Alumnus’ Start-up Company Wins Prize
Mr. Kridsada Chutinaton, a Computer Science 2005 alumnus, will get a chance to exhibit the start-up company that he had co-founded, Flow Account, at the Echelon Asia Summit 2015 which will be held in Singapore on June 23-24, 2015 as part of the prize for winning earlier the Judges’ Choice Award in Echelon Top100.
Flow Account is a free and easy online cloud accounting system designed for foreign and local freelancers and small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs). Mr. Kridsada’s company competed against 21 other startups before winning the award.
He said that part of their company’s objectives is to empower companies that need to do their own accounting for free. “Our goal is to help small businesses save time by automating their accounting. When we enter Phase Two and Phase Three, we will link up our users with banks and ultimately help them with taxes,” he said.
Ms. Praeploy Pongpamorn, a third year Biological Sciences student whose concentration is in Biotechnology, recently qualified for a scholarship grant under the ASEAN University Network’s ASEAN Credit Transfer System (AUN-ACTS).
The grant will enable Ms. Praeploy to study for one semester in one of the 26 AUN member-universities. She is choosing among three universities, one each in Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore. In an interview, she said this educational experience will help her adjust to a different learning system, make her adapt to a new environment and provide a headstart to her plans to pursue graduate education.
AUN-ACTS is a student mobility program that assures scholars of a non-complicated grade transfer from host to home university.
MUIC Social Science Student Wins Thailand Public Speaking Competition 2015
A 3rd Year Social Science student was adjudged in the Thailand Public Speaking Competition 2015 held by the Ministry of Education and English-Speaking Union Association (Thailand) at the Sukosol Hotel Bangkok.
Ms. Thitaree Lapanaphan delivered a speech on the topic, “Culture is not a Luxury, But A Neccessity.” The English Speaking Union Association (Thailand) awarded her with all-expense paid trip to the United Kingdom to be a delegate at the International Public Speaking Competition 2015 held to be in London on 11-15 May 2015
MUIC Wins 1st Prize in Finance Contest
Mr. Thanathad Mattayasuwan and Mr. Pakin Tangmongkolsuk, both 3rd year students majoring in Finance in Mahidol University International College’s Business Administration Division, recently won the 1st Prize in the TISCO Young Financial Planner 2. They received a 50,000-Baht scholarship grant.
Both participated in the TISCO Young Financial Camp, an activity-based learning camp sponsored by one of Thailand’s leading finance companies and commercial banks. It allows university students a full range of financial exploration through edutainment activities. Participants explore the world of financial management from money-saving techniques, responsible investment, to an exclusive talk with TISCO’s top management.
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.
3 MUIC Students in University Student Council
Three MUIC students were appointed as college representatives to Mahidol University’s Student Council for 2015.
Ms. Oranat Tanprasertkul, a 3rd year International Business student, was appointed Vice President; Ms. Pailin Sitthisomwattana, a 3rd year Marketing student, Vice Secretary; and Ms. Runchana Nantananate, a 4th year Tourism and Hospitality Management student, Head of International Relations.
The student council representatives serve as the voice of the Mahidol University student body, acting as liaison officers between the students and the administration on university-related issues. They plan special university-wide events for students and are responsible for allocating budgets for, and auditing expenses of, activities of the university clubs.
Short Film Wins 3rd Prize in US Film Festival
A short film by a group of Film Production majors won 3rd Prize in the Narrative Short Film Category at the Moving Media Student Film Festival 2014 held at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA on September 25-28, 2014.
Entitled “Death of A Legend,” the short film tells the story of an aging assassin. Mr. Poj Pitakjamnong, a Junior student, is the film’s writer, editor, producer and director, and heads the 13-man crew composed of his classmates.
“Death of A Legend” was also screened at First Look Program of Starz Denver Film Festival 2014 and at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival 2014.
Silver and Bronze in Cake Contest
Four interns of the Salaya Pavilion Hotel won silver and bronze medals at the recently held Cake Decoration Competition.
The first team, composed of Ms. Apichaya Leewattanaporn and Ms. Chanawan Wongpanich, won 2nd Place with its creation, “Julianna.” In addition, the entry by Mr. Surapat Sriratanobhas and Ms. Woramon Katesermsuk, dubbed, “Opera Cake Choc Mousse,”won 3rd Place. The students, all Tourism and Hospitality Management majors, were trained by the Salaya Pavilion Hotel’s bakery team led by Mr. Narongdech Janthong, Pastry Demi Chef.
The contest, held on March 29, 2014, at Muang Thong Thani, was participated in by six universities and four hotels.
Debate Champions Once Again
One of MUIC’s debating teams won the grand prize in the 9th European Union-Thailand National Intervarsity Debate Championship held at Khonkaen University on May 16-20, 2014.
Team 1, composed of Mr. Zaw Htun Lat, Mr. Panyarak Roque, and Mr. Narongpol Sathorn—all Social Science majors and members of the Debate Club—was awarded the championship cup in honor of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Mr. Roque was also adjudged “Best Speaker of the Tournament.”
UNESCO Poster Contest Winners
Two Communication Design students, Ms. Prim Bunsopis and Mr. Sakan Poomnak, won 1st and 2nd Prize, respectively, in the UNESCO-FCCT World Press Freedom Day Youth Poster Competition. Their winning entries, along with those of the finalists, were featured in an exhibition at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand at Bangkokat on April 30.
