North Dakota State University’s class of rural leadership visits the Embassy
People-to-people contact is a cornerstone of the long-standing Thai-U.S relations since 1833. The Embassy has promoted knowledge about Thailand and its rich culture to American audience from all walks of life.
On 17 March 2016, the Embassy welcomed 29 members of the 2015-2017 Rural Leadership North Dakota Class led by Ms. Marie Hvidsten, Program Director of the North Dakota State University Extension Service.
The group received a briefing from the Embassy’s staff on Thailand’s geography, religions and culture and its relations with the United States, in preparation for their visit to the country in February 2017.
The class learnt that Thailand and the United States celebrate 183 years of diplomatic relations in 2016 as the Treaty of Amity and Commerce was signed in 1833.
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch is the only king ever born in the United States. His Majesty was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts while his father pursued a Medical Degree at Harvard Medical School.
They were informed of Thailand’s cooperation with the United States in addressing global challenges such as trafficking in persons, global heath security and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Thailand and the United States’ cultural and educational cooperation is strengthened through programs such as Fulbright, Peace Corps and the Embassy Adoption program.
The class also engaged in a Q & A session and was treated with Thailand’s famous dessert, sweet sticky rice with mango.