Special Lecture on Conflicts in Eastern Mediterranean Region
May 17 2018

The Social Science Division of Mahidol University International College (MUIC) held a special lecture session on May 17, 2018 at the Seminar Room. Dr. KaczibaPéter, an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Political Science and International Studies of the University of Pecs, Hungary, delivered a lecture on the very timely topic, “Protracted Conflicts in the Eastern Mediterranean and Their Impact on World Trade.”


Around 30 students and faculty members of the Social Science Division attended the event.

MUIC in Talks with JICA for Lab Project
May 16 2018

Mahidol University International College (MUIC) is exploring a potential collaboration project with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which would involve the establishment of a glass laboratory in MUIC.

The collaboration of the establishment of a laboratory for glass lab

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phitaya Charupoonphol, MUIC Dean, together with Dr. Taweetham Limpanuparb, Assistant Dean for Information Technology; and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pakorn Bovornsombat, Science Division Chair; met with the JICA team led by Dr. Toru Matsumura, Executive Director of the Board of Overseas Business Strategies and Chair of the Institute of Environment Ecology; Mr. Viroj Chansri, General Manager of UAE-IDEA Advance Analytical Co. Ltd.; and Dr. Supapat Kuanpongsakul, a representative of the Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, on May 16, 2018 at MUIC. Under the proposed joint project, JICA will provide the budget, technology, experts, and staff for the acquisition and development of laboratory equipment.

THM Undergoes UNWTO TedQual Evaluation
May 11 2018

The Tourism and Hospitality Management (THM) Division of Mahidol University International College welcomed Dr. Aurora Pedro, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) TedQual Auditor who will conduct the TedQual assessment on the quality of tourism education of the THM undergraduate curriculum.


The visit took place May 9-11, 2018. The THM program is the first undergraduate international program in Thailand that has asked and been through the process of TedQual certification by UNWTO.

BA Teams Rewarded for Best Startup Business Model at Mahidol Bootcamp
May 04 2018

Congratulations to the Ageless Team and Peun-baan Team for winning the Best Startup Business Model at Mahidol Bootcamp!

The members of the Ageless Team include:

Name Faculty Major University
1. Mr. Suppakorn Araam-arunsri BA Business Economics MUIC
2. Mr. Chatchai Chinkongkrai BA International Business MUIC
3. Mr. Apichai Kotanun College of Management   Mahidol University
4. Mr. Tin Truong BA Marketing MUIC
5. Mr. Voravat Rugvong MBA   MUIC
6. Ms. Yanisa Suanse BA Marketing MUIC

The members of the Peun-baan Team include:

Name Faculty Major University
1. Mr. Ravinun Jirahswakedilok Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy Finance Chulalongkorn University
2. Ms. Panisara Angkittisawatdi BA International Business MUIC
3. Mr. Nod Svetalekha Engineering Electrical Engineering Mahidol University
4. Mr. Sutina Thongsawang Faculty of Architecture and Planning Design Business and Technology Management Thammasat University

As the winners, both teams will compete in the Startup Thailand League 2018 at Khonkhen University on May 5-6, 2018.
Let’s cheer and wish them good luck!


The three-day Mahidol Bootcamp was organized by the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management of Mahidol University (INNOTECH) and the Student Development & Alumni Relation Sub-Committee of BA Division on April 27 – 29, 2018 at Charinyarasami Hall, MUIC.

Around 26 students from several universities taking up different majors and with different backgrounds participated in this Mahidol Bootcamp. They had a chance to learn how to come up with creative ideas, how to develop a business model canvas, how to do MPV, and how to pitch and present their startup business model from the experienced mentors from TrueLAB of True Corporation Plc. (http://truelab.info).
The BA Division expressed hope that the Mahidol Bootcamp would provide its students with hands-on learning, problem-solving skills and creative solutions development, teach students how to practically apply what they have learned to the real world, and help develop skills including communication, team work and presentation.

