British Council launches e-library service
The British Council has announced an on-line library and
search engine service for the use of the business sector and academia.
The e-library is available to members of the Thai-UK
Alumni and Professional Network (TUKAPN), an organization set up by the
British Council for Thai people who have studied in the United Kingdom.
Glendinning, director of the British Council in Chiang Mai, explains how to
use the e-library.
Jon Glendinning, director of the Chiang Mai branch of the
British Council, said that the e-library will be particularly useful for
those who wish to build a network of business contacts or make contact with
specialists from learning institutes. Each member will be given a password
to access international information banks such as Infortrac Journals, Oxford
Journals online, Oxford Scholarship online, Grove Art and Music and
Xreferplus, and information can be downloaded from the various sites.
British Chamber of Commerce and TUKAPN events, talks and educational and
cultural activities are also accessible via the e-library. Anyone interested
in joining TUKAPN can apply for the Silver membership package at 1,000 baht
a year, or the Gold package at 2,500 baht. Both packages allow participation
in professional training workshops organized by the British Council. More
details are available at www.britishcouncil.or.th or by calling 053-242103.
Eminent educator joins Prem Center
Dr Peter Foley new Vice President at Prem Tinsulanonda
Lister Hannah, President of the Prem Tinsulanonda Center
for International Education (the Prem Center), announced the appointment of
Dr Peter Foley as Vice President. Dr Foley will be primarily focused on
developing initiatives with the President to further position the Prem
Center as a center for educational excellence in the Asia-Pacific Region. He
brings outstanding qualifications and a remarkable breadth of experience to
Dr Foley holds an MA in Bilingual Education and
International Relations and an M.Ed and a Doctorate in Curriculum
Development and Educational Administration, all from Columbia University,
New York. He also has an MS in English Literature from Western Connecticut
College. He has been a supervisor of curriculum in East Harlem, New York;
Head of the American School of Majorca, Spain; and an IB teacher at the
Lycee International, St Germaine-en-Laye, Paris. For a number of years in
the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was Executive Director of The
International Center in New York, and for this past year, 2004-5, Dr Foley
has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Southern Florida.
Dr Foley’s association with the Kingdom of Thailand
stretches back to the early 1970s when he was a Peace Corps volunteer
assigned to teach at Chiang Mai University. During the period 1985 to 1996,
he was deeply involved in helping Thailand as the regional director for
Planned Parenthood of America’s international division headquartered in
Bangkok. For his contributions to reproductive health in Thailand, Dr Foley
was admitted to the Order of the Crown of Thailand in 1996. From 1999 to
2002 he served as the Peace Corps Country director to China. He is a fluent
speaker of Thai, French and Spanish, he also speaks Chinese and Russian.
Dr Foley said, “This position at the Prem Center is one
I find exciting and challenging, capping my career as an educator and
administrator in Asia, Europe and the United States. I feel fortunate to be
joining one of the most dynamic institutions I have encountered and to be
associated with one of the very best schools in Asia. Before taking the
position, I spent time studying the different programs the Center operates
and observed classes at both the Junior and Senior School levels of the
International School and found superior teaching and learning in everyone of
the many classrooms I visited.”
In addition to selected projects, Dr Foley will be in charge of
developing scholarship opportunities and in recruiting talented students for
the Prem Tinsulanonda International School’s rigorous International
Baccalaureate program. Parents or interested parties can contact Dr Foley at
[email protected] or seek further information from the Prem Center
website www. premcenter.org .or the School website www.premcenter.in.th.
Workshop trains the trainers in cross-cultural understanding
Thirty delegates from 12 countries attended the 5th
Asia-Pacific Training of Trainers Workshop that was held at the YMCA in
Chiang Mai from September 20-29.
at the 5th
Asia-Pacific Training of Trainers Workshop in Chiang Mai
Jointly organizing the workshop were UNESCO (the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), the Asia-Pacific
Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok and APCEIU (Asia-Pacific Centre of
Education for International Understanding).
