Prince Royal’s College celebrates 105 years of Royal naming
Descendents of the original founders came to
Chiang Mai to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the Royal naming of Prince
On January 2, 2011, The
Prince Royal’s College celebrated 105 years of its naming by His Royal
Highness, Crown Prince Vajiravudh (King Rama VI) in 1906. As part of this
celebration, descendents of the early missionaries who helped to establish
the first mission in the North of Thailand visited Chiang Mai for a
celebration at the school. Two of these early missionary couples whose
descendents visited are Rev. Dr. Daniel McGilvary and his wife Mrs. Sophia
Bradly McGilvary; and an educational leader of more than 40 years, Rev. Dr.
William Harris and his wife Mrs. Cornelia McGilvary Harris, these early
missionaries were responsible for the establishment of hospitals, schools
and churches in the North of Thailand.
The school was established in 1887 by Rev. David G. Collins and his wife
Mrs. Ada Pinkerton Collins. At that time the school was called Chiengmai
Boys’ School and was located on the west side of the Ping River. Rev. & Mrs.
Collins established the school and the Mission Printing Press—which
introduced modern printing to the North of Thailand. In 1898 Rev. and Mrs.
Harris joined the faculty of Chiengmai Boys’ School and the next year Rev. &
Mrs. Collins resigned from the school to devote all their time to the
printing business and Rev. Harris took over the school. Rev. Harris was the
longest serving Director of the school, serving from 1899 to 1939.
Mr. Gordon Hollister and Ms. Madelyn Hollister,
accompanied by Dr. Olarn Chaprawat, cut the ribbon marking the opening of
The Van Allen Harris Conference Room at the 100 Year Building of Harris
As Chiengmai Boys’ School was outgrowing its location purchased land on the
east side of the Ping River using their own money and donations from friends,
moving the school to the new location. On January 02, 1906, His Royal
Highness, Crown Prince Vajiravudh visited the new campus and laid the corner
stone for the first classroom building and renamed the school, The Prince
Royal’s College and gave the school his royal colors, white and blue. To
this day, King Rama VI’s daughter, Princess Petcharat Ratchasuda
Sirisophaphannawadi, still remains connected with the school and The Prince
Royal’s College is under her royal patronage.
Under the direction of Rev. and Mrs. Harris the school established the first
medical school in Northern Thailand as well as the first public library in
Chiang Mai; it was the first school in the North to adopt the national
curriculum when the Ministry of Education was established.
Today this small school has a total student population of 6,100 students
from kindergarten to the 12th grade.
Two rooms in the new Harris Institute were dedicated during the visit; the
Harris Institute is a state-of-the-art learning facility finished in 2009.
The Harris Institute is based on Dr. Howard Gardner’s approach to multi-intelligence
learning. Each discipline at the school has a room in the building for
special learning and teaching activities.
The conference room in the Harris
Institute which seats 60 people was dedicated as the “The Van Allen Harris
Conference Room” after Rev. Harris’ brother who came to Chiang Mai in the
early 1930’s to help build the first auditorium at PRC and the famous PRC
Chapel. The second room to be dedicated was the new auditorium in the Harris
Institute which seats 600 people and has a movie size projection and sound
unit. This new auditorium was dedicated as “The Cornelia McGilvary Harris
The weeklong celebration saw the granddaughter of Cornelia McGilvary Harris
and the Rev. Dr. William Harris dedicate the new auditorium; Cornelia Harris
Kneedler Hudson, along with many other descendants of the original founders.
U.S. Consul General Susan Stevenson joined in the dedication at the Prince
Royal’s College. After the dedication the families spent time visiting the
College and touring Chiang Mai.
Harris Kneedler Hudson, a descendent of founder William Harris, released a
hot air balloon with U.S. Consul General Susan Stevenson.
