Chiang Mai Zoo re-opens Kids Zone
Thawat Tanasit of Chiang Mai Ram Hospital joins
the Chiang Mai Zoo team to launch the newly renovated Kids Zone.
The Chiang Mai Zoo‘s Education Department opened its
renewed “Zoo Kids Zone Learning Center on November 17 when Thanapat Pong-amorn,
Director of Chiang Mai Zoo and the Zoo management team were on hand to
welcome Dr Thawat Tansathit, Director of Medicine and Information of Chiang
Mai Ram Hospital, who opened the newly renovated Zoo Kids Zone.
The ten year old Kids Corner was renovated into a more
holistic learning center for children, with an exhibition hall and unique
displays of animal skeletons, eggs, fur and more. There are also separate
areas for a library, painting, garden, and wildlife in an effort to more
wholly integrate the learning process to get children more closely in touch
with wildlife and the forest and tropical plants.
Chiang Mai Ram Hospital, the Bank of Sri Ayuthaya, Saha Pattanapibul and
schools helped support the renovation, allowing the area to be open to the
public free of charge, Zoo Director Thanapat noted. For more information,
please contact 053 – 210 374, 053 – 221179 ext. 179, 211 or email:
take part in learning about animals
and their habitat at the new Kids Zone at the Chiang Mai Zoo.
Student artists exhibit their works “Behind the door”
Artspace Chiang Mai held their second
annual show featuring the works of students from international schools
around Chiang Mai, this year with a theme of “Behind the door”. Each piece
of art was a prescribed door shaped size with the idea being that the frame
was the door and each student was to imagine what was “behind the door”. The
ages ranged from primary school to high school and the creativity and range
shown by the students was diverse and unique.
Ingyu Park took first
place in the elementary category for his piece at Artspace Chiang Mai.
Ingyu Park in the 4th grade at Nakornpayap International
School (NIS) won first place in the elementary category for his drawing of
another world behind the door, and Daniel Emilsson in the 11th grade at
Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) won in the high school category for
his drawing of a man gesturing welcome into a world of black and white.
High school second and third place winners were Michele
Cosi of NIS, 10th Grade and Wanrada Vichaithanaruk, CMIS, 12th Grade while
the second and third place winners for the elementary category were Arielle
Erickson, CMIS, Grade 5 and Hannah Dodge, CMIS, Grade 6.
school winning artwork was submitted by Daniel Emilsson who attends Chiang
Mai International School.
Honorable mentions went to Jessica Jang (Lanna), Thanat
Prathnadi (Lanna), Karo Kasper, Ambiam Taskinen (Lanna), Gyu Seung Lim (Lanna),
Jessica Patkamint (APIS), Pemica Klasukhon (APIS), Nattaros Chongsanguan (APIS),
Diana Vornicu (APIS), Arysa Kurata (PTIS)
Mandy Chang (NIS), Sunshine Shim (NIS), Clare Tayani
Tuckson (NIS), Kim Cheong, (NIS)
Nisa Meeldijk (NIS), Helen Lee (NIS), Sunisa Frandsen (NIS),
Jenny Yeji (NIS), Gideon Lee (NIS) and Jasmine Richardson (NIS).
CMU ranked number 3 in Thailand for research
By Phitsanu Thepthong
Chiang Mai University (CMU) has been ranked as number 3
out of 14 Thai research universities and 981 out of 2,833 universities
worldwide. CMU President Prof. Dr. Pongsak Ungkasit told Chiang Mai Mail
that the ranking for the best international research institutes was
processed by SClmago Institutes Ranking (SIR) World Report 2010: Global
President Prof. Dr. Pongsak Ungkasit
reports on CMU’s international ranking.
The SClmago Institutes Ranking (SIR) World report 2010:
Global Ranking ranks the latest international research institutes,
organizations and educational institutions, and their research works have
been conducted for 2010 and being submitted for a world class university.
This year, the ranking was announced recently and 14 of
Thailand’s institutes were ranked among the worldwide research universities
and educational institutions for International Research Institutes. He said
more than 2,800 research and educational institutions worldwide took part.
He said for evaluation and ranking, they use the database
and number of published papers and referenced from 2004-2008 in the Scopus
database with the following criteria.
1. Output: Number of papers printed in the journal of
2. International Collaboration: its proportion of all
paper works published in cooperation with international institutions
3. Normalized Impact: the percentage of the citation of
the institution when compared to the average of the citation in the world (world
4. High Quality Publication: Percentage of articles
published in leading journals in the first 25% of the Journal Rank SJR
For the 14 top Thai institutes or organizations that were
ranked in order are
(The number in parentheses is the global ranks)
Chulalongkorn University, (527), Mahidol University ( 539), Chiang Mai
University (981), Prince of Songkla University, (1,298), Siriraj Hospital
(1316), Kasetsart University (1,416), Khon Kaen University (1,462), King
Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi (1,763rd) ,
the King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, (1,780), Asian
Institute of Technology (1,917), Thammasat University (2220), Suranaree
University of Technology, (2,562), Silapakorn University (2806), and
Mahasarakham University, (2,807)
They were also ranked into Health Sciences where
Mahidol University was ranked 271, Chulanglongkorn
University 413, Siriraj Hospital 528 and CMU was ranked 759.
In Life Sciences Mahidol ranked 25, Chulalongkorn
University was ranked 562, Kasetsart University was ranked the 784th, and
CMU was ranked the 829th.
In Physical Sciences Chualalonkorn University was ranked
the 614th, while CMU was 1071, and Mahidol 1167.
For more information visit SIR World report 2010: Global
Ranking http://www.scimagojr.com, and http://www.scimagoir.com/pdf/sir_2010_world_report.pdf.
Chiang Mai students aim to study abroad
from Chiang Mai and the North took part in Interview Day
at Amari Rincome Hotel in order to study overseas.
Northern students wishing to further their studies abroad
were given the opportunity to interview for Australian and British
universities at an Interview Day held at the Amari Rincome Hotel at the
beginning of November and organized by Mentor International.
Wathanee Kwangyoo, Education Supervisor of Mentor
International, established in 1986, said that staff from various educational
institutions came to Chiang Mai to interview students interested furthering
their studies abroad. She noted an increase of 25 percent in interested
students from previous years. She added that the service was very helpful
for Northern students who may not have the chance to travel to Bangkok for
The University of Bristol, Brunel University, University
of East Anglia, Oxford Brookes University, University of Reading, and the
University of St Andrews Study Group were among the U.K. Universities that
took part while from Australia the University of Adelaide and Monash
University were on hand.