The first of two month–long summer camps was opened
last weekend by the university president, Dr. Viphandh Roengpithya, and the
camp director, Cate Jenkins.
Over eighty young people from schools and universities
around the country have come to Asian U for a month of academic instruction
combined with plenty of fun. The participants include school children and
undergraduates from ABAC, Chulalongkorn, Mahidol, St. John’s University
(centre) with some returning campers. The boy on Cate’s right is back for
his fifth year!
The campers will have 27 hours of English language,
mathematics, IT and project based classes each week. One afternoon per week,
there will be special presentations and workshops organised by the various
faculties at the university. At the weekends the students will have the
chance to visit local attractions, including the Naval Base at Sattahip, to
see the base and the turtle farm, and to explore the Vihara Sien Chinese
Museum near Wat Yarn.
is busy registering for the camp.
They will also be able to use the Asian University sports
facilities where they will be encouraged to play basketball, soccer, squash,
volleyball and other sports. In the evenings there will be activity clubs
and movie nights. There is also optional drama or painting, themed parties,
barbecues, etc. No student will be able to say that they are bored!
The campers are staying in the university dormitory, and
have most of their meals on campus. They will make plenty of friends, and
have a chance to meet the undergraduates and learn more about life at Asian
auditorium of eager campers and their parents.
The teachers have come from a range of English speaking
countries, including the US, the UK and Australia. Some are full time
teachers elsewhere in Thailand, and others have come to the country
especially for the camps. To help with the smooth running of the camps,
teacher assistants are on hand. The TAs are mostly undergraduates from other
Thai universities, who are majoring in English studies. There are also three
Austrian TAs who have come to enjoy Thailand and work at the camps.
The first camp is now underway, but anyone interested in joining the
second camp, which runs from April 17 to May 14, 2005, please see the Asian
U website (www.asianust.ac.th) or contact Admissions at 038-754-450 x. 2801
or admissions @asianust.ac.th