Dhanakorn "DK" Kasetrsuwan never attended Indiana University. A native of Bangkok and the current CEO of La-Z-Boy Asia, Kasetrsuwan is a graduate of the National Institute for Development Administration's Business School, which IU was part of developing.
So while he's connected to IU from afar, he developed a strong affinity for the Big Ten university in the Midwest. In fact, when it came time for his two daughters to attend college, there was one place Kasetrsuwan had in mind.
"I have a strong appreciation for what IU has done for education in Thailand," he said. "Although both of my daughters were accepted to a number of universities, we knew IU, and the Kelley School of Business, was the best option for our family and our daughters' futures."
There are more than 6,000 IU alumni from the ASEAN region, made up of 10 countries in Southeast Asia. A large number of those are from Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, with backgrounds including business, medicine, government and education.
"We have a large number of prominent alums from across the region," said Peter Boonjarern, director of the IU ASEAN Gateway. "It's not surprising, considering the journey they undergo in order to attend IU. It's no easy task to leave your home country as a young student and go to a place you've never heard about. It takes a lot of strength and ability, so they take that raw ability and raw foundation, mixed with the knowledge they gain at IU, and they shine."
Description of the following video:[Video: Scenery of downtown Bangkok, Thailand. Modern skyscrapers are mixed with traditional Thai buildings and boats.]
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Peter Boonjarern, the director of the Indiana University ASEAN Gateway, speaks in voiceover: In total, there are over 1,100 alums here in Thailand. A number of countries in ASEAN also have equally high numbers.
[Video: Boonjarern appears on camera, sitting in front of a red wall with the words Indiana University ASEAN Gateway in white lettering.]
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Boonjarern speaks: Once you say "Indiana," their faces light up, and the connectivity just sparks.
[Video: A series of photographs of Indiana University alums from Thailand appear on camera.]
Boonjarern speaks in voiceover: For them to leave their home country as a young student and go to a world that they've never, never heard about, I mean, that takes a lot of strength and ability. So, when they have that raw, raw ability and raw foundation, mixed with the …
[Video: Boonjarern appears on camera.]
Boonjarern speaks: … knowledge and the abilities that they gain on campus -- when they come back here, they shine. They outperform. They become leaders in industry, whether it be education, …
[Video: Short videos of Thai alums working in various fields including dental, optometry and law.]
Boonjarern in voiceover: … government, business, medicine. The knowledge and ability that they come back with helps them succeed. That's the key strength that this relationship between Indiana University and ASEAN …
[Video: First lady of Indiana University, Laurie Burns McRobbie, leads a panel discussion of Thai women.]
Boonjarern speaks in voiceover: … really, really, really shines.
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