Thai language popularity among Myanmar teenagers and KKU’s training

Community Services and Thai Language Program of HUSO, KKU host Thai language training for 50 students from Yangon University of Foreign Languages, Myanmar from 8-16 June 2019

Asst. Prof. Dr. Sarthorn Porntrakulpipat (MD), Deputy Director of Academic Service from Bureau of Academic Service Khon Kaen University, and Mr. Bunyarit Sombatlai, Counselor of Administrative Group from Bureau of Academic Service, led Thai Language Program lecturers from Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in organizing training session on “Thai Language Training for Foreigners in Yangon, Myanmar” from 8-16 June 2019 at Yangon University of Foreign Language (YUFL) in Myanmar. This project could happen from the academic cooperation among countries in Mekong Sub-region and ASEAN Community to extend potential of Thai language teaching and learning in foreign countries, strengthen academic relationship, exchange knowledge between students and staff, and present each party’s research projects. This session was attended by Asst. Prof. Dr. Marasri Sorthip, Asst. Prof. Dr. Itsarate Dolphen, Dr. Umarin Tularak, and Thai Language Program students.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Sarthorn Porntrakulpipat revealed, “Now Korean, Japanese, and Thai are popular among Myanmar teenagers. They learn Thai because Thailand is one of neighboring countries where they can find a job easily. Two universities that teach Thai language are Mandalay University of Foreign Languages and Yangon University of Foreign Language. Mandalay University of Foreign Languages has already signed MOU with Chiang Mai University, whereas Yangon University of Foreign Language has sent its students to pursue master’s and doctoral degree at Mahasarakham University and Srinakharinwirot University. This is a great opportunity to develop better relationship so that KKU can accept more prospective students supported by Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA).”

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