Earlier on 30 April 2019, a group of people gathered at the Khan Pui Conference Room of Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at Mahidol University to celebrate the end of a beginning. We sadly closed the book on the Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) by administratively elevating this active Center to the Department status with the new title “Center for China and Globalizing Asian Studies” (CCGA) under the Dean’s Office. At the same time, we graduated the first 18 students who had been enrolled in the intensive one-year training program of the CCS. The festivities were attended by the graduating students, faculty, and staff of the CCS and other guests and friends. Also in attendance were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Luechai Sringernyuang, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities who offered the opening address and Dr. Yuan De, representing the Executive Board of the new CCGA.
Assoc. Prof. Luechai opened with a stirring address on the importance of integrity and sincerity in everyday life. He noted that in today’s fast-paced society, with easy access to information over the digital highway, that we must approach issues with an open mind and look at things from various perspectives. But we must always be aware of the consequences of our actions and act responsibly and transparently.
He then handed out special Dean’s List Awards to three outstanding students who had shown exemplary academic performance during their term.
He later offered additional remarks about the beautiful learning atmosphere at Mahidol University. Mahidol University was renamed with great honor in 1969 by H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej , after his Royal Father, H.R.H Prince Mahidol of Songkla, and has since developed into one of the most prestigious universities in Thailand, internationally known and recognized for the high caliber of research and teaching by its faculty, and its outstanding achievements in teaching, research, international academic collaboration and professional services. Assoc. Prof. Luechai also invited all graduates to return “home” at every opportunity and to contribute to the glorious future of Mahidol.
Associate Professor Dr. Luechai Sringernyuang,
Dean’s List Awards Recipients L-R
Mr. LI Hongdao, Miss Wang Xuan, Dr. Luechai, Ven HU Chang
After the presentation of the Graduation Certificates to the students the faculty lecturers briefly offered their remarks to the audience. Dr. Matthew Kosuta advised the students to avoid using shortcuts in their work and presentations. He noted the prevalence of English within the academic community and said the students must become comfortable with the language if they were to succeed.
Dr. Matthew Kosuta
Mr. Philip Wood extolled the virtues of the Buddha’s teaching as a path to fulfillment and as a guide to daily life. He made a point of saying that things of great value do not come without great effort and that one must stick to the task at hand.
Mr. Philip Wood
Mr. Fred Prager made a point about the fact that failure is a part of the success and that we must look upon our failures as stepping stones to a greater understanding of ourselves. He offered up the fact that he genuinely enjoyed his time with the students and hoped to keep in touch with them as they continued along their chosen paths.
Mr. Fred Prager
Dr. Tavivat Puntarigvivat offered his congratulations and made a point of reminding the students that many problems are more easily solved by teamwork and that working together makes friends and offers multiple solutions, often to what seemed to be unsolvable issues. He noted the upcoming International Conference on Contemporary China Studies in Southeast Asia: Present and Future to be held on 06-07 March 2020 with Nanyang Technological University as co-organizer.
Dr. Tavivat Puntarigvivat
Student representatives Ven. HU Chang, Ms. LIU Ting, and Ms. LAN Tian then offered a series of short remarks about their experiences during the past two semesters and thanked the Center and its staff for providing them the opportunity to participate in the programs.
Ven. HU Chuang
Miss LIU Ting
Miss LAN Tian
In closing, Dr. Yuan De offered remarks about how he came to be known as “Mr. Push.” He says that he made it his job to push both the lecturers, students, and staff to do their very best, and all of us who had the opportunity to work with him can vouch for his high dedication to pursue the best growth of the Center under the Dean’s leadership.
Dr. Yuan De
All in all, it was a most enjoyable morning for all, and we wish the students “Godspeed” as they continue down their chosen educational paths whether at Mahidol or another university of their choosing
The 2019 CCGA Graduating Class, Faculty and Staff