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- New Construction Projects at UBU
- New Construction Projects – Conference Centre
- Construction Project 2 – Research Centre for Business Management
- Construction Project 3 – Faculty of Medicine
- New Construction Projects – Study Centre
- New Construction Projects – Food Centre
- Urban Planning Expert Works with UBU
In April 2008, there are a number of different construction projects at different stages of completion around the UBU campus. These reflect the development of UBU as a major expanding teaching and research educational institution in north-east Thailand. Below is a diagram of the campus showing some of these projects:
1. Conference Centre 4. Faculty of Medicine
2. Research Centre for Business Management 5. Study Centre
3. Activity Centre 6. Food Centre
In April 2008, the new Conference Centre project has only just commenced. The site has been cleared, filled, and levelled, ready for building to start later in the year. The photo below shows the area chosen for the centre, with the Faculty of Medicine construction in the background.
The location of the Research Centre for Business Management on the main Ubon-Det Udom road fronting UBU makes it a conspicuous addition to the university landscape.
The proposed building is scheduled for completion later this year at a cost of 78,770,000 baht.
In April 2008, the Research Centre for Business Management is at this stage of development.
UBU is constructing accommodation for its newly-established College of Medicine and Public Health. In June 2008 the college will admit its third cohort of students. As with any new faculty, it desperately needs purpose-built accommodation to cater for its expanding programs and numbers of students and staff.
Below is a drawing of the proposed Faculty of Medicine:
The total cost of the project is 117,999,000 baht and it is scheduled for completion by 11 May 2009.
The Study Centre will be completed at a cost of 79,444,000 baht by 13 April 2009.
In April 2008, in-ground foundations have been completed and concrete supporting columns are being constructed.
The new Food Centre, located in the middle of the campus near to the Engineering, Law, and Management Science buildings, and within easy reach of the Information Resources Center, is due for completion in the near future at a cost of 11,111,111 baht.
The Food Centre will play a much needed role in meeting the demands of the rapidly expanding student numbers.
From 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009, UBU has secured the services of an urban planning expert to work in the Department of Civil Engineering and with the Mekong Regional Studies Institute. Mr Benji Omori is a Japan International Cooperation agency (JICA) senior volunteer and a former general manager of the Department of Urban Development and Department of Land Readjustment in the Fukuoka Association of Land Readjustment.
Benji has a wealth of experience in urban planning in South-East Asia, having worked as a member of JICA Survey Teams on Land Readjustment in Thailand from February 1992 to March 1993, in Malaysia from October 1993 to March 1995, and in Indonesia from January 1998 to December 1999.
- UBU travels to New Zealand
- UBU attends GMS Research Workshop in Phnom Penh
- Closing Ceremony of the 24th National Youth Games
- Gymnastics at the 24th National Youth Games at UBU
- Dance Sport at the 24th National Youth Games at UBU
- Swimming at the 24th National Youth Games at UBU
- 24th National Youth Games at UBU
- UBU Road Safety Campaign (March)
In late March 2008, Dr Patareeya Wisaijorn, Vice President for International Cooperation, and Jarinda Boonjan, a member of the staff of the Division of International Cooperation, were part of a group of 27 people representing a number of Thai universities organised by Kasetsart University that visited educational institutions in New Zealand.
The group’s itinerary included Waikato University in Hamilton, Macleans College in Auckland, and Massey University’s Albany campus. At Waikato, a presentation was made by Kylie Smale, International Student Recruitment Advisor, and discussions between all parties were held over refreshments. The visit to Macleans College provided an opportunity for Thai universities such as Kasetsart with schools within their campus grounds to consult about primary and secondary student exchanges. Representatives of Massey’s Albany campus, located 90 kilometres from Auckland, made a presentation about the university and showed the group around the facilities.
On March 26-27, Assistant Professor Dr Sittha Jaensirisak, Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and Secretary of the Mekong Regional Studies Institute at UBU, represented the university at the GMS-Phnom Penh Plan for Development Management Workshop with GMS Research Institutions. This workshop was held at PPP Learning Resources Center, ADB Cambodia Resident Mission in Phnom Penh and was attended by representatives of 13 organisations from 5 of the 6 GMS countries.
