MUIC Student Wins FameLab 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
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.
Design Works of 2 Alumni Featured in Bangkok Exhibition
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, “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, “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 Students 2nd Runner-up in “D 7 Days Competition”
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.
ICCU Student Awarded for Diplomatic and Speech Skills
An Intercultural Studies and Languages major received the Best Delegation Award in the 5th Model Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Spinoff held in Singapore on December 8-10, 2017.
Ms. Suthida Chang took on the role of head of the French delegation in the socio-cultural and educational pillar, responsible for giving the intervention in the panel discussion and debating the means of creating smart cities. In receiving the award, Ms. Suthida was cited for her distinguished diplomatic and conflict resolution skills, as well as giving the best intervention speech.
Science Students Sweep Top Prizes
Two groups of students from the Science Division won the major prizes in the recently held “Invent for the Planet” competition organized by Mahidol University’s Faculty of Engineering and INNOTECH in collaboration with Texas A&M University.
The IC the Future team comprising Ms. Suchanuch Piriyasatit, Ms. Arthitaya Rusmintratip, and Ms. Wanutcha Lorpaiboon, together with teammates from Mahidol University, won the 1st Prize for its entry, “WaterBout You,” a computer app that measures water usage in buildings and households.
The BIN48 team with Ms. Sawarin Sodsangsook and Mr. Pongsavud Naknual and teammates also from Mahidol University won 2nd Prize for its entry, “Remote Monitoring of Waste Build-up.”
ICCU Student Given 2 Awards in UN4MUN Event
A student majoring in Intercultural Studies and Languages received two awards at the UN4MUN Southeast Asia Conference 2018 held on January 17-20, 2018 at the Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Center in Bangkok.
Ms. Rosemary Gosteli Dela Cruz was given the Diplomacy Award and the Best Position Paper Award based on her performance in the event.
UN4MUN is the official model United Nations procedure established by the UN Department of Public Information.
As part of the activities, Ms. Dela Cruz was assigned to play the role of a delegate of China in the United Nations Security Council, representing China’s views on issues that were discussed. The activity’s goal was to successfully draft a resolution (which had been agreed upon via consensus), as well as the completion of the presidential statement, press elements, and press statements.
Science Students Win Grand Prize in Food Contest
Two Food Science and Technology students from Mahidol University International College (MUIC) won the grand prize in the recently held Food Innopolis Innovation Contest.
Ms. Thanatcha Vichienkalayarat and Ms. Kamolporn Ittisurasing, comprising the lone team from MUIC, bested 73 other teams from other universities all over Thailand with their entry called “Original Sensation,” a rice pop and Thai chicken green curry spread they dubbed as “Dip the Dish.”
They also won two other prizes, “Best Presentation Award” and 1st Prize in “Original Sensation Theme,” earning them a total cash prize of 110,000 Baht.
Coached by their professors at the Science Division with Dr. Chayanant Hongfa as their adviser, the duo—who had spent at least a month preparing their winning entry—were proclaimed grand prize winners on February 9, 2018 at Parc Paragon in Bangkok.
Alumnus Among “100 Faces of Thailand’s Innovation Inspirers”
Congratulations to Khun Kridsada Chutinaton, Class of 2005, for being selected as one of the 100 Faces of Thailand’s Innovation Inspirers (No. 61, “Online Business Person”). He was also interviewed for the “100 Faces of Thailand’s Innovation Inspirers,” a book published by Thailand’s National Innovation Agency.
The award aims to present Thai innovators from various industries in order to inspire others. The awardee can be a famous person, an icon, or an influencer to society. Khun Kridsada is a co-founder of FlowAccount.com. His company recently received a funding of US$1.15 million from investors.
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Mahidol University Stays on as No. 1 University in Thailand
Mahidol University (MU) retained this year its position as the top university in Thailand based on the recently announced Times Higher Education (THE) rankings.
MU also stayed on the 97th position, the only Thai university to be included in the list of Top 100 universities in Asia this year.
The THE rankings, highly trusted by academics, education leaders, the private sector and governments, use 13 well-calibrated performance indicators in measuring the performances of universities worldwide.
Alumna’s Company Receives Gold Medal
G-Yu Creative, owned and managed by Ms. Yupharet Ekthuraphakual (ISDP Class 8), received the “Gold Medal Award 2017 for Asia Best Product” from Asia Industrial Cooperation Thailand Network (กลุ่มสหการอุตสาหกรรมภาคเอเชีย เครือข่ายประเทศไทย) on 23 December 2017 at Chulabhorn Research Institute. The award is given to companies that creatively grow and expand their business in Asia.
Alumna’s Hotel Wins Award Two Years in a Row
Ms. Samornpun “Tarn” Somnam’s resort hotel Keemala—located in Phuket, Thailand—won both the Luxury Romantic Villa Global Award and Luxury Design Hotel Region Award at the 11th Annual World Luxury Hotel Awards 2017 in Switzerland.