Eight more students from FAA were chosen as finalists. They are: Ms. Natthaya Thanasaenchok, Mr. Wattarapong Lertkhunakorn, Wichuda Dechachongjumroen, Warinee Pisitpundha, Ms. Pakwan Chotiparayon, Ms. Nutnicha Achavakulthep, Mr. Bancha Boonsomsuk, and Ms. Arparsiri Siriyodhin
1st Runner-up in Public Speaking Contest
A 2nd year Social Science student won 1st Runner-up in the Thai National Public Speaking Competition 2014 held at the Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel on March 28, 2014.
Ms. Thitaree Lapanaphan delivered a speech on the topic, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” As a prize, organizer English Speaking Union Thailand awarded her with an all-expense paid trip to Singapore to be an observer at the United Asian Debating Competitions to be held at the Nanyang Technological University on May 26-June 2, 2014.
Poster for Tomorrow
Ms. Prim Bunsopis, a Communication Design major, participated in the Poster for Tomorrow 2013, a major project of 4 tomorrow which is an independent non-profit organization in Paris, France, that encourages people to create posters that stimulate debate on current issues.
There were 3,461 entries from around the world and a shortlist of 400 posters was made by an online jury. Ms. Prim’s entry was selected as one of the ten best posters of the project. The world premier of the exhibition, “A Home for Everyone,” at which the top 100 posters will be unveiled, will be held at Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris on December 5-8, 2013.
MUIC Animators Bag Top Prize
A team composed of FAA alumni and current students won 1st prize in the animation category of the Digimedia Contest 2013. Their entry, entitled, “Dek Oei Dek Dee (‘The Good Child’), Rocking Dolls Version,” was awarded the 100,000 Baht prize. The winners were announced on July 4, 2013.
Winners in Kiehl’s Design Contest
Two MUIC students won a multinational cosmetic company’s label design contest. Ms. Keerada Songwattana, a Marketing major, and Ms. Natthida Tippayarat, a Social Science major, were among four winners chosen by Kiehl’s Thailand for its “You Can Change the World with Kiehl’s: Label Design Contest.” Each received a 20,000 Baht cash prize and a certificate. Their winning entries will also be used in promoting the company’s Ultra Facial Cream product.
Kiehl’s Thailand, which sells skin care and other beauty products, has been running a “Change the World” campaign that promotes environmental awareness for three years now, participated in by university students.
Rider Brings Home Gold and Silver Medals
Ms. Pakjira Thongpakdi, a Tourism and Hospitality Management major, continued her winning streak when she brought home a gold and silver medal in the International Young Riders Competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in April. Last March, she won two silver medals in the Pre-SEA Games in Myanmar.
She won first place in the Preliminary category and second place in the Novice category, both of which were part of the FEI CDI-Y Borrowed Horse dressage event. Ms. Pakjira was one of two Thai athletes who participated in the competition, which was organized by the Equestrian Association of Malaysia with the collaboration of Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), an international governing body of equestrian sports.
Silver and Bronze in Karate
Three members of the Karate-do Club won three medals at the Thai Karate-Do Goju-Kai Association Senior Championship 2013 held on May 19, 2013, at Dhurakij Pundit University.
Mr. Shinaworn Hemwarangkul, a Chemistry major, won a silver medal in the Male Kumite (under 70kg) category. His team mate, Mr. Tanapuch Wanwarang, a Computer Science major, won a bronze medal in the Male Kumite (under 75 kg) category, while Ms. Jitrarat Nasahachart, a Business major, won a bronze medal in the Female Kumite (under 48 kg) category.
Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative
Mr. Aekarak Sethi, a senior Environmental Science major, was chosen as one of four Thai university students to participate in the 12th Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative (HYLI) to be held from July 1 to 5, 2013, in Bangkok.
This gathering of youth leaders, sponsored by the Japanese corporation, Hitachi,“aims to identify and groom potential young Asian leaders by providing a platform for bright students to congregate to discuss regional issues and establish contacts with prominent regional opinion leaders from the private, public and academic sectors.”
This year’s theme is “The Road Ahead: ASEAN’s Role in Asia and the Global Economy.” A total of 280 students from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan will meet in Bangkok to participate in forums, workshops, fieldwork, community activities and a tour of the Hitachi factory.
MUIC Wins Gold, Silver in Equestrian Event
MUIC, representing Mahidol University, won a gold medal and two silver medals in the 40th Thailand University (“Palabodee”) Games held on January 10-19, 2013.
Ms. Pakjira Thongpakdi, a Tourism and Hospitality Management major, won the gold medal in the Solo Dressage Riding category. She also won a silver medal for Team Dressage Riding with her team- mate, Ms. Ariyada Prinksakul, an International Business major. The horseriding event was held on the grounds of the 29-1 Cavalry Squadron’s (King’s Guards) camp in Phayathai, Bangkok.
Future Leaders Forum
At the Future Leaders Forum in October, 2012, held in Bangkok and organized in partnership with IMEX, Meeting Professionals International and the MCI Group supported by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau and the Thailand Incentive and Convention Association, Mr. Nuttapol Areechom, a Tourism and Hospitality major, was selected from over 70 candidates from 14 Thai universities as one of the five student delegates who will represent Thailand at the World Future Leaders Forum in Frankfurt, Germany, from May 21 to 23, 2013.
(Mr. Nuttapol is on the left.)
Karate-Do Championship 2012
Five members of the Karate-Do Club participated in another competition, the All Thailand Karate-Do Championship 2012, sponsored by the Thailand Karate Federation and held at the Fashion Island Mall on November 16, 2012.
Mr. Shinaworn Hemwarangkul was declared the champion for the Male Individual KUMITE under 75 kgs, earning him a national gold medal.