School of Education Continues Partnership with University in Thailand
The School of Education hosted visiting professor Ratchaneekorn Tongsookdee, Ph.D.,
Nov. 9-13. Tongsookdee is an assistant professor of special education in the School
of Education at Chiang Mai University in Thailand.
During the visit, Tongsookdee met with interim dean Ann Rule, Ph.D., and other faculty
members. They discussed the possibilities for collaboration between the two institutions,
including the possibility of co-hosting an international conference. Other areas of
potential collaboration include facilitating scholarship student exchanges, professional
development programs and research collaboration.
While on campus, Tongsookdee also gave a lecture to undergraduate students in an Introduction
to Disability Studies class, in which she addressed international special education,
disability, identification, services and challenges in Thailand.
This international partnership was initiated in December 2015, when Amrita Chaturvedi,
Ph.D., program director of international studies in the School of Education, traveled
to Thailand and met with Tongsookdee for the first time to begin exploring collaboration opportunities
for students and faculty.
Chaturvedi made a return visit to Chiang Mai University this year on Dec. 14, and
her visit was chronicled on the Chiang Mai University website.
"We in the School of Education are excited about the potential collaboration with
Chiang Mai University in Thailand," Rule said. “Dr. Ratchaneekorn's visit strengthens
our collaboration's future success in creating a special education programs, scholarships
and research opportunities in the near future."