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MEETINGS 2013-2019

444th Meeting at the Alliance Franšaise, Chiang Mai: “Cross National and Cross Cultural Education at Payap University”.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019.

A talk by Tony Waters.

The Talk:

Chiang Mai is quickly becoming known as an international city in Thailand. Payap University is part of this movement and has begun recruiting students internationally. In doing this, beginning in 2004, they have developed an English-language curriculum (BA, MA, and PhD), leading to the enrollment of large numbers of Chinese students in 2017. This is in addition to the substantial enrolment of Thai students in a Thai curriculum, which began in 1974.

In this context, Payap in 2017-2019 funded a study of how both English and Chinese speaking students are adapting to life at Payap University. Students were surveyed in order to understand issues of student engagement, language abilities, friendship patterns, and cultural orientation. Preliminary indications are that students from different cultural backgrounds approach the experience at Payap University differently, and take away different values from their educational experiences. This data is being developed in a fashion that policy makers can develop the best cross-cultural education experience possible.

This talk will report on the preliminary results of the surveys, and describe the issues, problems, and advantages of international education at Payap University.

The Speaker:

Dr. Tony Waters is on the faculty of the PhD program in Peacebuilding at Payap University in Chiang Mai. He is also Professor of Sociology at California State University, Chico. His international career began in Phrae, Thailand, where he was an American Peace Corps Volunteer in the Malaria Zone Office in 1980-1982. After that he worked for NGOs serving refugees in Thailand and Tanzania, before returning to graduate school. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania in 2003-2004.

He has published books including Bureaucratizing the Good Samaritan (2001), When Killing is a Crime (2007), Max Weber’s Rationalism (2015) and others. He has research interests in refugees, culture, language, the nature of violence, and other subjects.

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