Development Projects

Development Projects

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Faculty Development: Fund for Research and Advanced Study

Funding Goal: US$400,000

development1Payap aims to strengthen the research capability of its faculty members. Producing high quality research is vital in contributing to the education and training of graduate students and as an ongoing commitment to national development. Payap will establish a research fund to provide financial support to faculty members for research-related expenses.

Over the past 10 years, Payap has made a substantial investment in improving the knowledge and credentials of our faculty. We have increased the number of faculty members with Master’s and PhD degrees dramatically. We must continue to make this investment in order to develop new programs and insure that our faculty remains well-qualified in all disciplines, including General Education. Payap plans to increase this investment in the future to reflect its commitment to the faculty and students.

Student Scholarships: General

Funding Goal: US$100,000/annually
Cost per student: Approximately US$3,500 per annum

Many students rely on government loans to pay for a Payap education, but these loans are often not enough to meet the need of students from poor families. Payap is committed to increasing its scholarship funds to help insure that all qualified students can afford a first-rate education.

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Student Scholarships: Nursing

development5Funding Goal: US$100,000/annually
Cost per student: Approximately US$2,500 per annum

There is a growing worldwide need for skilled nurses to provide primary and specialized medical care. McCormick plays a vital role in meeting this need in Thailand. The majority of our graduates remain in the Kingdom to serve their communities, but a significant number also leave to ply their trade abroad. There is a continuous need for more trained nurses to staff the medical facilities of Thailand. Many college-aged children dream of a career in nursing but simply cannot afford the training. Scholarship support from donors will help even more young women and men make the commitment to productive careers in nursing.


McGilvary College of Divinity Scholarships

development7Funding Goal: US$100,000/annually
Cost per student: Approximately US$2,500 per annum

For more than a century, the McGilvary College of Divinity (formerly the Faculty of Theology) and its predecessors have educated young men and women for service to the church. Most of these students come from families unable to meet the cost of a university education. Scholarship support for these students will insure the church a bright future, with well-prepared pastors, church musicians, and lay leaders educated for the 21st century, and with hearts dedicated to lives of service.


Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace Scholarships in Peace Studies

IRCPlogoFunding Goal: US$1,000,000
Cost per student: US$3,500 per annum*

Payap’s Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace will open a Ph.D. program in Peacemaking and Peace building beginning in 2009. This will be the first Ph.D. program at the University and one of few programs in the world focusing on Religion and Peace. It is expected that most of the students in this program will come from conflict areas of Southeast Asia and will need financial assistance to undertake the degree program. Therefore, funds for student scholarships will be required to successfully launch and maintain this important program.

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Scholarships for Ethnic Minority Students and/or Students with Nationality Problems

development10Funding Goal: US$100,000/annually
Cost per student: Approximately US$3,500 per annum

There are a number of “stateless” people in Thailand who are unable to attend university because they do not have the proper documentation. Most are ethnic minority children who were born in Thailand but for some reason were never registered as citizens. The Payap University Faculty of Law is assisting such people to apply for citizenship. If scholarship aid were available, Payap would give qualified students, in this category, an opportunity to pursue a higher education. The same applies to students from Myanmar who live in refugee camps along the Thai/Myanmar border.


Travel Scholarships for International Study

development13Funding Goal: US$100,000/annually
Cost per student: Approximately US$3,500 per annum

Payap students have many exchange opportunities with international institutions in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. These programs allow the students to study abroad for home tuition prices. Currently Payap is receiving more students than it is sending. The reason Payap students are not participating is primarily economic. If Payap students had access to travel scholarship funds they would participate in these exchange programs in greater numbers.


McGilvary College of Divinity

development14Funding Goal: US$500,000

The McGilvary College of Divinity at Payap University proposes to become the premier center for theological studies in Mainland Southeast Asia. Currently educating about 200 students per year, the College plans to serve 500 students by 2012. 75% of the students will come from Thailand and 25% from other neighboring countries. Plans include adding Master of Arts degrees in Church Music, Church and Community, Theological Studies and Christian Education. These would be in addition to the B.A., B.Th. and M.Div degrees currently being offered.

