It is almost a week now since I arrived in busy Bangkok. The culture shock has subsided and I am adjusting, although it is still difficult to get used to the heat, the traffic and above all – the heavy pollution. But most of my days are anyway spent inside, in the air conditioned office at Chulalongkorn University’s Geology Department. Here it is cool and quiet, except for the constant noise of the air condition.
Chulalongkorn University has an exchange agreement with Stockholm University, meaning that Swedish students can take courses here, and that Thai students can enroll at Stockholm University, without paying tuition fees, and that course credits can be transferred. It also means that teachers/researchers from both universities can visit each other and spend time at the respective partner university for research and/or teaching. However so far the exchange has not been very extensive. Only few students and researchers from Stockholm University have spent some time here, and few Thai students have visited Stockholm University.
Given the large number of international students at Chulalongkorn University from all over Asia, the USA and many European countries (I have heard French, German, Dutch and Italian speaking students), maybe also more students from Stockholm University will start studying here a term or two?
Part of my visit to Chulalongkorn University is aimed at creating closer ties with the Department of Geology, so that it will become easier in the future to welcome Swedish and Thai students, respectively.