Why did you choose Asian studies?
I was very eager that any masters programme I chose would allow me to study in Asia , as I believe that if studying a region one must have the chance to be there. Lund’s programme is unique in Europe, in that not only did it have a integral study abroad component of the degree, but it was also flexible- after giving students a solid grounding in economics, politics, and methods, the programme allows students the freedom to chose their own direction and focus. The course is highly regarded internationally and was recommend to me by senior scholars at other top universities.
When did you graduate from the Masters Programme in Asian Studies?
I graduated in Summer 2010
What are you doing today?
I am currently working on my PhD on Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge trials and setting off to do a long field work project there. Lund gave me the skills and confidence to move into a doctoral studies.
What was it like being a student in Lund?
Lund is a globally top tier institution with all the facilities and recourses that one would expect from a world leading university , but unlike others in it leage it is also intimate and student focused with small classes and greater student- tutor contact time. The Asian studies centre had a real community feel to it and a diverse student body from across the world . The tutors are engaged, approachable and enthusiastic and the institution goes out of its way to make you feel settled very quickly.
Any recommendations for future students?
I would recommend that students take full advantage of the many opportunities that Lund gives. The field work part of the corse provides a real opportunity to explore your interests and build up a skills portfolio that will be relevant to your career objectives. Also relish your time there, it passes very quickly .
Korakit Choomgrant, Lecturer and Head of Business Administration Program in Hospitality and Tourism Management, and International Business at International College, Dhurakij Pundit University, Thailand