TU and TOYOTA Confer Awards to Four Publications For Promoting Knowledge-based Society

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Thammasat University (TU) and Toyota Thailand Foundation have announced the “TTF AWARD 2019-2020” winners and four best publications that introduce new and useful ideas to the society have been selected for the prize.

TTF Award, by Thammasat University and Toyota Thailand Foundation, is the annual awards given to the best publication in different fields. This award is a way to support and motivate Thai scholars and teachers to create more publications for students and youth in the generation that follows, which will promote the knowledge-based society and the country’s sustainable development.

TU and Toyota Thailand Foundation have been supporting Thai scholars to create and publish works for the constantly changing modern world’s need for the public since 1995 .

Associate Professor Gasinee Witoonchart, Rector of Thammasat University said that there are four categories of the prize: social science, humanities, health science, and environmental science and technology. For 25 years, this project has helped publish over 60 books. This year there were over 30 books per category, or about 100 books in total that were submitted for review, which is the highest number since the first year of the program.

“This overwhelming number of applications shows that scholars are becoming more active to help take our community to the next level,” said Associate Professor Witoonchart.

Mr. Pramon Sutivong, Chairman of Toyota Thailand Foundation, said that the foundation has the policy to promote sustainable development, and has been supporting different aspects of the society for 28 years especially education, and youth and child’s quality of life. For example, some of the projects are supporting education in remote areas. Human development since younger age is very important as the youth will soon grow up to be the main driving force of the country. The foundation also works with other organizations to ensure the efficiency of every social activity.

This year, there were no winners in the “Excellence award” (300,000-baht cash prize and trophy for the author).

For the best publications ( 200,000-baht cash prize and trophy), the following winners have been awarded:

  • Social Science:  Assoc.Prof.Dr.Chalidaporn Songsamphan, Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University, has won for the work on “Negotiating Abortion: Health, Liberty, Morality”. Abortion is a long-debated problem in society. Some people are discussing whether it is appropriate or not, and some are discussing abortion as a women’s rights. This publication explores the topic in a light manner, making it is easy to read and understand.
  • Health Science: Assoc. Prof. Chanvit Pornnoppadol, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University has been selected as the winner for the work on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This publication provides knowledge about ADHD that will create awareness about the disease and care guide for ADHD patients.
  • Humanities: Prof. Dr. Sakchai Saisingha, Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University won for the work on “Pagoda in Thailand: Style Development and Belief”. This publication explores the pagodas in Thailand, taking readers to these sites through the pictures and description. The narrative and the story are quite interesting.
  • Environment Science and Technology: Asst. Prof. Dr. Karun Thongprajukaew, Faculty of Science, Prince of Songkla University, won for the work on “Digestive enzyme technology to manage feeding of aqua animals”. Even though this is a very technical topic and contains a lot of scientific terms, it is a great resource on the topic of digestive enzymes in aqua animals

“TTD AWARD is an important motivation for Thai scholars to develop the academic circles in Thailand and to write a textbook as teaching material for students in the university. Besides, these publications winning the TTF AWARD have a big impact on society as they discuss the pressing issues and relevant topics in like abortion rights and ADHD in children,” said Associate Professor Gasinee Witoonchart.