The laying of the ceremonial cornerstones for
International House, a new dormitory at Payap University, took place on July
the laying of ceremonial cornerstones are US Ambassador to Thailand Darryl
N. Johnson (right), Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Prinya Panthong (left), and
other guests of honor.
The dedication ceremony was conducted by Rev Dr Esther
Wakeman, vice-president for Religious Affairs and Community Relations, and
Rev Dr Pradit. The laying of the ceremonial cornerstones was undertaken by
the US Ambassador to Thailand, Darryl N Johnson, Deputy Governor of Chiang
Mai Prinya Panthong, and Dr Saisuree Chutikil.
the ceremonial cornerstones are Ambassador Darryl N. Johnson, U.S Ambassador
to Thailand (2nd right), and Prinya Panthong (right), deputy governor of
Dr Boonthong Poocharoen, president of Payap University,
said because of the increasing number of international students studying
there, accommodation had become a problem.
“Payap University did not have a dormitory for our
students who have to stay in private dormitories. In order to provide a
suitable, safe, and convenient living space for these students, Payap
University decided to build International House,” said Dr Boonthong.
The university submitted a grant proposal to American
Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA), a division of USAID, and received USD
800,000 (32 million baht) in assistance, covering almost 40 percent of the
total construction cost.
Payap University has received assistance from many
organizations and individuals from many different countries. This assistance
includes the 34 international faculty members, out of a total of 68, who are
volunteering their services to the university, faculty and student
development schools, and grants from ASHA.
Since 1978, ASHA has given 11 grants worth 300 million
baht to improve and update university facilities.
Even before the Thai government policy to make Chiang Mai a center of
international education was instituted, Payap University was already
developing a strong international base through faculty and student exchange