Thai Royal Parliament

Thai Royal Parliament

A delegation from Thailand comprising of 30 senators of the Thai Royal Parliament attended Tameside College in honour of the recent training partnership created between the College and the Royal Institute of Thai Arts and Culture.

The purpose of the visit was to formulate the partnership between the two organisations and to build on the relationship to establish sporting and training links in collaboration with Tameside College. This project will be a first for the College and the North West with Thai lecturers travelling to the College to receive a UK qualification. The food studies department has already established strong training and development links with the Thai community and is currently in the advanced stage of planning an international Food Studies programme for Taiwanese chefs, hoping to develop further - links through the Sports provision.

Honourable guests included the Worshipful Civic Mayor of Tameside, Councillor Jack Davis accompanied by the Mayoress and Consort, Mrs Carole Davis who presented the delegation with a plaque of Tameside. Ex-Manchester City and England Footballer, Peter Barnes was also at the event along with Philomena Chen – Head of Asia Pacific Development from UK Trade and Investments, Councillor Rosa Battle – Manchester City Council and Kriangsak Sirisambhand and Dianne Sirisambhand co -founders of the Tameside initiative.

The event commenced with presentations from senior college staff, highlighting the benefits of this cross cultural partnership, followed by a special Thai Martial Arts and Boxing demonstration, which the guests enjoyed immensely. The visit concluded with a 4 course meal in Reflections Restaurant, where the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding took place and the Tameside and Thai delegations presented gifts to one another. The jubilant party left the College to attend a Civic reception in Manchester where they met the Civic Mayor of Manchester.

Chris Massey, Assistant Principal, Head of International Developments said, "The College is not only proud to be working with the Thai community but extremely excited about working with our friends in Thailand again during February 2009. The benefit to both the UK and the Thai curriculum are immense. We will gain valuable knowledge regarding the culture of the Thai community, family, food and exercise."

He continued, "Our friends in Thailand will gain knowledge of our work with the industry and some of our partnerships which are already formed with both national and international companies. Our Principal and Governors have given assurance of their support for this exciting venture as part of the culture and education."

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