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A Royal Visit

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand popped by SP for a visit.


Singapore Polytechnic welcomed Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, as she dropped by the campus on 23 April 2007.

As part of three-day visit to Singapore, Princess Sirindhorn visited our campus and was greeted by Principal, Mr Low Wong Fook, Deputy Principal (Academic), Mr Yeow Kian Peng, Director (School of Chemical & Life Sciences), Dr Thomas Chai and Manager (Corporate Communications), Mr T Sundraraj.

A red carpet welcomed the princess and her entourage up the steps of Administration Building, while SP students played traditional Malay, Chinese and Indian music.

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand popped by SP for a visit Thai exchange students were delighted to meet the princess

Also present were two full-time Thai students, a Thai staff , six students from Khon Kaen University and five students from Assumption University, Thailand on attachment to Singapore Polytechnic.

Known for her involvement in community and social development projects, the princess' interest in health care stems from the influence of her grandparents, who were trained medical personnel.

Hence, she was very interested in the SP Centre for Applications in Rehabilitation Engineering (SPCARE) projects displayed – a Picture to Speech Communicator (Thai version), a Care Giver – Patient Communicator (in different languages), Human-Robot Interaction Technology, a motorised wheelchair and a trolley for the elderly.

The princess shows her interest in SPCARE's projects The princess visiting the Optometry Centre

The princess also visited the Optometry Centre and was given a tour of its facilities, followed by a reception at the same place. The last time she visited SP was two years ago.

In addition to her visits, she also made personal donations of $5,000 each to three centres for the disabled - the Rainbow Centre and Margaret Drive Special School, SIA-Minds Employment Development Centre, and the Tan Tock Seng Hospital Rehabilitation Centre.


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