The Center for International Affairs (CIA) at Walailak University organized a welcoming orientation for two exchange students, Mr. Thomas Michel and Mr. Joan Gonthier, from Grenoble Institute of Technology, France. The event took place today at the CIA meeting room in the Cooperative Education Building.
The two students will be participating in a research-focused internship program at the School of Informatics, Walailak University, from June to August 2023. Mr. Thomas mentioned that he was seeking an international internship opportunity in Asia and was particularly impressed by Walailak University, which he believed would offer him valuable cultural experiences and academic growth. Mr. Joan also expressed his enthusiasm, stating that he looks forward to gaining more experience during his internship and engaging in activities with international students at Walailak University.
During the orientation, Mrs. Jiraporn Kansuwan, a senior staff member from the CIA, provided an overview of Walailak University to the students. And there was an experience-sharing session where Ms. Cho Zin, an international Ph.D. student in Health Environment and Safety from the School of Public Health, shared her study experiences at Walailak University.
The orientation covered various aspects of Thai culture, including the "DOs" and "DON'Ts," as well as the traditional Thai greeting known as the "Wai." The students were also informed about the university's facilities and the availability of electric shuttle cars for transportation within the campus.
After the orientation, the students were led on a tour of Walailak Botanic Park, a 533-acre area that preserves traditional trees and features an herb garden for pharmaceutical and medical learning and research. They also visited the Bota Sky Tower that offers scenic views of Walailak University and Khao Laung National Park, as well as the Sports Complex, and Walailak Park.
Currently, Walailak University is home to approximately 53 international students and 49 international staff members from more than 20 countries. The university will continue to commit to producing graduates who are both professionally proficient and morally strong and producing world-class research as categorized as a frontier research university in Thailand. As of 29 May 2023, 87.89 percent of the university's publications are in Scopus-indexed journals in quartile 1 and quartile 2, marking the highest percentage in the country.
Photos by Cho Zin and Settaboot Onphakdee
News by Settaboot Onphakdee, Division of Corporate Communication