Lampang literacy campaign features letter writing and stamp collecting
Methin Leeyakad, right,
Assistant MD of Thailand Post presented a souvenir to Governor Athikhom
Suwanpong joined by Dr. Nirund Jivasantikarn, Chairman of Yonok Foundation,
left, and Boonkrong Indushophon, 2nd left.
On January 28, the Yonok Foundation held the Opening
ceremony of an exhibition to encourage people to read and write letters and
collect stamps at the Lampang City Hall, where Lampang Governor Athikhom
Suwanpong presided over the opening ceremony.
Lampang Mayor Paitoon Phothong presided over the seminar on letter writing
and stamp collecting, or philately. Boonkrong Indushophon, Vice Chairman of
Anusorn Prakaipet Indushophon Foundation and also Outstanding Person on the
Roll of Distinguished Philatelists 2001 presented awards to Lampang students
who won the letter writing contest. The world renowned philatelist supported
the Letter Writing contest that was organized by Yonok Foundation.
The Yonok Foundation received support from Boonkrong Indushophon, the
world’s foremost stamp collector who was honored as a signatory in the Roll
of Distinguished Philatelists 2001 by the Philatelic Congress of Great
Britain for her outstanding role in the philatelic community. The award was
named after and her husband who are both recognized internationally for
their expertise in philately.
Dr. Nirund Jivasantikarn, Chairman of the Yonok Foundation and also Chairman
of the Lampang Reading Commission says that the mission of the project is to
promote reading and writing; to inspire, motivate and encourage people in
Lampang to read more and to write more especially letter writing which has
become less popular nowadays. Boonkrong came to Lampang to hand out the
award to the winners and to meet with young philatelist of Lampang.
Crossword competition kicks off
Contestants played crosswords
games, A-math, Kham Khom, IQ word ups, Sudoku, and crossword puzzles in a
contest for the Northern region to win the trophy of HRH Princess Maha
Chakri Sirindhorn at Central Airport Plaza on January 31. Naruemol Plawat,
the Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai, 3rd from left, presided over the opening
of the competition with Thachapol Thanikchokorbkul, 4th from left, Vice
Chairman of Cyber Dict Technology Co., Ltd, Orachorn Chanwiwattana, 5th left,
General manager of Central Airport Plaza and participants.
Organized by Central Airport Plaza and the Crossword Association of Thailand,
this is the 14th Cyber Dict Crossword game competition. There are 6
categories for primary and secondary school students as well as for the
HRH Princess Sirindhorn confers degrees at CMU
Upon arrival, the
Princess was greeted by Hon. Prof. Dr. Kasem Wattanachai,
the chairman of Chiang Mai University Council and Prof. Dr. Pongsak Angkasit,
the President of CMU. (Photo Courtesy of CMU PR Offices)
HRH Princess Maha
Chakri Sirindhorn awards
an Honorary Doctorate Prof. David M. Engel in Law.
By Phitsanu Thepthong
Her Royal Highness
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously presided over the 45th
graduation ceremony of Chiang Mai University (CMU) on January 24, 2011.
His Majesty the King
graciously designated HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn as His
representative to preside over the Graduation Ceremony held at the CMU
This year there are a
total of 6,079 graduates in 21 faculties, and one graduate school receiving
their degrees, presented by the Princess in the morning and in the afternoon
sessions. More than 100 graduates will receive their Doctorates, 1,700
students will receive their Masters and 4,600 their Bachelors Degree.
Honorary Doctorates were
given to four prominent professors and lecturers; Prof. (Special) Chormjin
Chantarasakul in Pharmaceutical Industry, Prof. Dr. Abdelaziz Bouras in
Knowledge Management Science, Ajarn Withi Panitchaphan in Thai Arts, Prof.
Dr. Suathas Fucharoen in Medicine, Prof. David M. Engel in Law, Boonchorb
Em-im in Economics.
Also Honorary Prof. Dr.
degrees were awarded to prominent academics; Prof. Amnuay Khananthai in
Mathematics, Prof. Dr. Manus Suwan in Geography, Prof. Dr. Mingsan Kaosa-ard
in Economics and Prof Surapol Damrikul in Thai Arts.
