FEATURES
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Austrian and Chiang Mai university partnership

Macau for the tyro tourist

The 4th Raphi Day Mini Marathon and Walkathon celebrates the father of Thai law

Austrian and Chiang Mai university partnership

20 years of academic cooperation between Thailand and Austria

Dr. Surapol Natakankitkul and staff reporters

The Austrian Thai delegation visited Doi Suthep.

In February, 1984, when HE Dr. Heinz Fischer, former Federal Minister for Science and Research from the Republic of Austria undertook an official visit to the kingdom of Thailand as guest of the Ministry of University Affairs, an agreement was reached on the Thai-Austrian Cooperation in Science and Technology, which was duly signed on April 19, 1984.

Since July 1992, the partnership agreement between the University of Leopold-Franzens-Innsbruck and Chulalongkorn University has been expanded to become the infrastructure for subsequent agreements between the University of Vienna and the Chiang Mai University (CMU).

The academic cooperation activities such as exchange programs, granting of scholarships, and university funding have prospered to a most fruitful cooperation between these two institutions. Moreover this flourishing partnership has been strengthened to include other universities in Austria and in Thailand.

HE Elisabeth Gehrer enjoying a visit to Wat Suan Dok and some schools in the northern region.

Scientists and research workers have thus been provided with all necessary facilities for carrying out their studies, teaching and/or research at the two universities. The academic cooperation between both Universities is mutually beneficial.

Chiang Mai University is acknowledged as the pre-eminent center for study in the North of Thailand. In pursuit of our goal, we welcome both international students and international cooperation in collaborative research ventures. ‘Internationalization’ is the cornerstone of our continuing process of expansion, development and improvement of academic standards.

Michael Tschugnall, winner of the ‘Starmania’ competition in Austria, who dedicated his latest song ‘From the East’ to HM Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

Fifteen scientists and research workers have been supported to join the exchange programs to carry out their studies, teaching and research at their partner Universities since 1993.

Similarly, between 1997 to the present, 25 medical student from Innsbruck University have participated in training programs in the Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai (Suan-Dok) Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University through the ASEA-uniNET Project.

Jumpol Chutima, of the old Chiangmai Cultural Center invited everyone for a northern Khantoke dinner in honor of HE Elisabeth Gehrer. (First row from left to right) Susie von Boehm Bezing, Dr. Surapol Natakankitkul, Michael Tschugnall, Jumpol Chutima, HE Elisabeth Gehrer, Madame and Pravit Archarachinores, Dr. Guenther Bonn, Caroline Bonn and on the very right, co-founder of the Thai-Austrian ASEA-UniNET, Dr. Bernd Michael Rode

Almost 300 students from Innsbruck University have studied short courses in Business Management in Thailand, Business Culture in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), Hill Tribes, Economic Development, Politics in the GMS, Minority Problems in Thailand and Political Economy of Northern Thailand.

HE Elisabeth Gehrer, Austrian Federal minister for education, science and culture and Assist. Prof. Nipon Tuwanon, president of CMU after they signed the renewed agreement between Innsbruck and Chiang Mai.

Through constructive interaction with our international partners in teaching, research and through contact with professional associations, we seek innovative solutions to local, national and global problems. We consider these to be mutually beneficial partnerships.

After the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Thai-Austrian Cooperation at the Shangri La Hotel in Bangkok the delegation traveled to Chiang Mai to not only get first hand experience of the North but to also deepen personal friendships. HE Elisabeth Gehrer, the present Federal Minister for Education, Science and Culture emphasized that such a success story as the ASIA-uniNET cooperation is only made possible by the workers behind the scene. She sees this cooperation as a role model and living proof of the fact that science and research serve as a foundation on which mutual understanding can grow and mature and give young people the unique chance of intercultural experiences in an increasingly international setting.

The friendship between these two different worlds was deepened with social evenings, outings and the promise that the 30th anniversary will be even more outstanding and the success story will be continued.

After lunch concert at Saenkham Terrace with Assist. Prof. Nipon Tuwanon, president of CMU (extreme left) listening to Michael Tschugnall.

Khantoke dinner at the old Chiangmai Cultural Center. (From left) Dr. Bernd Michael Rode, Michael Tschugnall, Dr. Surapol Natakankitkul and the Dean of the Faculty of Science of Chiangmai University.

