Sponsors & Partners
Sponsors: Royal Thai Embassy and the Foreign Ministry of Thailand
In March 2008, the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of
Business announced the launch of the Thai American Business Study Program,
sponsored by the Royal Thai Embassy and the Foreign Ministry of Thailand. The
Smith program is Thailand's first partnership with an American business school
and awards a three-year, $100,000-per-year grant to create a student club and a
course on U.S.-Thailand/Southeast Asia business interaction, sponsor student and
faculty exchanges, and support student study trips to Thailand. The program also
includes plans for Smith to collaborate with the Thai government and
universities to explore initiatives that expand business education in Southeast
Asia, including numerous guest speakers and professional conferences.
“The university thanks the Royal Thai Embassy for providing our business
students with an authentic exposure to Thai culture and business practices,”
said University President C.D. Mote Jr. “The Smith School is very excited that
its students and faculty will have more opportunities to work and study in
Thailand. This agreement builds on more than a decade of university partnerships
with Thailand, an increasingly important economic and cultural force in
Southeast Asia and friend of the University of Maryland.”
Thai Ambassador Krit Garnjana-Goonchorn joined Mote, Smith School Dean G.
Anandalingam, and Smith Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs Patricia
Cleveland to kick off the program at the Smith School in March 2008. The event
included a reception and a Thai classical dancing performance.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to educate our students about Thailand and,
conversely, share our knowledge with Thai people, too,” said Cleveland. “The
Smith School strives to offer our students global experiences, and this program
introduces both undergraduate and MBA students to the dynamic business
environment in Southeast Asia a vitally significant piece of the global
Partners: Chulalongkorn University and Thammasat University
Student and faculty exchange programs have been established with
Chulalongkorn University and with Thammasat University, both top-ranked
universities located in Bangkok, Thailand. Chulalongkorn University,
established in 1917, is Thailand’s oldest higher education institution, while
Thammasat University is the second oldest university in Thailand with six
campuses across the country. Establishing a strong student exchange
program with Chulalongkorn and Thammasat Universities will allow the Robert H.
Smith School of Business to grow its presence in Bangkok and expand the exchange
program to invite other universities in Thailand, including Chiang Mai
University, which has three campuses in Thailand.