PSU Phuket International Conference 2018: Creativity and Innovations for Global Development

Prince of Songkla University (PSU), will be hosting the PSU Phuket International Conference (PSU PIC) 2018 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of PSU. The conference will be held on March 11-12, 2018 in Phuket, Thailand. The two day conference will contain interesting speeches by famous keynote speakers and high-quality research presentations under the theme of “Creativity and Innovations for Global Development”.

Topics:
– Computing Theory and Technology
– Environmental Technology and Management
– Hospitality and Tourism
– International Business
– International Language and Culture

Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: January 2, 2018

For more information, please feel free to visit http://www.conference.phuket.psu.ac.th/conference2018/, contact via e-mail: psupic2018@phuket.psu.ac.th or call +66 76 276012-13.

PSU Phuket International Conference 2018: Creativity and Innovations for Global Development

PSU Phuket International Conference 2018: Creativity and Innovations for Global Development

Achariya Fund’ Scholarships for Employees

Kata Group President Gifts 'Achariya Fund' Scholarships for Employees’ Children Who Excel

Pramookpisitt Achariyachai, President of Kata Group Resorts Thailand, a leading hotel management company, recently hosted a ceremony presenting “Achariya Fund (Excellent Student Fund)” scholarship certificates to employees’ children. Scholarships totaling half a million Baht were given to 88 students who excel in their studies. The generous funding was gifted at an event on the Kata Group president’s birthday on August 11, 2016, and held at Kanda Hall, at Kata Beach Resort & Spa, in Phuket.

United World College to Open in Thailand – Education Like No Other

UWC01Phuket International Academy is due to join the UWC movement, a worldwide network of 15 prestigious schools and colleges. The school will be known as “United World College Thailand” (UWCT) from August 2016, becoming the first and only UWC in Thailand.

Nelson Mandela late honorary President of UWC said; “The striking feature of the United World Colleges is that they embrace the entire world .. They are unique and they are conscious of their responsibilities.”

Founded in 1962 in the United Kingdom, the aim of the UWC movement was to bring together young people from areas of post-war conflict to act as champions of peace through an education based on shared learning, collaboration and understanding. Through its innovative and challenging programmes, UWC aims to inspire students to create a more peaceful and sustainable future.

To quote Her Majesty, Queen Noor of Jordan, current President of the UWC movement; “The goal of our educational movement is not simply to produce educated young people but also to nurture activists for peace and future leaders who can help resolve the challenges within their own societies and contribute to building bridges between communities and cultures within their regions and throughout the world.”

Julian Whiteley is the current Chief Executive at Phuket International     Academy, and former Head of School at United World College of      South East Asia (UWCSEA), Singapore
Julian Whiteley is the current Chief Executive at Phuket International  
  Academy, and former Head of School at United World College of   
  South East Asia (UWCSEA), Singapore

Each of the United World Colleges around the world share a common vision and values and are committed to ensuring that as many students as possible experience a UWC education regardless of socioeconomic, cultural, racial and religious backgrounds. The aim is to create a deliberately diverse community in each school that represents a microcosm of the world, thus fostering international and intercultural understanding.

Khun Chamroen Tipayapongtada, Governor of Phuket, comments; “I am very proud on behalf of Thailand that Phuket has been selected as the location for the United World College Thailand. UWC is known to be the best school organisation in the world. We look forward to welcoming hundreds of international students and visitors who will make a tremendous impact on our local and national community.”

Every year in excess of 1,000 students are selected by UWC National Committees based in over 150 countries and awarded scholarships to attend one of the schools or colleges. Scholarships have been offered to Thai students since 1976 during the term of then prime minister MR Kukrit Pramoj, who recognised the benefits and importance to Thailand of being part of UWC and appointed the first National Committee of Thailand.
UWC03 UWC04By bringing together such a diverse group of engaged and motivated young people from across the globe, UWC is able to provide a transformational educational experience that no other school can provide. United World College Thailand will accept 25 such scholars into Grade 11 this August.

The UWC movement has long been at the forefront of international education and over the years has played a significant part in the development of the world-renowned IB Diploma Programme. With service at the heart of its Mission, UWC empowers students to become aware, able and active change agents in their communities; locally, regionally and globally. Through meaningful action, students are able to put their ideals and values into practice, cultivating their compassion and serving others.

Ms Metinee (Lukkade) Kingpayome, celebrity and actress, is a parent at Phuket International Academy, and said; “Edward and I moved from Bangkok to Phuket to join Phuket International Academy because of its wonderful philosophy and its approach to Social Emotional Learning & Mindfulness, as well as the Thanyapura Sports & Health Centre situated next door. We never dreamed that this school would become a UWC.”

Patrons of UWC movement: Queen of England, Queen of Norway, King of Netherlands. Past president includes the Prince of Wales.

