The Association of University Presidents of Thailand last Thursday announced the results of the central university admissions exam. What surprised me was that the most popular faculty this year was political science at Thammasat University, with the competition rate being 1 to 61.

– Extracted from Somporn Thapanachai, “Top choice is political science”, Bangkok Post, 11 May 2011. This fragment of statistical information is somewhat relevant to earlier New Mandala discussions.