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
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effectively care for its people was being superseded rapidly.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
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.
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
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
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
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
CMU to host Thailand Studies Conference and Asia Scholars Convention in 2017
Governor Pawin Chanmiprasart looks on as Netnapa
Suthidhamrongdhama, Director of Pingkanakorn Development Agency signs the
MOU on the two events to be hosted by Chiang Mai Univeristy and the
Pingkanakorn Development Agency in Chiang Mai in July, 2017 at the
International Convention Center.
Chiang Mai University and Pingkanakorn
Development Agency signed an agreement to host two separate events in 2017;
the 13th International Conference on Thai Studies and the 10th International
Convention of Asia Scholars – ICAS10 in July, 2017 at the International
The signing was attended by Governor
Pawin Chaminprasart, acting as Executive Managing Director of Pingkanakorn
Development Agency and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rome Jiranukom, Acting for
Vice-Rector for Foreign Relations and Alumni, Chiang Mai University, Dr.
Chayan Watthanaphut, Director of Regional Center for Social Science and
Sustainable Development: RCSD, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai
University, and Netnapa Suthidhamrongdhama, Director of Pingkanakorn
Development Agency (Public Organization).
The 13th International Conference on
Thai Studies will be hosted by Chiang Mai University for Thai and
international academicians to present academic works relating to Thai
studies and to exchange experience, research work, and create academic
networks. About 600 people are expected to participate in the conference
that will be held from July 15 – 18, 2017.
The 10th International Convention of
Asia Scholars – ICAS10 will be held in cooperation with Chiang Mai
University and the International Institute for Asia Studies (IIAS),
Netherland. The convention will offer a stage for the presentation of
academic works of international scholars interested in Asian Studies. Around
1,200 people are expected to attend the event held at the International
Convention Center form July 20 – 23, 2017.
Rajamangala University students win 6 awards in Asian Packaging Congress
Kotchakorn Panloy, Anothai Kuna, Satienpong Singsai, Nattaporn
Rammanee, Nattapong Chaiwong and Thanat Sompan from Rajamangala University
of Technology Lanna took home awards from the Asian Packaging Congress held
in Mumbai, India this month.
Six students from Rajamangala
University of Technology Lanna took home awards from the Asian Packaging
Congress held in Mumbai, India this month.
According to ThaiStar Packaging Awards
2016 under the concept “Thai Identity going to the AEC” senior students
studying Packaging Technology at the Faculty of Arts and Architecture,
Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna were selected as winners in the
Thai Packaging Contest. Kotchakorn Panloy won with his mango wood package,
while Anothai Kuna took first runner up with her wooden jigsaws in farmer
series. Satienpong Singsai won for his ceramic elephants, Nattaporn Rammanee
won for her products in conch series, Nattapong Chaiwong won for his wooden
carved lions, and Thanat Sompan won for his ceramic altar tables. The
students represented Thailand in the Asian Packaging contest and all won the
AsianStar 2016 (Award for Packaging Excellence).
dishes by Kotchakorn Panloy won first prize in the Packaging Design Contest.
This award was presented by the Asian
Packaging Federation which has members from 15 countries; Thailand, Japan,
India, Malaysia, China, Bangladesh, Iran, Korea, Vietnam, Sri Lanka,
Kazakhstan, Philippine, Singapore, and Turkey.
Ajarn Sasithorn Thongpreamjit, Lecturer
in Creative Thinking and Head of Lecturers, said that the students’ works in
past packaging contests was focused on Team Teaching together with Ajarn
Watchawuth Putthirino, Ajarn Sittaporn Phomkulasit, Ajarn Sirinapa Phomaban,
and Ajarn Radchadaporn Jaiman to help and control production for domestic
contest. The six works of the students will be presented at the World Star
Packaging Awards 2017 for consideration in that contest.