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International Relations Newsletter



July 2017

International Graduate Students : Pride of Chiang Mai University Chiang Mai University : An Educational Hub for ASEAN Students

International Graduate Students :

Pride of Chiang Mai University

Chiang Mai University’s 51st Graduation Ceremony Day, held on January 23, 2017, saw 7,270 students graduate, including 146 international students from 14 countries, who also attended this auspicious ceremony and received their degree certification from Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. CMU has become a leading higher educational institution in the Asian region, and one of its core strategies is to develop "the university’s Internationalization", which is clearly stated in the "CMU Education Development Plan Phase 12 (20122016)". The strategic goals for internationalization development comprise of several impactful indicators including the increased number of international students, the number of exchange

programs, joint/double degree programs and the enhancement of international collaboration and networking. CMU’s internationalization saw a total of 2,669 inbound students in the 2016 Academic Year, comprising of 578 degree students, 166 exchange students and 1,925 short course students. 146 international students graduated this year; 48 Bachelor degrees, 93 Master degrees and 5 Doctoral degrees, with the Faculty of Social Sciences having had the highest number of international students at 39. The study programs which had the highest number of international students were Economics at 39 and Social Sciences at 36, while the highest number of students from any nation is Myanmar at 54, with China second at 32.

During the graduation ceremony, CMU was pleased to be able to grant Master’s Degree in Economics (International) to 20 Myanmar students, who are recognized as the first graduate students of this program. The Master Degree Program in Economics is CMU’s international program located at Yangon University of Economics, Myanmar, and opened in 2014. The Myanmar graduate students agree that to graduate from this program offers them a great opportunity to work in important positions in both public and private organizations in Myanmar and they are confident that with their knowledge they could play key roles to support Myanmar’s development and prosperity.

Graduate International Students classified by Country (Academic Year 2016)

Myanmar Students’ Voices on their Graduation “This Program (MA in Economics) is highly useful for me not only for getting an opportunity to learn by staying at my home country but also for the training by foreign professors who are well-educated and knowledgeable in their subjects. I have gained a lot of knowledge and experiences from this program which is very much needed in applying to the real world”

Ms. Kay Thi Khaing

“I came to know the economic concepts and principles, work economic conditions and economic policies. I believe the knowledge and experiences I have gained from this program can contribute to the community and also my country”

Ms. Phyu Phyu Kyaw Myint

Chiang Mai University :

An Educational Hub for ASEAN Students

Chiang Mai University’s main mission is to produce graduates fully equipped to compete successfully in the rapidly changing and highly competitive environment of the 21st Century. Apart from this crucial role, the university has continually put emphasis on enhancing relationships and academic collaboration with higher educational institutions in Thailand’s neighboring countries. In particular, CMU has established a close and collaborative relationship with many universities in the upper ASEAN region, known as the ‘CLMV Countries’, short for Cambodia, Lao, Myanmar and Vietnam. CMU has 20 academic Memorandum of Understandings with the universities in these countries including

Souphanouvong University of Lao, University of Yangon of Myanmar, Cambodia’s Royal University of Phnom Penh and Vietnam’s Hanoi University of Agriculture. These academic agreements have led to many fruitful collaborative projects in research, student/staff exchanges, training programs and international conferences/ symposiums. With CMU’s standards of academic excellence and key geographic location in the region, it has attracted many students from the CLMV countries. In the 2016 Academic Year, the total number of CLMV students enrolled was 163 (28.2% of all CMU enrolled international students) which included 86 Myanmar students, 47 from Lao, 19 from Cambodia and 11 from Vietnam, many of whom were granted scholarships

by the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA). Recognizing the importance of student mobility and exchanges in the region, CMU aims to increase the number of inbound students from neighboring countries. In the coming 2017 Academic Year, two students from Cambodia will further their studies at Chiang Mai University; an undergraduate student (Software Engineering) at College of Arts, Media and Technology and a Master’s degree student at Faculty of Education, with both students financially supported by CMU scholarship.

Lyvirith Vann Master’s Degree Student Faculty of Education Chiang Mai University is my study destination because of its academic reputation, high quality of faculty staff and international networks. I am confident that after my graduation from this institute, I will be equipped with knowledge which will definitely be beneficial for my country.

CMU International Relations

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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