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  1. 1. Asian Institute of Technology NOVEMBER 2011 AIT landmark now and then (inset) AIT UNDER WATERT he Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is completely inundated under almost 2 metresof flood water. Friday, 21 October 2011, was with- to the campus, the Royal Thai Army along with the AIT-Sodexo team fought valiantly but the forces of nature proved too strong. The AIT administrationout doubt the darkest day in the history of AIT. For therefore de­ ided to evacuate. cover two weeks AIT fought an unprecedented battle President Prof. Said Irandoust was the last person toagainst the overwhelming force of nature. In the end, leave the campus after successfully overseeing theit was no longer possible to save its beautiful campus safe evacuation of all persons. The campus con­inues tfrom inundation. to remain under water.As flood waters breached the dykes and rushed in Photo feature on page 2 INS IDE IS S UE .. . Photo Gallery............................................................ 2 Global Message....................5 Up and Working........................................................ 3 Backpage..............................6 FAQ.......................................................................... 4
  2. 2. PHOTO GALLERYNOVEMBER 2011 2 Scenes from a flooded campus Student dorms Building of AIT’s School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD). AIT staff housing under water. Faculty housing within AIT campus The Royal Thai Army patrols in boats where people used to walk. AIT’s Conference Center The AIT entrance MoU signing ceremony at MWA.
  3. 3. UP AND WORKINGNOVEMBER 2011 3 AIT sets up temporary office AIT Alumni officials visit Bangkok office Scene from AIT’s temporary office in BangkokWithin four days of its mother campus in Pathumthani facing All other support staff of the Institute areunprecedented inundation, AIT began operations from a tem- now working in close consultation withporary office in central Bangkok. The office is located at the their supervisors and are working remote-training headquarters of AIS Corporation, at 414 INTOUCH ly, off-site, at various locations.Tower 1, 25th Floor Phaholyothin Rd, Soi 8 (Sailom) - 500 me-ters north from Ari BTS, Exit 4, Samsen Nai, Phayathai, Bang- The Institute wishes to thank the formerkok 10400. President of the AIT Alumni Association, Mr. Somprasong Boonyachai, CEO ofAll essential staff of the Administration and the three Schools Shin Corp, who has allowed AIT to set upreported for duty at AIT’s temporary office in central Bangkok. its base at AIS Corporation. Donate to AIT In this hour of crisis, AIT needs your support. Please use the following account to provide support to AIT: Thai Baht Account (for payment in Thai Baht)ERP-Finance, Student SIS andthe Staff HRIS systems are online BANK : Bangkok BankWithin a week of the campus inundation, key ACCOUNT NAME : AIT Flood Emergency Fundoperation systems like the Student Informa-tion System (SIS), Staff Human Resource SAVING ACCOUNT : 856 - 0 - 27600 -1Information System (HRIS) and EnterpriseResource Planning (ERP-Finance) systems BRANCH : Taladthaiare operational. The three systems can be ac- ADDRESS : 31 Moo 9, Tambon Klongnung, cessed at these links Amphor Klongluang,SIS: Pathumthani 12120  HRIS: SWIFT CODE : BkkbthbkERP:
  4. 4. FAQsNOVEMBER 2011 4FAQ: Academic, Research and Accommodation issues When will the classes resume? tions are finalized. Currently, efforts are underway to resume classes What about our belongings left in AIT? from 1 December 2011. Updates will be provided AIT is working in close cooperation with the Royal Thai Army through the AIT website. Emails will also be sent and its private security firm to ensure the security and integrity of once the AIT web server is operational. its campus. Where will Classes be held? Is it possible to visit AIT during this time? The classes may be held at alternate loca- AIT has been designated “off-limits” to all members of the gen- tions. AIT is exploring with its partner Institutes eral public, including all persons associated with the AIT, unless to ensure there are adequate teaching and otherwise authorized. residential facilities to accommodate all students. AIT’s If our visa is going to expire, how can we come back? “Efforts are three schools are Please send an email to, with CC to underway to resume working on pos-,, and classes from sible locations and requesting a letter from AIT for a 1 December 2011.” the new timetable. Thailand ‘entry visa’. Please use this letter to apply for a new visa Details will be from the Thai Embassy / Consulate in your respective countries. communicated to all students very soon. What about the fees for dormitories? When will the midterm (UG) exams be held? The fees for the dormitories will not be charged for the period AIT is working on the revised academic calendar and when the dormitories are not used. this will be communicated to all students very soon. If we want to access to AIT, whom should we contact? How to When can the students return to the AIT campus? go to AIT? The expected date of student return will be commu- An announcement will be made through email as well as the AIT nicated once the alternate venues of academic opera- website once AIT is declared safe. FAQ: Visa Issues (students) airport (at Gate No. 6) after you check in and get a board- ing pass. Please note that if you leave Thailand without a Where and how can I extend my Permit of re-entry visa, the Permit of Stay will become invalid right Stay and get a Re-entry visa before I depart away. For returning to Thailand, you must have a re-entry Thailand? visa or a fresh entry visa. If you wish to get a re-entry visa at Please do not wait for extending your Permit the airport, before departing from Thailand, please reach the of Stay and obtaining a re-entry visa. We sug- airport with ample time before your departure time. gest that you depart from Thailand immedi- ately. You can obtain a new entry visa from What if my visa expires when I am out of Thailand? Thai Embassy/Consulate in your respective After you depart from Thailand, please send an email to country based on a letter that AIT will send, with CC to, you. (Please see the answer to the next ques-, and aitemergency@ tion below.) However, if you have a valid Per- requesting a letter from AIT for Thailand mit of Stay, you can get a re-entry visa (for a Entry visa. Use this letter you have to apply for a new fee of about Baht1,200) for the validity period visa from the Thai Embassy / Consulate in your respective of the Permit of Stay at the Suwarnabhumi countries.
