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Raffles Brought the World's Biggest Iconic Design Brand to Thailand

Special Thanks to: Mr Young Chiu Wei-Yang, the Associate Partner of Foster+Partners, London, United Kingdom.

After numerous failures (by some of the most reputable interior designers) to bring them to Thailand, finally on 10th Feb 2011, the Interior Design studentsofRaffles International College, Bangkok became the first batch of students in Thailand to be able toexperience the great expertise and experience of Mr Young Chiu Wei-Yang, the Associate Partner of Foster+Partners, London, United Kingdom.

Mr Young Chiu as a designer for Foster+Partners, is involved in many famous projects worldwide, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC/ USA; London City hall; Masdar City in Dubai/UAE; Pushkin Museum Extension, Moscow/ Russia; Chek Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong; Motoryacht, Tokyo/Japan; Reichstag, New German Parliament
Berlin/ Germany and countless other major projects.  Worth mentioning is one of the current projects, 200 Greenwich Street, World Trade Center, New York.  This building is to form part of the redevelopment of the infamous World Trade Center site in New York.

Mr Young Chiu Wei-Yang accepted a personal invitation from Raffles lecturers, Ms Julia Davies and Mr Wynn Arunrugstichai Bay to present a lecture titled "Environment & Design" which featured many of the projects that Foster + Partners are currently working on, and showed the students the detailed nature of the Foster + Partner research methodology. Raffles collaborated with the Architecture Department of Assumption University who kindly hosted the lecture on their campus.

At the end of the lecture, both Raffles and Assumption students were more than grateful to be able to attend this lecture.  They benefited from the vast experiences of Mr Young Chiu.  The lecture has also served as an eye opener for many, as he brought in some case studies for the students' discussion and eventually giving his practical but creative advice.

At Raffles, we are always committed to bringing the best to our students and the Thai community.  We are able to achieve this by having lecturers that are not only experienced in their respective industry but is also active in organizing extra-curricular activities for our students.

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Business Students "Out of Class" Activities

Special Thanks to: Singha,Yontrak Corporationi and Shangri-la Hotel

At Raffles our business students do not only study in the class. Our lecturers would organize frequent field trips to places which would be beneficial for the students. Throughout the month of December 2011, Mr Jose Roberto, the business lecturer provided our students the opportunity to visit 3 different places to enhance their learning experience. Firstly, as part of the "Operations and Quality Management" class, our students were given the opportunity to visit the factory of Singha Beer. Singha is well known as the first beer to be brewed by a Thai. At the factory, they learned the concepts of "continuous process" strategy and quality control from the production engineers at Singha, as the factory is accredited with ISO 9001:2008, ISO 22000:2005 and GMP, the top awards in quality control and manufacturing management.

Next students were brought to Yontrakit Corporation. The company is the Thai assembler of Kia cars, and it is currently planning to produce the Rossion supercar. During the visit, the students were briefed about production planning and implementation, and quality management.

On another separate trip, with the help of another business lecturer Ms. Carol, as part of the "Management Theory and Applications" , students visited Chi Spa at Shangri-la Hotel. The students were entertained by the executive spa director, Ms. Vikky Aquino. Ms. Aquino gave them an overview of the management issues involved in running a hospitality and service-oriented organization.

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Fashion and Interior students visited the textile inspiration center of Nan Yang Textile Group

 

On August 3rd, 2010 students from the fashion design and interior design program had a chance to visit the Nan Yang Inspiration Center (NIC) of Nan Yang Textile Group, which is one of the biggest textile manufacturer and supplier in Thailand. It is known for working with major brands such as Nike, Giordano, and FedEx.