The workshop aimed to promote and support research within the GMS and to help identify research problems to allow ADB to appropriately direct research funding.
Seven areas of research were identified. These were:
Poverty reduction and rural development
Policy and institutional reform
Trade and investment
The closing ceremony of the 24th National Youth Games took place at the Ubon Ratchathani Sports High School in the evening of Saturday 29 March 2008.
Many athletes, officials, and friends gathered to celebrate the end of a very successful event and to agree to meet again in 12 months’ time in Kanchanaburi.
Three types of gymnastics were conducted at UBU as part of the 24th National Youth Games – Olympic, rhythmic, and aerobic.
Olympic gymnastic events were held in UBU Gymnasium 2 from Wednesday 19 March to Sunday 23 March. Approximately 200 competitors took part.
At the conclusion of these events, proceedings moved across the road to the Main Gymnasium for rhythmic gymnastics involving 129 entrants from Monday 24 March to Thursday 27 March and aerobic gymnastics on Friday March 28.
The opening ceremony of the dance sport events was conducted on Wednesday 19 March in the UBU Main Gymnasium.
Competition took place from Thursday 20 March to Saturday 22 March involving approximately 250 participants of different ages and levels.
Competitions were conducted in junior, juvenile, and Latin American categories, with participants from Krabi, Nakhon Ratchasima, and Khon Kaen provinces enjoying considerable success.
Swimming events were conducted from Saturday 22 March to Thursday 27 March at the UBU pool in morning and evening sessions involving 300 competitors from throughout the country.
Swimmers from Bangkok and Chiang Mai figured prominently in the medal award ceremonies.
From 19 March to 29 March 2008, the province of Ubon Ratchathani hosted the 24th National Youth Games. Competitions took place in 28 disciplines covering a wide range of activities from internationally-accepted sports such as athletics, football, and swimming to the more Asian-specific sports of takraw and Muay Thai boxing. The mountain-bike events were held at Pha Taem in the National Park near the Mekong River. All other events occurred within the city area of Ubon Ratchathani.
UBU provided accommodation for many of the competing athletes in on-campus apartments and hosted 3 sports – swimming, gymnastics (Olympic, rhythmic, and aerobic) and dance sport. The games at the university were opened by the Governor of Ubon Ratchathani, Chuan Sirinunporn and Professor Prakob Wirojanagud, President of UBU.
During March, UBU security personnel conducted a road safety campaign aimed at:
- encouraging motorcyclists to comply with road rules to wear safety helmets
- reducing the chances of injuries to motorcyclists by insisting on them wearing safety helmets when entering the university campus
- setting an example of responsible actions to the local community.
The campaign involved advertising materials, supervising motorcyclists as they entered the gates of the university campus, and the purchase and loan of helmets to students not appropriately equipped.
With estimations of some 12 million motorcycles in Thailand and the approach of the Songkran holiday in April, a time notorious for road deaths of which 85% are motorcyclists, the university’s road safety campaign is a timely effort to educate road users about their obligations to themselves and others on the roads.
- Coming Soon! – 24th National Youth Games at UBU (19-29 March)
- Delegation to Cambodia (21-24 Feb)
- Engineering Education Fair (13-15 Feb)
- Visit to National University of Laos (7-8 Feb)
From 19-29 March 2008, the city of Ubon Ratchathani hosts the 24th National Youth Games. UBU provides the venues for three sports, swimming at the Yodseranee Swimming Pool, and gymnastics and dance in the University Gymnasium. UBU will also accommodate a number of the representatives who are drawn from every province in the country. As well as the sports, there will be entertainment every night in the sport villages.
