The identity of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is “Integrating the Humanities and Social Sciences for Local and Global Societies.” This clearly demonstrates the 36 years of the faculty’s roles in community service. The followings are significant projects and activities in community service of the faculty:
Mobile Library Service is the community service of Information and Communication Management Program, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Khon Kaen University. Its focus is on primary students and teachers in the Primary Education Service Area Offices in northeastern Thailand. It is significant to solve problems that rural area children who are not well-educated lack appropriate reading opportunities for their ages and interests. They are not reading lovers, and there is a lack of resources to provide services for children’s reading. As a result, the service of Mobile Library Service has been launched since 1981 until present.
The target groups are primary students in rural areas of northeastern Thailand. The project provides the students with appropriate reading opportunities for their ages and interests.
To arrange activities to develop and promote understanding of administrators and teachers so that they realize significance of a library as a learning resource, to develop skills for teachers so that they are equipped with skills and ability to manage and provide services for school library, to support development of library to be a qualified learning resource for teachers and students, and to open wide this opportunity to local people.
Reading loving habits as well as reading and lifelong learning skills of students are enhanced. Teachers get developed on knowledge and skills in library management and service. Schools are equipped with an appropriate library to support learning and teaching. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences cooperates and gains networks with more than 500 primary schools in northeastern Thailand.
Foundation of Japan Buddhism and Academic Service Center Khon Kaen University.
Lecturers and students in Social Development Program realize that one simple problem in development is well being of communities and society. This results in research and knowledge construction, in cooperation with communities and government and private sections, to lead the society to sustainable well being to benefit to people and focus on construction of model communities as well. The focus of this research group is “well being” of developing countries’ population. The focused problem is growth, and it emphasizes on whether rapid economic growth, leading to “human’s well being, or not?”
communities in Northeastern Thailand
to provide service by go to community areas, to provide knowledge, and cooperate in development
The communities gain knowledge in sustainable development of communities. There is better chance in constructing economic and social status for better living. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences cooperates and gains networks widely with communities in northeastern Thailand.
United Nations, USAID, Ministry of Culture, Health and Social Development Office, National Health Foundation, and Khon Kaen University
Due to the fact that the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has a variety of language courses with high academic standard and knowledgeable lecturers with language abilities in linguistics; literature; skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing; usage of the language in various context such as in work place, job application, communication, translation, and hotel and tourism, for instances. The faculty therefore constantly provides services on language and culture for group or individual, depending on the demand of the target groups from several organizations.
Interested individual, students, and national and international organizations
language training, language service for several occasions (e.g. MC, interpreter, tour guide, etc), translation service, language proficiency test service.
Language skills of Thai and foreigner trainees are developed. There are better opportunities in self development and work potential for the target groups. There are cooperation and networks with institutes and national and international organizations to make reputation for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
External organizations and Academic Service Center of Khon Kaen University
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is an educational institute that realizes the significance of development of communities, society and local labor, so it initiates the academic service project “Enhancement of Labor Skills before Migration to Foreign Countries”. The project has been launched since 2005 – present (9th phase). Concerning this, lecturers of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences constantly conduct researches related to labor migration and process in development for labor potential before migration. Hence, they posses knowledge of labor migration process and provide understanding in self-right protection as a labor. The project also provide knowledge and understanding in society, culture, and self conduct in the destination countries, along with an access to the support system of Thai government when being abroad as well. The previous activities are to ensure that the labors to migrate are ready and realize the risks during their contacts for jobs opportunity. It is expected that the activities will benefit in successful work abroad which will benefit to the labors and their family. This is to support the labor willing to migrate for working abroad to get access to important information from Department of Consular Affairs’ authorities and understand the support system of Thai government when they are abroad. Moreover, this will lead to protection of human trafficking which usually occurs in the process of migration for working abroad of Thai labors.
Group 1 Household with its member used to work abroad and has returned.
Group 2 Household with its member working abroad
Group 3 Household with its member interested or planning to go to work
study and in-depth analysis of problems of migrating labors in target groups, organize training programs for support and develop knowledge necessary in working abroad, provide consultation, enhance strength to communities for self-imparting of knowledge in communities, cooperate with organizations and experts who have direct roles in labor migration and working abroad such as Department of Consular Affairs, Foreign Affair Ministry and Labor Ministry
Households in rural with its member of work-force age gain knowledge and understanding in self-right protection as a labor, self-conduct in destination countries, access to Thai government support when they are abroad, and realization in risks, leading to protection of human trafficking occurred in the process of migration to work abroad.
Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Academic Service Center of Khon Kaen University