Asia-Pacific Training of Trainers Workshop was to designed promote education
for international understanding (EIU) in the Asia-Pacific region, and to
enable educators to carry out effective EIU programs in their own
educational settings, mobilizing their own resources and building networks
of resource persons and organizations in the region.
The opening ceremony took place in the evening of
September 20, presided over by Dr Kang Dai-Geun, director of APCEIU, with
Katsuhiro Shinohara, Japanese Consul General in Chiang Mai and Rachan
Maneekarn, national general secretary of the Thai Alliance of YMCAs and
honorary general secretary of Chiang Mai YMCA as honored guests.
Dr Kang in his opening address said that dialogues for
better understanding among different cultures have become more and more a
grave and important issue for the whole world with conflicts and violence
increasing to the point that reports of bombings and killings are an
everyday occurrence in the news media.
Delegates came from Australia, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Iran,
Malaysia, Korea, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
Prem asks professionals to come to careers day
Dr. Sheryl Cooper
Prem International School will host a Career Day for
Grades 10, 11 and 12 on Friday, November 11, 2005, from 8.30-11.30am.
During this time, students will select three or four
careers about which they would like to hear presentations, and to be able to
ask questions about those careers. This is where you come in.
If you would be interested in representing your career or
interest on that day, please let Sheryl Cooper know. You would have three or
four 30 minute sessions (with different students) in which to give a short
presentation and to answer questions.
Many of you are involved in fascinating areas and our
students can learn a lot from you. This time can be a real turning point in
the students’ lives because of your input.
Please email your interest or call as soon as possible to Dr. Sheryl
Cooper, College Counselor, 0 5330 1500 #5350 or e-mail:
Sigmar Polke – Music from an unknown source
40 gouaches, all with a format of 70 x 100 cm and all
dating from the year 1996, are the core of Sigmar Polke’s exhibition
bearing the name ‘Music from an Unknown Source’. These pictures give
insight into an artistic oeuvre which has a singular position in today’s
contemporary art scene.
Polke is one of the most significant artists of the German post-war era, a
pop artist who has been concerned with the relationship of the reality as
contained in a picture and reality itself, the relation between art and
daily life. In regard to this, he often takes an ironical position
distancing himself from objects, which enables him to turn his attention –
above and beyond issues of content – to the form and the material nature
In the gouaches of this exhibition, Polke makes the
dripping and flowing of paint his theme, originating from the character of
the watery gouaches. The controlled and uncontrolled ‘allowing to
happen’ of physical phenomena plays an important role for Polke. Over the
unpredictable flow of paint, the artist lays a regular and predictable
screen system as an antipole – something very characteristic of him.
Moreover, he gives the pictures titles that sound absurd, which in turn
expand what has been presented in them, thus adding a poetic note, and which
are exemplary in terms of Polke’s stance as an artist.
The exhibition will be opened on Tuesday, October 4, by
Honorary German Consul Hagen Dirksen at Chiang Mai University Art Museum
(CMU AM) on Nimmanhaemin road. A catalogue is available and Holger Hinze
(Hamburg) will hold a master class serigraphic, under the auspices of Prof.
Somporn Rodboon, CMU. The event is sponsored by Lufthansa, LTU, ifa
(Institute for Auslands Beziehungen) and the Goethe Institute Bangkok.
More information can be obtained from the www.cmu-museum.org or from the
Goethe Institute Bangkok, [email protected], www.goethe.de/bangkok at
phone: 0 2287 0942-4.
Primary Years Program (PYP) training
Interactive training sessions for Asia Pacific region educators
The Prem Center has recently been the host of the
International Baccalaureate Organization’s (IBO) annual workshop to train
educators for becoming Primary Years Program (PYP) workshop leaders. This is
the third time the IBO has held the Workshop Leaders’ training course at
Prem Center campus.
as multi cultural and international as it looks… PYP workshop participants
discussing aspects of the PYP curriculum.
