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Cooperation and coordination to promote Australian alumni in Thailand

The Australian Alumni Association (Thailand) works and coordinates with the Australian Embassy and AustCham when it organises activities and events throughout the year aimed at building a vibrant Australian alumni community in Thailand. It is no surprise that each body helps promote respective activities all aimed at benefitting Australian alumni in Thailand.

Introducing the
Australian Alumni Association (Thailand)

There is a long history of Australian alumni in Thailand. In fact, the Australian alumni association was established nearly five decades ago on 19 December 1967 when the Old Australian Student Association was formed. The association’s name was changed in 1973 to the Thai-Australian Association (TAA) under the Royal Patronage of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn.

 

At an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting of the TAA in December 2016, a new committee was elected and the name of the TAA was changed to become the Australian Alumni Association (Thailand) under the Royal Patronage of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. Membership to the AAA Thailand is open to Thais and Australians who have studied in Australia.

 

The primary objective of AAA (Thailand) is to forge a vibrant alumni community of networking, friendship and learning. In order to achieve this objective, AAA (Thailand) believes it must coordinate with the Australian Embassy, the Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) and other bodies such as the TATSC to help promote activities that benefit alumni.

 

AAA Thailand works especially closely with the Australian Embassy in submitting projects and event proposals and have received funding support from the Australian Government. All alumni bodies generally come together at key events such as the annual reception hosted by the Australian ambassador or the annual Australian Alumni Awards.

Western Australian Alumni

Thais have been going to study in Australia for decades. And through the years Thai student bodies have made an effort to promote Thailand and, whenever possible, to assist Thais at home through charitable activities. The Thai Students Alumni of Western Australia (TSAWA) Group is one such group who raised funds over the years while its members were studying in Australia.

 

Now is retirement, members of the Western Australian Alumni group decided to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian Alumni Association (AAA) Thailand (Formerly the Thai Australian Association (TAA) under The Patronage of HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn) to hand over approximately 500,000 baht for AAA Thailand to manage. The fund will be used to promote education and AAA activities. Present at the signing of the agreement were Khun Pichai Chuensuksawadi, President of AAA and M.L. Laksasubha Kridakon, Vice President AAA and Khun Thawat Wattanathada and Khun Harn Aramvith of TSAWA .

Committee Members

Pichai Chuensuksawadi

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ML Laksasubha Kridakon

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Asst. Prof. Linchong Chorrojprasert

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Jak Leelathayphawan

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Apiradee Bunyalekha

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Prom Srisant

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Phundanai Sathavonmanee

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Dr. Permyos Ruengsakulrach

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Wutinon Trisrisak

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Subhorn (Mindy) Limthongkul

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Roisai Wongsuban

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Papitchaya Wisankosol

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Ekjaree Thanasawangkul

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Website Disclamer

Since 2016, admission to AAA Thailand events have been free of charge. However, the AAA Thailand Committee reserves the right to charge nominal fees for certain events from July 2020 onwards. For events organised by the Australian Embassy, AAA Thailand will submit names of alumni members to the embassy on a rotation basis. However, the final decision as to which alumni are invited rests with the Australian Embassy.