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WIU to Host Royal Thai Embassy Officials to Celebrate Int'l Studies Relationship

February 4, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University Center for International Studies will host individuals from the Royal Thai Embassy on WIU's Macomb campus Saturday-Monday, Feb. 16-18. According to Richard Carter, executive director of Western's School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach, the diplomatic delegation will be on WIU's campus to commemorate the new relationship between the Royal Thai Embassy and the University.

Carter noted the relationship has been key to the recruitment and enrollment of 10 Royal Thai student recipients of the King's Scholarship. The students will start in the Western English as a Second Language (WESL) Institute Monday, Feb. 18.

According to the Office of Educational Affairs of the Royal Thai Embassy, in 1897 King Rama V of Thailand formally and systematically created the King's Scholarship program to gather skills and knowledge appropriate for the development of his nation. Students are selected for this honor based upon merit.

"We are extremely honored to host our distinguished guests from Thailand. Knowing that a country can choose any university in the world to send their top students to for an education, we are proud that Western Illinois University is their institution of choice," Carter said.

A private dinner scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 17 will honor three Royal Thai Embassy officials, including Minister of Education Wachira Tirakornvisespkukdi, Guidance Officer Korn Thepnorarat and Accounting Officer Suprenee O'Dell, as well as the Royal Thai King's Scholarship recipients.

"Western's Center for International Studies provides a one-stop shop for international resources and support. We work closely with all WIU offices to ensure students have the support they need to have successful educational experiences. This dinner is an opportunity for us to welcome our newest WIU students, and we wish them the very best in their individual educational journeys at Western," Carter added.

For more information, contact Carter at (309) 298-1929 or via email at

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