The students were honored to have Mr. William Gardiner, the director of the Inspiration Center, to present a talk on sustainable design and sustainability. Mr. Gardiner also led our students for a tour around the building. During the tour, they were introduced to Nan Yang's special manufacturing processes and innovations, including the breakthrough technology called "1 Way Thru" fabric, which keeps the wearer's body dry, provide long-lasting comfort and also better performance in any activity. The students were given the chance to ask many questions and to get in touch with the Nan Yang Textile Group. It is interesting for the students since Nan Yang is able to provide them with fabrics and techniques that they can't easily see elsewhere. On top of that the interior students might get the opportunity to help redesign their show room as Mr. Gardiner saw the inspiration in our Interior Design students. Nan Yang Textile Group welcomes new and fresh talents and is positively motivated to work with our students!

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Interior Design Students Visit to Architect Expo '10

Special Thank to: Neolight

On the 30th April 2010, a group of interior students and two of their lecturers, Ms. Julia and Mr. Wynn have visited the opening of Architect Expo at Muang Thong Thani, by invitation with courtesy from Home Pro's lighting supplier, CST Neolight Co.Ltd.

This expo is the annual gathering place for Architects, Interior Designers, Engineers, Contractors, Real Estate Developers, Traders, Investors, and Building Managers.

The aim of the expo is to create greater awareness of the modern and most advanced building products and technologies, including the wide range of equipments, materials, and services from worldwide manufacturers and suppliers. Our students had a great opportunity to be among the first to see these latest technologies personally.

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Raffles International College, Bangkok gave an intimate orientation to its July 2010 students

Mr. Jean-Baptiste giving a welcome speech to the students.

In the afternoon on 19th July 2010, Raffles Bangkok gave a pleasant welcome to the new students of July 2010 intake. It was their first day at Raffles. The program began with the orientation session with a concise yet entertaining speech from Mr. Jean-Baptiste, our Academic Director. He talked about the important issues written in the student handbook.
The session was followed by the introduction to Raffles' Program Directors and lecturers who sat along side with the students. They were also introduced to the Student Services Executives in case the students require any assistance in the near future. The atmosphere was full of warmth and intimacy.

Right after the academic session, the students were encouraged to join a small feast prepared by the Student Services department. The scene was filled with smiling faces and hands full of food or drinks! Everyone enjoyed photo shooting and giving the "V" sign to show their intention to achieve victory in their future at Raffles. It was also a session whereby the Thai students get to meet students from other countries like America, Laos, New Zealand, India, Russia etcetera. Quickly we can see cultural and idea exchanges between the new students, staffs and lecturers.

At Raffles, we ensure that the students will not only get a good education but also a friendly environment. More importantly, full support from lecturers and Raffles' staff was clearly seen. This also turned out to be the first experience for the new students of what we promised – personalized attention.

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The Nation Group selected Raffles student's design for their 40th birthday uniform

 

As part of the Visual Merchandising study, 4 Fashion Marketing students had the honor to participate in decorating the campus display, together with their lecturer, Mr. Shaun H'ng. Ms. Engpat Tantivorawong, Ms. Pornapa Nongnuan, Mr. Varanyu Phuengkanthai, and Ms. Natcha Prachumchonjaroen with the help of Ms. Thitiphan Sakunphaisan, another student from Business program, shared with us the story of their special assignment.

They chose "East Meet West" to be the theme for this window display because they wanted to show the coexistent between Eastern and Western culture that can be found everywhere in our campus environment. After studying to find the perfect symbol to represent the East, they finally came up with the idea of using Chinese's blue and white porcelain wares as seen and inspired by one particular fashion set in the Vogue magazine. They developed the idea by using the patterns that appeared on Chinese porcelain wares as the main decoration, mixing with objects to create the uniqueness and flavors. Aiming to make the piece a little more exciting, they decided to input some movement into their work, the rolling umbrella.
"The one thing I learnt from doing this assignment is to work with limited budget. It takes much effort and contribution to make it look good. We have to think of the possibilities, the alternative solutions, and good planning to keep things done within budget. You see, even though the main materials we use are paper and foam, it actually does give the result I expected." said Ms. Engpat.