The College of Divinity will also establish a Center for the Development of Pastors for the national church (the Church of Christ in Thailand). This Center will provide theological education and leadership development.

development15A text book project will be very important to the success of the College. More theological books need to be published in the Thai language. The College is proposing that five people be dedicated to this task for the next five years.

Funding will be needed for faculty development to upgrade the academic qualifications of the instructors. Also, funds are needed for scholarships for students, most of who are from poor families who do not have the resources to cover tuition and living expenses.

The College of Divinity will cooperate with other parts of the University to offer religious and ethical education and support.


Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace

development8Funding Goal: US$600,000 for Endowment to fund Director’s position

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The Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace (formerly called the Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture) was established at Payap University in 1996 . The Institute’s primary goals are to foster increased mutual appreciation and cooperation among the world’s different religious communities, thus contributing to greater inter-religious and intra-religious understanding among all peoples everywhere; and to undertake, and develop new ways to carry out, peacemeaking and peacebuilding activities. The Director of IRCP is directly involved with every aspect of this mission.

The Institute also serves as a center for research into the religion and culture of Thailand and Southeast Asia.

The institute plans to offer a Ph.D. program at Payap in Peacemaking and Peacebuilding beginning in 2009. This will be the first Ph.D.program at the University. In additional, the institute is developing a General Education course in Peace and Reconciliation. This course will be required of all undergraduate students at Payap beginning in June 2009. The course will be a model for Thai higher education and the Thai government is supporting the effort. The IRCP will be working closely with other departments at the University and offering special lectures on the subject of Peace and Conflict Transformation in preparation for their faculty members to join in teaching this course.

An endowment to fund the Director’s position will assist the IRCP in continuing its important mission in Religion and Peace. The University has already raised over US$100,000 for the endowment, but that among is still short of the stated goal of US$600,000 for this endeavor.


Curriculum Development and Instructor Training

development20Funding Goal: US$20,000 ($10,000 per year – 2009-2011)

Beginning in June 2009, Payap University will offer a new general education curriculum to address the needs of today’s students. A 12-credit course, required of all first year students (Thai and non-Thai), will focus on developing academic skills (critical reading, listening, discussing, and writing) that students will need and be using throughout their academic careers, regardless of whatever field of study they choose. This new curriculum will make Payap University unique among Thai universities and other institutions in the region.

development22The content of the course will cover a variety of academic fields and subjects. These include literature, history, religion, philosophy, and the physical and social sciences (including economics and business). Each week the assigned readings, discussions, and essay assignment will focus on one of these areas. The readings, discussions, and writing assignments will provide a special introduction to these academic disciplines that will be appropriate not just for future majors but for all educated persons. Its primary aim will be to contribute to helping Payap students become educated persons.

Materials and curriculum need to be designed for the course and training needs to be provided for faculty involved in teaching the course. A total of 60-80 instructors need to be prepared for this important, new innovation.


Christian Communications Institute (CCI)

development24Funding Goal: US$ 145,000

Established in 1981 The Christian Communications Institute (CCI) uses traditional and modern Thai culture expressions to convey a creative message of faith and ethical living. Contemporary dramas presented in schools and classical melodramas (Likay) performed in villages around the country reach tens of thousands of people in live audiences each year. CCI’s studio produces audio and video recordings of the music and plays that reach an even wider audience.

The CCI drama troupe of 18 artists and support staff travels by bus between the provinces of Thailand, making as many as 18 week-long visits to elementary and secondary schools and 20 weekend visits in villages. These visits are eagerly anticipated by students, teachers and villagers when songs, dances, dramas, and inter-active games make for an exciting time. $120,000 is needed to replace the 18-year-old bus. Another $25,000 is being sought for improved video and computing equipment.


