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Mentor International provides information for Northern students and parents

Schoolchildren enjoy Mother of the Land art competition

Dutch Foundation assists Northern School for the Blind

Safety belts and helmets at Maejo University

Mentor International provides information for Northern students and parents

Pippa Watt

Mentor International provides education counselling services for students who are seeking overseas education. The service includes advice and support for application to all education levels. Since 1986 Mentor has offered free advice for students who wish to study abroad. To help parents and students in filling out the sometimes complicated application to undergraduate or postgraduate study in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada, Ian Bushell, director of Mentor International answered some frequently asked questions.

Ian Bushell, Director Mentor International

Q: What documents are required when applying for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees?

Ian B: It sounds more complicated than it really is. What everybody needs is the application form, transcript in English, IELTS/TOEFL score, GMAT and work experience are required for some business related programmes, two or three letters of recommendation from either your instructor or former employer, personal statement, resume/CV.

Q: How long does it take for a response after the application has been submitted?

Ian B: It usually takes about 4-6 weeks, but depending on the subjects and degrees applied for, it could vary.

Q: What is the difference between tuition fees and cost of living expenses between countries?

Ian B: The tuition fees vary depending upon the duration of the courses and the institution. The cost of living varies depending on the city and the duration of stay. Lifestyle is another factor that may affect the cost of living. Mentor counsellors can give specific costs for all programmes.

Q: Are there any scholarships and where can students find the information?

Ian B: Usually, universities offer a wide range of scholarships for international students. Students can find more information from the following websites and institutions. Office of the Civil Service Commission (OCSC), Embassies of each country, private companies. For The United States, try these websites:,

Schoolchildren enjoy Mother of the Land art competition

Preeyanoot Jittawong

An art competition to honor HM the Queen’s 73rd birthday on August 12 was held at Kad Suan Kaew on August 10. Jintana Sangsuramaet acting on behalf of the director of Public Relations Department Region 3 Office presided over the awards ceremony of the “Mae Kaew Khong Phaen Din” (Mother of the Land) painting competition.

Thatsanee Sanghgerd, assistant manager of Kad Suan Kaew (4th left), Jintana Sangsuramaet, director of the Public Relations Department Region 3 (5th left) and Saipin Choengchaw, director of PRD Planning and Development, congratulate the students.

The competition gained much interest from school children and students in Chiang Mai. The awards were divided into 5 categories, and all levels received prize money of 3,000 baht, 2,000 baht and 1,000 baht accordingly.

Dutch Foundation assists Northern School for the Blind

Annelie Hendriks

There are two public schools for blind children established in Thailand. The school for the northern part of the country is located in Chiang Mai. 240 children attend this school or go to other schools and are mentored by the teachers of this school. Most of them stay in the dormitory at the school.

Writing and practicing Braille.

On August 11, 2005, a donation worth 115,000 baht was given to the Northern School for the Blind by the Foundation Hansje Sillevis from the Netherlands. Their needs were understood by the Rotary Club Chiangmai South and the Samsara Foundation.

Director Ajarn Pikiul Leosiripong of the Northern School for the Blind explained that what they need most is material to print books in Braille themselves. There are not many books in Braille available in Thailand, and the teachers, beside their teaching job dedicate their free time by typing and printing the books they need in Braille themselves. Materials to help them were donated.

Teachers and children with the donated materials.

Beside blind children, the school is attended by children with multiple disorders. For them we bought toys and equipment so that they can develop their abilities.

Ferc, the Foundation for Education for Rural Children was also present as during their last board meeting at the school they decided to organize a charity picnic on November 6 to raise funds for this school.

Safety belts and helmets at Maejo University

President presents 100 helmets to students

Nopniwat Krailerg

To encourage students and officers of Maejo University to comply with traffic rules and to make merit for HM the Queen on the occasion of her birthday, the university has campaigned for safety by cooperating with San Sai Police Station officers to check and warn travelers breaking traffic rules.

Since August 11, it was promulgated that motorcycle riders have to wear helmets and turn on front lights and drivers have to use safety belts, or they will not be allowed to enter Maejo University.

Dr. Thep Pongpanich, president of Maejo University presented 100 helmets for the first hundred riders entering the university.