Exchange Students from Kunming Medical University (KMU)

On 19 January 2015, Asst. Prof. Dr. Valla Tantayotai, Vice-President for Academic Affairs presided over a welcoming ceremony for ten exchange students from Kunming Medical University, P.R. China, at Mokhalan Meeting room, Walailak University (WU). Also present at the ceremony were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aswin Promsopa, Assistant to the President for Academic Affairs, distinguished WU Deans - Dr. Prachyapan Petchuay, M.D., Dean of the School of Medicine, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Surasi Vadhanavikit, Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences and Public Health, and Asst. Prof. Dr. Chatchai Wattanapiromsakul, Dean of the School of Pharmacy, faculty members from the four schools and International Relation Staff.

This exchange program is the first establishment of student exchange program with Kunming Medical University in the fields of health sciences inclusive of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences and Public Health. The ten students will be attached to the four WU schools under supervision of their academic advisors—4 students from School of Basic Medicine will be supervised by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Werawath Mahatthanatrakul, M.D., 3 from School of Pharmaceutical Sciences will be under the supervision of Dr. Boonsong Wungsintaweekul, 2 from School of Nursing will be under instruction of Lect. Tippawan Bunsanong and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Saifon Aekwarangkoon, and 1 from School of Public Health will be advised by Asst. Prof. Dr. Sasithorn Thanapop.

The program aims to provide firsthand knowledge about health care systems in Thailand and differences between the systems in Thailand and China. During the one week program, the students will have great opportunities to visit hospitals, community health care centers, and Thai traditional healing providers as well as places of interest in and around Nakhon Si Thammarat. WU students will also gain valuable experiences from the visiting students in that they can share academic knowledge, Thai language and culture with Chinese friends. In the meantime, they will learn from the friends about the different culture.
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