Center for Creative and Performing Arts

development29Funding Goal: US$ 2,000,000

This project seeks to combine all of the arts programs at Payap University into one multi-purpose, multi-function, fully-equipped, centrally located, and contemporarily designed arts center. This center will provide various classrooms for the Drama, Music, Communications, and Fine Arts departments. It will have rehearsal rooms, exhibition halls, music studios, meeting rooms, dressing rooms, faculty and staff offices, an Arts library, an outdoor amphitheater, and a 500 seat indoor concert hall.

The Arts are an enriching, vital and necessary part of our society. Payap University recognized this need many years ago and developed the very first music program in Thailand. However, interest in the arts, in the context of real investment, has waned. Over its history, Payap University has not been able to dedicate the appropriate amount of energy or resources to strengthen the Arts on its campus and it is time for this to change. Additionally, Chiang Mai has long served as a “hub” of ethnic cultural diversity and so the Arts Center will serve as a center to train, perform and generally “celebrate” the various music and cultural art forms of the region.


Campus Facilities: Stained Glass Windows

development31Funding Goal: US$ 250,000

Among the first buildings constructed on the main campus of Payap University was the Henry R. Luce Chapel. Constructed in 1984, the Luce Chapel is furnished and decorated in carved teak, with specially-made chapel doors of blue mosaic tiles and teak carved in Northern Thai style that depict symbols from each of the four Gospels.

As part of an effort to enhance the role of the university Chapel in the daily life of the Payap community, we want to commission and install stained glass windows in the Henry R. Luce Chapel. These artistic windows would portray events of Christian faith using indigenous Thai art styles. The Luce Chapel is located in the center of the main university campus and is frequently the site of ceremonies, events, and gatherings, both academic and spiritual in nature. This project will undoubtedly enhance the beauty of this historical structure and provide an immediate morale boost to all who visit.


Campus Facilities: Handicap Accessibility

development32Payap seeks to make its campus universally handicap accessible. While handicap accessibility standards in Thailand are not nearly as stringent as those in some other countries, Payap nevertheless believes that providing access to all facilities must be for all individuals, regardless of their disability. Most of the buildings that were constructed in recent history are already so equipped, but there is much work to be done in the older buildings. This also applies to sidewalks, walkways, and streets. Using the campuses and buildings in the United States as the model, Payap has obtained expert advice from consultants, and identified discrepancies which will be corrected as funding permits. Your help can greatly expedite this process and make Payap University fully handicap accessible to all.



Campus Facilities: Sports Complex

development39Funding Goal: US$ 3,000,000

To properly serve our constituency and stakeholders, it is important to provide a complete package of services. Payap University has excelled for many years by providing educational opportunities and services to its students. We’ve invested heavily in faculty development, capital projects, and on-campus infrastructure. We must now take a more deliberate approach towards investing in the whole student.

Sports and recreational facilities are an important part of campus life. Payap wants to provide healthy sport and recreation options for students and persons from the surrounding community. There are limited options for students at Payap as the university is located miles from the center of town. Payap recognizes that it must provide healthy options for students who desire to participate in sports activities. The Sport Complex project would provide an open air stadium with covered seating and would be used extensively for soccer and other field games. There would also be an Olympic-size swimming pool, tennis courts, and gymnasium and fitness room. This sports facility will also serve the surrounding community, helping to cultivate relations with our constituents. Having a development40well equipped sports and recreational complex would allow Payap to:

  • Create more on-campus activities for students, staff, and the community. Students will choose to stay on campus rather than drift away into the nearby city and become involved in risky behavior.
  • Encourage team building and camaraderie among sports participants.
  • Enable students to learn about and engage in physical activities that stimulate both their bodies and minds.
  • Provide students will the opportunity to start living a healthy lifestyle at an early age.

development42Additionally, the indirect benefits include:

  • Generating a revenue stream from user fees to service the debt portion of the financing, cover operating expenses, and fund the costs of providing a residential life staff and program similar to that offered by an American college or university.
  • Enabling the university to better cultivate its relationship with the community by opening its facility to non-students.
  • Utilizing buildings and facilities more hours of the day, thus maximizing use.
  • In addition, as stated above, the Sports Complex can result in increasing alumni donations from students who have benefited from the residential life program.


