Princess confers degrees to KKU graduates
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously confers an Honorary Doctorate
degree in engineering to Professor Donald Carl Slack.
On December 23, His Majesty the King graciously
designated Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to preside
over the Graduation Ceremony at Khon Kaen University.
There, the Princess royally conferred degrees to bachelor,
masters and doctorate students who graduated from the KKU both last year and
this year at the ceremony held at Kanchanapisek (Golden Jubilee) Convention
There were totally 8,768 graduates for 119 doctorate
degrees, 90 high certificates, 3,512 master degrees, 65 certificates, 4,983
bachelor degrees and 2 diplomas that received the degrees from the Princess.
Meanwhile, KKU this year also presented honorary
doctorate degrees in veterinary medicine to Her Majesty the Queen, Honorary
doctorate degree in philosophy to Phra Thepworamunee, Honorary doctorate
degree in education management to Professor Wang Xiaojia, Honorary Doctorate
degree in engineering to Professor Donald Carl Slack, Golden Phrathart Panom
Award to Phra Paisal Wisalo, Sri Mor Din Daeng Awards of honour to lecturer
Assoc. Prof. Pisal Maireing and personnel Ms. Oonruen Mongkolchai, the most
Outstanding alumni Awards to Wichien Sapcharoen and Chot Trachu, and Sri
Kalaprapruek Award to student Ms. Rattana Kaewnoi.
Big C supports Mae Ai community for the new school building
Yves Braibant (right) CEO and President of Big C Supercenter Public Company
Limited presides over the corner stone laying ceremony of the new building
of Fang Vocational School, Wat Thaton campus, at value of 6 million Baht
which was raised by the Royal Krathin by Big C. Along with Mr. Braibant are
Mr. Somphong Khaikham (middle left), School Director of Fang Vocational
School, Wat Thanton campus, and Phra Ratpaiyatmethi (middle right), Vice
Governor of Buddhism Monks in Chiang Mai, the abbot of Wat Thaton.
Famous Buddhist delivers blankets to refugees
Ruma gives a dharma talk to some
of the camp’s 15,000 children and their families.
Well known Buddhist teacher, Master Ruma and a group of
about 20 of his students traveled from Chiang Mai to Mae Sot to deliver
1,500 blankets to the residents of the Maela refugee camp and another 500 to
the residents of NuPoe Refugee Camp, they also donated funds for the
creation of a new Best Friend Library for the refugees.
Having been a refugee himself at the age of twelve in a
Vietnamese refugee camp in Malaysia, Master Ruma has a special affinity for
all peoples in similar hardship and circumstance. Over and beyond the
donation of material goods, Master Ruma delivered a spiritual message of
hope for a better future for the refugees at the Maela Camp. He told them
from his own experience that most Vietnamese refugees had given up all hope
of ever being able to return to their homeland after the Communists took
over their country after the Vietnam War. However, the passage of time has
seen his country reopen to allow the repatriation for all displaced refugees
who wanted to return. He said that when he was all alone in Malaysia, and
separated from his family and his country, he never gave up hope and prayed
to Buddha everyday. He said: “Only love and forgiveness, not hatred and
despair, can overcome the bad Karma that has taken hold of your beloved
country. I foresee the day when Myanmar will once again be a welcome and
beautiful place, and will flourish in a new “Golden Age”. You must do your
best to keep hope for a better future and not forget what the Buddha taught.”
The Maela Refugee Camp was founded in 1990 and is
administered by the Thai Government. It currently has a population of
approximately 50,000 (which includes 15,000 children).All the residents of
Maela were displaced by war. The Camp is designated by Thailand as a
Temporary Shelter – a place to live until the refugees find another home
country or can be safely repatriated to Myanmar. However, many residents
have lived there since the Camp was opened over twenty years ago. The Master
Ruma Foundation plans to continue its efforts to help the displaced peoples
of Myanmar and will schedule additional visits to the Mae Sot area in 2011.
Further information at [email protected] 0878012117. (PR)
Governor pays a visit to local school
Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul recently visited
PTIS International School, where he met senior members of staff, addressed a
school assembly and spoke informally with staff and students following the
assembly. He was particularly full of praise for both the beauty of the
campus and Mom Tri for realizing his original visions when designing the
Governor ML Panadda chats with grade 6 PTIS student, First.
Governor ML Panadda told students of his former postings
as Governor of Nakhon Pathom Province, Deputy Governor of several other
provinces and as international security advisor to the Ministry of Interior.
He pointed out that Governors are appointed by His Majesty the King’s
government in Bangkok – a tradition that dates back to the times of King
Chulalongkorn, Rama V in the Chakri dynasty. ML Panadda himself is a
descendant from King Rama IV, the Thai king made famous – or infamous – by
the Hollywood film The King and I.
The Governor told students that he had met several
graduates from their “prestigious institution” and knew that those students
were now studying at universities in Thailand and overseas. Although he has
studied in the USA and Japan, he now finds himself with a new educational
battle on his hands – learning to speak the Northern Thai dialect or pasan
neua as he is keen to be able to communicate with all members of the local
Following the assembly ML Panadda spoke to many students
and was interested to see the national diversity present: in just a small
handful of students he met children from Thailand, USA, Bhutan, Israel and