Cultural Study Trip to Songkhla

The Arts and Culture Committee of Mahidol University International College (MUIC) went on a study trip to Songkhla province to get more ideas about promoting and staging cultural events for the local community. The committee members visited the Center for Arts and Culture Promotion at the Hat Yai campus of the Prince of Songkhla University, where they were welcomed by the university’s Vice President for Student Development, the Director of the Center, and alumni. (more…)


4th MUIC Thai Cultural Show

Mahidol University International College’s (MUIC) Cultural Promotion Committee, together with Thai Music Club, organized the “4th MUIC Thai Cultural Show” held at the Auditorium on June 23, 2016.

The show was both a part of the 30th Anniversary celebration of MUIC and an effort to preserve Thai traditional culture. MUIC students performed in the show alongside famous comedians. The event was attended by some 500 people comprising faculty and staff members and students from Mahidol University and MUIC and guests.

4th MUIC Thai Cultural Show

4th MUIC Thai Cultural Show


MUIC Songkran Festival 2016

MUIC celebrated Songkran Festival on April 8, 2016 at the ground floor of MUIC Building 1.

The event highlighted 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.

MUIC Songkran Festival 2016

As part of MUIC’s support to preserve Thai traditional culture, all MUIC personnel were asked to wear Thai traditional dress during this activity. The winners of the Thai Costume Awards 2016 were also announced. There was also an Exhibition of Thai traditional garments.

MUIC Songkran Festival 2016


PC Splendid Songkran 2016

The Preparation Center for Languages and Mathematics (PC)’s first annual Songkran Festival was successful under the concept “PC Splendid Songkran 2016”. This year, PC celebrated Songkran in a more formal and memorable way.

The event began in the latter part of the day with the “Rod Nam Dum Hua” ceremony, or the traditional Thai water pouring ceremony, where all PC students had the opportunity to pour water on their teachers’ hands as a symbol of respect.

PC Splendid Songkran 2016

PC also had to give big thanks to all the following honorable teachers who were part of the ceremony: PC’s former and senior teacher, Ms. Cindy Stewart; PC’s exchange teacher from Northern Arizona University, USA, Mr. Daniel Brown; PC’s level four coordinator, Mr. Joseph Serrani; and other current PC teachers, Mr. Douglas Black, Mr. Mark Manning, and Ms. Maria Simon.

Following the ceremony, it was time for staff and students to share a joyful moment and chase away the heat together in the “Water Pistol Fight” activity. Ice-cream and beverages were also provided for everyone at the event.

PC Splendid Songkran 2016

PC hopes that next year’s Songkran Festival will turn out to be even more joyful and crowded.

April 5, 2016 | by Chonnakan Sitthiwanit


MUIC Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Mahidol University International College (MUIC) celebrated its 30th anniversary on March 25, 2016 with religious rituals, a keynote speech and a recognition event for faculty and staff.

At exactly 7:09 am, Assoc. Prof. Phitaya Charupoonphol, MUIC Dean, led executives, faculty and staff in a ritual offering before the Chao Por Kuntoong Shrine on the southwest corner of the campus.
MUIC Celebrates 30th Anniversary
At 9:30 am, nine Buddhist monks performed an hour-long religious ceremony at the Seminar Room.
MUIC Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Shortly before noontime, Assoc. Prof. Varakorn Samakoses, noted economist, former Deputy Education Minister and former President of Dhurakij Bundit University, delivered the keynote speech of the anniversary event, entitled, “The Challenges of Thai Education in the Next Decade.”
MUIC Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Two former deans of the College also attended the morning’s events: Prof. Chariya Brockelman and Prof. Rassamidara Hoonsawat.

In the afternoon, the College recognized the outstanding work and performance of its employees in the areas of academic research, rank, tenure and sports through the “MUIC Achievement 2016.”


Pupils Benefit from MUIC Alumni

Mahidol University International College (MUIC) Alumni of Class of 518 donated cash and organized an activity for temple school students. Represented by Mr. Nattawut Wetprasit, the Class of 518 took 40 pupils from Wat Maklier School (โรงเรียนวัดมะเกลือ) to visit Queen Savang Vadhana Museum and (more…)


MUIC Celebrates His Majesty’s Birthday

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phitaya Charupoonpol, Dean of Mahidol University International College (MUIC), presided over on December 4, 2015 the opening ceremony of the exhibition celebrating the 88th Birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej at MUIC Building 1 Lobby.