Khon Kaen University students graduate from program in China
faculty from the program
at Southwest University in China gather for the graduation.
Thai students who participated in a program with courses
on Chinese language, business, and teaching Chinese as a second language
graduated from Southwest University in Chongqing, the People’s Republic of
China on December 17, 2010.
The curriculum was first offered for
Thai students from the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences and
Education at Khon Kaen University in 2007. The students completed 3 years of
study at the Liberal Arts Faculty at Southwest University before returning
to KKU to finish their final 2 years of study.
KKU Vice President for Academics and
International Relations Assoc. Prof. Kulthida Tumasuk, Asst. Prof. Yaowalcuk
Aphicahrtwallop, the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Asst. Prof. Dr. Paisan Sunwannoi, the Dean of the Education Faculty, Asst
Prof Uthaiwan Danwiat, Assoc Prof Dr Penny and Ajarn Watcharapol
Sirirsuwilaim traveled from Khon Kaen to attend the ceremony.
Prof Wang Xiaojia, President of
Southwest University presided over the ceremony and offered congratulatory
remarks to the graduates.
“We hope that the graduates have more
knowledge of Chinese culture as well as developed their skills in speaking,
listening, reading and writing Chinese for daily use. During their stay here,
the students have shown respectful attitudes and good manners and good
attention in their studies. All the Chinese lecturers here are very proud of
them. Learning is a never ending process so I hope that all the graduates
will continue learning more about the Chinese culture and language.”
“Your smiles brought us happiness and
was a valuable gift, we hope that all the students who graduated from here
will keep those happy smiles forever,” the President concluded.
The Liberal Arts Faculty of Southwest
University hosted a dinner reception and party with performances by the Thai
students to the delight of their Chinese hosts.
Pratchaya Saengthong, one of the
graduating students said, on behalf of his fellow graduates, “Thank you to
all the administrators, university lecturers and those attending the
graduation party. We have been waiting for today, the last day of two years
of study. We have gained experience, developed our skills in Chinese and
received help and good advice from the Chinese lecturers. We promise here
that we will continue our studies and apply our knowledge, We also really
hope that we can come back to Southwest University again.”
KKU exchange program with South Korean and Malaysia a success
At a presentation on the
exchange programs between Khon Kaen University (KKU) and South Korea and
Malaysia, KKU President Hon, Prof. Dr. Sumon Sakolchai delivered his New
Year remarks and wished the students happiness and success in the coming
year on December 24, 2010. Seen here are KKU students in South Korea during
At the session, he and Asst. Prof. Likhit Amatayakong, the Vice President
for Student Development, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anuchar Nilpraphan, the
Assistant President for Student Development briefed the group on the
exchange program between KKU and Namseoul University held October 16-20,
2010 and with HELP University College of Malaysia October 21-24, 2010. After
the briefing and the New Year’s welcome, the participants were treated to a
Rajamangala students stage fashion show
The Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna (Payap)
Campus together with I-new and the education center for further studies in
Australia will present a fashion show of clothes and textiles created by
students Saturday, January 29 at 1:19 p.m. at Central Airport Plaza. The
clothing and textiles will be presented in the series Lertla Na Palai,
featuring models wearing traditional and contemporary designs of the
students of the Faculty of Arts and Architecture. Around 30 designs are
slated to be introduced, made from natural materials featuring workwear,
casual and evening dress. A competition to judge best outfit will be held
and will be judged by designers and experts in the fashion and design field.
Khun Magrin Promyothi, the General Manager of
Kantary Hills, Chiang Mai (left) recently donated 100,000 baht to The Seven
Fountains, Spirituality Centre (Retreat House), Chiang Mai for the orphans
of The Seven Fountains. S.J. Khun Winai Boonlue (right) is seen here
receiving the donation.