As Prince Mahidol exhorted for the application of learning for the benefit of mankind, this issue contains articles illustrating how members of the MUIC community have used and continue to use their knowledge, talents and skills in helping shape a better society.
From saving leftover food and feeding the needy to cleaning up beaches of plastic waste, from promoting ecotourism to developing a green market, these stories will, hopefully, make readers realize that helping humanity does not need to be so difficult. In your own small way, you can do your part right now.
Mr. Po-Tsao “Bruce” Chen
Mr. Po-Tsao (Bruce) Chen, an Environmental Science alumnus (Class of 2014), found his career niche in his current work as Community Engagement Coordinator at Scholars of Sustenance, a non-government organization that seeks to save surplus food and distribute them to poor communities. It also collects leftover food for composting in farms.
Bruce said the lessons he learned in his studies in MUIC “widened his perception of environmental issues.” “It helped me understand relationships within ecosystems before and after it has become dominated by human activities,” he said.
Far from limiting his learning within the four walls of the classroom, Bruce made sure he always signed up for field trips to learn things firsthand. “I joined countless field trips during my time as a student in MUIC, and the most memorable were the ones with Ajarns Wayne Phillips, Ramesh Boonratana and Laird Allan. I started out by participating in class field trips before volunteering as a teaching assistant and a research assistant. It allowed me to monitor various changes in ecosystems and solidified my pursuit of sustainable development.”
He also put into practice the lessons he had learned. He was one of the students who founded Nature Lovers Club in MUIC. “Out of my four years of study at MUIC, I think I spent three years with this club. It allowed me to travel to ecosystems and witnessed a variety of environmental problems.”
Asked to explain his fulfillment in his career in an NGO, Bruce said, “Working with a non-government organization feels like standing in the frontlines in the battle for change. Success is when the value (we are fighting for) is adopted by the general public and the ideal becomes a norm (i.e. adopted as a government policy or actions by locals).
What important life lesson has he learned at MUIC? “Human society is simply another form of ecosystem. One cannot solve environmental problems without understanding it.”
Asked what his advice to MUIC students is, he answered, “College is the last chance to experiment with your lifestyle. The way you spend your time in college will matter in the long run.”
Dr. Wayne Phillips
About the Author
Dr. Wayne Phillips is a faculty member of the Science Division. His research and advocacy interests include coral reef ecology; coral reef conservation; coral reef restoration; coral reef connectivity; tourism impacts on coral reefs; and photophysiology of corals.
Photo credits: Dr. Wayne Phillips and Mr. Laird Allan
Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection. A severe form of the disease can lead to severe bleeding, organ damage, and even death.
Symptoms: Sudden high fever, severe headaches, severe joint and muscle pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, skin rash (which appears 2-5 days after onset of fever, mild bleeding
What to do: Immediate medical care
Prevention: With no vaccine for dengue fever, the best way to prevent it is to avoid getting bitten by infected mosquitoes. Drain stagnant water from indoor pots or vases and pooled water in the outdoors which can serve as breeding ground for mosquitoes.
An acute illness caused by the Salmonella Typhi bacteria ingested through contaminated water or food. Complications may lead to death.
Symptoms: Fever, headache, dry cough, diarrhea or constipation, weakness, stomach pain, loss of appetite, muscle aches, extremely swollen abdomen
What to do: Take a blood or stool exam to determine Salmonella infection.
Prevention: Vaccination, wash your hands with soap after using the toilet and before eating, use alcohol or hand sanitizer, avoid drinking untreated water and avoid using ice in your drinks, avoid raw fruits and vegetables, choose hot food.
A disease that affects humans and animals, it is caused by the Leptospira bacteria. Untreated, it can lead to kidney damage, meningitis, liver failure, respiratory distress, and even death.
Symptoms: High fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, vomiting, jaundice (yellow skin and eyes), red eyes, abdominal pain, diarrhea, rash
Treatment: Treated with antibiotics, the patient may undergo extended hospital stay.
Prevention: Avoid swimming or wading in waters that might be infected by animal urine. Wear protective footwear when wading in floodwaters.
May 29, 2019 Was A Landmark Event For Mahidol University International College (MUIC) When It Launched Its Executive Series Program With A Joint Project With University Of California, Berkeley—An Interactive Executive Workshop Entitled “Driving Change And Leading In The Disruptive World.”
The Guest Speaker And Workshop Facilitator, Prof. Homa Bahrami, Faculty Director For The New Manager Boot Camp, The Leadership Reinvention Studio, And Senior Lecturer Of The Haas School Of Business, University Of California, Berkeley, Graciously Responded To MUIC 360° Magazine’s Request To Elaborate More About Her Very Timely And Relevant Topic.
Sapphaya is a municipality of Sapphaya District in Chainat Province, 188 km north of Bangkok. With a total land area of 228.27 km2 it is the home of at least 44,000 people. Founded as a successful base of the Ayutthaya Kingdom against Burmese forces more than 200 years ago, the province was named Chainat meaning “place of victory.” These days, the province is often bypassed by travelers going to more well-known spots in the vicinity.
In 2017, the Sapphaya municipality mayor contracted Dr. Kaewta Muangasame, a faculty member of the Tourism and Hospitality Management Division of MUIC, to help develop a sustainable community-based tourism plan. Ajarn Kaewta agreed.
After two years, Sapphaya now has a thriving green market that highlights not only laudable ecological-friendly practices but also provides steady employment to the people of the municipality. It has also placed Sapphaya on the tourist map as it features also other local attractions like Wat Sapphaya with its unique Buddha statue and a well-preserved 117-year-old police station.
About the Author
Asst. Prof. Dr. Ramesh Boonratana is a faculty member of MUIC’s Science Division and his passion and commitments lie in conserving biodiversity and protecting ecosystem through research, consulting, capacity development and awareness raising.
Photo credits: Asst. Prof. Dr. Ramesh Boonratana and Ms. Piyathida Puchakanit
“AACSB accreditation recognizes institutions that have demonstrated a focus on excellence in all areas, including teaching, research, curricula development, and student learning,” said Stephanie M. Bryant, Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer of AACSB International in an official statement.
Only 5% of the world’s schools offering business degrees at the bachelor level or higher have received AACSB accreditation, reflecting its highest standards of quality. In Thailand, only five institutions of higher learning—including MUIC—are AACSB certified.
Being accredited by AACSB enhances the reputation of Mahidol University as a world-class university. It also shows that MUIC is an internationally-qualified institution that offers high-quality business degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
MUIC’s Business graduates are also expected to have more opportunities to be accepted in reputable MBA programs because some universities prefer applicants who have received their undergraduate degree from an AACSB-accredited program.
Conversely, many employers seek graduates from AACSB-accredited schools, offering them higher and more competitive salaries.