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MC of HUSO: The road to professional MC

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(March 6th – 7th , 2020) The Faculty of Humanity and Social Science (HUSO) at Phuket Rajabhat University, together with Phuket Mass Communication Association, held a workshop called ‘MC of HUSO: the road to professional MC’. Asst. Prof. Dr. Hiran Prasankarn, the President of the university; Ajarn Teerapong Nuchaikaew, the Dean of HUSO; university staff and students in HUSO attended the workshop. The instructors in this workshop were Miss Watcharaporn Yankomut and members of Phuket Mass Communication Association (PMCA). The attendants were trained how to have suitable personality, posture, voice and microphone use, script preparation, etc.
Ajarn Teerapong, the Dean of HUSO said that “This workshop intended to create the network and to exchange knowledge to the community by cooperation with personnel from local organizations who are professional MC. The attendants of the workshop will be able to work for the community in the future as there is a lack of qualified MC who can use appropriate language and greetings or can create a good atmosphere and solve any problems on a stage. The students attending the workshop can enhance self capacity development as well as skills to work in the university, to offer academic service in their local community, and to be professionals in their future careers.”

PKRU EXPERTS: Asst. Prof. Dr. Khan Payungphan, the artist behind Identity of Phuket wall art at Intercontinental Phuket Resort

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PKRU EXPERTS would like to present a talented artist, Asst. Prof. Dr. Khan Payungphan, a lecturer in Visual Art Program, Faculty of Social Science and Humanity at Phuket Rajabhat University, who created a unique wall art in the passage-tunnel in Intercontinental Phuket Resort on Kamala beach.  It is well-known that the role of the university is not only to serve knowledge and academic services for government organizations, local people and communities, but also to coordinate with the private sector. It is a good opportunity to show abilities of the university staff and students to the public, especially aesthetic creations inspired by local art and culture, which the university has been paying attention to and supporting at its best.
The coordination between the Intercontinental Phuket Resort and Visual Art Program began with a discussion between the executives of Phuket Province and the resort to choose Asst. Prof. Dr. Khan Payungphan, who has exceptional academic works and experiences in local inspired visual art design to create wall art in the public zone of the resort, which is opened for locals and tourists to visit.
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Asst. Prof. Dr. Khan told us about his work: “The resort wanted a wall painting that represented the identity of Phuket with the content that was easy to understand. Therefore, I decided to create a realistic art work with compositions that drew the audience to different feelings and fun. This work is a collage art presenting Phuket local cuisine, local way of life, art and culture, architecture, tourist attractions, and landscape of the island. There is no border between each content to allow the audience to see the whole story of the island. The colourful acrylic paint, with not too much contrast, is easy on the eyes so the audience could pay attention to the work for longer. This matches with the intention of the hotel executives in creating art work for aesthetics. It can say that the colourful shades and the content, presented through the pictures of people, objects, and places in this work, can easily draw attention of the audience without having to stop and focus at it, as well as giving value to this place, since it could send a message to the audience via this painting. Moreover, this place is the Check-In point for people who love photo taking. While working on this painting, I gave opportunities to my visual art students to help with the work by drawing and colouring it. It took 3 months to finish this 2.5 m. high and 120 m. long wall art. Knowledge, problems, conditions, and working steps of this work were part of the Visual Art Management for Tourism course that give students opportunities to work for the local community.” 
Ajarn Khan also mentioned about supporting art graduates, to meet the needs of the local workforce market, that artistic working in real locations would enhance students’ skills in coordination, analysing the needs of employers, estimating budget, duration, and figuring out solutions to arising limitations. So far, there are many students who get paid by creating wall paintings and street art for restaurants and hotels on the island. Additionally, our program focuses on supporting students to create their work with local identity. It is the application of knowledge to real-life careers in different levels. Community, business, or aesthetic levels define different reliance and aesthetic levels of the art works, as well as their prices and values; so the students need to learn and practice in real situations.     
The expertise of Ajarn Khan is passed to his students, from classroom to galleries and real locations. It is the Social Lab Learning that the university has been encouraging the lecturers to put in their lessons. Apart from helping in local development which is one of the missions of the university, this allows the students to apply what they leant and experience work in their future career paths, that will definitely prepare them for real working life. 
Any entrepreneurs or organizations who want visual art works e.g. paintings, sculptured, landscape art, or applied art; can contact the Visual Art Program, Faculty of Social Science and Humanity at Phuket Rajabhat University via 
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PKRU Hosts 3rd National Political Science and Public Administration Conference

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On February 6th 2020, the Public Administration Program in the Faculty of Humanity and Social Sciences, Phuket Rajabhat University, hosted the 3rd National Political Science and Public Administration Conference at its Khun Lert Pokharak Room, Andaman Pannarai Conference Center. The conference was presided over by Mr. Pichet Panapong, the Deputy Governor of Phuket, with Assoc. Prof. Soranit Sildharm, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Asst. Prof. Dr. Hiran Prasarnkarn, the President of Phuket Rajabhat University, Mr. Teerapong Noochaikaew, the Dean of the Faculty of Humanity and Social Science, and attended by executives, staff and students from Rajabhat Universities including Chiang Rai, Songkhla, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Yala, and Phuket.
In the event, Assoc. Prof. Soranit gave a speech titled ‘Thai State Administration in Disruption Age’ and Prof. Dr. AmpornThamronglak, from the Faculty of Political Science at Thammasat University, conducted a special discussion on ‘Public Service Innovation in Digital Age’. The conference also presented research and studies in graduate school level from Southern Rajabhat University research network and a higher education level academic quiz competition. 
Asst. Prof. Dr. Hiran Prasarnkarn, the President of the university stated that: “The paradigm shift in public administration has been generated by several factors e.g. economy, society, political systems, and administrative systems that are related and connected worldwide; this extensively and rapidly affects citizens. Therefore, the public sector needs to review its roles and responsibilities as well as improve its services in order to efficiently figure out the right solutions to escalating and complicated challenges in time, without deteriorating the capability to be in the current globalization.
Changes are unavoidable and we need to confront them. Yet the question is how will we confront them and at the same time develop our organizations in the age of disruption? To survive, we should focus on the principles of initiation, improvement, adjustment, flexibility, and creativity. The executives need to adjust their visions, change for progressive growth of the organizations in the age of disruption and promote innovations as part of the organizations. These changes seem to be unfamiliar and challenging, yet they lead to development; and we will definitely learn more from mistakes.”
The Public Administration Program, at Phuket Rajabhat University, realized the aforementioned and consequently hosted this conference with the intention to activate and alert related sectors for upcoming opportunities and challenges; especially the administration of Thai government organizations that need to be adjusted following rapidly changing contexts, both in national and global levels, since many organizations are facing the effects caused by digital disruption that changes lifestyles of people in terms of society, economy, politics, as well as urbanization. This is not limited to particular areas but has been spreading in wider areas and changing people’s way of life.    
The main objectives of this conference were to provide opportunities for academics, researchers, university lecturers, teachers, students and attendants, from both private and public sectors, to present their research or studies, to promote the researching capacity of the Rajabhat University network and other universities that directly benefit development in local and national scales, to enhance skills and academic strengths of the students in Political Science, Public Administration and other social science programs related to local, regional, national and international changes.