The Gemological Institute of America announced Sept. the new location of its education campus in Bangkok, Thailand, which will officially open on Sept. 29. The campus will be located in the same building as the GIA Laboratory and Research Center.
In addition, the class schedule for the remainder of 2011 and all of 2012 for the Bangkok campus has been released. Starting in October, a variety of GIA lab classes and programs will begin at the new campus location including diamond grading, gem identification, colored stone grading, and pearl grading. The programs include the GIA Graduate Gemologist and Graduate Diamond programs.
“Thailand is the world’s leading gemstone trading and cutting center and a priority for GIA,” said Bev Hori, GIA chief learning officer and vice president of education, in a statement. “This new campus location will provide students with significant benefits, including close proximity to our laboratory and research facility, access to our industry experts, and exposure to the latest gemological discoveries as they occur.”