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Thai Students Reap Rewards of New Zealand education

November 15, 2013 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

An exhibition of innovative work created by Thai students during their studies in New Zealand takes centre stage at the Thai Creative Design Centre (TCDC) on the sixth floor of Emporium mall from 19 to 25 November.

The work displayed at the exhibition has been created by Thais studying at all levels of education in New Zealand, from secondary school students to PhD researchers, in creative and technical disciplines, including architecture, design, engineering and the visual arts.

Each student has credited studying in New Zealand as an important part of their development, with both education and lifestyle central to their inspiration.

The exhibition has been grouped into three themes: physical, works we can touch; visual, works we can see; and technical, works that are both technically attractive and visually attractive.

The highlights of the exhibition include:

Visual: Katchakul Kaewkate (Tent)

Already an award-winning illustrator with his first published children’s picture book, Tent is well on his way to fulfilling his dream of becoming a full-time children’s book illustrator. Tent’s imaginative, dreamy style of drawing easily catches the attention, each telling its own unique story that would be difficult to express in words.

“Being in New Zealand for seven years inspired me greatly and partly carved out who I am in the present. The people, the friendships, and the beautiful sceneries I encountered widened my perspective and took the limit off of my imagination.”

NZ students' performance_Tent

Physical: Prang Rojanachotikul

Majoring in textile design at Wellington’s Massey University, Prang’s latest woven collection has been inspired by Thailand’s famous Loy Krathong festival. Her “Ascending Horizon” collection reflects falling darkness and along with the glowing flame of flickering candlelight from lantern. However this distinctly Thai festival collection has been shaped by her time spent studying in New Zealand.

“As a designer, my experience in new Zealand has really broadened my perspective and the way I perceive the world. I enjoy approaching something traditional with a contemporary twist. Without knowing, I started to merge both cultures together, with my designs, so that it slowly became the aesthetic and exotic charm of my work.”

NZ students' performance_Prang

Technical: Kanokporn Pongjetanapong

Kanokporn Pongjetanapong is a PhD engineering student who has designed a simulation tool that helps visualize patient and work flow related to healthcare services in order to find bottlenecks and improve processes.  This tool will enable experimentation of new processes without the need for practical implementation, reducing costs and risks.

Kanokporn believes New Zealand played an important part in her work and the education she received was world-class. “People here are very friendly and helpful. The support provided for students is incredible – there are various courses and activities to attend that assist each step of my research. Before moving to New Zealand, I had received education from the US and the UK, and in my opinion New Zealand’s education is among the best in the world, particularly  the support system provided for students and the enrich environment that inspires innovation.”

Each year, around 3,000 Thai students study in New Zealand in primary, secondary and tertiary education. New Zealand is a top quality destination that performs extremely well in international tertiary ranking systems – all New Zealand’s universities were among the world’s top 500 in the latest QS World University Rankings.

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