Photo credits: INNOTECH

MUIC Holds Business and Entrepreneurial Talks
May 03 2018

Mahidol University International College (MUIC) held the 1st Annual Business and Entrepreneurial Talk with the theme “Driving the Future: How Digitalization and Service Transformation Will Lead the Way?” featuring business leaders and successful alumni on May 3, 2018 at the Charinyarasami Hall, Aditayathorn Building.


The Business Administration (BA) Division, which organized the event, invited business figures like Ms. Sirinit Virayasiri, Head of B2B Marketing of Google Thailand; Mr. Dirk Uphoff, Purchasing Director, Southeast Asia, of Bosch Thailand; Mr. Tana Pothikamjorn, Head of Digital Banking of Siam Commercial Bank; and Ms. Handsa Wongsiripitack, Vice President, Creative & Strategy of Central Retail Corp.


Also among the guest speakers were successful alumni, including Mr. Thosaphol Suppametheekulwat, General Manager of New Arriva Co., Ltd and co-founder of QUALY; Mr. Vichapong Hatasuwan, founder of Selvedgework (makers of custom handcrafted denims); and Mr. Thanes Tientamnoon, owner of Medium Rare Steak & Wine; to share their valuable experience. There were 250 students, alumni, faculty and staff members who attended the event.


MUIC Student Wins FameLab 2018
May 02 2018

Mr. Apivich Hemachandra, a student majoring in Physics at Mahidol University International College (MUIC), won FameLab Thailand Competition 2018, a science communication competition wherein the contestants have to explain clearly and effectively a scientific concept to a general audience in just 3 minutes. Organized by the British Council of Thailand, the national competition was held at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC) on April 28, 2018.


As the national winner, Mr. Apivich will compete in June 2018 in the International FameLab Competition at Cheltenham Science Festival, United Kingdom accompanied by Ms. Cherprang Areekul, a Chemistry student from MUIC and also team captain of popular idol group BNK48. This international contest is indeed a rare opportunity for science students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills.


Credit Photo by – Thongrob Promchin- British Council Thailand

MUIC Chosen as Among the Best MU Faculties for Fire Prevention
Apr 27 2018

For being selected as one of the best five Mahidol University (MU) faculties in fire prevention, Mahidol University International College (MUIC) received the Best Performance Award for Fire Prevention and Control System during “MU Safety Day (Year 2): A Day of Fire Safety” on April 27, 2018 at Prince Mahidol Hall.


Representing MUIC, Mrs. Somluck Lunsucheep, Associate Dean for Administration and Academic Support, received the award from Prof. Banchong Mahaisavariya, M.D, MU President.
The event was organized by MU’s Center of Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Management (COSHEM), Division of Physical and Environment as part of the university’s effort to encourage its faculties to organize an active fire prevention and control system in compliance with city laws.

MUIC Tapped as Education Partner for Mekong Tourism
Apr 25 2018

The Tourism and Hospitality Management (THM) Division, Mahidol University International College (MUIC), and Destination Mekong, the execution unit endorsed by the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), established a formal educational partnership through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on April 25, 2018 at Meeting Room A302, Aditayathorn Building in the Salaya campus.


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phitaya Charupoonphol, Dean of MUIC, together with Mr. Jens Thraenhart, Executive Director of MTCO, signed the MOU with the aim of fostering an educational collaboration between the two institutions in relation to a responsible and sustainable development of the tourism sector within the Mekong region.

Destination Mekong has been created to promote the Mekong region, comprising of Cambodia, People’s Republic of China (provinces of Guangxi and Yunnan), Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam as a single tourism destination to stimulate responsible and sustainable development and investment, and drive inclusive growth within the region. The creation of Destination Mekong is aligned with the mandate of the regional collaborative tourism framework of the six-member governments of the Greater Mekong Sub-region.

Application of Lean Thinking
Apr 23 2018

Planning and Quality Development Section has organized an in-house training for a total of 61 participants included MUIC executives, chiefs, heads, and staff. The topic was ‘Application of Lean Thinking’ consisting of Application of Lean Thinking, Lean tools, and Benefit of Continuous Flow & Build in Quality, also, on this occasion, it was an honor to have Assoc. Prof. Cherdchai Nopmaneejumruslers, Vice Director of Siriraj hospital as our special guest speaker at MUIC.


