On March 16, 2017, over 80 Thai graduates of the Soviet and Russian universities had a friendly reunion in the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Kingdom of Thailand.
Isn’t it wonderful? To meet old friends, to recollect the studies in a distant land, to taste again meals from the menu of the students’ canteen… All this created unique atmosphere of the party dedicated to the 120th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Thailand.
In his opening remarks H.E. Mr. Kirill Barsky, Ambassador of Russia to Thailand speaking about the role of graduates as a bridge in the Thai-Russian relations, recalled that the tradition was established by the son of King Rama V, Prince Chakrabongse who graduated from Corps des Pages in Saint Petersburg in 1902 and spoke fluent Russian. Mr. Prakong Polhan, veteran of Russian-Thai relations, said very warm words about famous Russian hospitality.
Alumni feel need to socialize and wish to make their contribution to cooperation with Russia. This is why the guests welcomed the proposal of the lecturer of the Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus, Mr. Adul Kamlaithong, graduate of the St. Petersburg State University in 2014 to rebuild the Russian Universities Thai Alumni Society.
Needless to say that all the speakers who came to the microphone during the party spoke in good Russian.
The reception was attended by the representatives of top management of the leading Thai universities and brilliant rusologists – Dr. Rom Phiramontri (Chulalongkorn University), graduate of the Leningrad State University and Professor Yodboon Loesrit (Thammasat University), graduate of the Moscow State University. Among the guests of honor was H.E. Mr. Tugsbilguun Tumurhuleg, Ambassador of Mongolia to Thailand who graduated from the Russian Secondary School in Ulan-Baatar.
For the last ten years, more than 1000 students from Thailand have studied in Russian universities.