CPG Online Magazine 02/2020


Upcoming Public Holidays:

06 April 2020: Chakri Day

13 -15 April 2020: Songkran

Upcoming National Days:

March 06 Ghana Independence Day (1957)

March 12 Mauritius Independence Day

March 17 Ireland St. Patrick’s Day (461)

March 20 Tunisia Independence Day (1956)

March 21 Namibia Independence Day (1990)

March 25 Greece Independence Day (1821)

March 26 Bangladesh Independence and National Day (1971)

April 04 Senegal Independence Day (1960)

April 16 Denmark Queen’s Birthday (1940)

April 18 Zimbabwe National Day (1980)

April 29 Israel Independence Day

April 26 Tanzania Union Day (1964)

April 27 The Netherlands  King’s Day (2013)

April 27 Sierra Leone Independence Day (1961)

April 27 South Africa Freedom Day (1994)

Articles & Interviews

Masoud Pezeshkian Wins Iran’s Presidential Election

In Iran, reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian recently won the country’s presidential snap election, defeating his hardline rival Saeed Jalili in a pivotal vote that had been called after Ebrahim Raisi, an archconservative elected to the presidency in 2021, was...

Bangkok Post: ‘Top court gets new chief’

On Monday, the Judicial Commission appointed Chanakarn Theeravechpolkul, the fourth woman to hold the position, as the new president of the Supreme Court, effective Oct 1, 2024, replacing Anocha Chevitsophon. Full article:...

CSDDD published in the Official Journal of the European Union

CSDDD published in the Official Journal of the European Union After a two-and-half-year legislative journey, the European Union's (EU) Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD or CS3D) was published in the EU Official Journal on July 5, 2024....

Scholarship Opportunities 

The “Institute for Peace and Dialogue” (IPD) has announced the next International Winter Programs, which are to be held in Switzerland. Applicants can choose between the 8-day Winter Academy and the 3-Month Research Program, which may be combined with the 8-day Training participation, depending on the application. IPD offers support for most needed potential participants in the form of reduced participation fees. Besides this, there is a 10% Discount opportunity if you are joining and paying together as a group of participants. More information can be found at https://www.ipdinstitute.ch/Winter-Academy-3-Month-Research-Program-December,-2020/. Deadlines are 15 September, 2020 (Early Bird) and 1 November, 2020 (Late Application Payment)

The “ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship Program” supports incoming fellowships for postdoctoral researchers at the ETH Zurich. The program is intended to foster high-potential, young researchers who have already demonstrated excellence in terms of internationally competitive achievements in the early stages of their professional careers. Applications have to be made jointly by the candidate and their host who must be an ETH Zurich Professor and who will act as a mentor of the fellow. For more information visit https://www.ethz.ch/en/research/research-promotion/eth-internal-programmes/eth-fellowships.html  Deadline is on 1 March 2020.

The DAAD Development-Related Postgraduate Courses offers foreign graduates from development and newly industrialized countries from all disciplines and with at least two years’ professional experience the chance to take a postgraduate or Master’s degree at a state or state-recognized German university, and in exceptional cases to take a doctoral degree, and to obtain a university qualification (Master’s/PhD) in Germany. For further details go to https://www.daad.or.th/en/scholarship-database/. Deadline depends on the chosen study programme.

An overview of all DAAD scholarships with relevance for researchers and students from Thailand can be found here: https://www.daad.or.th/en/find-funding/

The Friedrich Ebert Foundation Scholarship is aimed at supporting students from Africa, Asia, Latin America or Eastern Europe that intend to study in Germany in any subject area. The students must demonstrate excellent school or academic merit and must be committed to the values of social democracy. More information can be found at https://www.fes.de/studienfoerderung/other-languages/. Deadline depends on the type of application.

The Singapore Management University offers Overseas Postgraduate Scholarships which provide financial support to recipients to pursue an overseas research programme. The scholarship includes academic guidance and mentorship. For more details go to https://www.smu.edu.sg/moe-start/overseas-pg-scholarship. Deadlines vary.

The World Academy of Sciences offers various fellowships and grants to PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers from developing countries. For more information visit https://twas.org/opportunities Deadlines vary.

Rotary Peace Fellowship allows up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships to pursue a Professional Development Certificate Program or Master’s Degree Program related to peace and conflict resolution and prevention at one of the participating peace centers around the world (USA, Japan, UK, Australia, Sweden, and Thailand). For more information: https://my.rotary.org/en/peace-fellowship-application. Deadline is on 31 May 2020.

The Kennisontwikkelings programma Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (OKP NFP) provides fellowships for highly motivated professionals who are interested at participating in a Dutch University. The professionals must be in a position to introduce the newly acquired skills and knowledge into their employing organisation. The applicants must find a suitable university and submit your application via the Dutch institution offering the course. For more information: https://www.nuffic.nl/en/files/documents Deadline is on 21 April 2020.

The ASEAN Master Scholarship is aimed at supporting students from ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) who intend to study at the University of Nottingham. You will be eligible to apply if you are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes and hold an offer to start a full-time master’s degree program (excluding MRes) at Nottingham in any subject area. More information can be found at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/studywithus. Deadline is on 08 May 2020.


CPG Events January-February 2020

CPG Special Lecture on Politics & Law: ‘Indo-European business relations – Strategic dimensions for trade & investment’

CPG Movie Talk: ‘Citizen’

CPG Special Seminar and Book launch: ‘1919/1920 – A Watershed for European Constitutionalism’

Announcements – People

January has seen a number of new Ambassadors taking up their positions in Bangkok. These include:

H.E. Mr. Michael George DeSombre, Ambassador of the United States of America to Thailand

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H.E. Mr. Nashida Kazuya, Ambassador of Japan to Thailand

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H.E. Mr. Mohammad Husain Alfailakawi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Thailand

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H.E. Mr. Bernardo Córdova, Ambassador of the Republic of Mexico to Thailand

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H.E. Mr. Muhamet Brajshori, Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo to Thailand

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H.E. Mr. Agis Loizou, Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Thailand

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H.E. Mr. Thamer Al-Adwan, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Jordan to Thailand

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H.E. Ms. Akua Sekyiwa Ahenkora, Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to Thailand