Earlier this year, twenty-four students from Chiang Mai University and thirty students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore were selected to participate in the 4th TF Scale program hosted at Chiang Mai University Language Institute.
The aims of the program were to promote cross-cultural sharing and holistic learning, and to develop a better appreciation of economic, socio-political and cultural diversity of countries in Southeast Asia. This learning journey also aimed to promote friendship and collaboration among youth leaders from Thailand and Singapore.
For Singaporean students and their Chiang Mai University counterparts, they both had the chance to delve deeper and enhance their understanding of Lanna history and Thai society through lectures delivered by professors across various faculties at Chiang Mai University and which were complimented by field excursion to various temples and museums such as Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai National Museum and Treasury Pavilion Museum.
Some highlights included agricultural activities at Maejo University that allowed the students to learn more about Thailand’s sufficiency economy as well as visiting Rajanagardina Institute of Child Development – Northern Thailand’s largest institute for child development and learning disability.
As part of the social outreach component for this program, students visited Don Chan Temple School on 20 September 2019 where they met with over 70 kids and entertained them with various songs, dance and games. Educational supplies were presented to the Director of the School from the program leaders.
Discussions are currently on-going between Chiang Mai University Language Institute and Ngee Ann Polytechnic about the possibility of organizing the 5th TF Scale program to commence in spring 2021.