On 3 August 2019, PSU held the 3rd Internal Information Workshop under the MARCO POLO Erasmus+ project, with the explicit aim to inform participants about the current roles and services of the International Affairs Office, and to disseminate the valuable experiences gained through training sessions with international experts earlier under the project. Accordingly, the audience – comprised of staff, administrators, and faculty related to internationalization at the university – were not mere listeners but active participants in the sessions conducted throughout the day.
The morning session, titled “Internationalisation of Higher Education: Theory and Practice”, provided the attendees with background information on the elements of internationalization, and the importance of Internationalization at Home (IaH). The session leader, Ms. Porntip Kanjananiyot, former Executive Director of the Thailand-United States Education Fund (TUSEF/Fulbright Thailand), then guided the participants through practical exercises, where they formulated the university’s long-term strategic plan by ranking relevant issues. The afternoon session by Dr. Wongkot Phuphumrat, Assistant President for International Affairs, focused on informing the audience on the most recent developments in internationalization at PSU, and elicited feedback on several relevant issues that were subsequently discussed in detail.
PSU’s third Internal Information Workshop was the final event of its kind in the series planned under MARCO POLO, an EU-funded project designed to increase the internationalization capacity of the participating partner institutions. In the last three years, PSU took full advantage of the several opportunities offered in this program to learn from European experts on internationalization, and then share this valuable knowledge and experiences with stakeholders not only within its five campuses, but also at other academic institutions throughout Thailand.