Message from Chairman of SIU Council

Graduation Address
SIU University Council Chairman Mr. Paron Israsena
Graduation Ceremony Shinawatra University
Friday, 22nd September 2017

Esteemed graduates, members of the University Council, Mr. President, university executives, faculty members, parents and honored guests at Shinawatra University’s Graduation Ceremony:

It is my great pleasure and privilege to welcome you to this auspicious Graduation Ceremony at Shinawatra University today, 22nd September 2017. I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to you all. Whatever you our graduate students – choose to do in the future , I would like to assure you that our hearts , our minds and our best wishes go with you.

This year marks the eighteenth anniversary of the University’s foundation and its thirteenth graduation ceremony and I should like to take this opportunity to express some views on how I believe this association relates to our ceremony today, from which I trust our graduates, their friends, families and others present may derive encouragement.

Graduation is not the end of education but a pathway to true success. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you were born, /to the moment you die, is a process of learning. Life is a process of lifelong learning and developing oneself so as to achieve human excellence. Learning how to learn and thinking about thinking, are stepping stones to lead us to innovation and treasures that will stay with their owners forever. As learning is an essential element of life, one needs to be an active learner. Learning how to learn is life’s most important skill.

We are all in a changing world. In this digital age, active learners must focus on the purpose of what they will do after graduation.As the patterns of business, investment and production have changed significantly, the area of your knowledge may become unsuitable for the new era. The origin of the sharing economy can alter the habits of people and some careers might even be disrupted by new developments. You need to prepare your knowledge to cope with that problem. New technology will change the lifestyle of our community.

As new graduates, you should have a sense of how to be entrepreneurs, which is the aim of our university. You should be able to create opportunities via the advance of technology. You can challenge the world with pioneering models of businesses and economy. New platforms bring together the multitude of small start-up businesses in the creation of wealth and unbounded growth.

Further, in many new business platforms, artificial intelligence will do the work instead of humans.However, learning is still a task that people need to do. As we enter the ageing society, people will live longer with many health-tech and bio-engineering technologies.You have to think about the purpose of the quality of life.The purpose of saving our environment for the next generation. As we are facing global climate change issues, knowledge of renewable energies and other forms of green technology will be great assets in saving our environment. Learning how to learn is the key to reaching the summit of your career and your life.

My last remark for you all here would deal with a very crucial challenge for today’s world. It is concerned with cultural differences.The challenge of this issue lies in the question: How can we shift from the cultural imperialism that has been more influential than other cultures to a multicultural curiosity so that everyone learns from each other?

In closing, I sincerely wish all of you , my dearest graduates of Shinawatra University, every success and happiness in life, work, business and your chosen professions . I look forward to hearing about your achievements as I continue to watch over all of you with unbounded pride, confidence and joy. The world awaits you!

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