Right Livelihood College Opens New Campus in Thailand


From left to right: Dr. Dorji Wangchuk, Centre for Bhutan Studies & GNH/Royal University of Bhutan; Dej Poomkacha, Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation; Dr. Till Stellmacher, Right Livelihood Award Foundation/Right Livelihood College; Dr. Suthipand Chirathivat, Chula Global Network/Chulalongkorn University; Wallapa van Willenswaard, School for Wellbeing Studies and Research/Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation.


The Right Livelihood College Global Network is pleased to announce the opening of its 9th Right Livelihood College Campus at The School for Wellbeing Studies and Research in Bangkok, Thailand.

The inauguration of the new campus took place on July 20, in connection with the opening of the Chula Right Livelihood Summer School (CURLS). Dr. Victor Karunan who has extensive three decades of experience with activist civil society groups, academia and UNICEF, has been very kind to join RLC director Anwar Fazal to assist as a volunteer for the inauguration and CURLS. They were also honoured with the presence of Right Livelihood Award Laureate Nnimmo Bassey from Nigeria who not only gave the Right Livelihood lecture but also inspired the team as the head of the RLC Campus in Port Harcourt.

About the School for Wellbeing

The School for Wellbeing Studies and Research is an independent action-research platform, centre of advocacy and informal higher learning. It was founded in 2009 by Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Political Science, the Centre for Bhutan Studies & GNH, a national social sciences research institute in Bhutan and the Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation, which was established by the Right Livelihood Award Laureate Sulak Sivaraksa in Thailand in 1968.

Major programmes of the School for Wellbeing are: the annual Chulalongkorn University Right Livelihood Summerschool (CURLS) in collaboration with the Right Livelihood College and the Royal University of Bhutan. The second programme, Towards Organic Asia (TOA), gave rise, among other initiatives, to the Mindful Markets movement and a social enterprise course on sustainable food systems, with core partners in the Mekong region and associates in whole Asia. Recently the Earth Trusteeship Platform was inaugurated in collaboration with organisations in Europe by means of a first international gathering in The Hague, Netherlands.

The School for Wellbeing shares its physical campus at Wongsanit Ashram, 40 kilometres outside Bangkok, together with other initiatives for informal higher studies inspired by the engaged spirituality of scholar and activist Sulak Sivaraksa.


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