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Merchant Marine College to hold song contest as part of 10th anniversary celebrations

Regentís Round Square Service Group visits the Camillian Center, Rayong

Asian U signs agreement with ISCTE Business School, Lisbon

Merchant Marine College to hold song contest as part of 10th anniversary celebrations

Narisa Nitikarn
Merchant Marine College at Burapaha University is to hold a song contest as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, with 30,000 baht in prize money and an honorary shield for the winner.

(From left) Oeb Taveechat, managing director of 91 Organizer Co. Ltd., Kingkarn Tantivejakul, business development manager of Phyathai Sriracha General Hospital, Assoc Prof Meechai Worasayan, coordinator of the Graduate School of Commerce, Burapha University, Surawit Asawayuttapon, manager of the Bangkok campus, and Rungtiwa Songkuamcharoen, accounting and financial manager of Bridgestone Metalpha (Thailand) Co. Ltd. co-announced the 10th anniversary celebrations.

Merchant Marine College was established on June 11, 1995. Initially it had only an MBA course for business administration and only one education center at Burapha, but there are now nine courses and four more education centers have been added, at Rayong, Bangkok, Saraburi and Mae Hong Son.
The idea of a song contest was mooted during the start of the 10th anniversary celebrations last year. Entries may be submitted between now and February 20, and the results will be announced on February 26 at 10 a.m. at the Merchant Marine College building.
There will also be a business plan competition, designed as a test of educational skills by using business administration tangibles and open to present and former students of the college. The winner will receive a shield from Her Royal Highness Princess Theprattanasuda.
Students also recently held their sports day at Bangsaen, a highlight being a combined football-and-egg race with male and female players, and a tug-o-war.
A new education center building is scheduled to open in May, with a full range of modern information technology to support the college courses. Home Coming Day has meanwhile been set for July 15, when all former students will be invited to return to the college to meet friends old and new.
For further college activity information please contact any of the education centers or tel 0 3839 4900 at Merchant Marine College, or visit

Regentís Round Square Service Group visits the Camillian Center, Rayong

Paul Crouch
The Camillian Social Center, Rayong is a charitable organisation established in late 1995 by Father Giovanni Contarin, an Italian catholic priest. The Centerís mission is to give shelter and care to the indigent and rejected people living with HIV/AIDS.
Special emphasis is placed on orphaned children and women as they are the most vulnerable members of society. A team of eight assistant nurses, a full-time nurse and many volunteers provide the patients living with HIV/AIDS with excellent quality medical care and moral support.

The Round Square Service Group meet Peter in the Camillian Center shop.

The Camillian Social Center aims to give its residents the opportunity to live a full life. Since January 2004 more than 350 people have received the chance to attend local schools and to live in nearby communities. 27 people infected by HIV/AIDS live in ďThe Garden of Eden,Ē a rehabilitation centre where patients that are strong enough to do gardening and manual work live in a self supporting community.
The Thai Government acknowledges the Camillian Center as a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The Social Center is proud that the oldest surviving child in Asia, born HIV positive, is part of its community.
This year the Round Square Service Group raised 120,000 baht in their campaign for AIDS Day. 30,000 baht was donated to the Camillian Center on January 21, 2006.
Mr. Crouch and the Round Square Service Group visited the Center and spent the morning with Brother Toby, Father Giovanni and some of the patients. Brother Toby took the Round Square Service Group for a walk around the Camillian Center. We observed the facilities Ė the childrenís classroom, the computer room, the library, the training room, etc. We also visited the boys and girlsí houses and noticed that people living with HIV/AIDS are living in a community with separate buildings for the boys and the girls just like the students at the Regentís School.
Peter, one of the 43 orphaned children in the Camillian Center was very enthusiastic to spend some time with us. Peter is not HIV positive; he has Downs Syndrome. 40 of the 43 children in the Social Center live with AIDS. However, as the volunteers point out, these children are the strongest, bravest and most patient children that they have ever known.
Students decided to continue supporting the Camillian Center. The members of the RS Service Group agreed. They are looking forward to starting a new training program for prevention of HIV/AIDS.
At the end of the visit, we were treated to a very nice lunch at the Camillian Center.

Asian U signs agreement with ISCTE Business School, Lisbon

Front row (from left) shows Dr Astrid (Associate Dean, Business), Dr Marie Therese (Dean, Business), Prof Antonio, (ISCTE), Dr Viphandh (Asian U president) Prof Clementina Barroso and Prof. Teresa Garcia (both ISCTE).  

On January 27, Dr Viphandh Roengpithya, the president of Asian University, signed an academic cooperation agreement with Prof. Antonio Robalo from ISCTE. The Instituto Superior de Ciencias do Trabalho e da Empresa (Higher Institute for the Science of Labour and Enterprise) is located in Portugal, and has about 7,000 students from many different countries. They are studying social science, management, technology, architecture and other related subjects. The ISCTE already has academic agreements with several other international universities in Europe and elsewhere.
During the past week, Prof. Antonio and two of his colleagues, Prof. Clementina Barroso and Prof. Teresa Garcia, have been finalizing the programme for a 3-week summer school. It is expected that about 30 Portuguese students will come to Asian U in July 2006 to study and learn more about Thailand and doing business in Asia.

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