President of CMU, Assist. Prof. Nipon Tuwanon (3rd from right) and Elisabeth Gehrer (4th from right), the federal minister for education, science and culture with officials, VIPs and friends for the celebration of 20 years successful work between Innsbruck and Chiang Mai.


Macau for the tyro tourist

Museums and Holy Sights with a difference

Marion Vogt

In part three of my three day trip to the historic island of Macau I will tell you about the museums of Macau and some fascinating holy sights.

The ship’s model showing how goods were carried in the holds. The narrow space between the ship’s decks was reserved for ballast, made out of cannons or stones, later cut into cobbles for road construction.Actually the whole town is like a museum as you have different cultures behind every corner. I had chosen two for a start, the Museum of Macau, which is built inside the foundations of the old Monte fortress built by the Jesuit fathers in 1626, and the Grand Prix Museum.

In the Museum of Macau, situated on the peak of the Monte Hill, there is much symbolic history.

The inside features history, as well as the everyday life of the Macau community and the area is divided into three main groups corresponding to the three main floors of the museum. Prehistoric contrasts between Chinese and European civilization on floor one leading to popular arts and traditions in Macau on floor two and the contemporary Macau on floor three. And if this sounds boring, believe me it is not.

‘Our Lady of Penha’ looked after sailors on hazardous voyages and was founded in 1622 by crew of a Portuguese ship which narrowly escaped Dutch raiders.

The second museum on my list was an order for photographs from a car racing enthusiast. But what a surprise, to see such a collection of race cars and race bikes in one space. The whole place is a tribute to the individuals who have contributed to the mystique of the Grand Prix, including Teddy Yip and the late Ayrton Senna. It is a museum to discover the history of motor racing, the history behind the Macau Grand Prix, first held in 1954, with videos of historic races, memories, photo archives plus high tech Formula 3 simulators for visitors to ‘drive’ the race themselves. A ‘must do’ for every race car fan.

2004 has been designated the “Macau Cultural Heritage Preservation Year” so it was time to get some more history and as Macau is full of temples, churches, Chinese relics, and carefully restored buildings, I started strolling around the city again. In the inner harbor is the picturesque A-Ma temple with prayer pavilions on four layers, dedicated to the Taoist goddess A-Ma and the Buddhist goddess of mercy Kun Lam.

The chef at the ‘Restaurante Espaco Lisboa’ in the middle of Coloane Village.

Also when you drive around the city, don’t miss Penha Hill at the southern end of the Macau Peninsula to see the rather small, but exquisite chapel called ‘Our Lady of Penha’. From there you have a great view over the whole of the inner harbor and the nearby towns in China.

After my ‘pilgrimage’ down from the ‘Lady of Penha’ it was time for food and in Coloane Village, hidden in a small side street, was a white and yellow sign saying ‘Restaurante Espaco Lisboa’ and inside everything was available that makes Macau cuisine so special. A fusion of east and west, a mix of Chinese and Portuguese and a chef to let you try whatever you want. I can’t wait to get back to Macau.

The bronze Kum Lam Statue (Goddess of Mercy) dominates the outer harbor and its base is an educational center on Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.

In the Kun Lam Temple you can make merit
 burning paper offerings to comfort the spirit of the dead.

What was a treasure hunt for friends in 1954 has become a multi million dollar extravaganza each November attracting the world’s leading Formula 3 drivers to the streets of Macau.

A stroll around the fortress gives unique views over the city of Macau.

Offerings to turtles are seen around the different altars of Kun Lam. Some hidden under layers of paper money, especially after another Chinese tour ‘made merit’.


The 4th Raphi Day Mini Marathon and Walkathon celebrates the father of Thai law

Saksit Meesubkwang

Raphi Day was organized last weekend by the Krom Luang Rajaburi Direkrit Foundation and agencies working under the supervision of the Justice institutes in Region 5, as a part of the charity project to commemorate Raphi, the father of Thai law.

This was marked as a 3.5 km walkathon and 10.5 km mini-marathon, at the area around the Chiang Mai Provincial Court on Chotana Road.

The day event was presided over by Prasopsook Boondej, the chief judge of Appeal Court, Region 5.

About 500 people took part in the charity event which was also marked to honor the 72nd birthday of Her Majesty the Queen on August 12.

Prasopsook Boondej (center), the chief judge of Appeal Court, Region 5, presided over the event.

The start of the 4th Raphi Day Mini Marathon.

The start of the 5 km walkathon.