Prince of Songkla University had the honor to receive H.E. Dr. Hanns H. Schumacher, the German Ambassador to Thailand, at Hat Yai Campus, on August 24, 2009. His Excellency was warmly welcomed by distinguished PSU representatives, who were led by Associate Professor Dr. Boonsom Siribumrungsukha, PSU President, as well as by Thai alumni from various universities in Germany and German teachers working at PSU.
After a welcoming speech, which described the collaboration between PSU and universities in Germany since the first MOU with the University of Saarland in 1997, Dr. Boonsom Siribumrungsukha cordially invited His Excellency to regard a video presentation about our university.
Next, His Excellency expressed his great pleasure to be at PSU and kindly thanked the university for this invitation, which gave him the opportunity to visit Songkhla Province for the first time. His Excellency highlighted the long history of cooperation between Germany and Thailand in many areas, starting in 1858 when the former King of Thailand, Rama 5, signed an agreement with Germany. Therefore, Germany and Thailand have been collaborating in economic, political, academic and cultural fields for more than 150 years.
During the meeting, the participants had a chance to ask His Excellency several questions, mostly concerning the academic collaboration between our countries and strengthening PSUâ€™s relationship with universities in Germany. Several concrete examples of PSUâ€™s cooperation with universities in Germany were underlined, such as: last year, fifteen students from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences had the chance to visit Germany thanks to generous German scholarships, and two German exchange students were able to come to PSU; also, this coming October, three lecturers and eleven students from the Faculty of Engineering will visit Germany.
His Excellency completed his PSU experience with a visit to the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Natural History Museum.