The training is aimed at improving MUIC’s two success factors which are human resources and work procedures as MUIC is well aware of the importance of faculties and staff who are the main mechanism that drives the College. In conclusion, Planning and Quality Development Section believes that this training would be very beneficial and helpful to understand the fundamentals of Lean Management, and hopes that all participants have fun and are able to apply what they have learned to their works in order to improve and develop the success factors of MUIC.


Orientation for MUIC’s Inbound Students
Apr 19 2018

The Student Exchange Unit of Mahidol University International College (MUIC) organized an orientation on April 19, 2018 at Seminar Room 1210, MUIC Building 1 for 40 inbound students from Germany, USA, Switzerland, Singapore, and others who enrolled in Trimester 3 of Academic Year 2017-2018.


Ajarn Brian J. Phillips, Assistant Dean for International Affairs and Networking, gave a welcome speech and provided general information to the students on how to stay safe while studying in Thailand. In the afternoon, the students visited Siam Niramit to learn more about the culture and history of Thailand. This included visiting a miniature Thai village to observe Thai culture and also watching traditional Thai cultural dance and music.


BBA Students Take The Bosch Thailand Challenge
Apr 19 2018

Robert Bosch Ltd., in collaboration with the Student Development & Alumni Relation Sub-Committee, Business Administration (BA) Division, held a one-day case competition for 3rd and 4th year BBA students on March 23, 2018 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at Robert Bosch Ltd.’s head office at FYI Center Tower, Klong Toei, Bangkok.

This competition aimed at finding talented students to investigate and analyze a specific business case of Robert Bosch Ltd., a leading technology and services company focusing on its core competencies in automotive and industrial technologies as well as in products and services for professional and private use.

There were 15 students participating in this competition. For the group competition, the winners are as follows. Each group received gift vouchers as prizes.

The winner Team green Rosemarin, Ponglert, Inthat, Amrita
1st Runner-up Team red Raweewan, Vipada, Chanasa, Pimchanok
2nd Runner-up Team blue Sargam, Muhammad, Sirikorn, Chutima
Team yellow Jirawat, Nutthawadee, Kittika

Aside from this, many students were offered exclusive internship with special training from Bosch experts in various departments such as Controlling & Finance, HR, Purchasing, Logistics and Marketing.

Congratulations to the winners and those who were offered exclusive internship opportunities! The Business Administration Division believes that this case competition would provide our students the most hands-on experience regarding the work that students would do once they graduate. This then helps enhance their skills to the very best of their abilities. Also, with the chance to meet and interact with various representatives from the company, it allows the students to learn so much about the industry from a technical standpoint and to present themselves to their future employers as the “top” talents.

Photo credits: Bosch Thailand Career Facebook

MUIC Welcomes Ramkamhaeng Advent International School
Apr 18 2018

Dr.Brian J. Phillips, Assistant Dean for International Affairs and Networking welcomed a group of 50 teachers and students from Ramkamhaeng Advent International School (RAIS) visited Mahidol University International College (MUIC) on April 18, 2018.

As a result of this visit, the RAIS students learned a lot about MUIC’s undergraduate programs, admissions procedure, requirements, and facilities. They also had a Q&A session with MUIC’s current students who came to share relevant information and their own experience about college life. Afterwards, the RAIS school students took a tour of the MUIC building and Salaya Pavilion Hotel and Training Center.

MUIC Songkran 2018
Apr 11 2018

Mahidol University International College (MUIC) held “MUIC Songkran 2018” to celebrate the Songkran Festival on April 11, 2018 at the ground floor of MUIC Building 2. There were many Thai traditional activities such as the bathing rites of the Buddha image (Song Nam Phra), pouring of sacred water on the hands of Assoc. Prof. Phitaya Charupoonphol, MUIC Dean, former deans and other executives (Rod Nam Dam Hua) and receiving the Thai New Year’s Eve blessing from them.


