'Friends of Thailand' award for Dr Martin Seeger

Dr Martin Seeger (Department of East Asian Studies) has received a ‘Friends of Thailand’ award from the Thai government for his outstanding contributions to Thai studies.

The award recognises that Dr Seeger has "continuously supporting Thailand's public relations dissemination, in particular, on cultural and environmental conservation including Thai uniqueness".

This prestigious award recognises individuals, groups of individuals, organisations, and agencies worldwide who have played a significant role in promoting Thailand abroad and contributed to the wider publicity of the destination in the international community. Dr Seeger received his award from H E Chumpol Silapa-Archa, Minister of Tourism and Sports at an official ceremony in Bangkok in September.

Since the introduction of Thai Studies at the University in 2004, the Department of East Asian Studies has been working closely with, and received considerable support from, the Royal Thai Embassy in London. The Embassy has repeatedly offered internships to our students and annually given awards for outstanding academic achievements, as well as offering three scholarships to British postgraduate students to undertake fieldwork research in Thailand.

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