ASEAN Cross Cultural Learning of CLMV Students Studying at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University in Thailand
The purpose of this research article was to study ASEAN cross cultural learning of CLMV students studying at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University in Thailand from good practice case studies (CLMV stands for Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam). The target group was selected from educators and scholars from CLMV countries using purposive sampling. Interview guideline, issues for focus group discussion and reflection form was used for gathering qualitative information. Data were analyzed using classified, content analysis and analytic induction. Results indicated that Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University in Thailand is a Buddhist University that has more than 1,000 CLMV students who taking the registration each year. Good models of ASEAN cross cultural learning of CLMV students studying at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University composed of 3 aspects including: 1) pattern of conduct (custom) such as learning oneself and others with empathy, mutually maintaining kindness (Kanlayanamitta) and practicing the religious principles; 2) the principle of coexisting (Buddhist manners) such as learning languages for communication, following the rules and regulations of the university, practicing Buddha Dhamma or the teaching of Buddha and mutually respecting each other; and 3) following the Buddhist sect such as conserving custom, tradition and ways of practice, following the Buddhist disciplines (Dhammavinaya) and having learning center for knowledge sharing. Students also learned how to live together in the community by using social conduct and manners in order to understand each other even they came from different social backgrounds.
Index Terms - ASEAN, CLMV Students, Cross Cultural Learning