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“Peer Talkers” a success around the city

Intensive English program challenges international students

Bank Thai MBA World Forum-North

Military Training for LIST grades 10-12

CMU administrators being trained to adopt modern methods

“Peer Talkers” a success around the city

Mike Hock

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 auditorium.

Farewell & 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 College).

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 tests.

Dan 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 Program

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.

The 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.

Oxen, 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 nationality.

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

Mike Hock

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 headquarters, Bangkok.

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

Staff Reporters

(From left): Somboon Laycher, Marut Hora, Ahkom Laycher and trainer Prayadt Yavichai.

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 university expert.

The training provides information on Management Tools, Knowledge Management, Learning Organization, Risk Management, Community Approach, PR Mind, Negotiation Art, Conflict Management and others.