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Naresuan University offers 13 ‘Wild Boars’ full scholarships

By THE NATION 
PHITSANULOK, THAILAND

 

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NARESUAN UNIVERSITY has sent a letter to the governor of Chiang Rai governor, offering full scholarships to all the 13 Wild Boars Academy footballers who were recently rescued from the flooded Tham Luang cave.

 

The letter signed by Naresuan University President, Professor Kanchana Ngourungsi and sent on July 10, after the completion of the rescue mission, said: “Naresuan University is delighted to offer full scholarships to all 13 Wild Boars Academy footballers if they wish to complete their bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at Naresuan University, Phitsanulok.”

 

“The decision was made by top executives of our university,” Sirimas Senarak, director of General Affairs Division, Naresuan University, confirmed in a phone interview. 

 

The offer to waive all tuition fees for them received a mixed response from the public. Some netizens said the 13 footballers were survivors, not heroes. They believed the reward should go to volunteers who had helped save the 13 lives while some online users urged Naresuan University to instead take care of the poor students in their campus.

 

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Responding to the criticism, the director said, “Naresuan University has been taking care of our underprivileged students financially. We never abandon them. But the decision to grant full scholarships to the Wild Boar team was already made by our executives."

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30349966

 
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Good to see the boys getting the offer of scholarships, as they are from poor families.

In my opinion Naresuan university is just jumping on the bandwagon getting media coverage.

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Their offer should politely be put on hold. A University place should be earned, and I'm sure the students who studied for years to get there would agree.

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23 minutes ago, Jeremy50 said:

Their offer should politely be put on hold. A University place should be earned, and I'm sure the students who studied for years to get there would agree.

You are right on the spot with this comment. What the university should do is to make the offer, if the boys can show that they are worthy of such a gift regarding education success they will later have the possibility to recieve such a gift. 

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2 hours ago, colinneil said:

Good to see the boys getting the offer of scholarships, as they are from poor families.

In my opinion Naresuan university is just jumping on the bandwagon getting media coverage.

Driven by the grandstanding ineffective president. 

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People can say what they like, but offering scholarships to 13 kids who might not otherwise have had the opportunity can only be a good thing.

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2 minutes ago, Artisi said:

Driven by the grandstanding ineffective president. 

 

IMHO there re several points:

 

- Yes the navy Seals and many others should be recognized and receive some reward / some ongoing benefit and I hope that soon there will be more on this point.

 

- The 3 boys gaining citizenship - Good luck to them, and I hope this will gain some overall new focus on the plight of all stateless people in Thailand. That also means investigating why it's so slow and then giving this agency the tools and resources to gain a lot of speed in the processing. Perhaps there should be a processing time limit - all cases must be finalized within say 3 months.

 

- On a global scale, the UN started in 1945, now 2018, some 73 years later, and still millions of people, citizens of the world, are still stateless. I see this as a derelict failure of the United Nations.Surely part of the UN remit is to push /ensure a civil world for all people on this planet. They have dismally failed on this count and the media should highlight their failure. 

 

 

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What exactly did these boys do to deserve this?

 

I used to work for Naresuan University many years ago.

 

An honorary degree would be more appropriate to the rescuers.

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Not sounding ungrateful but the standard of education the Wild Boars get and what is required for entry into Naresuan are entirely different worlds and bearing in mind that not one cap fits all , not everyone on the team has the capability of doing a UNI degree.

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1 hour ago, Katipo said:

People can say what they like, but offering scholarships to 13 kids who might not otherwise have had the opportunity can only be a good thing.

nothing wrong with what you are saying ---  but bear in mind there are thousands of kids in Thailand who don't have this opportunity and also be aware there are many families in extreme debt endeavouring to educate their kids.

This offer from NU is badly thought out and inappropriate, confirmed by many in the Thai social media along with many senior academics at NU. 

 

Have the kids of the diver who gave his life in the rescue attempt been offered the same scholarships?

 

It is simply grandstanding to make a name.

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3 hours ago, colinneil said:

Good to see the boys getting the offer of scholarships, as they are from poor families.

In my opinion Naresuan university is just jumping on the bandwagon getting media coverage.

They're just kids,..... how many years to go until they reach university age 5-7 years or 8 years later?

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People are just jealous. 

Tourism in Thailand will probably go up probably at least 10 percent because of this event. 

Thousands of people are going to flock to tum luang cave. Tourism in that area will explode. Countries that want to make a movie at that cave will contribute millions to the broadcasting industry and tax dollars. Countries from all around the world joined hands together and Brought us all closer. Everyone was cryin. 

Of the 13 offered scholarships, most likely only 3 or 4 will take up the offer. It's a nice gesture from the university. It amazes me how people can be so nasty and jealous over something that was given from innocent motive and kindness.

Not everyone gets a Mercedes benz, be happy for those that do. !!

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These kids their attitude and how they survived should be a lesson for all of Thailand.  These kids and their coach are the future of Thailand.

 

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1 minute ago, MaxLee said:

They're just kids,..... how many years to go until they reach university age 5-7 years or 8 years later?

The opportunity to offer them scholarships will be gone in 8 years. 

So now is most likely the best time. 

They are fit kids and very involved with community activities, so it's also likely that they are well behaved students. Having kids like that at a university is always a plus. 

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