This is the second time Ms. Samornpun’s hotel won the World Luxury Hotel Award. Keemala also received the Luxury Resort Villa Region Award last year.
This award is recognized internationally based on the votes by guests, travelers, and industry players alike.
Alumna’s Resort Adjudged “Luxury Romantic Hotel”
Ms. Pattamon “Beau” Mekavarakul’s (Class of 2008) hotel Cape Dara Resort Pattaya won the Luxury Romantic Hotel Country Award at the 11th Annual World Luxury Hotel Awards 2017 in Switzerland. (more…)
Award for Enterprising Herbal Cosmetic Factory CEO
Congratulations to Khun Pattaraporn Kanyame, CEO of The Little Onion Factory Co. Ltd., MUIC Class of 2006, for receiving the 2017 AABI Torch Award for Promising Entrepreneur during the 23rd AABI General Assembly.
The award was given by Asian Association of Business Incubation (AABI), which was held in Shanghai, China on October 24-27, 2017. The AABI Torch Entrepreneur Awards aims to promote entrepreneurial activities by honoring an entrepreneur in an incubation program at AABI member countries or territories who has developed an outstanding innovation. We are so proud of you!
Source: http://www.benedbiomed.com/news/益福生醫榮獲亞洲育成協會2017 AABI火炬國際化獎-64.html
TV Program Co-hosted by Alumna Receives Award
Congrats to Ms. Treechada (Numnim) Choktanasermsakul, Class of 2011! Her show, (Morning News Show) received the Golden Stone Inscription of Ramkhamhaeng the Great Award recently. This award is given to the best news program on ASEAN matters. The Consumer Rights Protection Association and the Federal of Child and Youth Protection Thailand have been giving the award for the past four years.
Alumnus’ Short Film Wins Director’s Choice Award in UK
Congratulations to Mr. Thaifa “Pete” Taifayongvichit, Class of 2015, for winning the Director’s Choice Award for his short film, 83 Soi Soon Vijai, at the Little Wing Film Festival in London on September 1-3, 2017. The film was also nominated for Best International Film.
Bronze for “Golden Mountain”
Congratulations to Mr. Poj “Putt” Pitakjamnong, a commercial director at The Film Factory production company and a Film Production graduate (Class of 2015), for winning the Bronze Award (Internet Film Category) in the recently held Adman Awards 2017 for his film, “Golden Mountain.”
The renowned Adman Awards & Symposium is organized by the Marketing Advertisements in Thailand.
Mr. Poj also directed a case video, “4G Wind Generator” for AIS, which was shortlisted in the Design Category at Cannes Lion 2017 in France earlier this year. Keep up your good work!
Golden Mountain : https://vimeo.com/223418882
Marine Photographer Recognized as a Global Talent
Mr. Sirachai “Shin” Arunrugstichai from the Class of 2010 and an MUIC Outstanding Alumni in 2016, has been selected as one of the six
talents in Southeast Asia and Oceania for the 6 x 6 Global Talent Programs 2017 organized by The World Press Photo Foundation. The program aims to connect visual storytellers around the world to a global audience. Congratulations on your success!
Physics Lecturer Participated in Nobel Prize-winning Scientific Discovery
Mahidol University International College (MUIC) is proud to announce that one of its faculty members at the Science Division was part of the scientific team whose research won its lead researchers the Nobel Prize in Physics 2017.
Dr. Tara Chalermsongsak, Director of the Physics Program, was doing his doctoral studies at the California Institute of Technology when he participated in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) project, a collaborative scientific effort participated in by over 1,000 researchers from more than 20 countries.
According to a press release by the Nobel Prize Committee, “On September 14, 2015, the universe’s gravitational waves were observed for the very first time (by LIGO). The waves, which were predicted by Albert Einstein a hundred years ago, came from a collision between two black holes. It took 1.3 billion years for the waves to arrive at the LIGO detector in the USA.”
Dr. Tara modestly downplayed his contribution to the LIGO team. “I worked in the LIGO collaboration when I was doing my Ph.D. at Caltech. About a year after I graduated, the team finally detected the first gravitational wave. It is a team achievement, and I was just a small part of it.”
However, in the research paper entitled “Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger” published in the journal Physical Review Letters on February 12, 2016, Dr. Tara and scores of other participating researchers were given well-deserved credit for their contributions to the award-winning LIGO project.
FAA Lecturer Wins Grand Prize in US Film Fest
A lecturer from the Fine and Applied Arts Division was awarded the grand prize in the horror/sci-fi screenplay category at the recently held Rhode Island International Film Festival 2017 in the United States.
Mr. Bryan Ott’s winning entry, “Beasts and Children,” was among 463 entries in the film festival ranked as one of the top 10 in America. He teaches Film Scriptwriting, Film Analysis and Introduction to Film courses in FAA’s Entertainment Media Production Program and his short films have won prizes in several film festivals over the past few years.