The NUS FASS Graduate Studies Division hosted academics and graduate students from the Prince of Songkla University (PSU) last Wednesday, 23 October 2013. Associate Professor Shirlena Huang, Vice Dean (Graduate Studies) and Associate Professor Bruce Lockhart, Assistant Dean (Graduate Studies) warmly welcomed the delegation which hailed from PSU’s Pattani Campus, Thailand. The faculty members and students from PSU were largely from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
A/P Huang and A/P Lockhart greeted the visitors and went on to give an overview on the FASS Graduate Studies Programme, with the latter conversing in both English and Thai. The presentation was followed by a question-and-answer session between A/P Huang and A/P Lockhart and the Thai guests. A group of NUS graduate students from the Departments of Geography, History and Southeast Asian Studies whose theses were related to Thailand (and could speak Thai, too!) joined soon after, to mingle with the Thai visitors. While the PSU students were shy and did not raise many questions during the question-and-answer session previously, they were chatty and excited to interact with the NUS students.
At the end of the two-hour session, an academic representative from PSU presented a token of appreciation to A/P Huang. The meeting was rounded up by a flurry of warm goodbyes and an onslaught of digital and handphone cameras flashing everywhere, as both PSU and NUS representatives attempted to capture the precious new memories that were created together.