In an ongoing series from International Programs, we look at connections between the University of Iowa and countries around the world. Our faculty, students, and programs reach far beyond the UI campus. Below are some of the highlights of our connections with Thailand.
Members of the Thai Student Association offer food samples to guests of the Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival at the University of Iowa in September 2013.
Facts at a glance
- Of the 108 total countries and territories represented at the UI, Thai students make up the 19th largest international student population at the University of Iowa. Over 70% of all UI international students come from East and Southeast Asia.
- Along with several other universities in the U.S., the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy signed the Pharmacy Education Consortium of Thailand in 2008. The agreement allows the exchange of post-doctoral students, fellows, and visiting scholars, and encourages the sharing of resources between universities.
- The UI Study Abroad office advises students wishing to travel to Thailand through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), either through direct enrollment or by exchange.
- Since it began in 1967, the UI’s International Writing Program has accepted two writers of fiction and nonfiction from Thailand into the prestigious residency program.
Faculty and Student Connections
During a trip to Thailand in January 2013, Professor Lee Kirsch of the UI College of Pharmacy, Division of Pharmaceutics, presented a short course on drug stability at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, to international students from Thailand, Lebanon, and Myanmar. While there, Professor Kirsch met up with distinguished alumni of the pharmaceutics graduate program at the University of Iowa, Professors Pornpen Werawatganone and Walaisiri Muangsiri of Chulalongkorn University, and Professor Varaporn Buraphacheep Junyapresert of Mahidol University.
Voramate Aussarassakorn, a UI sophomore and pre-business major from Bangkok, Thailand, has ambitions of becoming a professional golfer in the United States. He graduated from the Ramkhamhaeng Advent International School in Thailand and competed in tournaments in Iowa’s neighboring state Illinois before being recruited to play golf on the Iowa Hawkeye team. Back in his homeland in summer 2013, Aussarassakorn won the True Vision Amateur Championship, A-Class Amateur Championship, and the July Thailand Sport Hero event.
Russell Ciochon, professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Iowa, has made several trips to Thailand and surrounding countries as part of his ongoing research in human evolution and primate diversity in Southeast Asia. He attended the World Conference on Paleontology and Stratigraphy in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, in 2011.