Community Development Plans at PSU
The region of southern Thailand has been severely affected by the South Thailand insurgency, a separatist insurgent movement in the historical Malay Pattani Region, made up of the three southernmost provinces of Thailand. The unrest has become increasingly violent since the turn of the millennium, setting the region back in several ways, including lack of access to some educational services, and overall student achievement much lower than the national average. The insurgency has been also affecting schools, in the form of learning management of teachers in various subjects. The resulting negative impact on teachers is often managed by relocation from the affected areas, causing teacher shortages in local schools and communities. As a result, it is more difficult for students to access sufficient levels education.
Considering the aforementioned points, project committee members have examined the most suitable methods and tools to promote sustainable reading skills for young people. As a result, the project “Read to Learn” was established to enhance English reading literacy through phonics and children’s literature in the three southern border provinces of Thailand.
FRIENDS Reunion at PSU, September 2021
On September 21, 2021, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand successfully held a special event titled PSU FRIENDS Reunion “Expand your Global Skills”. The virtual gathering drew more than 300 PSU staff and students.
The Vice President for International Affairs, Asst. Prof. Dr. Thakerng Wongsirichot, gave a welcome speech, while Ms. Supitcha Ek-uru, Assistant President for Foreign Affairs Promotion, gave a presentation on FRIENDS project’s outcomes and impact. Furthermore, one of PSU FRIENDS student representatives shared his significant insights gained from participating in project’s activities.
Furthermore, motivational talks on the value of cultural dialogue and the importance of intercultural awareness and competence in terms of employability were well delivered by knowledgeable invited speakers. 302 attendees participated in the event (FRIENDS Reunion Agenda, FRIENDS Reunion Description, Reunion Evaluation Summary)
FRIENDS International and Intercultural Festival at PSU, March 2021
PSU held the event “Virtual Intercultural Festival” on 9 and 11 March 2021, in appreciation of cultural diversity, and to foster a deeper understanding of the various unique national identities that make up the PSU international community.
The festival, broadcast live on ZOOM and social media, has attracted 231 participants on its first day, and 249 participants on the second day. The two-day event was chaired by PSU President Asst. Prof. Dr. Niwat Keawpradub, and organized by GACC under Vice President for International Affairs Asst. Prof. Dr. Thakerng Wongsirichot.
Following informative presentations of the Erasmus+ FRIENDS project by participants of the FRIENDS Student Bootcamp, PSU international faculty and students from ten countries presented unique aspects of their culture. Germany, Hungary, India, Nigeria, the Philippines were presented on the first day, with Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Nepal, Romania on the second. Cultural performances, quiz activities and an English singing contest completed the event.
The festival was a much-welcomed break during the pandemic, and offered a good opportunity to foster a greater sense of international community among Thai and international students, staff, and members of the general public.
The agenda of the Virtual International and Intercultural Festival is available here.
Official Opening Event at PSU, October 2020
On 27 October 2020, PSU International Affairs Office (IAO) arranged an opening ceremony to mark the establishment and launch of PSU FRIENDS Teahouse. Students from various faculties joined the event along with PSU staff and administrators. To nurture their global skills, participants joined and enjoyed playing various games arranged by the coordinating students under the supervision of PSU IAO staff. The three PSU students in charge of co-running the FRIENDS Teahouse at the University who will also take part in the FRIENDS project’s Student Boot Camp in 2021, shared their experiences and knowledge gained through the recent Online Introduction to the Student Boot Camp. They also presented the FRIENDS Teahouse’s initial agenda reflecting upcoming activities and initiatives. The PSU FRIENDS Teahouse’s missions are to create a social space for students and staff from different backgrounds, to develop a society of learning based on multicultural environment, and to promote tolerance, mutual respect, and understanding among students and staff across campus. The FRIENDS Teahouse is expected to quickly evolve into a lively student social hub to welcome and foster multiculturalism and diversity on campus.