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British Council launches e-library service

Eminent educator joins Prem Center

Workshop trains the trainers in cross-cultural understanding

Prem asks professionals to come to careers day

Sigmar Polke – Music from an unknown source

Primary Years Program (PYP) training

Chiang Mai Expats Club, a very successful second meeting

British Council launches e-library service

Preeyanoot Jittawong

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.

Jon 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

Davidene Hannah

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 this enterprise.

Dr Peter Foley

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

Preeyanoot Jittawong

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.

Delegates 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).

The 5th 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: [email protected]


Sigmar Polke – Music from an unknown source

Goethe Institute

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.

Sigmar 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 of painting.

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

Tara Colen

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.

It was 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 region.

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 conferences.

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

Jim Cox

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.

Lucy 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.

Board 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.



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