As MUIC aims to preserve Thai traditional culture, participants were asked to dress in Thai traditional costumes. There were also Thai Costume Contest 2018, Thai traditional games, and Splash Water activity in the event.




PC’s Second Term Has Begun
Apr 04 2018

The Preparation Center for Languages and Mathematics (PC) carried out its orientation day for the 350 new MP and PC students of Quarter 2, 2018. At the MUIC Auditorium 1318, MUIC Building 1, students and parents stepped in to hear what they are going to experience at PC.

With over 500 multinational students this quarter, those accepted to PC and MP programs will be provided with not only courses for language and mathematical skills reinforcement but also a wide range of welfare, student activities, and academic support as they go through each program.


At the orientation, PC also handed out various awards to exceptional students. Presented by PC’s Program Director, Dr. Alexander Nanni, the Best PC2 Term Project award went to Mr. Bhawit Sitthichoti, who brought forward an excellent news video regarding a social issue in an ASEAN country.


For posting the highest recorded average grade in Quarter 1/2018, these four students received the Academic Excellence awards:
1. Ms. Fasai Leelasrichai (PC1)
2. Mr. Jean Khoon Ong (PC2)
3. Mr. Veerapat Thepcharoen (PC3)
4. Mr. Chinakit Taechateerawat (PC4)

Meanwhile, the four students below were given Outstanding Contribution awards for acting as “a role model for other students because of their maturity, cooperation, and efforts to achieve academic and personal goals”:

1. Ms. Fasai Leelasrichai (PC1)
2. Ms. Thunjira Suwanchaisakul (PC2)
3. Mr. Chaitawat Katesermsuk (PC3)
4. Mr. Manunchai Chatwechsiri (PC4)
The orientation also brought back a former PC student who is now an MUIC student, Mr. Kriangsak Thuiprakhon, to deliver a memorable life-at-PC speech and inspire PC’s incoming students.

By Chonnakan Sitthiwanit

Design Works of 2 Alumni Featured in Bangkok Exhibition
Apr 03 2018

Two alumni from the Communication Design Program, Mr. Smith Siripakorn and Mr. Tanawat Koosuwan, were selected among hundreds of entries to exhibit their work in the Design Showcase at Bangkok Design Week 2018 which took place on January 27- February 4, 2018.

Mr. Smith Siripakorn’s project entitled, 150-2-alumni-Exhibition-smith“Siamiotics: Unpack Cultural Idioms” included a variety of printed materials which enabled the reader to understand the origins of Thai idioms and therefore develop a deeper appreciation of Thai culture.

Mr. Tanawat “Plan” Koosuwan’s project, 150-2-alumni-Exhibition-tanawat“The Print-ciple: Empower Printed Matters” included magazine ads, posters, and product design to remind and raise awareness of the value of printed media, rather than the current trend toward digital media.

Both of them graduated last year.

Bangkok Design Week brings together the creative community of Thailand along with internationally recognized designers from various disciplines. This year’s theme was “The New-ist Vibes” and included showcases, exhibitions, a symposium, talks, a creative market, and a host of other activities at the Thailand Creative Design Center (TCDC), Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), River City, Warehouse 30, and other venues throughout the city.




MUIC in Talks for New Medical Program Accord
Apr 02 2018

Executives of St. George University (SGU) visited Mahidol University International College (MUIC) on March 16, 2018 to discuss further collaboration between the two partner institutions.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Kangwan Yodwisitsak, Associate Dean for International Affairs and Networking, along with faculty members from the Science Division, welcomed the SGU delegation led by Dr. Calum MacPherson, VP Provost for International Program Development.


Currently, the two institutions have a dual degree program (3+4 BS/MD program) wherein MUIC Science students can complete their 4th year of undergraduate studies as first year medical students at SGU (with MUIC granting them their Bachelor of Science degree) after which they would pursue four years of medical school training in Grenada.