Delegation to Cambodia
From 21 to 24 February 2008, a delegation from UBU visited Cambodia to explore potential international collaboration opportunities. The delegation led by Asst Prof Dr Patareeya Wisaijorn, Vice President for International Cooperation, visited the Institute of Technology of Cambodia and the Royal University of Phnom Penh. The delegation also met with representatives of the Senate of the Kingdom of Cambodia to explore the possibility of organizing training in Information Technology skills for office staff of the Senate.
Other members of the delegation included Assoc Prof Dr Watcharapong Wattanakul (Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture), Asst Prof Dr Janpen Intaraprasert (Dean of the Faculty of Science), Assoc Prof Dr Worapong Suriyapat (Advisor to the Dean of Agriculture), Asst Prof Dr Sittha Jeansirisak (Head of Civil Engineering Department and Secretary of Mekong Regional Studies Institute), Assoc Prof Dr Sommai Chinnak (Professor in Khmer Studies), and Dr Pannanee Rodrangboon (Lecturer in Computer Science).
Engineering Education Fair
On 13-15 February 2008, the Faculty of Engineering organized an educational fair titled En Tech Day. The fair aimed to give Engineering students the opportunity to present their technology projects to a wide audience including high school students and members of other universities and faculties.
On 7-8 February, a delegation from UBU visited the National University of Laos (NUL) in Vientiane. The visit served a number of purposes, including discussions about a Lao-Thai Studies project, research co-operation, staff development at the 2 universities and a Lao government vocational organisation, and the completion of Thai and English proficiency assessments for NUL staff applying for post-graduate scholarships to study at UBU.
The delegation consisted of Dr Patareeya Wisaijorn, Vice President for International Cooperation, Dr Kangwan Thummasang, Vice President for Research, Dr Nonglek Boonjoong, Assistant President for Academic Affairs, Dr Sittha Jeansirisak, Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and Secretary of the Mekong Regional Studies Institute, and Ms Nilobol Nakpalangkul, Lecturer in the Faculty of Liberal Arts.
- Thai Ministry of Education Visit to Laos
- CONDOLENCE CEREMONY FOR PRINCESS GALYANI
- UBU SCIENCE AT NEW YEAR’S STREET FAIR
Thai Ministry of Education Visit to Laos
On 9-10 January 2008, Dr Patareeya Wisaijorn, Vice President for International Cooperation, joined the delegation of His Excellency Dr Varakorn Samakoses, Thai Deputy Minister of Education, to visit Lao PDR. The purpose of the visit was to strengthen and explore further cooperation in education under the MOU between Thai and Lao Ministries of Education which was signed in Pakse, Champasak, Lao PDR on 20 March 2004. The visit further sought experience-sharing in education and to bring about goodwill between the two countries.
On 8 January 2008, UBU conducted a condolence ceremony for the late Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana. At the ceremony, members of the university paid their respects to the Princess who passed away on 2 January 2008.
Students, staff, and members of the community are invited to enter their names in the condolence book on display outside the Office of the President.
The first week of the New Year in Ubon sees the setting up a street fair around the city’s main park, Tung Sri Muang. This fair celebrates the end of the old year and the beginning of the new, and attracts people from throughout the province. It has everything from the usual collection of food, clothes, and carnival rides to stalls showing the Thai army’s agricultural projects, emergency rescue organisations’ activities, and health checks by medical groups.
This year, the Faculty of Science at UBU staged a display of some of its glass technology products. At its stall, students and staff of the faculty explained the manufacturing processes to members of the public and had examples of its jewellery and ornaments for sale.
NEW YEAR’S PARTY
In the evening of 27 December 2007, UBU held its annual New Year’s party for staff and students, and their families. After the opening formalities, everyone enjoyed a meal and sat back to appreciate the varied wealth of singing, dancing, and acting talent that UBU boasts within its community.
UBU GRADUATION DAY 2007
On 17 December 2007, UBU held its annual graduation ceremony. The university was honoured to welcome Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to speak to the gathering and to present the awards to the successful students. The ceremony was also attended by the President of the UBU Council, Professor Chomchin Jandrasakul, and the President of the university, Professor Prakob Wirojanagud.
An honorary doctoral degree was awarded to His Majesty King Bhumipol in the area of Mechanical Engineering.
