The signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), an agreement of mutual cooperation between Anglo-American University (AAU) and Chulalongkorn University (CU), took place on 29 November 2017 at AAU, in Prague. In attendance were AAU President, Petr Jan Pajas, the Ambassador of Thailand to the Czech Republic H. E. Narong Sasitorn along with other members of AAU’s upper administration. Anglo-American University is proud to be the first partner of Chulalongkorn University in Central Europe.

The MoU represents a concrete step in the development of mutual academic cooperation between AAU and CU. There are very interesting opportunities in the area of joint research projects and student and teachers mobility, focusing international relations, law, humanities and social sciences, as well as in the area of business administration.

Located in the center of modern Bangkok, just few steps from Siam Square, Chulalongkorn university is one of the most prestigious universities in Thailand. It was founded in 1917 by king Chulalongkorn and thus the university celebrates its centennial this year. Its campus is modern, yet a touch of ancient Siam persists in the traditional Thai wooden palace and the beautiful pagodas of main auditorium and library. Chula, as the university is often called for brief, consists of faculties, study and research centers, ranging from Medicine to Petroleum Science and from Genetics to Music. The Central and Eastern European Studies Section is part of the European Studies Center. 

This new partnership was initiated  by professor and Deputy to the President, prof. PhDr. Milada Polišenská, CSc. We asked her how it came about:

At one occasion in 2015, former Czech Ambassador Vítězslav Grepl introduced to me Dr. Verita Sriratana. And this was the beginning of our cooperation. Dr. Verita (Ph.D. from St. Andrews, U.K.) is Head of Central and Eastern European Studies Section at Chulalongkorn University. A specialist in English literature, she also mastered the Czech language and became an expert in Central European cultures. She is an enthusiastic researcher and translated Bohumil Hrabal´s Too Loud a Solitude into Thai. She organizes literary evenings of Central Europan literature and movie screenings in Bangkok as well as here in Prague, and AAU is her host institution when she returns to Central Europe for research. Verita and I found a number of joint scholarly interests and from Fall 2016 we started to develop a research project together. I was invited to Chulalongkorn University as a Visiting Scholar and Researcher for three months  in 2017 to teach on External Relations of the European Union, to write the joint article Translating and Transcending Censors : Modernist Appropriation and Thematisation of Censorship, and to give a public lecture (Rewriting History? – The Legacy of Historical Nationalism in Central Europe). I also worked to promote AAU and its programs of study. I spent three very productive, academically enriching months at Chula and am very happy that the university gave me this opportunity. “

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Publication date: December 05, 2017