We are getting a rather serendipitous visit by a delegation of 20 professors from Naresuan University in Thailand, including faculty from political science, public administration,
sociology, anthropology, and history.
Their stated purpose is to make an academic visit to a prominent world-class university, and they have chosen National Chengchi University as the place to hit first. (In fact, we will be the only Uni they visit on this trip.)
They are keen to build relations between their institution and NCCU that would include a wide range of collaborations such as hosting exchange students, lecturers, and researchers.
They singled out the IMAS and IDAS programs as being of particular interest to them, as they plan to offer two new possible curriculums, in the form of a Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Southeast Asian Studies next year. As such, they would like to discuss course curricula, syllabi, etc…
It looks like this may lead to an invitation to go to Thailand in 2013 for a special event celebrating the 10th anniversary of their Department of Political Science and Public Administration.
This would be a great networking opportunity (plus, c’mon – it’s in Thailand!) as Phitsanulok is regarded as one of the strategic hubs on mainland Southeast Asia, and who knows? There might be an expert in your field of research who can help you out, or even sit on your dissertation committee. Especially if your research involves ASEAN, as it appears they also have a strong connection to the association.
Long story short: the aim of this visit is to forge a long-term, collaborative cross-institutional relationship that could greatly benefit IDAS and IMAS students.
So, if you are free on Thursday, August 9th, please think about coming out to meet and talk to the delegates.
The location hasn’t been determined yet, but I will post updates with more information as it comes in.