Asia Media International’s first annual Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra Graduate School Fellowship has been awarded to Zhi Jiao Danielle Goh, described by AMI Founder and President Clinical Prof. Tom Plate as “our most outstanding Asia Media student staffer over the past two years.”
Zhi Jiao Danielle Goh, born in Singapore, will accept her award on July 31 at a special AMI dinner in her honor at the prestigious Del Rey Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey, near the main campus of Loyola Marymount University, of which Goh is a 2020 graduate of LMU’s Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences.
AMI Executive Editor Goh is soon to begin her intensive graduate work at the School of Advanced International Studies Washington, D.C. Founded in 1943, SAIS, a division of Johns Hopkins University, has been accorded in rankings as high as the number-two master’s program for a policy career in international relations in the U.S.
The $10,000 Graduate School Fellowship, half the amount awarded each semester of the first year of graduate school, is earmarked out of the generous annual contribution to LMU’s AMI by Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra, two former progressive prime ministers of Thailand. A few years ago Dr. Thaksin visited the LMU campus and is expected to be joined by his younger sister Yingluck, also a former PM (2014-2018), for an informal visit to chat with students about democracy versus authoritarianism sometime in the 2021-2022 academic year.
“The Shinawatra’s enlightened commitment to LMU’s Asia Media – a process and platform for undergraduates to think, report and write about the Asia-Pacific at a sophisticated level – helps advance our understanding of the geopolitical and economic center of the world in this 21st century,” commented AMI founder Plate: “And in Danielle Goh, a most hardworking and astute young professional, we have a tremendously worthy recipient of this prestigious award.” While at SAIS, for the first year, Goh will remain as Executive Editor, leading the maintenance of site quality and working with her former colleagues, LMU student editors and writers in Los Angeles.