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Chiang Mai University Embraces “Smart City – Clean Energy” st

CMU: A Smart Learning University for the 21 Century CMU promoted the students as global citizens and the internationalization@home



September 2017

Chiang Mai University Embraces

Norasedh Boonchoo International Relations Division, CMU

Chiang Mai University is reinvigorating its campus with a “Smart City – Clean Energy” project, aiming to enhance the university’s natural environment while ensuring sustainable development. This project shall prototype CMU as a “Smart & Clean Energy” campus which plans to harness up to 50% of its energy from renewable sources that is managed by a SMART Grid system that will help promote energy users to be energy producers. The university’s planning department has formulated a "Smart Growth Plan" that encourages smart mobility by electronically linking all forms of on campus transportation including electric vehicles, bicycle lanes, car free zones and pedestrian walkways that shall be managed over a high speed internet network. The plan also designates thirty percent of the campus 2

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to be green which shall be maintained by utilizing water from the reservoir and from water recycled on campus. At the same time campus waste is minimized, with plans to fully recycle all waste under the new "Zero Waste Management Plan", with all newly constructed buildings specially designed for this purpose, that are both energy saving and environmentally friendly. In order to fulfill the project’s objectives the latest in technology shall be utilized including a complete waste cycle management system that produces renewable energy and smart systems for transportation and building maintenance. The “CMU Smart City – Clean Energy” project has been selected by the Ministry of Energy as one of seven organizations under the “The Encouragement for Designing Smart City” initiative, which will award the organization that proves to be the most successful “Green Institute". Through the Ministry of Energy’s Energy Conservation Promotion Fund, CMU has been awarded 10 million baht to develop this project which

“Smart City – Clean Energy”

shall be rolled out under its 12th Educational Development Plan. The plan targets 3 main fields of excellence; Environment and Energy, Food and Health, Creative & Innovative Lanna that will align with CMU’s Digital University concept, while ensuring to fulfill the Ministry of Energy’s 9 key criteria; Smart Energy, Smart Mobility, Smart Community, Smart Environment, Smart Economy, Smart Buildings, Smart Governance and Smart Innovation.

As Chiang Mai University establishes itself as a Smart & Clean University, it is anticipated that it shall attract an increased interest from both students, scholars, researchers and businesses alike who wish to leverage from the culture and knowledge that is ensuring Chiang Mai University is an environmentally friendly progressive institution.

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CMU: The 13

A Smart Learning University

International on Thai Studies : for theConference 21st Century

Globalized Thailand? Connectivity, Conflict, and Conundrums of Thai Studies

Sitthiporn Ritthisorakrai International Relations Division, CMU

Recognizing Information Technology’s role in enhancing the university’s teaching, research and academic services, Chiang Mai University has embraced itself as a “Digital University” in order to provide the most advanced digital technology to serve more than 50,000 of its students and staff. The policy “Digital life : Digital University@CMU” was first launched in 2013 and provides the university’s community with convenient IT access in order that they may utilize the campuses’ IT infrastructure to improve not only their daily life on campus, but most importantly, to encourage a life-long learning culture that is supported through the university’s digital devices and platforms. One of the university’s key strategies is to produce graduates infused with ethics, quality awareness and global citizenship skills, which are essential characteristics 4 CMU IRD Newsletter

for any one competing in a global workforce. To achieve this, CMU has initiated many projects on digital and information technology: 1. CMU Wireless Network (Wi-Fi@JumboPlus) that provides full coverage with more than 2,700 service points. 2. ITSC Corner, with 47 IT-based learning centers located in the faculties and campus dormitories. 3. “Smart Learning & Smart Classroom”, transforming the learning ecosystem by using technology in classrooms to encourage self-learning and to help the teachers/lecturers create new instructional material in the form of streaming media. 4. “IT for English”, improving the students English language skills, by using digital technology and new media, with game-based learning lessons. IT development is just one of the approaches used to ensure CMU is a university of “Smart Learning”, there were other crucial learning components that have had to be transformed in order to support the “21st

