Assistant Professor Dr. Valla Tantayotai, Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor. Dr. Aswin Promsopa, Acting Assistant to President for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor Dr. Surasi Vadhanavikit, Dean of School of Allied Health Science and Public Health, Associate Professor Dr. Poonpong Boonbrahm, Dean of School of Informatics, Assistant Professor Dr. Chatchai Wattanapiromsakul, Dean of School of Pharmacy, Dr. Prachyapan Petchuay MD, Dean of School of Medicine, and Mrs. Jiraporn Kansuwan, International Relations Officer, recently visited to Western Australia.
The objectives of the visit to the university in Western Australia from 4th to 6th March 2015 were to renewal the MOU between Walailak University and Edith Cowan University which was already expired last year, and to strengthen academic relationship with MOU partner university at Edith Cowan University and Murdoch University, including discussing in academic articulation between the two universities.
The visit to Edith Cowan University (ECU) on 4th March 2015 was warmly welcomed by Professor Ken Greenwood, Executive Dean of Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science(FHES) /Pro-Vice-Chancellor Engagement (Science, Technology and Engineering), Associate Professor Trish Williams, Acting Associate Dean International, FHES, Associate Professor Annette Raynor, Head of School, School of Exercise and Health Sciences , Associate Professor Di Twigg, Head of School, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Dr. Rachel Alexander, Senior Lecturer, School of Medical Sciences, Associate Professor Helen Vella Bonavita, Acting Dean, ECU International Office , Mr. Simon Davies Burrows, Manager, ECU International, and Ms. Lydia Chua, International Coordinator. The renewal of the MOU was extended for another five years from 4th March 2015 by the signature of Professor Arshad Omari, Vice-Chancellor of Edith Cowan University and Dr. Sumate Yamnoon, Acting President of Walailak University. The discussions were very fruitful in friendship atmosphere. The two universities will design for an appropriate of collaboration and research projects in the near future. Beside that ECU learning and teaching is widely accept. The students were practiced from well-equipped laboratories and significantly integrated in Nursing, Health, Engineering and Science.
The visit to Murdoch University on 5th March 2015 was warmly hosted and welcomed by Associate Professor Lance C.C. Fung, Postgraduate Research Director, School of Engineering and Information Technology. The collaborative activities discussion emphasized on research project in Information Technology, Post Graduate Co-supervisor, joint student workshop or seminar, Medical and Nursing collaboration, and student and staff exchange program in beneficial mutual disciplines especially under the New Colombo Plan . The delegates from Walailak University were warmly welcome by Professor David Macey, Pro Vice Chancellor Faculty Science and Engineering, Associate Professor Dr. Kevin Kok Wai Wong, School of Engineering and Information Technology Professor Paul Morrison, Dean of School of Health Professions, Associate Professor Bruce Walker, Associate Dean for Research, and Head of Chiropractic, School of Health Professions, Associate Professor Cathy Fetherston, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, School of Health Professions (Nursing and Midwifery), Dr. Angela Ebert, Senior lecturer and Psychology Experts in Postgraduate Counseling Program, and Professor Anne Williams, Chair, Health Research.
The beneficial of the visit can be ensured that the related schools will implement to WU learning and teaching system as well as the development of school-level managing structure to suit WU working culture and environment.