There were 989 awards at undergraduate, 122 at postgraduate, and 3 at doctoral levels.
FOUNDATION STONE LAYING CEREMONY
On the same day as the UBU Graduation Ceremony, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn also laid the foundation stone for the new conference centre.
The conference centre is one of the university’s major building projects taking place along its main road frontage.
CAMBODIAN VISITORS AT GRADUATION DAY
A delegation representing the government of the Kingdom of Cambodia attended the graduation ceremony as guests of the university. The delegation observed the ceremony in preparation for the future award of an honorary doctoral degree in Integrated Development Studies to Samdech Chia Sim, President of the Senate of the Kingdom of Cambodia. This degree recognises the positive contribution that Samdech Chia Sim has made to the development of Cambodian-Thai relations.
FIRST INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AT UBU RECEIVE DEGREES
On 17 December 2007, the first group of international students to attend UBU were awarded their master degrees at the UBU graduation ceremony. The students are:
Ms Maleeny Phinith – Master of Applied Arts (Product Design)
Ms Dalysavanh Sayabouasy – Master of Arts in Integral Development Studies
Mr Bounleuam Sodahak – Master of Science (Chemistry)
Mr Saythong Vilayvong – Master of Science in Integrated Farming
Mr Phouthone Vongpasith – Master of Science (Information Technology)
Dalysavanh (not in the photo above)is a government official in Savannakhet and Maleeny, Bounleuam, Saythong, and Phouthone are lecturers at the National University of Laos in Vientiane. They have spent the last 2 years on scholarships from UBU completing courses and research in their respective disciplines. They form part of a larger group of more than 30, all from Lao PDR, who are now attending UBU as one of the university’s collaborative projects to assist the development of the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
MYTHS OF AMERICAN SUPERIORITY
On 12 December 2007, Robert D. Griffiths, Counselor for Economic Affairs from the US Embassy Bangkok, delivered a presentation in Thai titled Myths of American Superiority to an audience of approximately 80 interested UBU staff and students in the Sri Muang Mai Room in the President’s Building.
The following is a summary provided by Robert of his presentation:
The main point of the talk is that while the United States is a superpower in many respects, it has to work hard to convince the world of the value of its positions and cannot take anything for granted. The speech explains why three ideas are not correct:
1) America invented globalization and benefits especially from it
2) America has superior technology that makes it unchallengeable
3) United States controls international organizations such as the UN and the WTO.
In the speech, I also ask the question why Americans believe that the United States is a great country and will answer that they believe it is the values behind the American approach to government, not because Americans themselves are in any way superior.
After the presentation, Robert answered questions from the floor about a range of issues. These included the United States’ role in Iraq and the effects of problems in the nation’s economy on its international power. He was also asked to comment on what he saw as the major problem in American society, identifying it as the unwillingness of people to accept other people’s points of view.
UBU and the Division of International Cooperation wishes to thank Robert and his colleague, Khanchit Assavasamrarn, for sharing their thoughts with the university and look forward to seeing them again in the future.
KING’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
On 5 December 2007, UBU celebrated the King’s 80th birthday. The day involved a series of activities including a fun run that attracted many university and community participants.
In the evening, the university hosted a formal ceremony in honour of the King.
STUDY IN AUSTRALIA: YOUR FUTURE, YOUR WORLD
On 30 November 2007 Busarin Sinthunavarat, Business Development Manager of the Australian Education Centre, addressed about 20 interested students and staff of UBU about studying in Australia. Busarin spoke in Thai and used a PowerPoint and video presentation that informed attendees of a range of topics. The presentation was supported by the distribution of printed information material.
Busarin said that Thais choose Australia as a study destination because of the country’s high standard of education, cultural diversity, safety, friendliness, effective support for
international students, and, in comparison to other Western nations, relatively low cost of living and closeness. Australia offers a wide range of courses, institutions, and levels of awards. In 2006, 53% of Thai students in Australia were enrolled in courses in the area of business with the rest spread evenly between other disciplines.