  5. 5. MESSAGENOVEMBER 2011 5We remain committed to ourpromises: AIT PresidentAIT President Prof. Said Irandoust has sent a messageto all partners of AIT stating that although there couldbe a delay, AIT remains firm on honouring all commit-ments. The full text of the letter is reproduced here:Dear Partners, It has been very unfortunate that the main campus of theAsian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Pathumthani,Thailand was fully inundated with flood water on 21and 22 October 2011. The depth of water across thecampus averages around 2m. While the ground floors Global message by AIT Presidentof all buildings – academic and residential – are full of The AIT President also issued a message to the entire AITwater, the upper floors are also not accessible. All stu- community, including students, faculty, staff, alumni anddents, staff and faculty members were evacuated from AIT partners. The message can be viewed at this link.the campus on 21 October to safe grounds. flood water has caused massive damage to the in-frastructure of the campus, which would remain unin- At this time of extreme hardship, we ask our partnershabitable for quite some time. We are making efforts for their understanding – we will be delayed in fulfill-to assess the damage caused by the flood. The flood ing our commitments. However, that does not meanwater has not receded, and more water is flowing in that we will be shying away from them. We wouldfrom the north of Thailand that is expected to flood the also like to make a sincere request to our partners tocapital city of Bangkok as well. support us in whatever ways they can.Despite the uninhabitable main campus, we have Thanking you for your understanding, and workingbeen successful in establishing a temporary office in hard to resume major operations on 1 Dec. 2011.the heart of Bangkok from where we are trying tobring back our operations at the earliest – the target Sincerely yours,is 1 Dec. 2011. Most of the students have returned Said Irandoustto their homes in respective countries, but we are Presidentmaking arrangements so that classes can resumeon 1 Dec. 2011. Asian Institute of TechnologySalvage Operations Procedure day, with no more than six (6) people altogetherAs you all know, the Asian Institute of Technology in each trip.has been declared a “No Trespass” area, and any person 1. All requests to retrieve items from the AIT campus arefound trying to enter the campus premises will be arrested to be sent to Dr. Sun Sayamipuk, Head-CMO (sunsaya@and prosecuted. To secure the AIT campus, arrangements Requests to retrieve official items should pref-were made with the armed soldiers of the Royal Thai Ar- erably be sent from the Unit Head (or should have the en-my’s 202 Engineer Battalion. dorsement of the Unit Head). The request should includeFor everyone’s safety, AIT encourages strict compliance the following information:to these procedures. Arrangements with the Royal Thai further details are available at :Army allow for two trips to the AIT campus every
  6. 6. BACKPAGE NOVEMBER 2011 6 How to reach us Visa Issues with cc to 414 INTOUCH Tower 1,, 25th Floor , Phaholyothin Rd, [Soi 8 (Sailom) - 500 meters Details available at this link: north from Ari BTS, exit 4] Samsen Nai, Phayathai Bangkok 10400 Email:, Telephone: 02-687-4038 Fax: 02-299-5800 Important emergency contact details For general Student Affairs / Medical Insurance: For Admissions : For Scholarships : For Doctoral and CAS Students : For Undergraduate Students : News During a Flood Do not walk through moving water. As Avoid moving water. Be aware of areas where floodwaters You little as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of moving water can make you fall. If you have receded. Roads may have weak- ened and could collapse under the weight Can have to walk in water, wherever possi- ble, walk where the water is not moving. of a car. Stay away from downed power lines, and report them to the power Use Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you. Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around company. Return home only when au- thorities indicate it is safe. Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by flood- your car, abandon the car and move to waters. Editor: higher ground if you can do so safely. Service damaged septic tanks, cess- Bajinder Pal Singh Do not touch electrical equipment if you pools, pits, and leaching systems as soon are wet or standing in water. as possible. Damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards. For feedback, contact Media and Communications After a Flood Clean and disinfect everything that got Unit at AIT Listen for news reports to learn whether wet. Mud left from floodwater can con- the community’s water supply is safe tain sewage and chemicals. to drink. Source: U.S. Federal Emergency Man- Avoid floodwaters; water may be con- agement AgencyFollow AIT at taminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sew- Read the entire news at : http://en-• Facebook age. Water may also be electrically• Twitter charged from underground or downed environment/natural-disasters/floods-• Youtube power lines. safety-tips/