MUIC Alumna Receives Scholarship from HM the King

Ms. Praeploy Pongpamorn, an MUIC Biological Science alumna, who is studying Embryology and Stem Cell at University College London in the UK, was recently granted the Warapat Scholarship (ทุนพระราชทานวราพัฒน์) worth 2 million Baht from Thai Airways International Ltd.

She received the scholarship from His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun on April 8, 2017 at Amporn Satarn Mansion, Dusit Palace.

MUIC Alumna Receives Scholarship from HM the King


THM Student from MUIC Receives Award in English Speech and Quiz Contest

Ms. Naruemon Suphab, a Tourism and Hospitality Management student from Mahidol University International College (MUIC) won 4th Place in the “RSU Speech and Quiz Contest 2017” based on His Majesty King Bhumibol’s musical works on March 24, 2017. She received a trophy from the competition hosted by the English Language Department, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Rangsit University. There were approximately 30 teams from several universities.
THM Student from MUIC Receives Award in English Speech and Quiz Contest


MUIC Student Wins 1st Prize inDigital Media Design Contest

Mr. Krittin Phunghansaporn, a Communication Design student from Mahidol University International College (MUIC) won the 1st Prize in the Comic Strip category in the “Upgrade Your Life: Digital Media Design Competition 2016” on February 24, 2017. He received 30,000 Baht cash prize and an award from Her Royal Highness Princess MahaChakriSirindhorn at the Exhibition Hall, Sripatum University.

MUIC Student Wins 1st Prize inDigital Media Design Contest
This competition was organized by GIGABYTE Technology Co.,Ltd. and the School of Digital Media of Sripatum University. It was divided into three categories: Animation, Interactive Design and Comic Strip. There were about 60 competitors from Thailand’s leading universities.


MUIC Team Wins Best Paper Award in MICE Research

A team from Tourism and Hospitality Management Division, Mahidol University International College (MUIC) won 1st Place in the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) Research at the 2nd International MICE Forum and Undergraduate Student Research Conference held at Queen Sirikit Conventional Center on March 9, 2017.

TMUIC Team Wins Best Paper Award in MICE Research

The research paper entitled “Barriers in Sustainable Event Practices of Hotel Venue Management in Bangkok, Thailand” was done by Ms. Araya Kalapuk and Ms. Pimboon Thanwiset with the aid of their mentors: Dr. Sarinya Sungkatavat, Dr. Nadezda Sorokina, and Aj. Toby To. The team competed against other leading Thai and International universities.


Exchange Student from MUIC Receives Academic Excellence Award

Ms. Pongpisuth Jongudomsuk, an MUIC Social Science student who participated in the Student Exchange Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA during Semester 1/2016-2017, received the Exchange & Visiting International Student Academic Excellence Award for (more…)


MUIC Students Declared As Marketing Plan Champions

Three Business Administration students from Mahidol University International College (MUIC) won 1st Prize in the Thai-Danish Dairy Farm Marketing Plan Competition on February 4, 2017.

Teammates Mr. Piyawat Sangprasertkrid (Finance), Mr. Ariya Pongkularb (Marketing), and Ms. Kamolchat Chongviriyaphan (Marketing) were awarded a cash prize of THB100,000. In recognition of their achievement, the Princess Sirinthorn Foundation will award them with the Princess Cup.

MUIC Students Declared As Marketing Plan Champions

The competition started last October, when the MUIC team had to battle 500 other teams from all over Thailand in coming up with the best marketing plan for Thai-Danish Dairy Farm’s expansion from manufacturing and distributing dairy products to establishing an agro-tourism venture. After surviving two rounds, the MUIC team was chosen to be among the five finalists.

MUIC Students Declared As Marketing Plan Champions

They described the competition as “a great opportunity to learn and also meet new people.” Meanwhile, MUIC’s cheerleader team won 2nd Prize in the cheerleading competition that was held in the same event.


MUIC-SCB Business Case Challenge

A team of 25 enthusiastic Business Administration students under Ajarn Treerapot Kongtoranin and with the support of Ajarn Isabel Rodrigues, visited the Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) headquarters in Chatuchak on January 27, 2017 to take part in the second session of the MUIC-SCB Business Case Challenge.

MUIC-SCB Business Case Challenge
This was a jointly organized initiative by Mahidol University International College (MUIC) and SCB, in which senior BA students reviewed current business cases of the Strategy and Transformation departments of SCB and were asked to provide innovative solutions and recommendations in handling those issues.

