Walailak University Bids Farewell to Exchange Students from Russia and Mongolia in Heartwarming Event

A heartwarming farewell event for exchange students from the North-West Institute of Management of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (NWIM RANEPA) and the School of International Relations and Public Administration, National University of Mongolia (NUM) was held today (24 April 2023) at the Honor Hall, Walailak University Hospital. Ten students from NWIM RANEPA and one student from NUM had been staying at Walailak University International College (WUIC) for three months, from February to April 2023.

"I have been here for three months, and it's been a really good experience for me…I have made so many Thai friends," said Mr. Munkh-Erdene Tserendavaa, an exchange student from the National University of Mongolia.

During their stay at Walailak University, all exchange students joined several courses, namely English, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Principles of Marketing, and Economics for Business. They also participated in extracurricular activities that broadened their perspectives and immersed them in Thai culture, such as Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year, which is celebrated in April with water fights and paying respect and gratitude to elders. They also went on a trip to Suratthani Province and Khanom.

Mr. Fedor Gavrilov, an exchange student from NWIM RANEPA, Russia, said that during his stay at Walailak University, almost every day was filled with memorable experiences. "But the most memorable day was definitely the excursion that was provided by Walailak University in Suratthani to a floating market and a coconut oil plantation. We finished our tour at the beach with the sunset," he added.

The students were honored to have Professor Dr. Sombat Thamrongthanyawong, the President of Walailak University, presiding over the event, along with Asst. Prof. Dr. Patnarin Supakorn, the Director of the Center for International Affairs.

Earlier, from 18 February to 2 March 2023, Vice Dean of WUIC Dr. Suchita Manajit was invited as a visiting professor to NWIM RANEPA, Russia, and had the opportunity to deliver a talk on Thailand Tourism after the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

"I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. And I also hope that this exchange program has helped you develop new perspectives, skills, and friendships that will last a lifetime," said Vice Dean Suchita.

News and photos by Settaboot Onphakdee
Division of Corporate Communication