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English language training for SMEs

New designers discovered from “Sen Yai Fai Lanna Style” fashion contest

Family Fun at CMIS

All that Jazz

US Citizen Connect Envoy for Chiang Mai Schools

English language training for SMEs

Preeyanoot Jittawong

On August 26 at Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel the Chiang Mai Region Investment and Economic Center held English @ Work-For-All training to improve English language and business communication skills in local SMEs.

(From left) Sean Balme, Chulalongkorn University lecturer and special lecturer at ELDC; Asst. Prof. Siriporn Pongsurapipat, deputy director of Chiang Mai Region Investment and Economic Center 1; Dr. Youngut Maiyalap, MC of the training; Assoc. Prof. Arunee Wiriyajitra, consultant of ELDC and Siriporn Nurak, director of Chiang Mai Region Investment and Economic Center 1 at English @ Work-For-All training.

Sean Balme, a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University and special lecturer at the English Language Development Center (ELDC) lectured and Siriporn Nurak, director of Chiang Mai Region Investment and Economic Center 1 explained the purpose of the training. She said that English is an international language used in 81 countries worldwide and especially used for business communication.

She emphasized that the Thai government realized its people really had to learn the language to develop the country. It was also required to prepare SME members in the north for EU-Thailand Partenariat 2005, involving negotiations with 300 businesses from Europe, which will be held in November.


New designers discovered from “Sen Yai Fai Lanna Style” fashion contest

Preeyanoot Jittawong

One of three champion dresses that received inspiration from the Toong or Lanna flag.

The “Sen Yai Fai Lanna Style” fashion contest was held on August 22 at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel, Chiang Mai, to search for new designers in the region.

Chiang Mai Vice Governor Prinya Panthong (right) presents awards to winning teams’ representatives.

This contest was organized to stimulate design, development of products matching the market’s requirements and to showcase new designers. Several promising new designers were discovered as a result of the competition.


Family Fun at CMIS

Nicki Gamble

The culmination of the first week of the 52nd school year at Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) was a Family Fun Event. Over 200 guests gathered on campus on Friday, August 26, 2005 where they were formally introduced to the CMIS staff, including its 18 new members, and to the leaders of the PTG and Thai Parents Group. An exciting interactive fundraiser was also introduced, followed by a time for students, families and staff to mingle over refreshments.

The object of this cooperative challenge seems to be to stay dry!

CMIS is very proud of its vibrant 2005 student body comprised of 410 students from 26 countries, and of its well-qualified teachers who hail from 10 different countries themselves. CMIS traditionally aims to instill in its students a lifelong appreciation and respect for people of different cultures and backgrounds. This tradition, combined with a challenging academic program, broad sports and arts opportunities, and responsive pastoral care, gives CMIS students the foundation to become responsible, well-rounded individuals and leaders in the world community. More information regarding Chiang Mai International School can be found on the school web site www.cmis.ac.th or by contac [email protected] ac.th

CMIS teachers struggle to coordinate their movements.


All that Jazz

Nipanan Mungmee (second from right), Ballet and Jazz teacher at Chiang Mai Ballet Academy (CMBA) and APIS International School, who graduated in honors in advanced level ballet from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in England, returned from Singapore from a jazz training seminar. She shared her new knowledge of jazz dance, received from the Australian Institute of Jazz Dance in Singapore, with Chiang Mai students and with the director of CMBA, ML Preeyapun Sridhavat (right).


US Citizen Connect Envoy for Chiang Mai Schools

Dr. Supattra Suttilagsana

The US Consulate General in Chiang Mai is proud to cooperate with Chiang Mai schools to promote student and citizen activism in community improvement. Ms. Virginia Sue Smith, Director of Education, Keep America Beautiful, Inc., will serve as a “U.S. Citizen Connect Envoy” in Chiang Mai September 5-9, sharing models of citizen action that help to improve community livability.

While in Chiang Mai, Ms. Smith will work with school directors, teachers, students, government officials and non-government organizations to motivate greater youth and citizen participation in anti-litter and recycling activities.

“I’m excited to be a part of this program, and looking forward to our involvement in Chiang Mai,” said Ms. Smith, who for 15 years has been the National Director of Education for Keep America Beautiful, Inc. In addition she has served as guest instructor for the United Nations Global Forum, Texas A&M University, Fordham University, and Dow Chemical. Ms. Smith has worked with the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Education and has helped train education leaders, science teachers, and curriculum writers in community improvement efforts.



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