Prem students visit CMU's ASEAN Studies centre

On Wednesday, 25 March, the Prem ASEAN Committee conducted a field trip to Chiang Mai University’s Centre of ASEAN Studies. We attended a seminar with Dr Chayan Vaddhaunaphuti and his colleagues regarding current ASEAN issues as well as possible future collaborations. We discussed the origins of ASEAN and its limitations to becoming a global community. Overall, it was an informative presentation, and an enlightening experience for everyone. 

Dr Chayan Vaddhaunaphuti, Director of the Chiang Mai University Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development, received his PhD from Stanford University in Education Development. He returned to his birth town, Chiang Mai, as a professor at Chiang Mai University and to direct the Social Research Institute, Centre for Ethnic Studies and Development and the Regional Centre for Social Science and Sustainable Development.

The Regional Centre for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) was founded in 1998 at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. It was first established as a response towards the importance of integrating social sciences and natural sciences in order to obtain a better understanding of sustainability. Since then, RCSD has proven to become a major regional centre by making use of research and training to developing policies and practice.

After going to CMU, we learnt so much more about the ASEAN issues, that are mainly focused on the boarders and economics. We also talked about the cultural conflicts and problems with refugees from countries that are at war. I felt ASEAN could be more focused on the minor details than what they are doing now, such as including smaller committees that can help with small scale issues.
– Jae Won

Going to CMU to listen to our speaker, Dr Chayan Vaddhaunaphut, was a very knowledge-gaining experience, I found the venture extremely intriguing and hope to learn more about ASEAN in future.
– Michael 

Our ASEAN experience at CMU was a very interesting as it was an afternoon in which I was able to deepen my knowledge of Southeast Asia and the issues regarding a joint commission of Southeast Asian countries. 
​- Andrew

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