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Prince Royal’s College celebrates 105 years of Royal naming

Lampang literacy campaign features letter writing and stamp collecting

Crossword competition kicks off

HRH Princess Sirindhorn confers degrees at CMU

Khon Kaen University students graduate from program in China

KKU exchange program with South Korean and Malaysia a success

Rajamangala students stage fashion show


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 Royal’s College

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 Institute.

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 Auditorium.”

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.

Mrs. Cornelia 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 general public.

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 Convention Center.

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

Students and 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 the exchange.
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 dinner reception.

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.