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.
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 Mlverstedt 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
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.
Prof. Dr Sanchai Jaturasitha of CMU joins DAAD Director Carolin Mlverstedt
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.
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
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
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
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.
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