Thailand University: 91-year-old Kimlun Jinakul Bags Degree


Stephen Adeniran

A 91-year-old woman has bagged degree from a university in Thailand on Wednesday as the oldest person to graduate receiving her bachelor’s degree from King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

Accompanied by her family, Kimlun Jinakul travelled more than 700 km from the northern province of Phayao to Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, near Bangkok, to receive her bachelor’s degree in human ecology.

“It has always been my dream to continue my studies,” Kimlun told local TV station Thai PBS.

She said, she had finished junior high school but couldn’t continue her education at that time because her family couldn’t finance it.

“When I was young, I actually received good grades. I have always enjoyed reading. I even bought manuals to educate myself so I could help my children with their homework.”Kimlun said.

Kimlun said she became inspired to continue her formal studies in 2011, once her children and grandchildren had received university educations and found decent jobs.

“It’s never too late to study,” she added.

One of Kimlun’s grandchildren, Bhum Juasiripakde described Kimlun as a very determined person, gaining full support from them while making sure she remains in good health.

The university said Kimlun had not received any special treatment in terms of grading. In fact, she failed half of her courses and had to retake examinations several times.

“The university provided me with a lot of convenience, they allocated rooms on the ground floor for me so I did not have to climb the stairs.”

The university is the first in Thailand to offer distance learning to elderly people as almost 200 people older than 60 have enrolled.

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