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Gardener's Corner ~ 7 

From Archanya Rattana-Ubol


How I met Chris and what has the relationship with him meant?

I have known Chris’s reputation and work for a long period of time since I was studying at Chulalongkorn University. Two advisors of mine, Prof. Unta Noppakul and Prof. Dr. Rattana Pumpaisan, were well acquainted with him. I also had chances to read several of his publications. For instance, an article of Future Developments in Continuing Education in the Educational Management and Administration Journal in 1991, and an article of Adult Education and Poverty Reduction – A Global Priority in Adult Education and Development Journal in 2004. Additionally, he has had opportunities to meet and exchange knowledge and experiences with students of the Lifelong Learning Department, Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University, which was considered very beneficial in broadening our students’ perspectives. Furthermore, he had also provided invaluable guidance for students on how to conduct their thesis. Another aspect of the relationship is that he has visited Thailand frequently to see his son and grandchildren who are living in Thailand, providing our opportunities for informal interactions.

Having a chance to collaborate with him on various articles at PIMA is considered another great honor and has allowed for our mutual development. He is a true academic mentor who has guided and advised several people on how to advance academically by suggesting various ways to improve academic articles. I can proudly say that he is one of the most genuine people I have ever met. He gives warmth, love, and kindness to those around him, and provides guidance to anyone who needs them without any hesitation. His abiding passions are there to inspire and give invaluable wisdom to people, which should be considered the biggest accomplishment for any academics.

So Chris, I hope you realize how impactful you and your work is to people academically and personally. I would like to express my gratitude and admiration for your contribution to the academic community. Your years of dedication in academia has left an incredible mark and inspired countless students, colleagues, and fellow researchers. Thank you for everything you have done. I wish you a happy and fulfilling retirement and a sense of satisfaction of a job well done.

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