The word international may be overused to the extent that it has become a cliché.
This includes references to international cuisine, international organisations and in more recent times; international education.
Pierre Bourgoin, Assistant President of the Phetchaburi campus of Stamford International University, has described the Stamford vision to an assembled group of Bangkok and local media during their introduction to the university’s international programs on campus. Mr Bourgoin was eager to describe international education as being much more than just teaching in the English language. “It’s about the student experience, the program design as well as faculty members all being connected and interactive with the international community”, he says. Part of this opportunity relates to Stamford being connected to over 80 institutions in 29 countries as a member of the Laureate Universities network of learning institutions.
Even before Stamford’s international programs in business and hospitality management were launched in July this year, 75% of student’s undertaking undergraduate programs have chosen bilingual pathways with Mr Bourgoin noting an improving level of English proficiency from enrolling students. Other features of the international programs include seamless access to Stamford’s Bangkok campuses at Rama 9 and Asoke, student exchanges and other overseas opportunities. Being industry connected, both at home and abroad, ensures that students are ‘job ready’ in a world-wide sense.
“Our follow-up shows that 95% of responding 2015 graduates are now employed in area of their field of study”, says Mr Bourgoin. Stamford Hua Hin has already attracted the interest of students from a wide range of countries including Russia, India, Bangladesh, China and Myanmar with a projected enrollment 100 students per year in the international program apart from the usual undergraduate quota of around 1,600. Additionally the MBA program offers around 160 students a focus on entrepreneurial skills offered by faculty members with both academic and industry experience.
The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education has granted the Rama IX Campus accreditation for business and management undergraduate programs and is now working with Stamford’s Hua Hin Campus to achieve this recognition.
This is a first for any Thailand university. Accreditation involves rigorous evaluation and a comprehensive peer review. Stamford staff – Assistant President for Academic Affairs Adam T Thompson (left), Pierre Bourgoin, Assistant President of the Phetchaburi campus (second from right), Benjamus Uamsa-Ard, Director of Student Affairs (right) introducing the IACBE accreditation implications with IACBE President Dennis N Gash (second from left). “IACBE is an international standard. Our graduates will be recognised when they pursue their Master’s degrees overseas. The recognition will also increase their employability,” said Dr Andrew Cowan, President of Stamford International University.
Stamford’s inaugural International Night
On a lighter note, earlier in the year Stamford’s International Night was a very colorful and flavorsome evening of entertainment and cuisine presented by students in national costume. This was an evening that was as international or multinational as could ever be imagined! International education at Stamford is now being delivered with innovation, recognition of best practice and integration with the Hua Hin community. Next year is shaping as a big year with Stamford students able to fully experience ‘what works’ in international education; and that’s no cliché!
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