Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Art and Heritage at Siam University
Siam University values the three pillars of Thai society - “Nation”, “Religion”, and the “Monarchy”. The Center of Arts and Culture was established in 1994 with the mission to promote, preserve, and develop our unique Thai arts and culture. The Center and students who received our arts and cultural promotion scholarships take a leading role in organizing religious and cultural events for the university. During the pandemic in 2020-2021, the ceremonies were organized either as virtual events or onsite with restricted participants. Our Cultural Museum in the center is open to all. Facebook and website https://cul.siam.edu/
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SCA College of Arts or Superstar Academy, Siam University nurtures Thai & modern music and performing arts. We offer many programs from certificate to Bachelor degree including advisors in the Career Center who provide carrer advise and job placement for our students. Many of our gradutes are well known superstars in Thai movie, music and other performing arts. With recognition of our reputation, entertainment industry from Thai and foreign countries such as “Last Idol Thailand” a program produced by Japanese has signed an MoU with the Academy to be the official trainers of competitors. In addition, SCA training programs for young children from age two get a lot of requests from Thai parents. We regularly offer special small quality classes for them.
Public Acess to Green and Open Spaces
Siam Unversity allow public access to the public spaces and facilities in our campus, including libraries, open spaces, and sports ground. Our Sports Complex offers sport and recreation activities mainly for the students and staff but we support charity and school activities to use our facilities free of charge. Moreover, everyone is welcome to visit our sacred statues starting from the Vishnu, who is the supreme soul and the source of all things, and Phra Phum Shrine located in the front entrance of the campus. On the way, they can visit our Cultural Museum at the Center of Arts and Culture.They then can visit the statue of Jīvaka Komārabhacca, father of traditional medicine at the bacl of the campus. This statue was donated to the Faculty of Medicine on July 8, 2020 and have become one of the spirit of the University (https://food.siam.edu/สิ่งศักดิ์สิทธิ์).
The campus has plenty of open and green spaces that are open to public who are welcome to use for studying, recreation and exercise. The most popular spaces are as follows.
Siam University’s libraries, the Main Library and Maruey Library are opened to public. Our students and the public can access the e-library and the co-working spaces of the Academic Resource Center or the main library. Both our main library and Maruey library of the School of Business usually open daily; however, during this Covid-19 pandemic which forces the campus to lockdown. For more information, please visit Facebooks of both units as well as their websites https://e-library.siam.edu/ and https://maruey.siam.edu/
The Garden of Peace
The Garden of Peace in the campus of Siam University marks close collaboration between Siam University and the United Nations. On the opening day of the Garden, a representative from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has planted a tree as a symbol of our cooperation. This garden is an open space that welcomes every person. One can see both students and community member exercise, relax, or study in the “green” area of the university. In addition, once a year, the Garden of Peace is used as the ground for the celebration of the International Peace Day. It is noteworthy to mention that Siam University is one of only a few universities that celebrate the UN International Peace Day on September 21 of each year.
Healthy Space and Learning Garden, Siam University
The Healthy Space and Learning Garden, Siam University are also open to public. It was officially opened in 2018 under the leadership of our Research Center for Community Development. This learning garden is well recognized as “The Model of Community’s Health and Learning Space” for other Bangkok Metropolitan’s communities. With the help of Phasi Chareon District and local communities, we has turned the waste ground behind the university campus into an open public ground for the benefit of community activities such as exercise, meetings, or to seek knowledge from books available on shelves along the wall. In addition, we also plan to renovate the area of around 5 Rai or approximately 8,000 m2 at the back of the campus into the learning space for the late King Rama IX’s Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP) but the plan has to delay due to the pandemic. For more informatio,visit https://healthyspaceforum.org/en/portfolio/healthy-space-and-wall-library/
Time Bank Project
The Research Center for Community Development, Siam Univesrity has started their “Time Bank” project in Phasi chareon district in 2019 in response to the aging society of Thailand. According to https://timebanks.org/what-is-timebanking/,timebanking is a kind of money based on community services. Give one hour of service to another, and receive one time credit. This will happen when a network or circle of members have agreed that they will give and receive credits for services that other members provide. For one person to earn a time credit, however, someone else has to agree to give it. The majority of timebanks use the neighbors-helping-neighbors model, where members are free to choose what services they would like to offer – either to other members or to the community at large — and also what services they will request. For Siam University, our Time Bank networks consist of public, private, and community sectors such as the Phasicharoen District Office, government and private schools, seniors clubs, health service centers, representatives from local banks, enterpreneurs and communities near our campus mostly ones who have participated in the “Healthy Spaace” project. Examples of communities who are our partners in the “Time Bank” project are Lertsuksom, Kampang Bangjak, Sirin and Friends, and Poonbumphen. (visit https://siam.edu/time-bank-to-support-the-aging-society-phasi-charoen-district/ and Facebook: ศูนย์วิจัยเพื่อพัฒนาชุมชน มหาวิทยาลัยสยาม@rcfcd.siam.edu)
SDG Projects in Communities
Siam University has encouraged our students and staff to do SDGs work in communities as part of learning general education program and engagement activities (see examples of sustainability events and projects in https://sustainability.siam.edu/index.php/features/sustainability-events). We have worked with public sector, mainly the Phasicharoen District Office and Government Savings Bank as well as having collaborations with our acaademic and organizarion partners. In 2020, five communities – Poonbumphen, Lad Phachi Canal, Lertsuksom, Lat Mayom Canal, and Bang Korbua – were selected to be our social living labs. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the projects were delayed from normal timeline. Examples are as follows.
Khlong Lat Mayom Community
Khlong Lat Mayom is well known for their floating market where community members sell their homegrown fruits, vegetable, confectionery and handmade products. The market has been opened for public since 2004. Because of crowded tourists, the community facead with a large amount of waste especially paper and plastic which has affected the market and canal. Siam University students and staff team was asked to make use of banana leaf and other local plant as food container to reduce waste pollution. We made a molding machine for the purpose. A Baitong (Banana leaves) Festival was then organized on April 10, 2021.
Bang Kor Bua Community
Bang Kor Bua, located in the Kung Bang Krachao green area, next to the Chao Phraya River, has attracted many Thai and foreigners for scenic eco-touris. Yet, nipa palm leaves has caused water pollution. Our students and faculty member from the Department of Civil Environment and Sustainable Engineering have done a R&D project to create Nipa Palm Concrete Block. The final product is now commercialized.
The community, well known as a learning center for pandan, asked our Engineering and Business Administration teams to invent pandan food container and co-plan with them on how to start a Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP) eco-tourism. The team also initiated learning walls in the community for attraction.
Poonbumphen Community: Urban Organic Farm
Food insecurity during the Covid-19 pandemic has been one of the major problems of the community. With recognition to the local wisdom of the community in relation to organic farming, our team from the Faculty of Nursing has helped develop organic farms in 3,000 square metres of unused land. At present, members of 12 houses in the community are active in changing this pain points into gain points through urban organic farms.