ASEAN in the modern world

ASEAN in the modern world

ASEAN in the modern world focused as the title states on the ASEAN community in nowadays world. ASEAN like the EU is a compound of states, which get more and more important in the current world. Therefore the teacher lectured us with his in-depth political experience on this matter and made us work with it. Thus, student presentations were held during class on a regular basis. It was one of the most challenging courses, majorly due to the teacher’s really high expectations. Anyhow, it was an interesting topic, which is why I do not regret having had this course.

Teacher Proficiency: Excellent

English: Fluent

Homework: Moderate

Graduation Method: 1 Mid-Term Examination, 1 Final Examination, 4 Minor Presentations, 1 Quiz, Participation

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General Psychology

General Psychology

Since I am really interested in psychology this was a natural choice for me. Then it became even better, the teacher was a middle-aged U.S. citizen, who’s previous profession has been being a project manager. Although psychology is one of my hobbies, he did not manage to catch my interest. This is why. This course only covers a pretty basic content of psychology as most of the class never had it before. I , in comparison, already had a in-depth class of educational science during my general qualification for university entrance, which is why I was already aware of the content taught. Anyway, the teacher really tried to adapt his method to the students, in order to get them interested in the topics. Though I was already aware of the topics, I really enjoyed going to his class. Therefore, if you never had any educational science, you should consider participating in his class!

Teacher Proficiency: Excellent

English: Native

Homework: None

Graduation Method: 1 Mid-Term Examination, 1 Final Examination

Advertising

Advertising

As the title already says, this course was all about advertising, and therefore about marketing. The class was held by the same teacher that also led “Business Policy”, which was good, as he proofed that he has in depth knowledge of the business world. During the upcoming semester the course’s main assignment was (again) a group project. Within this project, the group was supposed to find 3 examples of companies that are struggling with advertisement related topics. Further, we were supposed not only find and define the problem, but also to provide the company with a strategic plan on how to improve the advertisement related problem. When the assignment was finished, each and every group was expected to present their results in class. Apart from that, the teacher would also use the Class’s time in order to lecture us about the exam relevant material.  All in all, it was a very interesting and fun to do course.

Teacher Proficiency: Good

English: Good

Homework: Moderate

Graduation Method: 1 Mid-Term Examination, 1 Final Examination, 1 Report, 1 Presentation

Business Policy

Business Policy

This one actually was a really interesting and challenging course during my semester at Siam. It was taught by a Thai who not that long ago finished his studies at the London Business School. Therefore his expectation have been high from the beginning on. He wanted us to use his lesson for working on our group project, which’s quality and process would be rated during each lesson. Each’s groups assignement was to analyze a multinational enterprise and work on recommendations and valuable future business models for it. As he expected a lot already during the lessons, it was really an exhausting, challenging but nonetheless an interesting course. Apart from that, he sometimes gave little presentations on the content that would be tested during the examinations. After all, I was glad that I took this course.

Teacher Proficiency: Good

English: Good

Homework: Moderate

Graduation Method: 1 Mid-Term Examination, 1 Final Examination, 1 Report.

Comparative Management of Multinational Enterprises

Comparative Management of Multinational Enterprises

This course started out to be the most promising and interesting one of the entire semester. It was taught by the university’s vice president, a 85 year old U.S. citizen, who seemed to be a fan of the republican party. Further, he has been a multiple-time CEO and teacher at a university in the U.S. During the first lesson he told us what to expect in the upcoming semester. He handed us out the Syllabus for the course, which turned out to be existential for passing the class. The hand-out consisted of about 200 technical terms of the business world. The next semester would be spent explaining these 200 words each and every lesson. Due to my Dutch university background I knew all of them from the beginning on, which made participating in this course for 3 months excruciating. Literally, the one thing that the class had done in the semester was going through the list of technical terms over and over and over and over. Well, apart from the one time where we made a game where he picked two teams to compete against each other in defining said technical terms. Furthermore, we had to hand in a report in which we had to compare two major companies with each other. Out of the grade for achieved in the report and the grade for the final examination the final grade would then be calculated. Unfortunately, I only achieved a B for this course, due to not achieving the maximum amount in my report. When I asked him why I did not achieve a maximum, he literally replied “Your report was above my head and interest”….

