GREENWOOD---Lander University is playing host to a group of educators from Rajamangala University of Phra Nakhon in Bangkok, Thailand, one of Lander’s 11 sister schools in Asia.
They arrived on March 18 and are enrolled in a month long American Language and Cultural Studies institute created by Lander’s Office of International Programs.
Dr. Sung-Jae Park, dean of international programs, said the group is made up of 18 Rajamangala faculty members and deans of the faculty of business administration and the faculty of mass communication technology.
Dr. David Mash, vice president for Academic Affairs and Provost, welcomed the group. He said, “I’m sure your visit will be filled with educational and personal experiences that will be everything you hoped for.” He noted that the Thais will have a full schedule of activities each day until they leave for home on April 19.
They will attend English classes and presentations focusing on American business, history, politics, health care and culture. And they will share information about Thailand and Thai culture.
The educators will also be taken on tours including three Greenwood public schools, Self Regional Healthcare and the Greenwood Genetic Center, and they will be taken to the Statehouse in Columbia and to Charleston.
During their visit, the Thais are living with host families in the Greenwood area and McCormick. At the welcoming reception, Sung-Jae Park gave them a primer on what they can expect as guests of American families. He told them, “Relax and communicate with your hosts and share your Thai culture with them.”
He added that Lander’s international program is very successful because Lander is a wonderful place to learn, and the area has much to offer international visitors interested in American culture.
Park said this is one of the first groups from Thailand to visit South Carolina.