Chiang Mai Governor receives Honorary Doctorate
His Majesty the King graciously designated
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn as His Majesty’s
Representative to confer degrees to graduates of Rajabhat University,
Chiang Mai this year. Chiang Mai Governor ML Panadda Diskul also
received an honorary doctorate degree from HRH Prince Maha
Vajiralongkorn. This doctorate degree was conferred to the Governor by
Rajabhat University, Pibulsongkram campus in Phitsanulok at the
graduation ceremony presided over by the Prince and held at Rajabhat
University in Phitsanulok.
CMU students head to Khon Kaen for volunteer project
Students at Ban Nahee got backpacks
and other school equipment as part of the camp.
Chiang Mai Mail online reporters
Khon Kaen University and Chiang Mai University have launched volunteer
camps for rural development activities in the 20th joint cooperation
project for the universities.
Khon Kaen Governor Sombat Triwatsuwan presided over the opening ceremony
of the camps at Ban Nahee School in Tambon Phonphek, Manchakhiri
District, Khon Kaen in the middle of March.
Asst. Prof. Licit Amatayakong, the Vice President for Student
Development and Alumni Relations, Khon Kaen University (KKU), with
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Amnart Yoosuk, Vice President for Student Quality
Development and Special Affairs of Chiang Mai University (CMU) and KKU
administrators and community leaders attended the ceremony.
The volunteer camps were held from March 11-19 at Ban Nahee School, 104
volunteer students of the both institutes took part and students from
the Prince of Songkhla University attended the camps as observers.
Lecturers and students took part in rural
Students constructed multi-purpose buildings, engaged in education
initiatives, welfare promotion, community relations, and nutrition
Governor Sombat and administrators also presented school bags and
learning tools and equipment to students of Ban Nahee School, as well as
gifts to those volunteers who took part in the camps.
This volunteer camp project has seen participation by both Universities
since being established in 1992 with an aim to familiarize students with
rural development issues and goals.
Assoc Prof Dr. Amnart Yoosuk, of CMU said the camp is a good way for
students from both schools to meet and create friendships by working
Asst. Prof. Likhit Amatayakong, of KKU added that these volunteer camp
activities are not only useful for students, but also for lecturers and
administrators of both institutes. He added that the Prince of Songkhla
University also participated in the camp as an observer showing the good
regional cooperation in Thailand.
Engineering students donate funds for Japan disaster survivors
Khon Kaen University Faculty of Engineering
students presented donations raised for the survivors of the Japan
earthquake and tsunami to the Association for Overseas Technical
Scholarships (AOTS) during a trip to Osaka in Japan on March 14. Assoc.
Prof. Dr. Ratchapol Santiwarakorn, and 15 students, who were on a field
trip to visit the Training Program on Japanese Corporate Management for
Thailand from March 7-17 in Osaka, Japan, donated the money 7,045 Yen to
Sadatanai Toshiki of AOTS to show their support for the survivors.
LIST students shine in photographic exhibition
The prize winning photo is a portrait of the
artist’s father at hospital.
Lanna International School Thailand students held an exhibition at
Sangdee Galllery on Sirimangkalajarn Soi 5 Friday, March 25, 2011.
Sponsored by PFM International, the exhibition runs through Monday,
March 28 and all the amazing photos are up for sale.
The ages range from 9 to 21 and many of the photos are quite moving and
beautiful. Given the ages of some of the kids the talent on display does
a credit to the school and their teachers for allowing these children to
set their inner creativity free.
The opening night was well attended and many of the photos snatched up,
so be sure to visit the Gallery soon.
Some of the many inspiring and touching
photos of the students.
Ana Gracey joined Alan Hall of PFM
International and LIST Head, Roy Lewis for the evening to raise funds
for the school’s Environment Sustainability Project.
Northern School for the Blind receives a special visitor
Princess Maja von Hohenzollern watches the
performance with Pramuan Ploykamonchun, Principal for the Northern
School for the Blind.