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At Raffles, we do believe that imagination is as important as knowledge. That's why we ensure our students are able to convert their theoretical thoughts into practical performance. Our lecturer also played an important role in coaching them along the processes. This is part of the preparation to get students ready for the real business world. This is in-line with Raffles teaching philosophy of getting students exposed to the business world.

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Raffles students at Creativities Unfold Bangkok 2010

 

Creativities Unfold or CU is a symposium organized by TCDC annually. It boasts speakers from the creative and design industries, both local and international. This year's theme was "PLAY – from Passion to Business" and was held at the grand Scala theatre from the 19th to 22nd of March. Renowned speakers who attended this year's symposium were Chris Bangle – former Design Director of BMW, Kara Johnson of IDEO and Renne Ramakers, one of the original founders of Droog Design, just to name a few.

TCDC invited 10 Raffles students from Product, Interior and Fashion to attend the symposium. The students enjoyed the experience and learned a great deal from the various international and local speakers. The ticket to attend this symposium normally cost THB1,500 however 10 of our selected students got special invitation from TCDC and went for free.

Ajarn Jett, who is Raffles Bangkok's Program Director for Product Design, was involved in inviting Kara Johnson from IDEO to speak at the symposium and also facilitated the workshop "Design exploration of the senses" on the 19th of March, which two students – Mayy Tanarat Kongsupapsiri and Varin Dejgambhir - participated in. The workshop was organized on an invitation only basis. The workshop participants included business owners, material scientists and designers.

The topic of the workshop was "Creating opportunity for education in Thailand", which focused on using the senses - such as sense of time, sense of morality etc. - to design products or services through the "User Centred Design process", with an emphasis on observation and interview. Throughout the workshop, the students had an opportunity to meet people from the industry and received design advice from Kara herself. The workshop ended with presentations of participants' findings, with Varin acting as the spokesperson for one of the groups.

Finally, as Ajarn Jett was involved in facilitating the symposium, he was invited to attend the thank you party at the Le Meridian hotel and spent the evening both entertaining and being entertained by the speakers!

In conclusion the Symposium was a success despite the political situation. Apart from having fun and getting the chance to meet and greet Designers from all over the world, students and Ajarn Jett learnt a great deal from this event and hope to see you all again next year.

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Student Activities: Herman Miller Aeron Hockey Tournament

 

On the 8th February, Bed Supperclub in Bangkok turned its dance floor into a hockey pitch!

16 design teams, architects and Raffles international College were selected to participate in the first Aeron Office Hockey Tournament to take place in Thailand. The team from RIC was hand picked from the Interior Design Department for their agility and determination!!

The host of the tournament was CHM Systems (Chanintr Group) who are the exclusive distributors of Herman Miller products.

The event kicked off at 2pm with refreshments and a briefing stating the rules and regulations for the games. The matches were fast and furious with several
hockey sticks broken throughout the matches. The prize for winning the competition was that each player would receive an Aeron Chair worth 54,000bt each, so the stakes were high!! RIC managed to get through to the quarter finals without playing a match as their opponents failed to show up, lucky us! Our first match was up against Bed Supperclub who was by far, has the most aggressive players in the competition, RIC fought hard but eventually lost to a more than respectable 2-1.

All the team players from RIC really enjoyed a great afternoon courtesy of CHM systems (Chanintr Group). THANK YOU SO MUCH AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WINNING NEXT YEAR!!

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"Bonjour" Uniform Project 24 Oct 2009

 

Bonjour is a French restaurant located on Sukhumvit frequented by the upper crust living in the area. The owner, Xavier, collaborated with the Fashion department to design uniforms for his relatively new restaurant's staff. As the students partook of the gourmet spread, they were mesmerized by the subtle luxury of the interiors. They were quick to come up with ideas inspired by the quiet ambience of the place.

Xavier had originally planned to award one prize to the best design but was impressed by the profusion of ideas. Kiat was chosen with the most creative design idea while Pam, Jasmine and Shane also were chosen for their innovations.

CONGRATULATIONS!

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