FACULTY SEMINAR 2006
A REVIEW OF PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
DR. BANCHA SAENGHIRAN
A.U. is proud of the success of research conducted by Dr. Churdchai Cheotrakul, Dean of the Faculty of Biotechnology which resulted in the issue of a patent for production of Rice Milk which can be used in the food programme for school children. In the past the programme has cost the Thai government something like 7,000 million Bath annually and this patent is expected to effect substantial savings and also bring about hefty profits to concerned parties.
Arrangements exist for faculty and student exchange under the Greater Mekong Subregion Project and Assumption University has accepted 2 instructors and 1 student from Vietnam for training and study here. Dr. Jakarin Srimoon has been invited to teach at two Vietnamese universities on a reciprocal basis.
A new Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise Centre (ICE) has been established and its main purpose is to provide focus on research and consultancy services in educational and business fields especially to meet the needs of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and micro business sectors. The Centre is located on our City Campus at Emporium Tower and its management entrusted to a special committee to oversee its operations.
The National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurial Enterprise (NGCE) from England has sponsored a study through Assumption University with Dr. Vindhai Cocrakul as director of this program. The NGCE believes that higher education institutions play a significant role in the development of entrepreneurial attitudes, aspirations and capabilities in students and that such qualities are essential for graduates in preparing for their careers and employment including self-employment. Dr. Vindhai is making a study of good practices in entrepreneurship development in higher education institutions in the South East Asia region, under a joint programme with NGCE.
The Summit of the Presidents of the Universities of the World is to be held in Bangkok at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre during July 19-22, 2006.
The 22nd General Assembly of the International Federation of Catholic Universities is scheduled for July 31-August 4, 2006 and the venue of this conference is the Bang Na campus of Assumption University.
The Summer and Winter Olympic Games (Universiade) is to be staged in Thailand between August 8-18, 2007 and two events viz “Water Polo” and “Volley Ball” will be organised at Bang Na campus. We are therefore trying to complete the upgrading of our international standard swimming pools to be ready for these competitions.
The “World Debate for University Students” will be hosted by Assumption University in 2008 and all preparations are being made to meet the dateline.
There will be the 60th anniversary celebrations of our King’s accession to the throne beginning on June 9 at the Gymnasium of Bang Na under the auspices of the Catholic Education Council with subsequent activities culminating in the birthday festivities on December 5, 2007. The St. Gabriel’s Foundation has set the target of a 10 million Baht contribution to the Royal Development Projects including one million Baht donation from A.U. for which the fund-raising compaign from faculty, staff, students, alumni and families will be launched soon.
In conclusion Bro. Bancha affirmed that he had arranged presentations by lecturers from various faculties and department so that we are aware of what the University is doing and he outlined the following points and issues.
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