In total, there have now been three MUIC alumni who studied medicine on scholarships at SGU: Mr. Chandra Bahadu and Ms. Natnicha Noppornmongkul who are current students and Ms. Boonyanuth Maturostrakul who received her Doctor of Medicine degree from SGU in 2017. She is now doing her first year of residency in Internal Medicine in the United States.

MUIC Celebrates 32nd Anniversary
Mar 26 2018

Mahidol University International College (MUIC) celebrated its 32nd Anniversary on March 26, 2018 through several activities led by its Dean, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phitaya Charupoonphol.


Early in the morning of March 26th, Prof. Banchong Mahaisavariya, M.D., President of Mahidol University, joined the MUIC Dean, executives, faculty members, and staff in the Offering of Blessing Ritual at the Chao Por Khuntoong Shrine followed by a Religious Ceremony featuring nine Buddhist monks at the Reception Hall of Aditayathorn Building.


Afterwards, there was an MOU Signing Ceremony with Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC), with Dean Phitaya signing for MUIC and Mr. Kittirat Pitipanich, Acting Director of TCDC signing in behalf of TCDC. MUIC was earlier selected to be the first educational institute for the mini-TCDC Link Project.

Following that, Dean Phitaya presided over the Opening Ceremony for Charinyarasmi Hall, MUIC Co-working Space, Computer Room, and Reception Hall of Aditayathorn Building.


In the afternoon, Dean Phitaya, executives, and staff attended the “MUIC Achievement 2018” at the Charinyarasami Hall to honor faculty and staff members for their outstanding work performance.

MUIC Students 2nd Runner-up in “D 7 Days Competition”
Mar 25 2018

Three Film Production students of Mahidol University International College (MUIC) won 2nd Runner-up in the “D 7 Days Competition 2018” at the Atrium Zone, Central World, on March 25, 2018.

Mr. Sattamate Karnasuta, Mr. Siravich Uekrongthem, and Mr. Varin Khanijou, comprising “Team Match Stick Production,” submitted their short film entitled “Smallman” to the contest.


The D 7 Days Competition was organized by the Thai Health Promotion Foundation in collaboration with the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand in order to encourage the youth to perform good deeds seven days a week.

BA Division Hosts SCBS U-INVEST Roadshow
Mar 23 2018

SCB Security Co. Ltd. (SCBS), in collaboration with the Student Development & Alumni Relation Sub-Committee, Business Administration (BA) Division, organized a session to promote “SCBS U-INVEST” for all MUIC students on Friday, March 23, 2018 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at Room A415, Aditayathorn Building.


Dr. Benjalux Sakunasingha, Chair of the Business Administration Division, welcomed Mr. Suchet Suktae, Assistant Managing Director, Equity Group, and the SCBS team to MUIC and also delivered the opening speech addressing the significance of investment.


During the session, Mr. Suchet Suktae, a keynote speaker, introduced to BA students the fundamental concepts of stock trading and suggested techniques of value and growth investing. He indeed noted that one of the benefits of investing in the stock market is the chance to grow your money. Over time, the stock market tends to rise in value. Investing in “stable” companies that can grow enables investors to make profits in the long run.

Celebrity Student Cherprang Areekul Discusses Studies and Stardom
Mar 22 2018

A research paper by Asst. Prof. Taweetham Limpanuparb and his students including Ms. Cherprang Areekul—a Chemistry student who is better known as team captain of popular girl group BNK48—was posted on the website of the Royal Society Open Science Journal. Soon, it garnered at least 10,000 hits. This phenomenal record prompted the Royal Society Open Science Journal to interview Cherprang about her university studies, her career in show business, and how she balances both. Read all about it below:

250_musical_notes_chemistryMusical notes and a chemistry experiment
When the experiment finishes what do scientists do with their time? In the case of one author in Royal Society Open Science, as well as winning awards, you get on stage to perform as part of one of Thailand’s biggest pop acts, as Cherprang Areekul discusses with us.

What is your paper about? Why are you interested in researching this topic?