Green Projects: Alternative Energy Fund

development43Funding Goal: US$ 5,000,000

Despite increasing focus on energy conservation, Payap continues to spend a sizable portion of its operating budget on electricity. These funds would be better spent on faculty development, infrastructure improvement, student support, or any number of programs to improve our academic services. Further, this cost will continue to escalate as fossil fuels continues to be in high demand throughout the industrialized world and developing economies. Payap must find an alternative means to generate at least some of its own electricity to power its many classrooms, library, administrative offices, and dormitories. Power companies in Thailand rely almost exclusively on fossil fuels to produce electricity. Payap can be among the pioneers in higher education in Thailand to not only preach environmental awareness and self-sufficiency, but actually practice it.

development44Technology exists today to harness the powers of free energy such as the sun and wind. Sunlight is an abundant resource in Thailand throughout much of the year. Wind energy can also supplement sunlight and provide Payap with the electricity it needs to run the university. With the help of generous donors, Payap can reduce or eliminate its reliance on expensive electricity produced by the burning of fossil fuels. Not only will Payap be doing its civic duty in helping to reduce pollution, it will be able to utilize the monies saved to fund its academic programs aimed at enhancing student learning.

This project will also include an educational component. Payap will continue to educate students and the community on the importance of environmental sustainability and the role they can play in protecting our planet through conservation, recycling, and alternative energy.


Green Projects: Electric Bus System

development45Funding Goal: US$ 90,000

Payap University operates programs on three campuses the main Mae Khao campus, which is rapidly expanding to the east side of a major highway, the Kaew Nawarat campus, and the Ban Tan Kaew campus on the west side of Chiang Mai. This creates a major burden for students who must travel back and forth between campuses and residential communities on a daily basis. It also contributes to unnecessary pollution generated by private vehicles, as well as growing traffic congestion and a shortage of parking on campus.

Over the next several years, Payap hopes to reduce, or perhaps eliminate vehicular traffic on the main campus. This can be done by moving parking to the campus periphery and running an electric shuttle between the main campus and the other two campuses, as well as the residential community where the dormitories are situated. The electric buses will provide students, faculty, and staff with convenient, safe, and rapid transport. The electricity-fueled buses will also contribute to a cleaner environment and less dependency on fossil fuel.


Green Projects: Payap Eco-program

Funding Goal: US$ 1,000,000

The University plans to use 10 rai (approximately 5 acres) of its undeveloped land or projects related to plant production. Students and faculties can utilize the land to grow plants and vegetables in order to study specific aspects of His Majesty the King’s mandate of self-sufficiency economy and long-term sustain-ability.

Some of the produce will be used in the Payap Dormitory dining rooms. The Faculty of Pharmacy will have herbal gardens for research on herbal remedies. And the Department of Food Science will benefit from the crops for research and practice in preserving and preparing foods. There are many ways students (and ultimately society) can benefit from this use of the Payap land.



Green Projects: Meditation Garden on the new campus

development48Funding Goal: US$ 20,000

As a part of a healthy residential life program, it’s vitally important to maintain an aesthetically pleasing university grounds which captures the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. One of our core competencies is to teach our students to become better citizens, and environmental conservation is certainly high on the agenda. An on-campus garden, centrally located within the residential community, will provide an inexpensive, yet important backdrop to the overall residential scene.

development49Students can take part in school-sponsored tree plantings and traditional rituals which will encourage students to contribute directly to the beautification of the campus. The garden will contain a large pond, walkway, plush lawn, assorted indigenous flowers, juniper, and palm trees. This new garden will enhance the appearance of the campus for students, faculty, staff, and visitors alike.