Walailak International Community Meets with President at 6th International Staff Meeting

The 6th international staff meeting with the president Professor Dr. Sombat Thamrongthanyawong took place yesterday at Huataphan Chamber, Walailak University Hospital.

60 international staff from 18 countries, representing 14 WU schools and colleges, participated in the meeting, which is held regularly three times a year by Center for International Affairs (CIA).

The aim is to keep international staff well-informed about up-to-date policies, receive accurate information, and become aware of support units provided by the university.

This year, the number of international staff has doubled compared to the previous year when there were around 30 staff members, reflecting a strong university’s determination to enhance the international dimension.

President Sombat Thamrongthanyawong said Walailak University invests significantly in providing high-tech laboratories and facilities to enhance the quality of teaching and learning it provides. The university’s adoption of the United Kingdom Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) has resulted in a substantial decrease in the dropout rate from 36 percent before the adoption in 2016 to just 0.04 percent in 2023. Currently, 650 Walailak academic staff have received HEA Fellowships, the highest number in the nation and Southeast Asia. Addtionally, 90 percent of the university research publications are in Scopus-indexed journals in Quartiles 1 and 2, considered the highest ratio among Thai institutions.

The event featured talks on Revision of Academic Staff’s Workload and Assessment for Fiscal Year 2024 by Vice President Warit Jawjit; International Mobility Fund for Research Collaboration by Asst. Prof. Dr. Patnarin Supakorn, Director of CIA; Key Points on Recently Issued Publication Reward Regulations by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Udomsak Saengow, Director of Research and Innovation Institute of Excellence.

Two World's Top 2% Scientists for 2023, named by Stanford University - Professor Dr. Manat Chaijan and Dr. MD Eshrat E Alahi - also shared their experiences and inspiration in conducting research for the international community.

The international staff meeting not only quips faculty members with up-to-date information, but it also underlines the university's commitment to fostering workplace equality where every member, regardless of background, plays a vital role in the institution's shared success.