by Jasmine Anne D. Garduque and Miyu C. Togo
Bangkok, Thailand - Twenty students of the De La Salle University (DLSU) participated in a 10-day student exchange program in Bangkok, Thailand that took place between May 6 to May 15 of this year. The first exchange program organized by the Civil Engineering Department of DLSU and Chulalongkorn University (CU) in Bangkok was in September 2012 and since then it has been an annual event thus strengthening further the ties between the two universities. The students were accompanied by four faculty members of DLSU, namely Dr. Erica Elice S. Uy, Engr. Daniel Nichol R. Valerio, Engr. Maria Emilia P. Sevilla and Engr. Miller D. Cutora - three of which are alumnis of CU. The purpose of the program was to immerse the students into the culture of Thailand through educational and social experiences.
The first few days of the program focused more on the cultural tour in the city whereby the professors guided the students around the local’s usual places so that the students could familiarize themselves during the 10-day stay in Bangkok. The students were brought to enjoy places such as the Ancient City, Ayutthaya, Asiatique, Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Grand Palace and Wat Pho - all of which were popular areas for tourists alike.
Project Site visit to Singhorn Village in Lumpini Park
On the fifth day of the program, as led by a CU Assistant Professor Dr. Vachara Pheansupap, the students went for a site visit to Singhorn Village in Lumpini Park, in which the project was managed by Project Planning Services (PPS) - one of the leading engineering service firms in Thailand. The site visit commenced with an introduction to the project site, followed by an actual tour around the construction site led by the project manager himself.
A four-hour seminar in the Department of Civil Engineering building, Chulalongkorn University
By the seventh day on May 13, the students went to CU campus for a 4-hour seminar in the morning. The students were warmly welcomed by the Head of the Civil Department, Prof. Dr. Teerapong Senjuntichai, as well as by professors Prof. Dr. Suched Likitlersuang, Assist. Prof. Dr. Vachara Pheansupap and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tirawat Boonyatee. During the seminar, the students were briefed about the civil engineering course in the university and the graduate programs and scholarships being offered to foreign students. It was also during this time that four students of DLSU and three CU graduate students presented their research studies. Later in the afternoon, a laboratory tour took place and the following laboratories were visited: geotechnical, CM laboratory, concrete testing and material testing laboratory.
Faculty Members of both CU and DLSU, along with the Exchange Students of DLSU and CU graduate students.
Dr. Erica Elice S. Uy and Engr. Daniel Nichol R. Valerio with Prof. Dr. Teerapong Senjuntichai
To end the student exchange program on a high note, a Certificate of Appreciation was given to the Civil Engineering Department of Chulalongkorn University for the accommodations prepared for the students and faculty members of DLSU. The certificate was given by Dr. Erica Elice S. Uy and Engr. Daniel Nichol R. Valerio to the Head of the Civil Engineering Department of CU, Prof. Dr. Teerapong Senjuntichai. Tokens of appreciation were also given to other Civil Engineering Professors of CU.