Patcharin Jongjai 2019/08/07 , ( 370 views)
On 7 August 2019, the International Relations Office (IR) organized a welcoming orientation for 11 practicum students from Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha (Undiksha), Bali, Indonesia. These students are here to complete their teaching practicum at Lukhamhan Warinchamrap School, one of UBU’s partner schools from 8 August 2019 to 3 September 2019. On this special occasion, Assistant Professor Dr. Chalermchai Wongrak, Assistant to the President for International Relations and Education, presided the opening of the meeting and delivered a warm welcome speech. After that, Ms. Thaviny Shaipitisiri, English Consultant at IR office, gave a general overview of UBU’s information and provided guidance on living in Ubon Ratchathani.
In the afternoon, IR led them on a campus and city tour to learn more about UBU and Ubon Ratchathani. They were able to worship the city shrine at Thung Sri Mueang Park in order to pray and ask for good luck and protection while they live in Ubon. Afterward, they visited Wat Nong Bua to make merit and worship the statue of the Buddha. Moreover, they were able to admire the architectures of the giant pagoda and the beautiful sermon hall. Lastly, before they returned to their dormitories, they got to explore shopping at Big C and Charoernsri Market and experienced their first ride on a Songtaew, a small truck with 2 row-seats. The students had a very interactive, engaging, and immersive afternoon with the city.
Since 2016, Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha or Ganesha University of Education, Indonesia has been one of UBU’s official partner universities. The collaboration initially started from a professor visit activity organized by the Faculty of Liberal Arts. After that, UBU and Ganesha University of Education officially signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen and expand collaborative activities. Since then, the collaboration among the two institutions has shifted from the faculty level to the university level. From 2016 until now, UBU has sent a group of students to visit Ganesha University of Education while Ganesha University of Education has sent 2 professors to visit UBU and 14 students to attend UBU’s Language and Culture Camps. Furthermore, UBU has helped coordinate teaching practicums for students from Ganesha University of Education. In 2018, Ganesha University of Education sent 10 students to complete their practicums at various sites such as UBU, Lukhamhan Warinchamrap School, and Sunee Grand Hotel and Convention Center. Currently in 2019, 11 students from Ganesha University of Education are now completing their teaching practicums at Lukhamhan Warinchamrap School. UBU is grateful for this exchange as all participants involved can learn a great amount of knowledge from one another.
Besides the practicum program at the schools, the students were also invited to join two weekend activities hosted by IR: the 9th Language and Culture camp held from 10-11 August 2019 at Ban Phu Homestay in Mukdahan Province and the Nature Excursion on 17-18 August 2019 at Khong Chiam District and Sirindhorn District. These activities allow the students to experience more of the northeastern region of Thailand, interact with the local communities, and have more opportunities to learn about Thai culture.
In the future, UBU wishes to expand the collaborative activities with Ganesha University of Education including a short Thai language course where students can earn credit. Students can take this course before they begin their practicum program at one of UBU’s partner schools or any workplace in Thailand. This course aims to help lessen the language gap and support the students in having an easier and more successful experience in Thailand.
Once again, UBU welcomes the students from Ganesha University of Education to UBU and Ubon Ratchathani Province and wishes them a happy and enriching experience in Ubon.
Written by: Jarinda Boonjan
English revised by: Thaviny Shaipitisiri
Photos by: Therdphom Thongin/Patcharin Jongjai