MUIC-SCB Business Case Challenge
MUIC-SCB Business Case Challenge
During the two weeks that preceded this visit, students conducted comprehensive research on the specific business cases presented and worked on possible solutions for them, with the support of both MUIC professors and SCB managers. The visit was the culmination of this workshop. SCB executives praised the final proposals and presentations which displayed a very good understanding of the real problems at hand and provided excellent ideas on possible ways to address them.

MUIC-SCB Business Case Challenge
The participants expressed their thanks to SCB for providing a tremendous learning opportunity. They added that they look forward to more successful workshops this year.


MUIC Student Wins at International Design Awards

January 14, 2017, Ms. Haeji An, a student from the Communication Design Program of Mahidol University International College (MUIC) was selected as one of the Merit Winners of the HOW International Design Awards.

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Her entry entitled, “Upon a Doi” was the Outstanding Achievement winner under the Student Category.

The winning work was inspired by the hill tribes of Thailand who live on a “doi” (which means “hill” in Thai). Their traditional way of life is interesting while the view from the doi is fascinating. This project’s goal was to make a tourism campaign that will encourage Thais to travel in their own country, especially in the hill areas upcountry. As one of the winners, the project was digitally featured on the website How design.com and would be published in the Spring 2017 issue of HOW Magazine.



MUIC Team in Mekong River Project

A faculty member, two students and an alumnus from Mahidol University International College (MUIC) attended the Mekong River Project 2016 held in Chiang Rai on December 18-22, 2016.

Asst. Prof. Ramesh Boonratana of the Science Division also served as keynote lecturer during the regional event which aims at empowering the youth from vulnerable communities around the Golden Triangle as “Mekong River Ambassadors” through the creation of an eco-tourist circuit in the region; at the same time, highlighting the effects of climate change and the importance for conservation & environmental protection of the Mekong River.

MUIC Team in Mekong River Project

Joining Ajarn Ramesh were Ms. Kanyarat Jamchat, a Food Science major; Ms. Parsimone Boonratana, a Biology major; and Environmental Science alumnus Vasan Narang. This project is funded by the US Department of State’s Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund.


MUIC Receives Green Office Award 2016

Mahidol University International College (MUIC) was awarded the gold medal for the Green Office Award 2016 during ceremonies held at the Impact Arena Convention and Exhibition Center on December 7, 2016.

Assoc. Prof. Phitaya Charupoonphol, MUIC Dean, together with MUIC executives and members of the College’s Environmental and Energy-saving Committee, received the award from Gen. Dapong Ratanasuwan, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment.

MUIC Receives Green Office Award 2016

The Green Office Award was organized by the Department of Environment Quality Promotion (DEQP) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The purpose of the project is to express loyalty to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and promote His Majesty’s royal duty in the field of natural resources and environmental preservation. The Green Office Award seeks to create awareness of environmental problems among office workers and encouraged them to make their own small contribution to positive changes in the environmental protection through their work habits.

MUIC Receives Green Office Award 2016


MUIC Wins Thailand Energy Awards 2016

Mahidol University International College (MUIC) won in this year’s Thailand Energy Awards in the Energy Conservation in Building Control category.

Assoc. Prof. Phitaya Charupoonphol, MUIC Dean, received award from Air Chief Marshal Dr. Prajin Juntong, Deputy Prime Minister, at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center on December 6, 2016. Gen. Anantaporn Kanchanarat, Minister of Energy, and executives from the Ministry of Energy also attended the ceremony.

MUIC Wins Thailand Energy Awards 2016

The contest was sponsored by the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Energy Efficiency (DEDE) of the Ministry of Energy. MUIC undertook this year several projects that promote energy efficiency in the workplace in order to reduce unnecessary energy consumption and at the same time create awareness among faculty members and staff.


MUIC Participates in Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) Research Project

Two faculty members from Business Administration Division— Dr. Chanchai Phonthanukitithaworn and Asst. Prof. Dr. Yingyot Chiaravutthi—are representing Mahidol University International College (MUIC) in an international collaborative project sponsored by the Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC). (more…)


MUIC Students Win ASEAN Human Rights Debate

Two debaters from Mahidol University International College (MUIC) won the final round in the Youth Debate Training and AICHR Human Rights Debate 2016.

Ms. ThitareeLapanaphan and Mr. Chun-HengSae-Seah, who are from the Debate Club, won a 20,000 Baht scholarship grant together with trophies and certificates. Together with a co-winner from Chulalongkorn University, they will participate in the ASEAN Human Rights Youth Debate Championship to be held on September 23, 2016 in Malaysia.