MUIC Celebrates His Majesty’s Birthday

The MUIC Dean presented the Pan Poom, a traditional flower arrangement, in front of His Majesty’s portrait and read the College’s birthday greetings to His Royal Highness. MUIC executives, faculty and staff members gathered to pay their respects to His Majesty the King, whose birthday falls on December 5th, by singing the royal songs and signing the homage book. The exhibition will run until December 11, 2015.


MUIC Conducts Outreach in Temple School

Around 50 Thai and exchange students from Mahidol University International College (MUIC) taught basic English skills to pupils of a Buddhist temple school in Nakhon Pathom province under MUIC’s “Temple School Relations for Wisdom of Community” project. The student club Rakkaew Mahidol University also collaborated by performing renovation work in the school library and donating bicycles under its “We Connect” project, co-sponsored by Mahidol University’s Faculty of Engineering.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phitaya Charupoonphol, MUIC Dean, awarded certificates in recognition of the student volunteers’ contributions during ceremonies held at Watthaiyawas School, a Buddhist temple school located in Nakhon Chaisri district, on December 2, 2015.

MUIC Conducts Outreach in Temple School

The project is part of MUIC’s university social responsibility (USR) activities designed to help neighboring communities and develop a sense of responsibility among MUIC students.


MUIC Students Dance in Honor of Princess

Five students from Mahidol University International College (MUIC) joined two other students from Mahidol University in performing at the Thai Music and Performing Arts Festival which was held to celebrate the 60th Birthday of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

Held on November 17, 2015 at Chulalongkorn University, the students presented “Rum-King-Mai-Ngern-Thong,” a Thai traditional dance usually performed in ceremonies that welcome state officials.

MUIC Students Dance in Honor of Princess

The dancers from MUIC are Ms. Chanokchon Suvannachive, Ms. Sudarat Buppha, Ms. Supeeraya Rianrakwong, Ms. Nattira Sukbbon, and Ms. Sutasana Chinotaikul.


MUIC Holds Wai Kru Ceremony

Mahidol University International College (MUIC) held its traditional “Wai Kru Ceremony” for Academic Year 2015-2016 at the Auditorium on October 8, 2015. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phitaya Charupoonphol, MUIC Dean, and Asst. Prof. Sumalee Singhaniyom, Associate Dean, presided over the ceremony. MUIC executives, lecturers, freshmen, exchange students and Student Association officers participated in this ceremony which involves paying their respects to their teachers. The Dean also gave certificates and scholarship grants to students who have shown outstanding academic performance.



MUIC Holds Exhibition For Queen and Moms

Mahidol University International College (MUIC) observed on August 10, 2015 the 83rd Birthday Celebration of Her Majesty The Queen. With Assoc. Prof. Phitaya Charupoonphol, MUIC Dean, reading aloud the College’s greetings to Her Majesty and leading executives, faculty and staff members in singing royal songs, the event was also highlighted by the inauguration of “Our Queen, Our Moms” Exhibition at the lobby of MUIC Building 1. (more…)


MUIC Little Guides love Nakon Pathom

Assoc. Prof. Phitaya Charupoonphol, Dean of Mahidol University International College and Mr. Aumnaj Kosolrod, Senior Vice President Head of Regional Business – Central and East of Total Access Communication PLC. (DTAC) participated in the Press Conference for the “Little Guide Love Nakhon Pathom” Project at the Conference Room, Watphrapathomchedi School, Nakon Pathom Province on July 3, 2015.

MUIC Little Guides love Nakon Pathom

This project was designed especially for primary students. Some students from Watphrapathomchedi School will be selected to participate in the Training Project for 3 month (June – August 2015). They will be trained and practiced to become an efficient “Little Tour Guides” who could provide information about Traveling in Nakon Pathom Province and could introduce the highlight attractions in their community to impress the tourists. Nakhon Pathom Governor, Mr. Chatchai Uthaipan also came to give certificate to students who passed the training.


MUIC Holds 3rd Conference on Thai-Cambodian Relations

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.

MUIC Holds 3rd Conference on Thai-Cambodian Relations

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.

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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.”

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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.

200_muic_hold3rd_conference_on_thai_cambodian_relations-1Several 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).


“Timeline” Musical Celebrates Thai Culture

Mahidol University International College’s (MUIC) Thai Music and Dramatics Club, in collaboration with the Music Club and the Choir Club, staged its major production this year, entitled “Timeline The Musical,” on June 18, 2015 at the Auditorium.

The musical was an extravaganza of Thai traditional music and dance that traces the origins of these art forms through several historical eras.

