Faculty of Education, Khon Kaen University together with Japan Studies Association of Thailand (JSAT) supported by Japan Foundation, and Thailand Research Fund (TRF) hosted the 11th National Conference on Japan Studies on the topic of “JAPAN’S EDUCATION…RIGHT?” to provide a platform for scholars, researchers, lecturers, and students to exchange information and knowledge regarding Japanese Study on the occasion of celebrating the 130th anniversary of Japan-Thailand’s diplomatic relationship. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kriengkrai Kitcharoen, a vice president for Arts, Culture, and Community Relations honorably delivered an opening speech, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siriporn Wajjwalku, a president of JSAT gave a report, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Maitree Inprasitha, a dean of Faculty of Education and Mr. Norihiko Yoshioka, a director of Japan Foundation, Bangkok, delivered a welcome speech at Saisuree Jutikul Meeting Room at Faculty of Education, Khon Kean University on November 23-24, 2017.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kriengkrai Kitcharoen remarked “this national conference on Japan Studies is an important platform for exchanging academic work on languages, literature, society, history, and education of Japan which is renowned for its social identity, beautiful culture, and effective and efficient education and work. Academic experts, educators, students, and Japan Studies researchers in Thailand attended the conference, showing the determination to exchange and improve the body of knowledge of Japan Studies in order to deeply understand and apply it to Thai context, which helps strengthen the relationship between the two countries.”
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siriporn Wajjwalku said, “Japan Studies Association of Thailand derived from Japan Studies network which was a group of universities providing Japan Studies in Thailand both in humanities and social science, realizing that studying and understanding other countries are important and necessary. The topic of the conference this year was “JAPAN’S EDUCATION…RIGHT?” Japanese educational experiences and phenomenon were studied to extract ideas for Thailand. When global situation seems to go ‘right’, it is interesting to review and look at Japan’s response and issues Thailand should consider.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Maitree Inprasitha mentioned, “Faculty of Education, KKU, for almost 50 years, has been committed to producing teachers, providing educational service to communities, conducting teaching and learning research, and improving curriculum for educational development, especially in Northeastern region. This year we are honorably appointed by Japan Studies Association Thailand to arrange a national conference on Japan Studies. Not only Japanese speakers and academics joined the discussion, 20 articles by the academics, researchers, and students from 15 universities in both Thailand and Japan were accepted. The presentations were divided into three groups – education, literature, and society and history. Moreover, Thai-Japan relationship platform was also organized to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Thai-Japan relationship. Six articles supported by TRF from five Thai universities were presented.”
The conference contained a special lecture by the expert on Japan Studies, a special discussion on Education in Japan and in Thailand, Thai-Japan relationship platform, and research presentation. Each sector took place in separate meeting rooms according to its topic.