KKU by Art, Culture and Community Relation Section and Cultural Center signs MOU with CMU’s Office of Art and Cultural Promotion
June 4, 2019 – The Art, Culture and Community Relation Section and Cultural Center of Khon Kaen University led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Niyom Wongpongkham, Acting Vice President for Art, Culture and Community Relation; Asst. Prof. Dr. Siripong Piasiri, Acting Assistant to the President for Art, Culture and Community Relation; Dr. Kittisan Sriraksa, Acting Director of Cultural Center of Khon Kaen University; administrators and staff traveled to Chiangmai University to sign an MOU for management and nurturing of art and culture, and for sharing experiences in the administration of art and cultural work. Asst. Prof. Wilawan Sawetseranee, Director of Office of Art and Cultural Promotion of Chiangmai University and CMU staff welcomed KKU delegation.
The MOU has been signed between Khon Kaen University and Chiangmai University under the KKU-PSU-CMU traditional learning and sharing project with the aims to share administrative experiences and build good relationship. Khon Kaen University’s Cultural Center and Chiangmai University’s Office of Art and Cultural Promotion discussed on this occasion the work and management of art and cultural nurturing under the “Collaboration for Management and Nurturing of Art and Culture” Project. The collaboration will be on the exchange and sharing of arts, cultures, and local wisdoms as well as to strengthen relevant personnel who work for the units. Learning and sharing of quality assurance work and information system for knowledge management will also be supported under this collaboration.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Niyom Wongpongkham, Acting Vice President for Art, Culture and Community Relation said that KKU’s art and cultural work has been driven forward under the concept: “not obsessed with the old nor the new”, which is the Khon Kaen University Council’s notion. The work involves conservation of Isanism and creativeness, which responds to Khon Kaen University’s strategy in driving forward art and cultural work as well as enhancing creativeness. Art and culture has been brought to younger generation and students through activities that match the new generation.
Asst. Prof. Wilawan Sawetseranee, Director of Office of Art and Cultural Promotion of Chiangmai University explained that the art and cultural enhancement at Chiangmai University is similar to Khon Kaen University. There are activities that support learning of students from different faculties, especially Faculties of Medicine and Sciences, to learn together. CMU emphasizes activities related to ‘Lanna’ culture. Academic services are provided with common benefits. CMU has also built learning resources, especially ‘Lanna’ Museum, which is a live learning resource that is open for all to visit and learn. This is part of Chiangmai University’s strategies.
Discussion was carried out on a means to manage and nurture art and culture that will lead to sustainable cooperation with the community on art and culture and concrete administration and management work for art and culture. Collaboration with other academic institutions will be built, especially with those having similar mission for art and culture. For Khon Kaen University, the work on art and culture will be creatively developed and integrated with the learning of all age ranges in the zone provided for this purpose.