“Timeline” Musical Celebrates Thai Culture

Directed by Mr. Pajera Patanasiri, an MUIC alumnus and former president of the Thai Music Club, “Timeline The Musical” tells the story of two sisters who accidentally traveled back in time, visiting the Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin eras of Thailand and witnessing each time period’s culture as seen and heard through music and dance.


MUIC Exchange and Visiting Students Join Tree-planting Activity

Exchange and visiting students for Trimester 3 (Academic Year 2014-2015) along with staff members of the International Affairs Office of Mahidol University International College, planted 30 yellow tabebuia trees on April 10, 2015 at Bhuddhamonthon Park, Nakhon Pathom Province.

MUIC Exchange and Visiting Students Join Tree-planting Activity

The event was part of the 60th birthday celebration of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and almost 30 years of academic service of MUIC.
MUIC Exchange and Visiting Students Join Tree-planting Activity


MUIC Joins Australian Student Mobility Program

Thailand is one of the important study locations for the Australian government’s New Colombo Plan (NCP), according to H.E. Paul Robilliard, Australian Ambassador to Thailand, during the launching of the University of Adelaide- Mahidol University International College (MUIC) partnership under the NCP’s student mobility and scholarship program on April 20, 2015 at Maha Sawasdee Hall, Salaya Pavilion Hotel and Training Center, 6th Floor, MUIC Building 1.

MUIC Now Part of Australia's New Colombo Plan

Ambassador Robilliard said the NCP is a long-term investment of his government not just to Australian students but also for the improvement of Australia’s relationships with Indo-Pacific countries, including Thailand, noting that the number of scholars in both the scholarship and mobility grants programs have more than doubled from 1,300 students in 2014 to 3,000 in Asia alone.

Prof. Sansanee Chaiyaroj, Vice President for Research and International Relations of Mahidol University, along with Assoc. Prof. Phitaya Charupoonphol, MUIC Dean;
Asst. Prof. Sumalee Singhaniyom, Associate Dean; Asst. Prof. Chanuantong Tanasugarn, Associate Dean for International Affairs and Networking; and Asst. Prof. Kamlang Chumpolbanchorn, Associate Dean for Human Resources and Planning, along with other MUIC executives, welcomed the ambassador and 12 Australian students and their professor from the University of Adelaide who are visiting MUIC from April 17 to 25 under the NCP’s Mobility Program Category. It is hoped that their brief stay in Thailand would be a great opportunity for them to learn more about Thai culture and also serve as a modest means of contributing to the promotion of relations between the two countries.

MUIC Now Part of Australia's New Colombo Plan

Other guests included Mr. Nuttapat Chumnijarakij, Counsellor, South Pacific Division, Department of American and South Pacific Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Prof. Dr. Supa Pengpid, Director, ASEAN Institute for Health Development, Mahidol University; and Ms. Luksmon Smansin and Ms. Wannee Klomla-ied of the Thai Office of Higher Education.


MUIC Spicy Songkran 2015

H.R.H. Princess Adityadhornkitikhun, as an honor alumna of Mahidol University International College (MUIC), graciously presented a flower garland to (more…)


MUIC CSR Volunteer Work at Phuttamonthon Park

As part of the celebrations for the 60th Birthday of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and 30th Founding Anniversary of Mahidol University International College (MUIC), the College organized a tree-planting activity at Phutthamonthon Park, (more…)


MUIC Student in ASEAN Youth Event

A Social Science student represented Mahidol University International College (MUIC) in the 15th ASEAN University Network (AUN) and 4th ASEAN + 3 Educational Forum and Young Speakers’ Contest held on January 18-25, 2015 at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Some 300 students from all over Southeast Asia and East Asia participated in the event. Ms. Ploypailin Sundarajumpaka saidthat she was “surrounded by the energetic youth of ASEAN+3,” reassuring her that these two regions have many young people who can and will change the regions for the better.

One of the highlights of the event was that students, after being formed into groups, were asked to discuss among themselves and afterwards craft a policy paper for submission to ASEAN on either of three topics: gender equality, people with disabilities, and minority groups. Assigned to the topic of people with disabilities, Ms. Ploypailin said it was a good experience to work with other students her age from other countries in the region and also learn the details of the parliamentary method which they used in crafting their policy paper.

MUIC Student in ASEAN Youth Event


Inner Peace Club Outing

The MUIC Inner Peace Club sponsored an outing to Ayutthaya Province on Sunday, February 1, 2015. Fifty students, including several exchange students, visited the Larn Kong Len Toy Museum, as well as the Yhai Chai Mong Kon and Pra See Sanphet Temples. While the purpose of their visit was to learn more about the historical significance of Ayutthaya (more…)


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