President Opens STOU Corners in Provincial Prisons





One group normally without options for educational development is prison inmates, and STOU is proud to help this population in their determination to once again become productive members of society. STOU works within the Thai prison system by offering degree and special programs for inmates, as well as educational facilities. Besides making special accommodations to allow inmates to study in STOUís regular degree programs, STOU also has established STOU Corners in prisons throughout the country. An STOU Corner provides course textbooks, educational publications, audiovisual materials and other self-study resources. It also provides a channel for enrollment in STOU programs should inmates wish to pursue higher education.

STOU recently opened two more of these facilities. On 14 May 2013, an STOU Corner was officially opened in Nakhon Sawan prison in a ceremony presided over by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chailerd Pichitpornchai, President of STOU. The facility now serves over 90 inmates who study in STOU degree or non-degree programs, and is open to other inmates as well. On 11 June 2013, an STOU Corner was unveiled in Chonburiís central prison; the opening ceremony was again led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chailerd Pichitpornchai, President of STOU.

Those who are interested in STOUís services for prisoners may see footage from the opening in Nakhon Sawan in the universityís PR report on the event (dialogue in Thai).