Teacher’s proficiency: Below average

English: Fluent

Homework: None

Grading Method: 1 Report + 1 Final Examination

Seminar on International Business

Hey folks,

as the semester is almost over I wanted to give you an overview of the several courses I took at Siam University. Therefore I will upload a brief description about each of the courses I had during this semester in the upcoming days.

Let me start with this:

Seminar on International Business

Considering its name, this course is the one nearest to my original studies in the Netherlands. This course was led by the dean himself, a very funny, interested and talkative man. This course simply has no language barrier, as the teacher is really fluent in English and knows how to talk to and interest his students. During the course, the dean will mainly look at current business related topics and discuss them during class. These group discussions are his most liked and mainly used style of teaching. Therefore it is quite important to always pay attention and be present in class, as the examination will be based on the discussions on the current events. Further, he was of the opinion that we students learn the most from talking to each other and exchanging knowledge, which is why he never gave any homework. I really liked having this course during my semester in Bangkok, as it was the most practical and interesting one, due to the focus on current major business related topics.

In the following I will give you a short overview on the course:

Teacher’s Proficiency: Good

English: Good

Learning Pace: Good

Homework: None

Grading Method: 1 Interim Examination, 1 Final Examination, 1 Quiz

Boattour – Bangkok Style

Hey guys,

today I would like to tell you about the boat tour I took on Bangkoks famous river the Chao Praya. Everybody, who is ever been to Bangkok should know this majestic river, dividing the city into two parts. Therefore everybody should have crossed the river at least once.

I began that day with a little “window”-shopping (Pun intended) at Chatuchak. Since I finished early (I am not that big of a shopping kind of guy) I decided to go on a boat tour to see Bangkok from the river perspective. Therefore I started doing the impossible. Getting a cab at Chatuchak that is willing to drive further than a kilometer. Many, many cabs either did not know a place to grab a boat at (Who would’ve thought of that?!) or wanted to have around THB 800 (~20€) for the ride. So it took a lot of patience and the willingness to pay extra for the highway to get to the next pier.

Obviously I have not been brought to the next pier, but somewhere downtown, where even the driver got lost and started asking me for the direction to the pier. After cornering streets and asking a bunch of people the cab-driver finally got me to the pier. When I got out of the cab I directly recognized my location and that I (again) payed way too much for the ride, as it could’ve been done in about a 1/3 of the time and price. I was let out at the Grand Palace….

Nevertheless, I did not let that affect my upcoming boat tour. So I put my smile back on and headed towards the pier. Before I entered the pier, I noticed the many food stands placed in front of the pier. When I got further in, the food stands vanished and merchandise shops appeared. I passed them and got to the area where boat tickets are being sold.

As I read on the internet, there were many boat owners trying to talk one into much less interesting and insanely more expensive private boat tours. So I passed all of their offers and did what the internet told me to. Not only did I read not to take the private boat owners tours, but also that one should pass on guided boat tours from locals. Apparently, they aren’t well guided (very bad or no English) and are quite short with only few places to see and photograph. So I did what I was advised to do. I waited for the regular boat that drives up and down the river all day long, letting people out at the several piers. When I finally embarked (there is no such thing as a schedule) I paid around THB 15 (~0.5€) for a ride up to the final destination.

The boat had plenty of room and opened side, which made it easy to take pictures, but also very easy to get wet once the boat took on some speed. Anyhow, the ride was exciting and joyous. I rode with the boat until I had to get out at the final destination, even though I almost did not make it. The thing with this commercial boats is that they give an estimated 15 seconds at a pier for the people to get off. Regardless whether or not everybody got off, it will go on to the next speed. Even though the last couple of lines had a strong sarcastic note, this is not a joke. If you are on such a boat, plan your exit properly beforehand. Otherwise, you will not get off.

Now having exited at the final destination, I explored the area. It took me about one corner until I saw a giant festival. I tried to understand what the people were doing, and I might have figured it out. Actually I think it was just 2 teams building pyramids and competing at athletic sculptures. I watched for a while, until it was time to meet with some friends.

Therefore I got back to the pier and got on a boat. The amazing thing is that these boats even stop at the major locations. So it indeed is a really fast, convenient and cheap way to get around. Thus, I got out at Khao San road, where the people were already waiting.

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