The Office of International Relations (OIR)
The Office of International Relations (OIR) at Payap University (PYU), part of the Division of International Affairs, is responsible for a multitude of tasks. They include building long term relationships between PYU and its various international partners and institutions in order to stimulate greater understanding and financial support, and providing a wide array of administrative services unique to foreign faculty, staff, and students.
One primary function of the OIR is to manage external grants. Payap has been the fortunate recipient of significant grant monies from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through their American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program. These grants have greatly contributed to major capital projects throughout the university, including the central library construction and commodities project, the international dormitory building, the law school building, the women’s dormitory building, the pharmacy laboratory equipment project, improving campus accessibility for the disabled, upgrading the IT infrastructure throughout campus, and the alternative energy or solar project. The university has also received funding through the OIR from the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, the ASEAN Foundation, and the Henry Luce Foundation. Grants from these institutions have helped to fund faculty development, enhance academic programs, host international conferences, building renovation, and provide for student scholarships.
The OIR also administers the VA (Veterans Affairs) program, supporting former US military personnel utilizing VA educational benefits at Payap.
The OIR also performs as the ACUCA Secretariat during the period in which the Payap University President is fulfilling his duties as the ACUCA President. ACUCA is the Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia and consists of 62 member institutions in eight countries in Asia. The term of the ACUCA President and Secretariat is two years.
Lastly, the OIR administers the all-English International Programs website (inter.payap.ac.th). Through this website, visitors can find assorted information on PYU’s history, dormitories, undergraduate and graduate degree programs, certificate programs, admissions policies, the university structure and administration, latest happenings on campus, academic calendar, and latest news.
Samuel Santisuk Chinnapongse
Director, Office of International Relations
Payap Extension: 7212