Century Learning Model," including the improvment of learning goals (Expected Learning Outcomes; ELO), lecturer/instructor’s paradigms and skills, teaching methods, curricula and learning ecosystems. CMU has launched the project “Academic Staff Development for teaching in the 21st Century”, aiming to enhance teaching skills as well as to use new teaching methods including active learning, studentcentered learning and the flipped classroom approach. To equip the students with 21st century skills, CMU puts emphasis on developing new teaching methods as well as improving teachers’ competency. Associate Professor Usanee Kumprakob, Acting Vice President for Academics and Organization Quality Development, said that “In the 21st century, Higher Education needs to produce a Thai citizen who also owns the characteristic of ‘Global Citizenship’. To achieve this goal, the student needs to have 5 skills including community & cooperation, language & communication, holistic & critical thinking, cross-cultural awareness & adaptability and IT literacy. Lecturers with a strong teaching competency will definitely play a key role in producing these kinds of graduates.” With its goal of being recognized as a “University of Smart Learning” by leveraging digital and information technology and with the ever improving teaching/ learning methods, CMU can ensure that its students will receive the best possible tools and opportunities

to access a globe of knowledge as well as to enjoy their student life in a learning environment of excellence, both in the classrooms and throughout the campuses.

The software or applications made available through CMU makes my study much more convenient, for example; before class, my teachers send their lectures or presentations through the ‘Google Classroom’ program which allows us to easily prepare for the class in advance. I think it’s wonderful that at CMU, not only ‘Google Classroom’ but other useful educational programs are provided for free to download. In addition, the free Wi-Fi networks on campus are superb, no matter when or where I am on campus, I can continue learning by myself.” Ms.Pitchapa Tanglamlert 3rd Year Students, Faculty of Business Administration

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CMU promoted the students as global citizens and the internationalization@home

International College of Digital Innovation, CMU

Chiang Mai University International College of Digital Innovation (CMU ICDI) aims to develop the international environment at Chiang Mai University (CMU) for the growth and benefits of students in becoming "Global Citizens". CMU ICDI recently hosted two events supporting this goal, the International Exchange Program Show and Share 2017 and the International Street Fair 2017. The 21st Century Skills and the ability to work cross cultural divides are two important tasks of Chiang Mai University in creating effective and adaptable global citizens for the ever changing global future. In addition to hard work and perseverance in learning, it is valuable for students to seek opportunities to be international exchange student in order to have diverse and meaningful experiences, as well as to improve their learning, cultural, and relational skills as global citizens. 6

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CMU ICDI has the responsibility to promote exchange programs and scholarships, as well as to process applications and select candidates for exchange programs. Programs that CMU ICDI helps administer include the ASEAN University Network ASEAN Credit Transfer (AUN-ACTS) and the ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) programs. It also has responsibility in receiving international students who are exchange students under the above mentioned programs. CMU ICDI believes that after students return from an exchange program, it is important for them to share their experiences with students who are interested in applying to be an exchange student. In order to provide the opportunity for exchange alumni to share their knowledge, insight, perspectives, and advice, CMU ICDI hosted the International Exchange Program Show and Share, which is held every semester. This semester, the Show and Share was held on 30 August 2017 from 9.00 to 12.00 at the UniServe building. There were more than 200 participants in attendance.

Another activity put on by CMU ICDI that serves the goal of developing students who are competent cross cultural global citizens was the International Street Fair 2017. This fair was held on 30 August 2017 from 16.00 to 21.00 at the Ang Kaew field on the CMU campus. The purpose of the event was to promote the international atmosphere of Chiang Mai University and to provide a chance for students to learn and experience aspects of one another’s cultures and to make new friends. Currently, CMU has more than 2,600 international students studying in various degree programs across CMU. Students come from places like China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Brunei, Cambodia, America, and Germany, and programs include the AUN-ACTS, University Mobility in Asia and Pacific (UMAP), and University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) were present at the event.

The International Street Fair had student booths showcasing and selling ethnic food, drinks and goods. Fin Market vendors also feature both local and international food and drink. There were performances from students of a variety of countries and cultures including traditional dances and songs from countries such as Laos, Myanmar, Japan and China. There were also traditional fashion shows and poetry reading. Events like this are valuable in promoting internationalization. They give students the opportunity to recognize the importance and value of cross cultural understanding. Students have the great chance to be leaders in the promotion and diffusion of the importance of developing quality global citizenship.

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Advisor Assoc. Prof. Rome Chiranukrom, Vice President for International Relations and Alumni Affairs Editor Ms.Woraluck Suteerawantana Director of International Relations Division Mr.Jean - Paul van Buul Editorial Team Ms.Jarunee Kitdamrongtam Mr.Norasedh Boonchoo Mr.Sitthiporn Ritthisorakrai Ms.Nathavadee Luong-onjai

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