Forty teachers, administrators, and specialist teachers
came to the campus from IB World Schools all over the Asia Pacific region
for a week long interactive training session. Countries that represented
were Cambodia, Mongolia, China, Australia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand,
Hong Kong, Vietnam, Fiji, India, Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia and
Bangladesh. These participants will soon lead other workshops to teach IB
educators about the PYP program in many schools around the Asia-Pacific
Andrea Mueller, IBO Regional Manager and workshop leader
from Singapore said of the event, “The workshop is interactive, collegial,
and they were a brilliant group. It epitomizes the IBO’s philosophy and
mission.” The purpose of this PYP leader training workshop is to meet
professional development needs of the program by holding regional
Participant Jo Leatham said of the PYP leader training,
“It was absolutely enjoyable. The group had such synergy.” Prem’s own
Junior School Principal/Deputy Head of School, Maxine Driscoll, was an
attendee and commented, “I felt so privileged to be one of such dedicated
and committed educators, who not only want to improve the concept of
internationally-minded students in their own schools, but who are prepared
to assist teachers and students in other schools of the region to ensure IB
schools are providing a curriculum which develops learners.”
In the coming months, Prem Center will host other IBO workshops at the
PYP, MYP, and DP levels.
Chiang Mai Expats Club, a very successful second meeting
It was only the second official meeting and again 49
curious members showed up at Art’s Caf้ to be part of a ‘club
meeting’ which might in the future be a major source of information for
any foreigner wishing to settle in Northern Thailand.
Coombs takes minutes on her lap top as VP Thomas Matty speaks and Founder
Jim Cox listens in. (Photo by Charles Boling)
President Jim Cox opened the meeting and thanked the web
designer Daniele Pais for a superb web site, www. chiangmaiexpatsclub. com
and also invited the public to use the new source. Members were encouraged
to email recommendations, questions, comments, etc., relevant to Chiang Mai.
New people were asked to introduce themselves after which the meeting was
turned over to CEC Vice President, Thomas Matty.
Tom told members about two types of memberships, the
‘Life Time’ and ‘Short Time’, whereby this being used of a proper
term and not what Thai ‘holiday makers’ think of. He described the
concept of CEC Friendly Merchants which invites businesses to offer a
benefit, such as a discount to CEC members. These businesses will be
identified on the web site as well as having a sign put up in their windows
and can be beneficial for all concerned.
Member Don Egan signs the CEC Constitution. (Photo by Thomas Matty)
One of the board members spoke of the importance of
member participation in club activities. She gave examples such as
entertainment, sports and cultural events, restaurant reviews and tasting,
researching history of Thailand, environmental issues, Thai social causes,
new things to do and member trips. The response was great and Tom elaborated
on this by talking already about sub-committees.
Two members had already combined on finding out about
cultural events and several events were mentioned. People were invited to
add to the list on the web site.
The CEC Constitution was described and all board members
signed it, after which the ‘Open Forum’ was launched. This is, where
members can ask about their needs such as “where can I find a safe storage
site?” or “I’m looking for a good place to live with reasonable
rent,” or “Is it true you can get an entry permit without showing your
passport?” Sometimes there is help.
Jim closed with a comment about Alister Connon, National
Police Monitoring Committee, who acts as an advocate between immigration and
foreigners. He passed out email addresses so people could request his
position be preserved by Immigration. He feelt this is a very important
position and needs to be left in place. You may voice your opinion to the
following Officials: Police Maj. Gen. Suwat Thumrongsiskul, Acting
Commissioner Immigration Bureau, Immigration Bureau, 507 Soi Suanplu,
Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10121 or to the Superintendent of Chiang Mai
Immigration, Pol. Col. Phirojana Paresakul, 71 Mahidol Road, Amphoe Mueang,
Changwat Chiang Mai 50200. Or you may contact Alastair Connon directly:
[email protected] org.