Friday, March 29, 2019, the Faculty of Arts received the honor of hosting the MoU signing ceremony with Cornell University’s Southeast Asia Program. The ceremony was presided by Professor Kingkarn Thepkanchana, Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty of Arts.
Representing Cornell University were Professor Wendy Wolford, Ph.D.,
Vice Provost for International Affairs and Professor Emeritus Thak Chaloemtiarana, Ph.D.,
former Director of the Southeast Asia Program.
Among the participants were also Cornell alumni, Professor Sunate Chutintranont, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor Pittayawat Pittayaporn, Ph.D.,
and Chairat Polamook, Ph.D., from the Faculty of Arts, and Sawanee Sethsathira, Baker and McKenzie Ltd.,
President of Cornell Alumni Association (Thailand).
On the Faculty of Arts’ side also included Associate Professor Suradech Chotiudompant, Ph.D., Associate Dean,
and Assistant Professor Nirada Chitrakara, Ph.D., Assistant Dean.
This partnership was the first for the Faculty of Arts with Cornell University.
It was made possible by Associate Professor Pittayaporn,
Head of the Department of Linguistics and a Cornell alumnus.
The content of the MoU encompasses collaborations in studies and research in Southeast Asian studies,
which has been going on even before the signing of the MoU.
The Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) at Cornell University was founded in 1950 to promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge about countries in the region. The program trains experts on the region to meet strategic national needs in government, business, science and professional fields. The program has been continuously recognized by the US Department of Education since 1958 as a Title VI National Resource Center. https://seap.einaudi.cornell.edu/overview