Princess Maja von Hohenzollern greets one
the musician students after their performance.
Princess Maja von Hohenzollern greets
the students at the Northern School for the Blind.
The students were very happy to receive toys
and musical instruments from the Princess and Thailandfreunde.
The Northern School for the Blind warmly welcomed Princess Maja von
Hohenzollern to the their premises on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 to enjoy
student performances, meet students and offer toys to the school and to
join with Thailandfreunde members in donating 60,000 baht for the
The Northern School for the Blind was established in 1960 and has been
under the Royal Patronage of HRH Queen Sirikit since 1964. The school
became government owned under the Ministry of Education in 1980 and was
allowed to extend education to the secondary level. It emphasizes
vocational training and normal curriculum. There are 213 students from
Kindergarten through to high school, many attending outside schools in
an integrated environment, 29 teachers and 51 other staff.
Thailandfreunde has been active in supporting the school and helping
with new construction to accommodate their growing needs and will hold a
gala fundraiser at the Mercure Hotel on March 25, 2011. Air Berlin
offered their generous support for the organization’s fundraising
Sop Moei students gain dormitories thanks to Japanese help
Japan Consul General for Chiang Mai Kazuo
Shibata presents Ban Lekho School officials with the funds necessary to
The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human
Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to
3,602,000 baht for a project entitled “Construction of Dormitories for
Students at Ban Lekho School in Sop Moei District, Mae Hong Son
Province”. On March 18, 2011, Mr. Kazuo Shibata, Consul-General of Japan
in Chiang Mai and Mｒ. Bamrungsak Burasit, Director of Ban Lekho School,
jointly signed the funding contract at the Consulate-General of Japan in
Ban Lekho School which caters to 164 Pwo Karen students from preschool
to lower secondary level is located near the border with Myanmar. The
students’ homes are located in mountainous areas, 5-23km away from the
school, with bad roads making it difficult to attend as day students.
Consequently, 75 out of 98 lower secondary students live in an existing
dormitory and some temporary lodgings in the school.
However, the dormitory and temporary lodgings are already overcrowded,
and students are obliged to sleep on the floor without enough
bedclothes. Students often catch dengue fever and malaria because of
decrepit and insanitary bathrooms. Economic reasons and transport
difficulties force some students to give up their studies every year.
Therefore, in order to provide more educational opportunities to the
children in this area, it is an urgent issue that the school should
provide a healthy living and educational environment through new
In response to a request from Ban Lekho School, the Government of Japan
will bear the construction cost of two dormitories, one for boys and the
other for girls, as well as provide related equipment. It is expected
that the construction of the new dormitories will enable more minority
children in the border area to obtain a basic education, and will help
to promote development in this community. For more information about
GGP, please contact: Mr.Sato, Consul, or Ms. Hoshii and Ms. Hamaguchi,
Coordinators for GGP, Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, Airport
Business Park, 90 Mahidol Road. 053-203-367. (PR)
The National Astronomical Institute of Thailand (Narit) based in Chiang
Mai, invited teachers and students from Nakornpayap International School
to the astronomical training center on Doi Inthanon, Chiang Mai.
Astronomical studies and activities were organized for the Grade 6
students as part of their field trip on March 4 at Doi Inthanon National
Park. The field trip also ventured into studying environmental
preservation and the ecology.
Eyes turn skyward with NARIT this summer
A guest lecturer teaches children and their
families more about star mapping.
Chiang Mai Mail online reporters
The National Astronomic Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) and the
Science Faculty at Chiang Mai University have organized summer
activities for kids and families with special lectures by guest speakers
on stars, star mapping and stories about the stars.
Organized for the 8th year, activities are held at the CMU Sirindhorn
Tower Observatory, Three Kings Monument and Pang Poong in Mae Hong Son.
On March 12 they organized a star gazing event for local kids. The aim
is to teach students and children about the sky and how to use