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.
Ms. Phonthip Chaisrisoponkit, a Social Science major, recently returned from Indonesia where she participated in the 10th ECONOMIX, “Facing the New Stage of the Global Economy: the Asian Century,” which was held at the University of Indonesia from November 11 to 15, 2012.
Ms. Phonthip joined other undergraduate students from ASEAN countries in an orientation session and a seminar on current ASEAN issues and future development, including trade, development agreements and the benefits of collaboration. She subsequently participated in a conference in which 10 delegates conducted research on an ASEAN country other than their own, focusing on the issues of food security, infrastructure development and labor, after which they shared their findings with other members.
The delegates also participated in a cultural night during which they wore traditional national costumes and delivered a performance; they also had an opportunity to visit the Indonesian ASEAN Secretariat as well as a museum in Jakarta that featured an overview of Indonesia’s history and development.
“End Polio” Bike Race
Ten members of the MUIC Cycling Club received trophies for reaching the time limits in the “End Polio Race” held in Ratchaburi on November 11, 2012.
Four of the students joined the 70-km category, five in the 50-km category and one in the 20-km race. The cyclists said the race was quite challenging thanks to a number of hilly parts and moderate head winds.
Youth Delegates at the United Nations
MUIC student Panyarak Roque and his colleague, Akarawin Sungkanand of Thammasat University, recently returned from New York City where they represented Thailand at the Youth Delegate Program during the 67th Session of the United National General Assembly from October 2 to 23, 2012. They engaged in a series of discussions with other youth delegates from 20 other countries, focusing on social/humanitarian issues and development, in addition to meeting with a number of UN agencies, particularly the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Mr. Panyarak also delivered an address on social development and the responsibility of youth and young adults to the 3rd Committee of the General Assembly which oversees social and humanitarian affairs.
A transcript of that address is available on the ACHIEVEMENTS link.
At 6:00 a.m. on the Sunday morning of October 14, 2012, the MUIC Karate-Do team embarked on a journey to the King Mongkut Institute of Technology for the National Goju-kai Karate Championship 2012.
Although newly trained, all four competing members were, if not altogether confident, cheerful about participating. Instructor Sensei Polakit Mankongkit, a former national karate coach and athlete, offered encouragement and stressed how invaluable this competitive experience would be, whatever the outcome.
The outcome was better than expected. Three out of the four MUIC athletes won medals: Ms. Jitarat Nasahachart, bronze medal for Female Kumite (under 48 kg.), Mr. Sahapap Phothipukruksa, bronze medal for Male Kumite (over 75 kg) and Mr. Shinaworn Hemwarangkul, bronze medal for Male Kumite (under 75 kg). Their success was attributed to their disciplined work, in addition to the contributions of the club’s Sensei, the senior members who provided rigorous training and the club advisor, Ajarn Chayanant Hongfa for his full support.
THAILAND TRUST MARK
The Thailand Trust Mark logo displayed on the MUIC Home Page is yet another tribute to the college, validating its commitment to internationalism and academic excellence.
The Thai Ministry of Commerce recently launched the Thailand Trust Mark to promote the high quality of Thai goods and services not only in the domestic market but also in the international arena. Apart from a product category that includes the food, lifestyle, fashion and other industries, the service category covers medical, health and international education services.
According to the Ministry, this logo “opens up greater marketing opportunities for the manufacturer/service providers as well as builds trust among consumers because every single product/service bearing this mark needs to pass reliable production standards and international standards of quality.”