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Presentation at Prem highlights twelve attitudes

Chiang Mai University’s achievements attract interest from Finland

Rambo hits Chiang Mai

Presentation at Prem highlights twelve attitudes

Banners displayed by Prem students.

Jaime Kaiser
In the auditorium at Prem Tinsulanonda International School, a dozen large, colorful banners, emblazoned with words like “Commitment” and “Cooperation”, hang high on the walls, dominating the room and drawing the attention of every visitor.
At Prem’s most recent whole-school assembly, a group of fifth graders reminded their fellow students of what these banners represent and why they occupy such a prominent place in the school. The students delivered a creative and well-received presentation on the “Attitudes” element of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP).
As an IB World School, Prem strives to educate “global citizens” who not only excel in the classroom, but also possess the personal skills necessary to thrive in diverse environments around the world. The PYP curriculum explicitly emphasises the development of twelve attitudes intended to instill in students an appreciation for learning and to create a nurturing educational environment.
In a simple but dramatically effective way, groups of students strategically placed throughout the audience literally highlighted the words on the walls with torches, calling out an attitude such as “Integrity.” Three of their peers on stage then gave examples of how they see evidence of such attitudes within their daily lives at the school.
In an appropriate conclusion to the assembly, Mr. Andrew Harrison, the General Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel, Chiang Mai, and Sponsor of the Terry Fox Run, spoke to students about the upcoming Terry Fox Run. He screened an inspiring video about Terry Fox, a man whose life and legacy offered a poignant real-life example of the power of the application of attitudes such as those promoted by the PYP.


Chiang Mai University’s achievements attract interest from Finland

Jari Hietala, vice president Finpro South East Asia, visits Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thanan Anumanrachathon, vice president of Chiang Mai University, and Dr. Supavat Poovakul, honorary consul of Finland (front right) to exchange souvenirs.

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Jari Hietala, vice president Finpro South East Asia, visited Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thanan Anumanrachathon, vice president of Chiang Mai University (CMU) to learn about a range of issues in which CMU has expertise. They included garbage system managing, drainage and small business village development, all of which might be applied to cities of similar size to Chiang Mai in Finland.
Hietala says he is aware that CMU is an old and well respected educational institute. The university’s experts and specialists were behind Chiang Mai’s developmental success as they have researched and created projects to help local administration organisations in areas such as waste management and the support of small businesses.
CMU’s vice president pointed out that the university had been set up 40 years ago and now has some 23 faculties. He said these faculties have done an excellent job in making the CMU more well-known, especially the Faculty of Medicine. He said many foreigners trust the doctors who graduate from CMU and many travel here for medical attention at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, the hospital of the Faculty of Medicine of CMU.
The vice president introduced the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Business Administration to Hietala as these two faculties are expert in small and medium business administration including managing community environments.


Rambo hits Chiang Mai

Sylvester Stallone has been checking out our city ahead of filming “Rambo 4” next January. He’s been hanging out around The Duke’s Restaurant where he met up with the manager’s son, Joseph Anichowski.