Hi! My name is Tanyakorn Thippayapokin or Eve. After getting my bachelor’s degree in Social Policy and Development (SPD) at Thammasat University, I got a full Chinese government scholarship to pursue an international masters’ degree in International Public Administration and Policy (IMPA) at Renmin University of China. My desire to continue studying postgraduate program, to gain an in-depth knowledge and become a professional in this field, stems from my passion to forge a career in an international organisation concerned with policy and development.
During my undergraduate years, SPD had introduced me to all major disciplines of social sciences and I learnt to see society through more than one lens in order to tackle social problems effectively through social policies. The program provided me with invaluable lessons, both theoretically and practically.
I learnt to conduct several social researches as well as policy memos, which helped me to develop strong critical thinking and solid analytical research skills. In addition, I had the opportunity to undertake an internship at the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organisation Secretariat (SEAMES) which become meaningful experiences that I could not learn in the classroom, but which helped me to build on what I have learnt at university. It was a significant breakthrough in my self-development, both personally and professionally, and it literally opened my eyes to a world of possibilities and potential solutions for global problems.
SPD helped me to discover my genuine interests in social and public policies, governmental decision-making and global affairs. I came to the realisation that working as a policymaker for an international agency is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I firmly believe that both SPD and IMPA programs are essential stepping stones that will help strengthen my capability and groom me to be a strong professional ready to play a larger role in the process of formulating policies which will make the world a better one in the nearly future.