This research paper is about the blue bottle experiment and similar demonstrations. In the classical blue bottle experiment, the blue solution turns colorless when left to stand and becomes blue again when shaken. The bluing and debluing cycle can be repeated a number of times. We discussed in the paper the likely mechanism of this reaction and proposed other possible ingredients that may make up the experiment. We also discovered in our newly proposed formulation that complex chemical patterns formed. The implication of the paper is beyond the chemical academic community where the experiment was first discussed. For example, the reaction may be developed in to an oxygen indicator or used to model Turing patterns found in nature at different scales from dots/stripes on animal to fairy circles (vegetation gap patterns) in Australia.

I like the simplicity and the beauty of this experiment. I started working on this project as a laboratory and research assistant under the supervision of Asst. Prof. Taweetham Limpanuparb (the first author of this paper) after his former students, Ms. Punchalee Montriwat (my co-author in my previous paper) and Mr. Pakpong Roongruangsree (the second author of this paper) received scholarship grants in Sweden and Canada, respectively. As a leading research university in Thailand, Mahidol University has given me the privilege to work on this project with a combination of financial and mentoring support.

This paper is my second publication on the topic and I hope to work on one more to fulfill my graduation requirements at Mahidol University International College (MUIC).

What do you enjoy about chemistry and how did this encourage you into a scientific career? How do you see your research and your career developing in future?

I worked on a science project when I was in high school. I enjoyed it so much, encouraging me to pursue a scientific career. I like science as I’m interested in finding out why things happen, for instance, how the human body works, etc. I think chemistry requires both memory and math skills. Aside from these, I also like to do wet lab work and observe things.

Regarding a career in science, I think I’d like to work as a science project manager, as I’m just an ordinary person who happens to be interested in science. I might not be the one who comes up with a new theory, but I would like to be the one who can understand and explain it to others, and also plan or manage a scientific research project. With my current career in the entertainment industry, I think I can be a speaker/influencer for science and make it more popular among many people.

About the research topic that I am interested in, I’m not sure yet. I like topics in physical chemistry, quantum chemistry, and if possible I also want it to be related to astronomy too, as one of my dreams is to go to outer space and see planet Earth with my own eyes.

How do you manage to do scientific research and be a popular (and busy!) musician as well? Are any of your band mates also scientists?

I have done scientific research before I even started my career as a performer. I wanted to learn how scientists do their projects and publish research papers, so I asked my advisor if I can work with him. As a university student, I also give adequate priority to my studies.

On the other hand, I was also attracted to the entertainment industry as I watched my favourite musical idols in AKB48, a Japanese girl idol group.

When the opportunity presented itself, I auditioned for and was accepted as a member of BNK48, an idol girl group music band based in Bangkok, Thailand, and is an international sister group of AKB48.

Once I started performing with BNK48, I found out that I didn’t have as much time as I had back then for my studies and scientific research. I hope when I graduate, I will have more time to focus on my research.

There are some BNK48 members who also study in science-related fields, such as environmental science, biology, etc. Some of our junior members are still finding their interest in science.

Why did you choose to submit this paper to Royal Society Open Science?

This decision was made by my supervisor and the second author before I started contributing to this paper. There are probably three main reasons why Royal Society Open Science is a perfect fit for our work.

First, we love the concept of “Open Science,” transparency, objectivity, and timely editorial process, not to mention that access to the publications are free of charge to readers and authors (at the time of this paper submission, it was free to publish, but the journal still offers generous fee waivers).

Second, we see that Royal Society Open Science is the perfect venue to communicate our work to audience outside the chemical academic community. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of Royal Society Open Science, we hope to spark interest in the blue bottle reaction in the wider scientific community.

Third, we regard the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry as two high-quality international scholarly publishing houses in the UK, and find their active collaboration to be particularly interesting. We do not want to put all our eggs in the US basket, so to speak. My advisor sees benefits for his students to publish in different reputable publishers around the world to advance their career.

Source: http://blogs.royalsociety.org/publishing/musical-notes-and-chemistry/

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