Australia-Thailand Intstitute

ATI Funded Grant Projects

Education

Education Radio Productions, Talkback Classroom Australia/Thailand Forum

ATI SUPPORT PROVIDED: $22,000

A joint Australia/Thailand forum bringing together Victorian secondary school students and Thai secondary school students to undertake an investigation into issues of common interest around the theme of Popular Culture. Students will collaborate via Skype and two Australian and two Thai students will be chosen to undertake a one week exchange in their opposite country to participate in 'mini-forums' and conduct interviews. This project is due for completion in June 2012 with a full completion report to be submitted to the ATI by the end of July 2012.

Global Entrepreneurial Education, Establishing Sustainability Partnerships with 27 Thailand Government Schools in Phuket

ATI SUPPORT PROVIDED: $16,500

This grant is the second phase in bringing the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI) to Thailand. Dr Peter Harris travelled to Thailand to sign a memorandum of understanding between CERES Community Environment Park (Melbourne), Billanook College (Victoria), and the Srinagarindra The Princess Mother School, Phuket. This set in place the foundation for a cross-cultural program to teach schools and their communities to become sustainable through improvements to their management of resources such as energy, waste, water, biodiversity and landscape design. This project, in its entirety, is due for completion in December 2011 with a full completion report to be submitted to the ATI by the end of January 2012.

RMIT University, Thai Studies Conference

ATI SUPPORT PROVIDED: $4,400

A collaborative project between RMIT, the University of Melbourne and the Royal Thai Embassy to initiate a public academic forum to reflect upon the value of "Thainess" and what it means for modern Thailand and Thai studies scholars in Australia. This conference was held on 10-12 August 2011 at the Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne, and RMIT University.

National Thai Studies Centre – Australian National University, Thai Update Conference

ATI SUPPORT PROVIDED: $13,200

A two day conference focussing on the theme of "Thailand Beyond the Election" held at the Australian National University on 28 and 29 September 2011. Guest speakers included Dr Chris Baker (politics update), Dr Bandid Nijathaworn – former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Thailand (economics update), Dr Nipon Poapongsakorn – President Thailand Development Research Institute (Thai agricultural policy), Prof Pasuk Phongpaichit – Chulalongkorn University (Economic inequality in Thailand), Prof Charnvit Kasetsri – Thammasat University (Border conflict with Cambodia). A full completion report is to be submitted to the ATI by the end of October 2011.