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HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

German cooperation with higher education in Thailand

Thai-Indonesia Universities sign cooperation agreement

Payap students lend a hand

CMU student to represent Thailand at UN meet


German cooperation with higher education in Thailand

By Shana Kongmun

German scholars and former students met for a recent DAAD get together at the Kantary Hills Hotel. DAAD is the German Academic Exchange Service, a non-profit organization that has been granting scholarships to Thai scientists and researchers since 1952. Thailand usually receives 6 scholarhips a year. DAAD also supports Thai universities by funding German professors and lecturers for teaching, mainly in science and technology related fields.

German Ambassador Dr Hanns Schumacher gives the keynote speeach at the DAAD seminar held at Kantary Hills Hotel on September 17 (Photo By : Jittarporn Charasrum)

The gathering on Friday, September 17 saw Director of the DAAD Information Center in Bangkok Carolin Mlverstedt open the seminar titled Higher Education Institutions in transition; Chances and challenges. Associate Professor Dr. Sanchai Jaturasitha, the Associate Dean for Research and International Affairs at the Faculty of Agriculture at Chiang Mai University commented that many DAAD alumni seem to be associated with agriculture.

DAAD supports both German lecturers, students and the Uplands Program that covers Thailand and Vietnam and works to promote the sustainable use of agricultural lands in mountainous areas. Started in 2000, the program is a collaboration between Hohenheim University and several universities and research institutes in Thailand and Vietnam.

Assoc. Prof. Dr Sanchai Jaturasitha of CMU joins DAAD Director Carolin Mlverstedt and DAAD Representative in Chiang Mai, Christian K๖rner before the seminar.

Dr. Daoroong Kangwanpong, Vice President of Research Affairs at CMU gave the opening speech in German, concerned that she was a little rusty, however, her speech was well received.

The DAAD program covered the importance of international cooperation between German and Thai higher education institutions as well as the main theme of the day, Higher education institutions in transition, with a focus being on some of the major changes and challenges faced by Thai universities in recent years.

The seminar concluded with a speech by Dr. Hanns Schumacher, German Ambassador to Thailand who spoke on the 60th anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany. The evening closed out with a dinner at the Kantary Hills, with many pleased at the level of dialogue that the seminar produced.

Thai-Indonesia Universities sign cooperation agreement

Honorary Professor Dr. Sumon Sakolchai, 2nd left, the President of KKU, signed the cooperation agreement with Professor Dr. Idrus A. Paturusi, Sp. B, Sp. BO, the President of Hassanuddin University, Indonesia at Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel late last month.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters

President of Khon Kaen University (KKU), Honorary Professor Dr. Sumon Sakolchai and administrators from the Faculty of Public Health met with Professor Dr. Idrus A. Paturusi, Sp. B, Sp. BO, the President of Hassanuddin University, Indonesia at Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel to sign a coopertion agreement afer participating in the 5th Thai-Indonesian meeting on Higher Education for the ASEAN community in the 2nd Decade of the 21st Century; Challenges and Opportunities. The cooperation agreement develops relations between he Faculty of Public Health, KKU, and the Faculty of Public Health of Hasanuddin University, Indonesia.

Payap students lend a hand

Payap University students from the International College (IC) left their campus in Chiang Mai for multiple destinations throughout the province in order to lend a helping hand to those less fortunate.

7 different destinations were visited by 7 groups of IC groups students. Projects such as Lanna Dog Rescue, Free Burma Rangers, Ban San Rak, and the Fair Earth Farm gave students the opportunity to learn about different groups in the community who face additional quality of life issues not normally faced by everyday people.

Payap IC students volunteered their time and labor to work freely on projects that normally would have cost money to pay for laborers to complete these projects. Projects dealing with sustainable farming, building walls, and even helping to make jump ropes to be sold in markets away from Chiang Mai are just some of what the IC students did on Saturday.

Later in the evening the students met for dinner at Reggie’s restaurant in the P&S building near the Payap Campus. Each group gave a video presentation to the others of how they were able to help out in the community and what it meant to them. (PR)

CMU student to represent Thailand at UN meet

Chiang Mai Mail Reporters

Ploypailin Rupawichet, a second year student of Political Sciences at Chiang Mai University will be visiting the United Nations in New York from October 2 -23, 2010 as a representative for Thai youth at a U.N. General Assembly meeting organized by the UN Program on Youths. She was selected with one other student by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of a program in place since 2006 to encourage their international relations skills and understanding. She will be meeting with the Committee on Social, Humanitarian, and Cultures focusing on children’s rights under the sponsorship of the Thai ambassador to the UN in New York.


Chiang Mai Mail offers its congratulations to CMU student Kesinee Thepthong, daugher of our Editor, Phitsanu Thepthong, on the awarding of a scholarship to further her Japanese language studies in Japan. Ms. Kesinee was chosen by Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Humanities and the International Exchange Office, Fukuhara Gakuen University Corsortium, to sponsor her to study at the Kyushu Women’s University in Fukuoka City, Japan for a one year term. Pictured here with her father and mother, Pasuk Thepthong at Chiang Mai International Airport.

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