ZJU’s College of Education Takes a Cultural Tour of Thailand


    A delegation from the College of Education, Zhejiang University, including 3 teachers, 2 postgraduate students and 20 undergraduate students, took a cultural tour of Thailand on August 22-28. They visited the UNESCO Office in Bangkok, the Education Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Thailand, Thammasat University, the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Chulalongkorn University and Chiang Mai University.

    Mr. Wang Libing, Director of UNESCO-APEID Associated Centre, and Ms. Malisa, an officer of UNESCO, introduced the basic information and major programs of UNESCO. Gao Yu, First Secretary of the Education Office of the Embassy of PRC in Thailand, outlined the politics, economy and culture in Thailand first. After reviewing the status quo of the educational  and cultural exchanges between China and Thailand, he discussed about the potential of China-Thailand  cooperation under the scope of the  Road and Belt Initiative.

    On August 24, the delegation visited Thammasat University and AIT. Chaiyuth Chavalitnitikul, Dean of the Faculty of Public Health, Thammasat University, extended his warm welcome to the delegation and hoped that partnership between Thammasat University and Zhejiang University could be further promoted. Mr. Shawn Kelly, Director of External Relations, and Mr. RajendraShrestha, Dean of the School of Environment, Resources and Development at AIT, looked forward to more in-depth cooperation on the ground of the existing inter-university partnership program. Sumalee Chinokul and Pornsook Tantrarungroj, assistant dean of the Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University, received the delegation with warm hospitality. The delegation visited the library of the Faculty of Education, observed classes, participated in a seminar in a lab classroom, and interacted with Thai students.

    On August 28, the delegation visited Chiang Mai University. Rome Chiranukrom, Vice President for International Relations, who paid a visit to Zhejiang University 2 years ago, met with the delegation. He expressed his great admiration for Zhejiang University and Hangzhou. Teachers and students held discussions on Confucius Institute, online education and the educational and cultural exchange between China and Thailand.

    During this cultural tour, the delegation obtained a tangible feeling about the customs, history and culture of Thailand, gained a first-hand experience of universities in Thailand, and showcased the distinctive highlights of Zhejiang University. This tour helped build ties between Zhejiang University and universities in Thailand and expand students’ horizons.