Mahidol University International College (MUIC) held the Third Annual Conference on Thai-Cambodian Relations with the theme “Mainland Southeast Asian Relations: Transnational Agendas, Interregional Affairs” on June 24-25, 2015 at the Salaya Pavilion Hotel.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phitaya Charupoonphol, Dean of MUIC and Mr. Minea Tim, Executive Director of Kdei Karuna Organization (KdK) welcomed the presenters, faculty members, researchers and students and from various universities and non-government organizations. Both officials expressed the hope that the diverse topics concerning mainland Southeast Asia would pave the way for better understanding among the people of the region.
Highlighting the opening event was a keynote presentation by Ms. Janet Salem of the UN Environment Program (UNEP) on “Indicators for a Resource Efficient and Green Asia and the Pacific.”
MUIC was also honored to have the Ambassador of Portugal, the First Secretaries of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Royal Embassy of Cambodia and officials from the Royal Danish Embassy as guests at the conference.
Panelists presented their papers on a variety of topics about the region. These included environment and resource management, ethnic minorities, language and literature, heritage and tourism, educational reform, migration, and international issues that impact Southeast Asia.
Several groups of Thai and Cambodian students also presented their research findings based on their field trips in Cambodia prior to the conference.
The two-day event was concluded with a keynote speech by Dr. Christopher Ankersen on the topic, “Mainland Southeast Asia: Neighbors, Neighborhoods, Regions, and Communities.”
This conference was organized to promote better understanding among regional neighbors. MUIC hopes that through this event it has contributed to stronger cross-border relations in Southeast Asia. MUIC partnered with the Phnom Penh-Based Kdei Karuna Organization (KdK) and received generous support from German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and Open Society Foundations (OSF).