MUIC Students Win ASEAN Human Rights Debate

The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand, the Department of ASEAN Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) cooperated to organize the Youth Debate Training and the AICHR Human Rights Debate 2016 in order to promote the importance of human rights. The selection round was held on August 15-16, 2016 and the final round on August 17, 2016 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Bangkok.


MUIC is 11th EU-TH Debate Champion

Mahidol University International College (MUIC) won the championship in the recently concluded 11th EU-Thailand National Inter-Varsity Debate Championship sponsored by the European Union Commission of Thailand.

MUIC’s Debate Club sent 12 of its officers and members grouped into three teams. The 1st Team led by Ms. ThitareeLapanaphan (who received the Best Speaker Award), Mr. Chun-HengSae-Seah (2nd Best Speaker awardee) and Ms. SaranyaSachdev (5th Best Speaker awardee) won the championship round. 2nd Team’s Ms. JitaAbhakara, meanwhile, received the 8th Best Adjudicator Award.

MUIC is 11th EU-TH Debate Champion
Thammasat University ThaPrachan campus was the venue of the competition which was held from August 5 to 9, 2016.


The Outstanding Alumni Awards 2016

Mahidol University International College (MUIC) proudly presents the recipients of the Outstanding Alumni Awards 2016. They will be given official recognition on August 26, 2016 during the MUIC Graduation Ceremony to be held at the MUIC Auditorium. There are five categories: Academic, Management, Professional, Community Service, and Rising Star.

MUIC would like to congratulate Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pattanaporn Chatjuthamard, Outstanding Academic Alumni Awardee 2016; Mr. Isra Sunthornvut, Outstanding Management Awardee 2016; Mr. Sirichai Arungstichai, Outstanding Professional Alumni Awardee 2016; Mr. Unnawat Leepaisalsuwanna, Outstanding Community Service Alumni Awardee 2016; and Mr. Vichapong Hutasuwan, MUIC Rising Star Alumni Awardee 2016.

Outstanding Academic Awardee 2016
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pattanaporn Chatjuthamard (ISDP Class of 1995)
The Outstanding Alumni Awards 2016
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pattanaporn Chatjuthamard graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration major in Finance from Mahidol University’s International Students Degree Program (ISDP, forerunner of MUIC) in 1995. She then pursued her Master’s Degree in Finance at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, U.S.A. She obtained her Doctoral degree in Finance in the same university in 2002.

Currently, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pattanaporn Chatjuthamard is a lecturer at Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University. She has published more than 20 academic articles in international academic journals and conducted many oral and poster presentations in international academic conferences. She received the Research Publication Award from the Office of Academic Administration, Chulalongkorn University in January and June 2014 and was also the recipient of many research grants from Chulalongkorn University. She received the Summer Research Award at Texas A&M International University in 2005.


Outstanding Management Alumni Awardee 2016
Mr. Isra Sunthornvut (ISDP Class of 1992)
The Outstanding Alumni Awards 2016
Mr. Isra Sunthornvut graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Travel Industry degree from ISDP in 1992. He then obtained his master’s degree majoring in European Studies from Chulalongkorn University.

Presently, Mr. Isra is the Secretary-General of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), the producer and host of “Fud Fid Fo Fi” television program for Modernine TV, a weekly columnist for Thai Post newspaper, and also the host of “Kham Khob Fah,” Bluesky/Fah Wan Mai Channel. Spending almost 15 years in the political arena, he was a Member of Parliament (Party List), Democrat Party, in 2013 and the Secretary to the Opposition Leader of the House of Representatives in 2012. He was the Vice Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office and the Deputy Secretary General to the Prime Minister in 2011 and 2010. In 2009, he was the Secretary to the Opposition Leader of the House of Representatives and the Spokesman and Advisor (for Foreign Affairs) to the Governor of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration in 2006 and 2007.

Mr. Isra also received two Thai prestigious and honorable decorations which are the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant and the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand.


Outstanding Professional Alumni Awardee 2016
Mr. Sirichai Arunrugstichai
The Outstanding Alumni Awards 2016
Mr. Sirachai Arunrugstichai graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science major in Environmental Studies degree. He then pursued a Master’s degree in Marine Biology at Prince of Songkla University.

Currently, he is an award-winning photojournalist, with specific interest in conservation and social issues, a freelance photographer who contributes photos to several publications, and also an active participant in major photography competitions. He is currently under a mentorship program under Thomas P. Peschak, an assignment photographer of the National Geographic Society.

