Rotary International has selected 25 professionals
from 15 countries to study in a new program that teaches practical
skills surrounding conflict resolution and mediation to leaders from
around the world.
The Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program, a
three-month curriculum taught at Chulalongkorn University, builds
conflict resolution skills for professionals who work in fields
involving conflict resolution and mediation.
The program offers an intensive curriculum developed
and taught by international and regional experts on peace and conflict
studies. It is aimed at mid- to upper-level professionals in
governments, non-governmental organizations, private corporations,
academia, and media agencies.
The 25 participants who begin studies in July 2007
are a diverse group representing a wide array of professional
backgrounds. Their interests and areas of expertise include education,
human rights, armed forces, public policy, economic development, arts,
and social justice.
The Rotary selected participants include:
Anslem Agbonyeme of Nigeria, deputy superintendent of
police in Lagos, Nigeria.
Abdujabbor Kayumov, of Tajikistan, program
coordinator with Fariza, a community and peace building nongovernmental
organization. Dennis McMahon, of the USA, is a researcher with a
forestry and environmental organization in Cambodia. Naganan Ananth
Edirisinghe, is a consultant for nongovernmental organization in Sri
Lanka. Ratchanee Phataisit, of Thailand, works with the Center of
Environmental Dispute Prevention and Resolution department with the Thai
Individuals interested in future sessions should
contact their local Rotary clubs or email Bangkok.Peace
[email protected] for more information. Applications are currently
being accepted for the January 2008 and succeeding sessions. Additional
information is available at
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united
worldwide who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill
and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotarians
who are members of more than 32,000 Rotary clubs in nearly 170
Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific
will hold their inauguration of the new Soroptimist International of
Chiang Mai chapter on May 26, 2007 at the Amari Rincome Hotel at 3:00
Delegates from Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia
are expected to attend the club chartering in Chiang Mai, headed by
founding member and advisor Cory Croymans and president Dr. Carolina
San-Miguel Thompson, both residents of Chiang Mai.
Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific
(SISWP) is one of four federations in the world’s largest classified
service organization for business and professional women. Soroptimist
International has more 100,000 members in 3,000 clubs in over 120
countries and territories.
The Federation of the South West Pacific includes
clubs in 12 countries: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand,
Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, and People’s
Republic of China, Samoa and Solomon Islands. Soroptimists are executive
women of all ages, cultures and ethnic groups who work through a Program
of Service to make a difference for women throughout the world.
The new members of Soroptimist International Chiang
Mai will make a pledge to promote, uphold and defend the following
ideals: The sincerity of friendship, the joy of achievement, the dignity
of service, the integrity of profession and the love of country. SISWP
wishes them well in all their endeavors.
For more information visit www.soroptimist.org.
Prem Tinsulanonda International School
The senior year (Grade12) is where perhaps the two of
the four big lifetime decisions are made, namely "What will I study
at University and what University will I go to?" The other two big
decisions are debatable but consensus suggests they are who you marry
and where and when you buy a house. Clearly, however high or not you
rate these decisions there can be no argument that your choice of
University and course there will have a huge impact on your future.
Hartmann, Counsellor at Prem
The context of this decision is far from ideal. Amid
the pressure of performance in the hardest academic subjects you have
ever tackled and the pressure of being a young adult with new privileges
in an ever increasing social world, you have to devote a huge amount of
time and effort into your career research and university choice.
However, if you have been wise, you will have begun this work two years
ago and even visited desirable campuses during your summer break. The
International Student certainly has the hardest decisions to make
compared to the local student who will go to their local University.
Choice of countries and Universities and Colleges in them can be very
confusing, even more so if you are not sure what you want to study.
If you feel anxiety, stress, great hope and
anticipation coupled with depression and fear be assured that this is
normal. It is never going to be easy making these decisions but there
are a couple of things that can help.
You must start by being realistic about yourself. Get
to know yourself, your likes, your abilities and above all your values.
Try to take a long term view of where you see yourself in 5 years time.
Use aptitude tests like the ID ME test in myroad.com and others to get
an accurate profile of who you are.
The next step is to pick a broad pathway rather than
a specific job. Say for example you pick Medicine you can then research
the hundreds of jobs ranging from Radiographer to Naturopath in the
medical area. Pick a few that you like and research them. Once again
programs like myroad.com help you here with thousands of jobs online.
You don’t have to have a specific job lined up to go to University but
you must have a pathway.
Pick a range of Colleges/Universities whose entry
criteria match your estimated ability. I would also suggest if you are
not confident of making all of these Colleges to have a "safety
College" or one that you know you would be snapped up by. These
Colleges with slightly lower entry criteria might also be easier to get
a scholarship from if money is a problem.
Anxiety and stress can be lowered greatly by having
this planA, planB and planC.
Plan A might be Engineering at Purdue USA
Plan B might be Engineering at Thammassat Thailand
Plan C might be Engineering at Sunway Malaysia
Who can help you? Just about everybody but I suggest
you listen carefully to non family members as well as family members.
There are agencies set up to help you as well like ACE (at CMUIC),
Mentor, IDP(for Australia), CEC (for Canada) and the Embassies usually
have Education Officers.
USA Colleges regularly tour the world and present in
Thailand as do UK Universities. You attend these fairs and talk to as
many people as possible. All Universities and Colleges have Web Sites
where you can investigate them and some are even user friendly! Finally
your College Counsellor if you have one should be a key person in your
In reality, often there are important personal
reasons for your choice of University. You might have relatives living
nearby, the cost suits your budget or you know people who have gone
there before and they liked it. I am often asked which countries are the
best or which Universities are the best and the answer is simple. The
best education is the one that suits you the best and by that I mean
suits your entire 360degree profile. If you want to see the ranking of
Universities you can look at the Times Higher education top 200 but
there are other rankings equally important like the ranking of schools
Once your plans are laid out then work on gaining the necessary marks
for entry and meeting the English proficiency requirements like TOEFL or
IELS and taking SAT 1 and 2 exams. Be wary of deadlines and be careful
to present a first class application every time with a fine personal
essay and great references.