Julian Whiteley, formerly Head of the United World College of South East Asia, and now Chief Executive at Phuket International Academy said, “Having worked at UWCSEA, I am enormously proud of the fact that PIA will become only the second UWC in South East Asia, it is a very special place. The staff, supported by the school community, have worked incredibly hard over the last two years to achieve this.”

UWC Thailand is due to officially open in August 2016, and is now accepting enrollments.

For more information: www.pia.ac.th, www.uwc.org and www.ibo.org

2015 Laguna Phuket Foundation Scholarship Presentation

2015 Laguna Phuket Foundation Scholarship Presentation, 34 Phuket students granted funding for their education
2nd row from top, left to right; Mr. Ilias Vamvakas, General Manager Cassia Phuket; Mr. David Seet, SAVP-Resort Operations, Laguna Resorts & Hotels PLC (LRH); Mr. Ravi Chandran, Managing Director, LRH; Mr. Anurak Rungruang, Deputy Director, Phuket Primary Educational Service Area Office; Ms. Prae Sunantaraks, Director of Community Relations, LRH; and Mr. Paul Wilson, Director of Golf, Laguna Phuket Golf Club, with this year scholarship’s recipients.

Recently (on Thursday 28 May 2015) Mr. Anurak Rungruang, Deputy Director of Phuket Primary Educational

Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility-01Angsana Phuket Gives Back to the Community to Celebrate 3rd Anniversary
To celebrate its third year anniversary in operation, Angsana Laguna Phuket establishes the My Lucky Elephant art competition to support the Phuket community with a core initiative that is aligned with Banyan Tree’s Group Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) philosophy of “embracing the environment and empowering people”. The art competition seizes a key opportunity to increase awareness of the lives of Thailand’s wild and domesticated elephant, as well as contribute to the local art culture and support local talents.

Three schools including Baan Prujambal, Baan Laemsai and Baan Maikhao were invited to participate in the My Lucky Elephant art competition. Three student representatives from each school built and decorated a papier mâché in the shape of the resort’s mascot, Namchock, the baby elephant. Throughout the process, the three teams were mentored by two students from the Rajabhat Phuket University who are currently benefi ting from the resort’s art scholarships program they were given last year.
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Regent Phuket Conducts CSR Initiative
On December 15, 2014, Regent Phuket Cape Panwa had the pleasure of conducting a happiness initiative with the Panwa community as the resort’s General Manager Brice Borin and his team invited students from the Baan Laem Panwa School to a cooking class at the resort. There were twenty two children attended this class. Through the class, children had fun and learned how to make a famous Thai dessert called “Look-Chub” which is mashed and sweetened Mung beans made into cute candies, colorfully painted with food colors to look like fruit and glazed in the sweet candy. This activity is carried out to provide the children an opportunity to gain knowledge outside of school.

Mr. Borin said “At Regent Phuket Cape Panwa, we are not only committed to providing excellent services to our guests, but also ensuring the continuous positive contribution to local communities and the environment.”
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Laguna Phuket Launches Local Vendors Support Centre Project
On Thursday 11 December 2014 at a “Phuket Governor Meet Press” session, hosted by Phuket Governor Nisit Chansomwong at Phuket Provincial Offi ce, Laguna Phuket has
announced the launch of a local vendors support centre project as well as local taxi operator reorganization within Laguna Phuket area.

Following the province-wide reorganization of local beach vendors and operators in Phuket which include Bang Tao beach area where Laguna Phuket situated, the resort, in collaboration with Phuket Provincial Offi ce and respective local authorities, extends support to affected local villagers by setting up a “Local Vendors Support Centre” for vendors and service providers such as masseuse, tour desk, etc on the resort’s land near the beach and lagoon between Tsunami tower and Angsana Laguna Phuket.
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Home & Life Foundation kids celebrate at Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket
Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket recently celebrated their 4 year Anniversary by treating children from Home & Life Foundation orphanage to a day of fun and pampering at the resort. The programme started with fun and games with management and staff followed by a feast of kid’s favourites then a splash in the resorts lazy river and jumping cliff. After an exhaustive day, it was time to pack up, say goodbyes and take the journey back home!

Meeting To Prepare For New Intake Of Students Into PPAO Schools For 2015

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President Paiboon Upattising on January 30 chaired a meeting to prepare for a new intake of students into PPAO schools for the academic year 2015, at the meeting hall in PPAO offices. Present at the meeting were: President Advisor Boonserm Suwannarathphoom, Council Chairman Theera Jiasakul, Council Members Prasit Sinsaowapak, Wisansaya Polsin, and Supreeya Iam-wiwattanakul, Director of Education, Religion and Culture Ouiporn Sakultan, as well as administrators and teachers from PPAO schools.

