Last year Skoltech welcomed three students from Thailand to pursue their master's degrees through the Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Skoltech Scholarship. Pornsruang Wiwattanakul (Nadia), Pornpawit Karpkerd (Paul) and Khattiya Pongsirijinda (Thomas) traveled to Moscow and immersed themselves into the Skoltech life. They shared their experience, what's it like for them to study at Skoltech and what they like about living in Russia.
applying to Skoltech through the scholarship
Nadia: I think one of the reasons that this scholarship is under the Royal Highness is because the Thai people really admire her. She is an advocate for higher education and has done a lot for its development in Thailand. She is a very aspiring person to look up to, it was an honor to receive such an award from her.
Thomas: I found out about the scholarship from an organization called NSTDA that distributes opportunities for higher education in Thailand. It was listed there as a result of a collaboration between Thailand and Russia during the first Russian-Thai Roundtable, in which they discussed building relationships between Thailand and Russia in developing science and technology.
Paul: I began teaching at my university, and many of my friends and classmates said they enjoyed my teaching. I was inspired to earn a PhD so I could teach at university level. So, I found Her Royal Highness' Princess scholarship on the NSTDA website. I saw that in Skoltech, the campus was also new and magnificent. I watched the official video, and immediately started my application. My main thought was, 'this will be a really great challenge for me', but that didn't stop me from applying.