Big Congrats!

     Thailand TESOL would like to express our heartfelt congratulations to Asst Prof Dr Ubon Sanpatchayapong (Thailand TESOL’s 20th President: 2009 – 2011), who was the awardee of the Australian Alumni of the Year Award, 2014.

     Based on the award guideline provided by the Australian Alumni Association in association with AustCham Thailand and TAA, there are 4 categories of the awards: Alumni Young, Alumni Entrepreneurial, Alumni Leadership, and Alumni of the Year. Ajarn Ubon received the last one or the Alumni of the Year Award.

     This award ‘recognize an individual who has demonstrated excellence in their professional career and /or through charitable activities’. Its guiding criteria include:


  • Has established themselves as an outstanding leader in their chosen profession and/or philanthropic field
  • Has made a positive contribution to society either locally, internationally or in Australia and/or Thailand
  • Has applied their Australian education to help them to excel in their endeavors
  • Has demonstrated an outstanding level of professional and/or personal achievement
  • Displays exceptional human values, which are an inspiration to others
  • Proactive in his/her efforts to become involved in alumni activities such as the Alumni association, career networking, fundraising, and student recruitment
  • Is an inspiration to the next generation of Alumni and the community at large


    The winners of each prestige award were announced at the Australian Alumni Annual Gala Dinner at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok on 25 June 2014.

     All Thailand TESOLers are very proud of our former leader and great contributor to ELT in Thailand and international arenas. Below are some photos from the event on June 25, 2014.

Group photo after the recipients were presented each award.

His Excellency Mr James Wise- the Ambassador to Thailand made a speech at the Gala Dinner.

Dr. Ubon is delivering a speech after she was announced the winner of the Australian Alumni of the Year Award.

M.L. Laksasubha Kridakon (Vice President of AustCham Thailand) presented a trophy to Dr Ubon.

Khun Renee Bowman, AustCham Thailand’s executive director congratulated Dr Ubon on her achievement.

The trophy

     Then Assoc Prof Suchada Nimmanit kindly celebrated Thailand TESOL executive committee’s achievements: Dr Anamai’s (new Dean) and Dr Ubon’s at a Japanese restaurant on June 27, 2014. Khun Kittikul Sanpatchayapong (far left) was also invited

     Seen in this photo are: Asst Prof Dr Pragasit SitthitiKul (First-Vice President), Assoc Prof Suchada Nimmannit (16th President of Thailand TESOL), Asst Prof Dr Ubon Sanpatchayapong (20th President), Dr Anamai Damnet (Second- Vice President), and Khun Kittikul Sanpatchayapong.