The meeting discussed the planning and procedures for accepting new students and official announcement of school fees. The panel also agreed to the dates of student application, exams, and registrations as follows: Students Application AcceptedEntrance Exam Result Posted Registration Present in School Pre-school February 9 – 13 February 22 February 24 February 25 February 28 Primary 1 (Por 1) March 6 – 10 March 13 (draw lots) March 13 March 19 Secondary 1 (Mor 1) March 20 – 24 April 5 April 7 April 8 Secondary 4 (Mor 4) – students coming from other schools March 20 – 24 March 29 April 3 April 6 April 9 Following is the timetable for schools that provide special program and English program (EP): Students Application Accepted Entrance Exam Result Posted Resigtration Pre-school and Primary 1 February 9 – 13 February 22 February 24 February 25 (February 28 present in school) Applications for this last category will be opened from 8.30 am – 4.30 pm daily (including weekends). Students should apply directly to schools they wish to study.

Phuket Pupils received Royal Gifts

Phuket Pupils received Royal GiftsOn Thursday November 27th 2014, Phuket Provincial Administration Office Vice President – Soratham Jinda and Council Member – Sonthaya Suntharak took part in the distribution of royal gifts to pupils of Kamala’s Racha Pracha Nukroh 36 School. The event was chaired by Phuket Vice Governor – Somkiat Sangkhaosuthirak and attended by Kathu District Officer – Sayan Chanachaiwong as well as the School Director – Wiwan Sukamano.

In his speech, Mr Somkiat said that each year the Racha Pracha Nukroh Foundation under the Royal Patronage graciously offers gifts to the pupils of Racha Pracha Nukroh 36 School. This year, all pupils received school uniforms and school materials while the school received equipment, building and funding for its kitchen garden and livestock project.

Phuket Pupils received Royal Gifts Phuket Pupils received Royal GiftsThe Racha Pracha Nukroh 36 School was established with the support of the Foundation to provide education for orphans of the tsunami 2004. However, up to this date His Majesty still continues to provide support to the school and its pupils.

The Vice Government urged all students to be appreciative of the King and strive to achieve excellence and become good citizens of society and the nation.

Phuket Pupils received Royal Gifts Phuket Pupils received Royal Gifts

Phuket donates Education and Tsunami Grants

Phuket donates Education and Tsunami GrantsGovernor Nisit Jansomwong recently presided over an award ceremony of continual education and tsunami educational grants held by Phuket International Education Grant Foundation at Metropole Hotel in Phuket Town.

The continual educational grants are being awarded to students in 36 schools, while the tsunami grants are offered to students in two schools. The fund is to be used towards scholar year 2014.

Originally called Continual Educational Grants, the project was founded in 1995. Eight years later it was taken over by Lion Andaman Club which receives support from all local and international Lion Clubs worldwide. Renamed Phuket International Education Grant Foundation, its office was officially opened on November 7, 2002 by HE Pichit Kulawanit, Privy Councilor, who is also Advising Chairman of International Lion Club. Mit Singsatjakul, who was elected Chair of the Foundation since its inception, has been working hard to secure educational funding for local children from low income background for the last 20 years. HE Pichit also supports the program by personally funding continual education grants for two students, one of whom has now completed his higher education degree in 2011. The second student continues to receive support from His Excellency up to this day.

President Mit Singsatjakul highlighted the aims of the Foundation, which are to support education of children from poor families thereby helping to address social problems in areas of child labor and prostitution. To be eligible, students must have domicile in Phuket and their parents’ combined income must not be over 20,000 baht per month. Aside from this group, students with extenuating circumstances can also apply. Funding ranges from: 4,300 baht per primary pupil/year; 6,300 baht for middle school student/year; 9,300 baht for secondary student/year: and 12,300 baht per year for each student in higher education. The Foundation deducts the first 800 baht from each grant to cover expenses.

Phuket donates Education and Tsunami GrantsIn 2014, which is its 20th anniversary, the Foundation will give 270 grants in the total value of 1,700,000 baht, to students in 36 schools. This amount represents donations by eleven countries including Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, Norway, Germany, Austria, America, UK, Canada, Denmark, Singapore and Thailand (Bangkok and Phuket).

In terms of statistics, the Foundation has offered 31 education grants equivalent to 172,303 baht during its first year of inception in 1995. The support represented donations from Sweden, Austria and Thailand (Phuket).

For the year 2013, 280 grants, equivalent of 1,715,988 baht received from 11 countries, were given to 35 schools. So far, altogether 4,414 grants, equivalent to 25,955,131 baht, were given during the lifetime of the Foundation.

The Foundation enjoys continual support from international communities making it one of the highest recipients of donation in the country in the area of education.

Statistics relating to the tsunami grant is as follow: In 2005, the Foundation received funding in the value of 1,041,798 baht from donors from nine countries. The fund was intended for 20 children who became orphans after tsunami. These children continually receive educational grants until all but two completed higher education recently. The two students are studying now in secondary school in Phuket.

During the last ten years, 109 tsunami grants, equivalent to 726,000 baht were awarded to students.

The final outcome of this project is that many students received a chance to complete higher education. Many are now in employment, able to look after themselves and their families. They proudly take their parts as good citizens in the society.