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Update March 7, 2017

One and half million steps for life

A group of medical students have organized a marathon from McCormick Hospital in Chiang Mai to Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok in order to raise money for the construction of Navamindhrabopit Builing, the last building at Siriraj Hospital to be commissioned by King Bhumibol.

The marathon will begin Friday, March 11 and

The student’s wrote “I know well the life of a medical student. After all, I used to be one. Sleep. Eat. Rest. These are words foremost in thoughts as the end of term approaches. So comes March 11, 2017, what force can propel a group of them to pursue, a 750-kilometer, 7-day marathon from McCormick Hospital in Chiang Mai to Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok just to raise money for the hospital's new building? The answer is simple. Legacy.

The late King Bhumibol, during his stays at Siriraj Hospital, foresaw that the hospital's capacity to effectively care for its people was being superseded rapidly. He envisioned a new building whose sole purpose was to provide medical care to the masses. No special clinics, just patient beds.

He also bestowed upon it his name, "Navamindrapobitr 84th Anniversary Building". It was to be the last building he commissioned during his reign. And by the time he of his death, constructions had already begun. But this building was more than just one king's vision. It was his legacy, the last tangible piece of benevolent gift for his people during his long and well-loved time on the throne. Its importance resonated with all of us, students, teachers, doctors, nurses and patients alike. We felt it the day construction first began in 2015. We feel it even more now that he is gone.

As we all make our ways through the Siriaj campus, to classes, to clinics, to see patients, to take breaks, Prince Mahidol's statue with King Bhumibol's portrait looking on in the background has become our daily inspiration. We pay our respects to both knowing that today, we study a little longer, work a little harder, and care a little more because the legacy of goodness, excellence and love they both have left behind.

The futurist and thinker Joel Barker once said, "Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world." Indeed, these young people see the vision, comprehend the legacy, and bring to life this lasting symbol of compassion, servitude and humility. These are indeed the truest, tallest characters of Prince Mahidol and King Bhumibol. The 1.5 million steps they will endure during this marathon are taken not just "to pass the time", but with a purpose. And with them, these young people managed to touch us all and changed our outlooks. They make our smiles just a little wider, our strides just a little prouder and our stance just a little taller knowing that, with this new generation of doctors, such precious legacies lives on. And for that, guys, we are all extremely grateful.”

Update February 3, 2017

Following in our Father’s footsteps at Maejo University

The King of Agriculture from February 19 – 25

Governor Pawin Chamniprasart announces the new Following in our Father’s Footsteps; The King of Agriculture event at Mae Jo University on February 19 -25, 2017. On stage is Asst. Prof. Dr. Jamnien Yodraj, President of Maejo University, Prof. Pavin Manochai – Vice President of Maejo University, Pratum Suriya – Representative of local organic agriculture of Maejo University’s project, and Narongchai Phomlee – Representative of Maejo University’s Alumni Association.

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Maejo University is holding an exhibition from February 19 to 25, 2017 to display the many agricultural innovations and support from His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. His Majesty, a great inventor and innovator, spent decades trying to improve the lives of Thai farmers. His Sufficiency Economic theory has been widely praised for support local economies and finding sustainable methods of agriculture.

The event will have forums and several training sessions as well as exhibitions on His Majesty’s works. There will also be many products on sale at Kad Maejo 2477 including agricultural materials, plants, seeds, fresh produce and meats, and more. There will also be a show on The King of Agriculture that discusses His Majesty’s work on water sources and sustainable careers for agriculturalists. Mae Jo University has dedicated to furthering this and educating future generations on sustainable water sources, agriculture and the sufficiency economy.

Payap University to hold 14th International Day on February 10

Chiang Mai’s Largest International Day

By Christa Crawford

The International College of Payap University is holding their 14th annual International Day to on Friday, 10 February 2017.

The popular gathering—featuring food from around the world and entertainment from different cultures—will be held at the Peace Park on Payap’s main Mae Khao campus. Festivities begin at 5 pm and continue until 8 pm when grand prize raffle winners will be announced.

International Day celebrates the ethnic diversity, understanding, and inclusion of Payap’s International College—the only “Truly International” program in Chiang Mai hosting students and faculty from over 30 countries. Last year’s International Day featured more than 50 food and activity stalls representing countries across the globe including Japan, China, Korea, Myanmar, Turkey, Germany, USA, Thailand and more.

The event is free to attend. Delicious food, drinks and desserts are available for purchase. Raffle tickets for a chance to win attractive prices are sold in advance for 20 Baht, and at the door for 40 Baht. Past prizes have included round-trip tickets to Bangkok and a cash grand prize of 5000 Baht.

Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity to enjoy the exciting diversity of Chiang Mai’s international community at Payap IC’s International Day. It is a great event for the whole family!

For more information, or to reserve a food or activity booth, please contact Christa Crawford, Head of International Campus Life, Payap International College. Pentecost Building, Room 103. +66 53 241-255 ext 7203. [email protected]

Update January 25, 2017

CMU opens horse riding therapy center for special needs children

Deputy Minister of Education and M.L. Panadda Diskul led the 61st annual Teacher’s Day ceremony.

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Chiang Mai Teacher’s Day, the day set aside by the government in 1957 to honor educators nationwide was held at the Chiang Mai International Convention Center where Deputy Minister of Education M.L. Panadda Diskul presided over the ceremony.

The Deputy Minister was joined by Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart, government school teachers and education personnel in the Chiang Mai Primary Educational Service Area Office 1 – 6, Chiang Mai Secondary Educational Service Area 34, Office of the National Primary Education Commission, Local Administration Organization, Office of Vocational Education Commission, Chiang Mai Provincial Office of Non-Formal And Informal Education, Special Education Bureau, and public and private schools in Chiang Mai.

The Ministry of Education organized the first Teacher’s Day in 1957 and the Cabinet Resolution specified 16 January of every year to be Teacher’s Day. This year the ceremony was held to honor His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej as the nation’s teacher, to remember the kindness of teachers, to promote and honor teaching careers and to promote unity and understanding between educators and the people of the nation.

Participants offered food to108 monks, led by the Chiang Mai Governor who also read the Teacher’s Day message from the Prime Minister, commemoration ceremony for teachers’ kindness, awarding plates and honorable certificates to government teachers and educational personnel showing outstanding works in various projects.

Update January 8, 2017

CMU opens horse riding therapy center for special needs children

Special needs children benefit from hippotherapy by forming emotional bonds as well as developing coordination and balance.

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The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Chiang Mai University is opening a new horseback riding therapy or hippotherapy center on January 8, 2017.

Hippotherapy, also known as equine assisted therapy, has proven to be very helpful for special needs children, it is a form of physical therapy whereby the movement of the horse affects a rider's posture, balance, and coordination and has been found to promote physical, occupational, and emotional growth. The therapy can also be used for adults suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as brain injuries and many other issues.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University in cooperation with Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Associated Medical Science, Chiang Mai University has operated a hippotherapy project since 2003 for special needs children and has worked to improve the standards of hippotherapy in Thailand. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University received support from Khun Dith Sinpaisan who donated an indoor horse riding arena in the compound of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine valued at 500,000 baht. The arena has been operating on a trial basis since August 2016.

The official opening of the new horse riding arena is being held on January 8, 2017 to thank Khun Dith Sinpaisn and other benefactors for the building.

For more information, please contact Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University  at 0-5394-8002 and 0-5394-8071.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story] :

One and half million steps for life

Following in our Father’s footsteps at Maejo University

Payap University to hold 14th International Day on February 10

Teacher”s Day celebrates local educators

CMU opens horse riding therapy center for special needs children