“Peer Talkers” a success around the city
The EducationUSA “Peer Talk” Roadshow by IC-ACE
kicked off at Montfort College, went over to Prince Royal’s College, and
wrapped up with a special public session jointly hosted with AUA in their
& Good Luck, Peer Talkers! Clockwise from head of table (right): US
Consul General Beatrice Camp, Dr. Busabong Jamroendararasame, John Gunther,
Dan Summers, Sutthichok Linprasert, Tananun Saranak, David Summers, Marcus
Tan, and Mike Hock
During the course of the Roadshow, over 150 bright and
eager teenagers enjoyed opportunities to hear from the Peer Talkers team of
Supannikar Luecharassamee (a graduate of CMU Satit School and Duke
University, entering New York University for her Masters), Dan Summers (a
sophomore at Rochester Institute of Technology, New York), Patana Lee (a
Montfort College graduate, entering Santa Monica College, California), and
Tananun Saranak (a CMIS graduate, entering Mahidol University International
Peer Talkers explained their personal experiences for
choosing a major, university and city or country of study. The sessions also
provided overviews of college application procedures, advantages of US
community colleges, and useful tips for standardized tests (TOEFL, ITP
TOEFL, SAT, ACT, AP) and scholarships. In addition, IC-ACE presented a
US$1,000 CC2U award, plus various prizes to Montfort College & Prince
Royal’s College students for achievements in ITP TOEFL and English Skills
Summers, a sophomore at Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, speaks
at Montfort College.
“We’ve already had requests for follow-up, so I
encourage parents or students interested in US education to contact IC-ACE
for the next good opportunity to meet US college admissions directors in
October and November,” was the advice from Dr. Busabong Jamroendararasame,
Director of CMU International Center. “There isn’t a better time than
now to consider studying in America. Between the AUA Library, IC-ACE, and
CMU Library’s American Corner, there are many resources for local students
to understand what the US has to offer,” added AUA Director, John Gunther.
AUA is a non-profit, Thai educational institute established in Chiang Mai in
1957, and dedicated to serving the needs of students who are interested in
studying in the United States through language classes in Thai and English
and a variety of cultural events.
Recently appointed a member of the U.S. State Department’s global
network of EducationUSA Advising Centers, IC-ACE is the North American
educational advising division of Chiang Mai University’s International
Center (off Nimmanhaemin Road). Free educational counseling and related
services are available in the Center.
Intensive English program challenges international students
Kristen Smart, Intern Visiting School
Prem Center welcomed 30 students from Taiwan, France,
America, China, Thailand, and Korea, marking the commencement of a three
week intensive English program. The children, ranging in age from 8 to 15,
engaged in English classes throughout the day, working to improve their oral
and written expression. They also enjoyed trips to local places of interest
around Chiang Mai, connecting the vocabulary they learned in the classroom
with their outdoor excursions.
students visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. There is hardly anything more
challenging than telling a group of students to pose for a photo.
The students spent one weekend trekking to a Silver
Palong hill tribe village, where they joined the villagers in singing,
dancing, and games around a campfire. They were then asked to choose several
songs in their native languages and perform them for their peers and those
in the village. The children spent one weekend kayaking on Mae Ngat Dam for
an overnight stay on a houseboat. While the kayaking was challenging for
many, it was tremendously fun for everyone, and they all enjoyed swimming
around the raft and making up their own games.
farmers, rice, mud and many students who visited a local buffalo farm, help
plough the fields, and learn about rice cultivation.
The program also included a Challenge Week, in which the
students worked in teams to solve problems. These challenges, which included
Orienteering, Crossing the River, and building a flying machine, facilitated
conversations in English and teamwork skills. During this week especially,
all of the students exhibited vast improvements in their English skills as
well as in their willingness to work and converse with peers of a different
The combination of classes, challenges, and outdoor adventures, barriers
between languages and nationalities broke down, allowing the children the
use of liberated expression in and out of the classroom.
Bank Thai MBA World Forum-North
IC-ACE has announced it is co-organizing a northern
regional version of Bank Thai’s 3rd MBA World Forum (“MBA WF-North”),
scheduled for Saturday, September 10, 2005 at the International Center,
Chiang Mai University off Nimmanhaemin Road.
The principal sponsors and hosts of MBA WF-North are the
Public Relations Office and the Educational Counseling Office of Bank Thai
This is a unique event to inform the public about the
latest developments in MBA programs and issues related to MBA admissions
overseas as well as Thailand. With free admission for the public, MBA
WF-North activities will include: Free TOEFL and IELTS practice tests
(advance registration required); MBA seminars (demonstration classes)
conducted by lecturers from CMU, Chulalongkorn University, Mahidol
University, NIDA, Sasin; MBA University Fair; and MBA World Forum on
“Searching the World for the Right MBA”
They expect around 25 institutions to participate in the
University Fair; there will be MBA programs from the North and Bangkok, and
official government educational agencies. The Panel of Speakers for MBA
World Forum will include representatives from AEI Australia, British
Council, Japan, Education USA, and the Royal Thai Government’s Office of
Civil Service Commission (assisted by Sasin).
As a reference, Bank Thai’s second MBA World Forum 2004
in Bangkok had around 900 visitors. This year’s event, the 3rd MBA World
Forum, will be held on Friday, September 2 in the Arnoma Hotel Bangkok. In
addition to activities similar to MBA WF-North, the Bangkok event will
include a Business Forum on “Will an MBA Get Me a Better Job?” Around 30
leading institutions (educational and official) are expected to participate.
Bank Thai sponsors this non-profit event as a public
service to promote education, and the bank has committed significant levels
of resources to make the 3rd MBA World Forum a success, both in Bangkok
& the North.
IC-ACE is the North American educational counseling
division of the International Center, Chiang Mai University. They are a
member of the Education USA network of educational advising centers
affiliated with the U.S. Department of State.
For more information, please contact Sutthichok
Linprasert, division manager, Institutional Relations, at e-mail:
[email protected] or tel. 0 5394 2896.
Military Training for LIST grades 10-12
left): Somboon Laycher, Marut Hora, Ahkom Laycher and trainer Prayadt
Lanna International School (LIST) has started its
military training program. Students from grades 10-12 were sent to a
training seminar at “Shift Training Centre”, Chom Thong School in Chom
Thong district, Chiang Mai.
Students from 30 different schools joined the training program which
included field and theory lessons. At the end, Somboon Laycher, a 10th grade
student received a medal for his accurate marksmanship.
CMU administrators being trained to adopt modern methods
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
In an attempt to bring university administrators up to
date, Chiang Mai University (CMU) is promoting a staff development plan to
develop the university’s administration system. It is hoped to provide all
staff with more academic knowledge and skills and for them to reach to world
class university standards.
There are 80 administrators of the university attending
lectures being given by 10 professionals from outside plus one local
The training provides information on Management Tools,
Knowledge Management, Learning Organization, Risk Management, Community
Approach, PR Mind, Negotiation Art, Conflict Management and others.