Thai couple Ekapong (Ek) and Nantida (Ying) Sripaoraya first fulfilled in their homeland, but their most remarkable adventure has actually remained in Dunedin.

It was 23 years ago that the couple, now both 41, satisfied as trainees in their first year of science-related studies at Prince of Songkla University in southern Thailand.

They have given that done lots of things together, but their biggest “double act” has been completing University of Otago PhD theses in science interaction, which they handed in last week.

They go back to Thailand today and will later take their oral evaluations by video link.

After very first meeting, the couple completed 2 university degrees in Thailand, prior to taking a trip to Otago on scholarships 4 years earlier.

Their respective research focuses on various aspects of a Thai government-funded outreach program, to boost science awareness in rural areas.

After handing in their written work, the couple celebrated by ringing Otago’s academic bell, a customized marking the handing in of a finished thesis.

They will return to jobs at the National Science Museum, in Bangkok, where they have formerly long worked.

Writing thesis work had been challenging not only due to the fact that it was in English– not their mother tongue– but also since they had to utilize academic English, which was even less familiar, Mr Sripaoraya stated.

The social science research study required had likewise initially been unknown, given

his earlier research studies in biology and hers in pharmacology, he said.

They had actually constantly supported each other, and were well supported by their manager, Prof Nancy Longnecker.

And, after years of hard work, they have actually successfully finished their studies.

“It’s unbelievable,” Mrs Sripaoraya stated.

“It’s a big relief that I made it,” her other half stated.