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Education
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Language and culture contest for students offers scholarships

Science, technology and innovation in Chiang Mai

Varee Chiang Mai School holds mini World Cup

Language and culture contest for students offers scholarships

Siam City Bank’s Assistant Managing Director, Angkhana Sawasphun (5th left) oversaw the bank’s latest activity promoting the preservation of Thai culture and language at the Thai Identity contest for students held at Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel from July 3 to 6.

The contest was the Northern selection round for the 39th contest in Thai reading, listening and Thai cultural manners. The winners of the national contest will receive trophies from HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and scholarships worth more than 900,000 baht total. Aboiut 213 schools around the North sent 617 students to participate in the selection round.

The contest was divided into 2 categories, one for reading and the other was Thai good manners. These contests are held with the aim of helping preserve Thai national language and culture as well to help children learn to behave with appropriate Thai cultural manners in their everyday lives. (PR)


Science, technology and innovation in Chiang Mai

Jedsadapong Wongkiew

Science, technology and innovation were the topics discussed at the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI) and Chiang Mai University (CMU) sponsored workshop held on June 30 at the Centara Duangtawan Hotel.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Suphachai Chuarattanapong, Vice President of Chiang Mai University presided over the opening ceremony at Centara Duangtawan Hotel, Chiang Mai.

Along with the Business Administration Faculty and Engineering Service Center of Chiang Mai University, NTIS held the workshop for 8 upper Northern provinces with the theme Science builds human, Technology builds nation, and Innovation builds growth: STI 2 U, to help improve living standards.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Supachai Chuarattanapong, Vice President of CMU presided over the opening ceremony of the workshop, which was attended by about 200 representatives from both public and private sectors including financial institutes.

Those who attended the workshop helped to map out the master plan on science, technology and innovation for the Upper North to develop in a sustainable manner using input from the attendees.

One of STI’s missions is to draft a master plan for operational and strategic planning in the fields of Science, Technology and Innovation development.

Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Phrae, and Nan also held similar workshops in order to collect data and suggestions from participants.

Dr. Natthapol Nimmanpatcharin, Acting Director (for Research and Policy Management) of STI, said at present, society is driven by science, technology and innovation from industrial, agricultural and to social sectors.

“These will help improve the quality of people’s lives, and draft the master plan for the country, and this was as for the first time Thailand will have its own plan in ten years. This information gathering stage is expected to finish by November and then the master plan will be proposed to the Government.

There are 7 universities across the country that work in coordination with STI, while in the Northern region, Chiang Mai University will be the Northern center for collating research from several educational institutes listing their problems and needs in Science, Technology and Innovation development.

These will respond to the needs of people in the regions as a whole, covering 9 areas of economic and social issues, global warming, water usage, energy, and carbon dioxide emissions.


Varee Chiang Mai School holds mini World Cup

Education should reflect major social and sporting events and nothing comes close to the popularity of the FIFA World Cup! Last month each class at Varee Chiang Mai School (VCS) chose one of the participating countries and not only studied it as a topic but decorated the classroom as well, offering a great stimulus to learning about other countries.

The highlight of these activities was the VCS World Cup Football Festival held on July 1st and 2nd where student teams donned the colours of Brazil, England, Italy, Holland Argentina and France to compete in their own mini tournament. For more information and pictures please call 0851 217 414. (Photos by Wyndham Hollis)



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