He received many national and international awards as a photographer: He won the IUCN GMPP Oceans Photographer of the Year 2016 award, competing against 375 entries from 47 candidates worldwide. This year, he is also the Marine Conservation Photography Grant winner of Save Our Seas Foundation, a non-profit organization which raises awareness about the beauty of marine ecosystems and their fundamental importance to human survival; it should be added here that he is the only Asian finalist. In 2015, he was given the Commendatory Award (DSLR Category) in the Thailand Dive Expo Photo Competition, the biggest international underwater photo contest in Thailand. Other recent achievements include the Grand Prize and the Popular Vote in the Behavior & Biodiversity Category and the 1st Runner-Up and Popular Vote in the Macro Category at the 4th Marine Science Conference 2014; the Grand Prize in the La Mer Love the Sea Competition in 2013; the Grand Prize (Landscape Category) in the Koh Tao Photo Contest; and the Grand Prize (Compact Camera Category) in the Thailand Dive Expo Photo Competition. In 2012, he was the Grand Prize Winner (Underwater Category) in the Koh Tao Photo Competition.


Outstanding Community Service Alumni Awardee 2016
Mr. Unnawat Leepaisalsuwanna (MUIC Class of 2010)
The Outstanding Alumni Awards 2016
Mr. Unnawat Leepaisalsuwanna graduated with a Bachelor of Science major in Computer Science. He is now a web developer at MAQE and a tech plumber at DroidSans.com. He is also active with his voluntary work, being the head organizer and license holder at TEDxBangkok, Thailand. As the person behind the launching of TEDxBangkok, he is also credited with translating more than 60 talks and reviewing more than 150 talks.

He started his volunteer work for TED when he was still a junior student. At that time, he found interesting a TED video clip entitled “Why School Kills Creativity” when it was played in his class by one of his lecturers. He then shared this video clip to his friends who remarked that they could not understand many of technical terms in the video. This prompted him to become a volunteer translator for TED, later becoming a TED Language Coordinator, which led to his becoming the head organizer and license holder at TEDxBangkok.


MUIC Rising Star Awardee 2016
Mr. Vitchapong Hutasuwan (Class of 2013)

The Outstanding Alumni Awards 2016Mr. Vitchapong Hutasuwan is from MUIC’s Class of 2013. He majored in Marketing. Currently, he is the CEO and Creative Director of Selvedgework, a premium custom handcrafted denim workshop in Thailand. It is also the first Thai premium customized brand with prices ranging from 6,900 Baht to 15,900 Baht. With his passion for jeans, he began to set up his own brand named Selvedgework after he graduated.
Selvedgework now has three branches located at Siam Squre Soi 2, Emquartier, and Siam Discovery. He plans to expand his brand to Singapore, Hongkong and Dubai.

Though only three years old, Vitchapong’s brand has been considered to be among the Top 10 mens’ wear in Thailand by BK Magazine and one of the best denim brands in Thailand by Elle Men. He has been featured in more than 40 magazines such as The Monocles, BK Magazine, Elle Men, Looker, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, A Day, and Wallpaper. His brand was also featured in more than 30 TV shows in Thailand and 20 articles on newspapers such as The Bangkok Post, SME, and many others. His brand has also collaborated with Mercedes Benz, W Hotel and Central Embassy.


FAA Students won the LOGO Design Contest

On July11, Ms. Pornsinee Boonchaisittipong and Mr. Kanpisut Yuktananda, students from the Fine and Applied Arts Division of Mahidol University International College, won the “100th Anniversary of Thai Public Health” Logo Design Contest by Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health.

FAA Students won the LOGO Design Contest

They received a trophy and 100,000 Baht cash prize. Their winning design can be described as “modern, futuristic and attractive to the new generation.”


Angel Fund Valued Up To 1-Million Baht For Alumnus’ HR Tech Startup Business Pitch

A Tourism and Industry Management alumnus (Batch 2005) recently received an angel fund valued up to 1-million Baht grant from the Thai Ministry of Industry’s “Plan to Biz” which was sponsored by Delta Electronics (Thailand) for his new HR Tech Startup venture.

150_Mark_laothavornwongMark Laothavornwong, Founder and CEO of AmMarkable Consulting, has started his career consulting firm two years ago helping Thai professionals land the job they love. Recently, he has started his second venture that is an HR/Recruitment Tech startup named CareerBolt. It is a free, easy-to-use, exclusive job search and career management portal for mid- to-senior level professionals.

