On Monday September 11, 2017, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai Trairatanasirichai, Khon Kaen University President received the donated 138,394.43 THB for helping flood victims in the Northeast from Prince of Songkhla University. PSU delegation was led by Asst. Prof. Dr. Phatara Aiyarak, Vice President for Organization Relation and Information. Khon Kaen University team witnessing the donation comprised Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kriengkrai Kitjaroen, Vice President for Arts, Culture, and Community Relations, Asst. Prof. Dr. Denpong Soodphakdee, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Communication, Asst. Prof. Dr. Siripong Piasiri, Assistant to the President for Communication, Mr. Bancha Phraphon, Assistant to the President for Arts, Culture, and Community Relations, Mr. Chumporn Para, Director of Division of Communication. The donation presentation took place at the President Office, 6th Floor, Sirikunakorn Building, Khon Kaen University.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai Trairatanasirichai expressed his happiness that the southern university network, Prince of Songkhla University cares for Isan people and mobilized the fund to assist those in trouble. This shows the good relationship between the two universities, which is not only in academic aspect, but also other situations and social environment of the region.
“Although Khon Kaen University and Prince of Songkhla University are in different regions, whenever each has a problem we are more than ready to assist each other in all dimensions. The amount of donation money today will be given to the Arts, Culture, and Community Relation Section and Division of Communication to plan how the allocation to different provinces. We will also make a survey to see what the flood victims need and when we are there, we will inform them that the assistance comes from the southern friends. We will finally inform Prince of Songkhla University officially that we have carried out the assistance according to your purpose,” said the President.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Phatara Aiyarak, Vice President for Organization Relation and Information, Prince of Songkhla University said that even though Prince of Songkhla University and Khon Kaen University are in different regions, the two universities have been in contact and working together all along. Whenever the South faces a disaster, Khon Kaen University helps every time.
“When we heard about the flood in Isan, the President of Prince of Songkhla University was worrying of the severity of the situation. He has passed a policy for Prince of Songkhla University to help the victims after the flood recedes, which is the period of restoration in different things including houses and living. People should also be mentally supported. Therefore, I’d like to say to Isan people to be strong. We are willing and ready to help even though we are far away and hope that the situation will return to normal soon,” Prince of Songkhla University said.
News: Rawiporn Saisaenthong
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