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Honorary doctorate for the King of Thailand



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MEDIA RELEASE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ALEXANDER DOWNER

FA139 16 November 1998

HONORARY DOCTORATE FOR THE KING OF THAILAND

I warmly welcome the decision of Griffith University to award the degree of Honorary Doctor of the University to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.

The Honorary Doctorate has been awarded in recognition of His Majesty’s contribution to the development of education in Thailand and his great care for his people. His Majesty, the world’s longest serving monarch, is closely involved in developing practical measures to ensure greater prosperity and happiness for his people. He is much respected in Thailand and Australia.

The conferral of the degree of Doctor of the University on His Majesty is a measure of the close and friendly relations which exist between the peoples of Australia and Thailand, and of our continuing engagement in the task of cooperation for mutual benefit.

This award also serves to underpin the growing network of educational linkages between our two countries, in terms of both student exchanges and institutional ties. Griffith University has had a long and active profile in Thailand, for example by assisting with the development

of the Australian Studies Centre (ASC) at Kasetsart University. In Australia, there are more than 100 Thai students on campus at Griffith University, most of them doing post-graduate studies. Griffith University also offers a course on Thai studies and Thai language.

It is most appropriate that Griffith University, an institution with a deservedly high reputation in Australia and overseas for its expertise and involvement in the Asia Pacific region, and with a strong and growing educational profile in Thailand, should make this award to His Majesty.

For further information contact Kirk Coningham on (02) 6261 1555.

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