“My ultimate goal is to give accessibility to every company in the world, regardless of size and nationality, to access potential talent that might be interested in them. I also want to give accessibility to candidates to realize their career development plan, their dream job, and what they were born to do,” the 34-year-old business executive added.


Sweden Confers Award on MUIC Alumna

A Mahidol University International College (MUIC) alumna was awarded the prestigious Global Swede Award by the Swedish Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ms. Sasikarn Daphne Blendel Hingert, a member of the class of 2013 and who has a degree in Biomedical Sciences, was conferred the award on May 18, 2016 at Arvfurstens Palats in Stockholm, Sweden with 21 other foreign students. The Global Swede Award is actually an initiative of the Swedish Government and the Swedish Institute to honor excellent foreign students in their role as future ambassadors of Sweden.

Sweden Confers Award on MUIC Alumna
Ms. Hingert, who is taking up her Master’s in Biotechnology at Chalmers University of Technology with full scholarship, is currently working on her thesis.

The event’s program described Ms. Hingert as “a polyglot orator who was a key member of her undergraduate university’s prolific debate team. She has utilised her creativity and rhetorical skills in numerous initiatives to promote Chalmers and Sweden to Thai students. These initiatives have contributed profoundly to a 100 per cent increase in Thai applicants to Chalmers in 2016.”

Sweden Confers Award on MUIC Alumna


Alumnus Receives Photography Grant

An alumnus of Mahidol University International College (MUIC), Mr. Sirachai “Shin” Arunrugstichai, was recently selected by the Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) to be one of two recipients of the Marine Conservation Photography Grant 2016

Mr. Sirachai, who obtained a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, will receive a $2,000 cash prize and a paid-three week photo assignment to document an SOSF-supported marine research or conservation project. In a statement,150_marine_conservation_photography_grant the assignment could both be a learning and earning opportunity for the winners as they would be mentored by veteran photographers. They would also have the opportunity to showcase their works at international exhibitions. Their photographic outputs will also be published in the SOSF magazine.

Alumnus Receives Photography Grant

In an interview, Mr. Sirachai said, “(This grant) would definitely help boost my career. Receiving mentorship and guidance from among the best in this field would help me make better photos with a stronger conservation message to the wider audience.”

Cr. Save Our Seas Foundation


Scholars celebrate at Mahidol

Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. Thursday 3 March 2016. A dual degree affiliation agreement between one of Thailand’s leading universities, Mahidol University, and St George’s University in the Caribbean island of Grenada, has been marked by the award of scholarships, by St George’s University, to two Mahidol students.

Scholars celebrate at Mahidol

The main scholarship has been given to Chandra Bahadu from Myanmar, who studied for his first degree in biological sciences at Mahidol University International College. With a scholarship valued at 75 percent (approximately US $190,000) of his total tuition fees,he will now be able to pursue his four year medical degree at St George’s University School of Medicine. A partial scholarship, valued at US$85,000, was also awarded to Natnicha Noppornmongkul, who will also study at St George’s University School of Medicine.

At the award ceremony at Mahidol, the Dean of Mahidol University International College, Phitaya Charupoonphol, said that St George’s University has “an enviable reputation for turning out international graduates who are successful in obtaining residency training placements in the US and UK. I am confident that, through their mutual efforts and commitment, our scholars will achieve much more as they continue to develop their studies.”

Dean Charupoonphol thanked the President and Chief Executive Officer of St George’s University, Dr G Richard Olds, as well as the Chancellor and Founder, Dr Charles R Modica, for their support for the scholarship awards.

“Through our affiliation agreement, our students need to complete three years of pre-medicine study before being accepted as first year medical students and eligible for a dual degree. This is an enormous and career developing opportunity,” he added.

In a special message, read for him by St George’s University representative Patrick Orr, Dr Olds said that he was proud St George’s University had teamed up with one of Thailand’s leading educational establishments.

“I am fully aware of the long and historic contribution that Mahidol has made to the medical profession in Thailand and the region,” he said. “We, at St George’s University, have pioneered the concept of international medical education and have graduated over 13,000 physicians into the global healthcare system. Out two new scholars will be very much at home on our diverse campus with representatives from all over the world.

Scholars celebrate at Mahidol

“We have a philosophy at our university – that those who study with us, particularly those who benefit from our scholarship awards, should return to their countries of origin and bring home their skills, talents and commitment to their own medical professions.

“Our congratulations to our two new scholars today.”


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