanburi  province on Wednesday, 22 October 2014.  


Sponsored Projects and Research Update

Bilateral research collaboration with the Asia-Pacific region 2013-2016

Call for pilot activities with Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) & ETH Zurich have announced their call for pilot activities for scientific collaboration projects with partner institutions in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The maximum grant sum for one project is 10,000 CHF. Deadline for application is 23 November 2014. Detailed information on the call and application forms is available on the webpage of ETH Global: Visit: https://www.ethz.ch/en/the-eth-zurich/global/swiss-bilateral-programmes/asia-pacific-region/Call_for_pilot_activities.html  



SOM’s 25-year Anniversary -- “Silver Jubilee Homecoming Day Celebration”

The School of Management (SOM) will organize its “SOM Silver Jubilee Homecoming Day Celebration” on Saturday, 25 October 2014 at the AIT Conference Center. The celebration, to be held from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, will feature lunch, talent shows, and alumni speech, raffle draws & award presentation.

“Introduction to MPLS Workshop” at intERlab

The Internet Education and Research Laboratory (intERLab) will conduct a 3-day “Introduction to MPLS Workshop” by Ng Seo Boon from Cisco on 28-30 October 2014. More details about the workshop can be found at: http://www.interlab.ait.ac.th/training/2014/introduction-to-mpls.php    



Eng. Wais, Director of IRDP Project, Ministry of  Irrigation  and Water, Afghanistan; Eng. Ghulam, Deputy Director, IRDP; Sayed Sharif  Shobiar, FAO National Coordinator, IRDP; Toru Konishi, Task Team Leader World Bank; and Puspa Raj Khanal, Senior Water and Irrigation Expert, FAO /  20 Oct. 2014 / To explore and discuss possible collaborative opportunities with AIT.

Unocal Myanmar Offshore Co., Ltd. (Chevron), led by Mr. Mariano Vela, President  / 27 Oct. 2014 / to attend a Handover Cheque Ceremony of the sponsorship to AIT.


Faculty and Staff Travel

President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai / Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia / 18 – 23 Oct. 2014

Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto / Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia / 18 – 23 Oct. 2014

Mr. Sanjeev Jayasinghe / Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia / 18 – 23 Oct. 2014

Dr. Atitaya Panuvatvanich, Prof. Chongrak Polprasert, Dr. Nawatch Surinkul / Cape Town, South Africa / 18 – 28 Oct. 2014

Dr. Saroj Kumar Chapagain / Cape Town, South Africa / 18 – 28 Oct. 2014

Dr. Thammarat Koottatep / South Africa / 18 Oct. – 2 Nov. 2014

Dr. Erik L. J. Bohez / Chiang Mai / 22 – 23 Oct. 2014

Ms. Phyu Sin / Suphan Buri, Nakorn Sawan, Tak , Sukhotahi, Chiang Mai / 22 – 29 Oct. 2014

Mr. Supote Thammasithirong / Khon Kaen / 29 Oct. 2014



Vacancies at AIT

Position: Assistant/Associate Professor

Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems FoS, SET

Ref no: Fac 07/14

Deadline: 30 October 2014



Position: Assistant or Associate Professors

School of Management

Ref no: Fac 08/14

Deadline: 31 December 2014



Position: Assistant Program Officer (AITAA) (AIT Alumni Association)

Ref. no: 58/14

Deadline: 22 October 2014



Position: Research Associate, Natural Resources Management Field of Study, SERD

Ref. no: 62/ 14

Deadline: 28 October 2014



Position: Research Associate, Environmental Engineering and Management Field of Study, SERD (Dewat Project)

Deadline: 28 October 2014

Ref. no: 60/ 14



Position: Research Assistant, Environmental Engineering and Management Field of Study, SERD (Dewat Project)

Ref. no: 61/ 14

Deadline: 28 October 2014



Posititon: Post Doc, Environmental Engineering and Management Field of Study, SERD (Dewat Project)

Ref. no: 59/ 14

Deadline: 28 October 2014



Position: Net Software Developer, AIT Consulting

Ref. no: 64/ 14

Deadline: 31 October 2014



Position: Program Officer (Asian Centre of Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (ACISAI)

Ref. no: 63/ 14

Deadline: 5 November 2014



Position: Research Associate, Energy Field of Study, SERD

Ref. no: 66/ 14

Deadline: 5 November 2014



Position: Research Assistant, Energy Field of Study, SERD

Ref. no: 65/ 14

Deadline: 5 November 2014



Position: Supervisor (ISE) FoS, SET

Ref no:  04/14

Deadline: 14 December 2014