thammasat university conference bangkok Living 

International Conference on Communication & a Changing Society

If you’re into Mass Communication, be it as researcher, professor, other kind of academic, student or professional, Thammasat University has something to tell you. For the first time one of Thailand’s premier Universities with who’s Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication is rather well renowned organizes, together with the University of Malaya, a conference on the topic of ‘Communication and Changing Society”. The call for papers is still ongoing so if you feel like that’s something you want to participate in, don’t hesitate and get in touch with the conference…

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Study Teaching 

Asian University Rankings – Thailand with 7 Unis in Top 200

Yeah. Boo ya! Thailand comes crashing into the latest Asian University Rankings like a wrecking ba…like a small wrecking…like a basketb…a footb…ok like deflated balloon. But at least! We’re in…the top…200. Singapore dominates As expected Singapore and China are on top of the Asia University Rankings. With NTU (Nanyang Technological University) just coming one step behind NUS (National University of Singapore). NTU kept on improving and climbing rankings for years now. Respect. I’m fairly certain one of the reasons is that I gave a lecture there (name drop badaboom) ;-)…

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teaching in thailand Teaching 

The one tip I give students

A few days ago I’ve been interviewed by a University faculty (I’ll post a link here as soon as it’s up) in order to give students and anyone who is interested a deeper overview over where I come from, what I did up until now and so on. The interview focused on my background, my work, the conferences that I spoke at recently and just tried to highlight why I am where I am right now and what’s going to happen in the near future. The last questions though was…

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Living 

I just got robbed

So. I just got robbed. Well, not just. Two days ago (Thursday). Shitty feeling. It happened when I did some sports at the University sports premisses. I know it sounds stupid for someone who doesn’t do much sport but people who do sports regularly will understand the situation: I went to the football field of RSU in order to go running. Just like I do it every day. I changed my clothes, put everything into my backpack, went to the track around the field, placed my backpack somewhere outside the…

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Living 

Protest on demand. How University stays closed to make students (and staff) protest.

All opinions expressed are, of course, mine and not the ones of my employer. Furthermore I’m not stating any political orientation in this post. Just showing what happens here. Today we received a notification stating that all classes have to be cancelled tomorrow. University wide. In order to take part in protests that are happening in Bangkok. Those protests are regarding the so called ‘Amnesty Bill’ that is about to being passed here in Thailand which would basically pave the path for a return of Mr. Thaksin without having to…

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King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology jetski Living 

Famous Thai University invents the, uhm, Jetski.

<irony mode on> I really have NO idea why people always say that Thailand is the land of copies and fake products. <irony mode off> King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology unveiled their latest development. An amphibious vehicle that would be able to let people move through water when the cities flood again. Great idea! But wait. Isn’t there something that let’s people move over water? Well take a look at the picture yourself and decide. Admittedly there probably aren’t many ways of creating such a ‘vehicle’ but adding 3 wheels to…

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logos-hope Teaching 

Logos Hope – The world’s biggest floating book fair

A few days ago me, some colleagues and our students had to visit the MV Logos Hope – the world’s biggest floating book fair. While that sounds kinda cool – the world’s biggest! – it’s not surprising when thinking about it. How the heck sends books on a ship around the world? Answer to that question: Sponsors with a very christian belief. At least that is what has been told by the FAQ’s on the leaflet we received before entering the boat. After some issues with our own planning &…

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rangsit university Teaching 

Goodbye Udon Thani, Hello Bangkok | New teaching challenge

It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn…I actually have no idea why Michael Buble is singing in my head right now. However I do have to announce something new. After 1.5 years (3 school terms) in Udon Thani as teacher at the Udon Thani Vocational College I will finally pack my bag and leave this awful place (PLACE, not students!) behind. I already talked about why I don’t like the Udon Thani Vocational College and why I wouldn’t recommend anybody coming here as a teacher. The students have been…

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pillars of thai-education Featured Teaching 

thai education pillars

Today was my first conference as faculty member of the Udon Thani College. I did not understand a word that was spoken (well except khop khun khrap, ji-ip and ‘macintosh’) but learned something from my english speaking colleague whot takes very good care of me at the moment (thank you very much!). One think we talked about was the eductation system which is based on three pillars. Actually there are a lot of similarities to European countries. But let’s just have a look at it in a little more detail….

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