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Payap University’s first international graduates

Writing competition brings out talented authors

Thai Day at the Christian German School

An opportunity to study in Japan

Payap University’s first international graduates

Congratulations to the Class of 2007

Linda Ratchai
Payap University held its first-ever international Baccalaureate Ceremony for its graduating international students on May 18th. This was an historic moment for Payap’s first class of international students who have now completed the requirements for their Bachelor’s degrees. Two international MBA students were among the 26 who proudly accepted their graduation certificates. (Degrees will be conferred at the commencement ceremony in November.)
Payap University is a pioneer in international education in Chiang Mai. Long renown for their Thai programs catering to over 6,000 students in Law, Nursing, Music, and other fields, included an international curriculum to capture an unmet need. Their undergraduate international degree programs taught entirely in English were established in 2003 and have grown in both numbers and stature. Payap’s multi-cultural student body continues to expand, with over 27 countries currently represented. Payap’s students hail from the USA, Germany, Myanmar, China, Japan, Australia, Singapore, France, Thailand, Turkey and many other nations.
The Bachelor degree programs include Computer Information Systems, International Business Management, International Hospitality Management and English Communication and the University also has international Master’s degree programs in Linguistics, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Divinity, International Business and starting in 2008, the international Nursing Program.
Mrs. Beatrice Camp, Consul-General for the United States Consulate in Chiang Mai, was in attendance and was caught up in the excitement of the moment saying that “I’m really happy to be here to share this moment with the Payap students.”


Writing competition brings out talented authors

Jinsil Lee, aka Janny, took first place in the sixth grade division.

The middle school’s English as a second language (ESL) students of Lanna International School recently held a competition for future authors.

Dalen Achara, aka Vanda, wrote about her life in Norway.
The students were given the task of writing, illustrating and producing a book. The results were wide ranging from humor to horror to travelogues to sports instruction.
For Grade 6, the winner was Jinsil Lee, using her pen name Janny. Janny interviewed each student in all of grade six and created a memory year book with collages of photos.
For Grade 7, the winner was Dalen Achara, using her pen name of Vanda. Vanda wrote about Norway where her father comes from. The book told interesting highlights about Norway and included many family photos showing buildings and scenery.
For Grade 8, the winner was Minjeong Ko, using her pen name Min. Min wrote about the holidays and festivals of Korea. She used a scrapbook style of facts and photos to share with other students her Korean heritage.
All the students’ books are on display in the LIST library. Congratulations to these young English learners for showing their talents.

Minjeong Ko, aka Min, described Korea’s holidays and festivals.


Thai Day at the Christian German School

The young ones on stage performing to celebrate Thai Day.

Silke-Katrin Kunze
Thai sounds are carried from the Christian German School across the green rice fields to the nearby city of Chiang Mai. A visitor to the small school looks into European and partly Asian student faces. These students, age kindergarten to tenth grade, love to dress in a sportsmanlike manner and play football in any kind of weather at any time of day.
Today, though, they look different. They have come to school in magnificent garment or the typical traditional blue costume of the farmers of this region. Each class is involved in the program, presenting their audience traditional and modern Thai dances which they rehearsed with the Thai teachers and some of the Thai mothers.
After the performances Thai games are played and a rich Thai lunch menu carefully prepared by the parents awaits the hungry players and spectators. All this helps the CDSC achieve its goal in bringing the Thai culture across to the young students raised in Thailand. This is the main reason, yet there are two more to support the celebration of this special day.
Growing up in bicultural homes some students face language problems that cause unstableness and anxiety. Therefore, this event serves to strengthen their self-confidence and to revaluate the Thai culture in a school affected by German values.
Last but not least it is just as well a happening for the new teachers, a day to learn about the foreign traditions of their host country. That is also why, in the framework of a short ceremony, the teachers received a small flower arrangement by students to show their respect to their teachers and to thank them for their commitment towards the students.


An opportunity to study in Japan

Scholarships available

The Japanese government is granting scholarships to Thai students who wish to further their studies at universities in Japan for the 2008 academic year as part of the “Undergraduate Student” and “Research Student” programs.
The Embassy of Japan will select and recommend 10 candidates for the Undergraduate Student Program and 50 students for the Research Student Program to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan for the final selection.
For information and applications please contact Ms. Naruemon Chanakiat at the Consulate General of Japan in Chiang Mai at 053-203-367.



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