Busarin spoke about visa procedures and requirements and answered questions about course options and scholarships. She referred interested personnel to consult www.studyinaustralia.gov.au for more information.
UBU and the Division of International Cooperation express appreciation to Busarin for her presentation and look forward to future collaboration involving her organisation and the university.
Canadian Academic Speaks at UBU
On November 22, Dr Liwana Bringelson from the University of Waterloo, Canada addressed interested UBU staff about Increasing Reputation and Gaining Recognition Through Teaching. Liwana spoke about the demands of teaching on academics’ time and ways in which this time could be used to enhance scholarship and research. The audience was drawn from a range of different academic disciplines – Pharmacy, Mathematics, Management Science, and Computer Studies – and a number of people expressed concerns about the difficulties of completing research due to teaching commitments in the Thai context. Liwana suggested that some of these difficulties could be overcome by integrating the two – research and teaching – by reflective practice, action research, and controlled experiment. Successful implementation of this may lead to better teaching, better learning, and increased scholarship.
WANT TO STUDY IN US? – ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
On November 16, UBU and the Division of International Cooperation were happy to host a talk by personnel from the Embassy of the United States of America in Bangkok. Ken Foster, Cultural Affairs Officer, and Adisorn Laopiroon, Cultural Affairs Assistant, presented Want to Study in US? – All You Need to Know to 40 staff and students of the university interested in studying overseas.
Ken spoke about a range of topics directly related to academic issues, such as the wide variety of institutions in the US, making choices, scholarships, and visas. He also added advice about cultural differences, US expectations, and reassured the listeners about the easy access to Asian markets and the availability of Thai food! Ken stressed the importance of reading in English as a key to success at American institutions.
For more information, attendees received printed material in Thai and were invited to visit the embassy website at bangkok.usembassy.gov
After Ken’s presentation, Adisorn, originally from Surin, spoke about some of his experiences as a school and university student in the US.
Listeners were eager to ask Ken and Adisorn about TOEFL requirements for short-stay courses and visa applications. Regarding this second topic, Ken pointed out that visa officers were generally looking for positive answers to the following questions:
- Are you a good student in Thailand?
- Do you have enough financial support for your first year in the US (new arrivals to the US are not legally allowed to work in the first 12 months)
- Are you likely to return to Thailand at the conclusion of your study period in the US?
Ken added that due to appropriate attention to these 3 questions, the present approval rate by the embassy for international students is 90%.
UBU and the Division of International Cooperation appreciate the efforts of Ken and Adisorn and also thank the staff and students for their attendance at the presentation.
UBU delegation calls in on Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
On 8 November 2007, Dr Patareeya Wisaijorn, UBU Vice President for International Cooperation, met Dr Auriol Weigold, Convener of International Studies Program at the School of Languages and International Studies, University of Canberra (UC). Dr Weigold presented the general perspectives, main content and management of their program. Possible future academic linkages and student exchanges were discussed.
On 9 November, 2007, Patareeya held discussions with Professor William Tow, Professor in International Relations, and Dr Heather Rae, Deputy Director of Studies at the Graduate School of International Affairs, Research School of the Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University (ANU). Possibilities of staff development were raised.
On 12 November, 2007, Patareeya Wisaijorn, Dr Pornpan Pungpo, Head of UBU Chemistry Department, and Dr Anusorn Niyompan, Head of UBU Physics Department, met Professor George Cho and his colleagues at the Institute of Applied Ecology at UC. Discussions about interdisciplinary research links and student and staff exchanges were explored.
On the same day, Patareeya, Pornpan,and Anusorn investigated the possibilities of research links in physics and chemistry with Professor Tim Brown, Dean of the Faculty of Science at ANU.
UBU participates in ACMECS
On 1 November 2007, Dr Patareeya Wisaijorn, Vice President for International Cooperation, participated in the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) meeting on the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) at the Century Park Hotel, Bangkok. Attendees included representatives from both public and private sectors and discussions took place on planning for future international collaboration with Thailand’s neigbours.